How can I participate?

Easy. Check out the various genetic sequences I have listed here. Then listen to some of the music that has already been composed based on different genetic markers. I recommend starting with my friend Liesel Euler’s Schizophrenia 1 and 2. Schizophrenia 1 is the barest bone versions of the project with Liesel simply singing my genetic marker for Schizophrenia 1 note at a time. In Schizophrenia 2 she adds more melody to it. Then check out pieces by Lyle Beers, Amy Pickard, Peeper, and Caddyshackattack for more ideas. Then try it yourself. I want to strongly encourage you not to feel dominated by the fact that science represents the different genetic markers with the letters G, A, T, C. A lot of people are tempted to simply keep the G a G, the A an A, the C a C, and figure out something to assign to the T. There is no need to hamstring yourself in this way as the coincidence that three of the four first letters of the nucleotides corresponds to musical notes is no reason why you have to follow that arbitrary limitation.

People have tried many different approaches including layering a code on top of itself, like Lyle Beers work, or finding a hook within a sequence to build a song around, like Amy Pickard has done. You can also use the code to decide the tone, pitch, pace, and even what instrument you should use. Be creative, think of ways to convey the mood of a particular genetic marker and new ways to combine different genetic markers into a single piece, but, most of all, have fun with it. The nice thing about shared art projects is once they get going everybody wins.

Once you have a piece that you’re happy with please submit it to me here along with a paragraph explaining a little bit about how you created the work, and your thoughts about it. While I do have a day job, I will try to get back to you as quickly as possible, and if I like it I will post it on the website, submit it to the Twitterverse, and feature you with a bio and picture.

Diversity of approaches, musical styles, and the use of as much of the actual code as possible are greatly encouraged.

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