UK artist Eric Drass based his track on the DNA sequence of the coronavirus after the genome sequence was released by The National Center for Biotechnology Information of the NIH. He then converted the sequence into musical notes.
“In some ways the societal response to the virus is more interesting than the virus itself. Stock-market’s crashing, whole towns going into quarantine,” the artist wrote on his website Shardcore while sharing the small sound-clip.
As “the world is teetering on the verge of a pandemic”, the Brighton artist hoped the music would bring some solace to people.
“Convert TGAC sequence to pairs of letters – convert to base4 – convert to decimal – add that value to middle-C – gives you one note for every 2 base-letters,” Drass said on Twitter, while explaining how he came up with the track.
Convert TGAC sequence to pairs of letters – convert to base4 – convert to decimal – add that value to middle-C – gives you one note for every 2 base-letters.
20odd lines of python and some GarageBand. 🤡
— ⓢⓗⓐⓡⓓⓒⓞⓡⓔ ⧖ (@erocdrahs) February 28, 2020
Here’s a sample of the tune:
If you like that and are interested in how the artist transformed the genome structure into a peppy upbeat tune, here’s the link to the full version, that extends over two whole hours.
Many on the internet liked the track and said it was quite peppy and catchy.