I’ve got some more new music out on the label Superpang. It’s a sonification of the coronavirus genome data played with Razor VSTi synth, arranged into a kind of electro beat. The genome data is a list of 4 letters – a, c, g and t – representing the amino acid bases: adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine. This genome sequence is 29,874 bases long, so there’s quite a lot of data, which makes quite a long track. The COVID-19 coronavirus has a large genome because it’s quite complex in the way it counters the body’s immune system.
The genome data comes from here:
Hunter, C. & Wei, X. (2020). Wuhan seafood market pneumonia virus genome assembly, chromosome: Whole_genome. GenBank. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nuccore/LR757995.1
And here is a good explanation of what we know about the virus:
Fischetti, M. (2020). Inside the Coronavirus: What scientists know about the inner workings of the pathogen that has infected the world. Scientific American, www.scientificamerican.com/interactive/inside-the-coronavirus/