New Kickstarter encodes music into DNA
Yes, you read that right. A brand new Kickstarter has successfully encoded a piece of recorded music into synthetic DNA using the latest in bioinformatics technology (a fancy word for applying computer programming to biological studies).
It may sound like something straight out of Huxley’s Brave New World, but the idea is very real. Music of the Spheres, as the campaign goes by, is a collaboration between Dr. Nick Goldman and visual artist Charlotte Jarvis. Originally conceived by Goldman as a “a medium that encodes information, can last for thousands of years, and will never become technologically redundant,” the project has now turned its focus into creating a performance-based art installation piece.
With music commissioned by the Kreutzer Quartet, Jarvis and Goldman have encoded a recording into synthetic DNA and suspended the DNA in a soap solution. This allows them to spread the musical DNA into a room by creating bubbles with the solution. According to the Kickstarter, “the ‘recording’ will fill the air, pop on visitors’ skin and literally bathe the audience in music.”
The plan is to host multiple performances and installations throughout the UK, but to do so, Music of the Spheres needs to raise £5,000. Get the full run down on the Kickstarter project here.