The Music of Your Genes

Scientists and composers worked together to create an epic production fusing genetics and music performed yesterday by the New London Chamber Choir at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.

DNA is composed of just four chemical compounds, which inspired musician Andrew Morley to tie each compound of the genetic code to a different note, leading to the final composition entitled “Allele,” where each performer moves through a sequence of notes that is based on a sequence of their own DNA processed in a lab. Here is a three minute clip via the BBC of a recent rehearsal of the piece:

London Chamber Choir rehearse “Allele” (MP3)

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Noah Hutton

Noah Hutton is a film director and curator, and was named a 2015 Salzburg Global Fellow in Neuroscience and Art.

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