DNA Based Music Machine

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Inspired by M. Buehler's Amino Acid Synthesizers (2019) and John Clinton's Quadrille Melodist (1865), the DNA Based Music Machine is a conceptual piece, which was created within the context of the seminar "Music Machines from 1650 to 2019" by N. Bgraguinski in 2019. It shows that simply translating sheet music in amino acids is irrelevant and has nothing to do with composing music by or with Mother Nature. The idea is that by encoding every single DNA triplet with its own short music composition in the sense of Clinton's Melodist, proteins can be sonified. However, due to the encoding process, these melodies are actually human-made and, hence, arbitrary. Additionally, this project suggests that sheet music is not appropriated for composing music through nature because its symbolic quality—in the sense of Jacque Lacan—is too far away from the real body of music: the acoustics.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


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