This is not the normal piece on COVID-19. This piece talks about the virus’s genetic code for sure, but how it is used in another way. Ambient music!
The genetic code of COVID has been converted into a compilation of tracks, available to own as NFTs. A tokenized musical virus!
Behind the data, the project is Viromusic. The collective has created ambient music, constructed using a “genetic sequence” inside the Coronavirus.
“Using a technique called DNA Sonification, the melody in the songs is derived entirely from the viral sequence. Every note in the melody is part of the step-by-step instructions the virus uses to make more copies of itself.”
The addition of instruments such as cello and bass (to finalize the sound) compliments the production. So far, over 10,000 tracks using genetics have been made – in a huge range of different music genres.
Tracks are available now on the Rarible platform as NFT’s with a starting price of 0.07 Ethereum, which is around £210.
Owners are given specific track details. One detail offered is the corresponding genetic sequence for each creation and a description of what the gene is used for in the virus.
According to NME, Viromusic has said:
“Not a single note has been altered – it’s a direct musical representation of the viral code,” They added:
“The idea for this collection was born from the awe of the beauty in the code of life.
“We hope this project helps to raise awareness that even a virus capable of inflicting such misery is fundamentally based on the same code as every living thing on earth. We thought it would be interesting to take this code and make it play music. We hope you find it as haunting, interesting and provocative as we do.”