Today Biotech is one of the most frontier areas of science.  Biotech is constantly being applied today to forward many scientific ventures.  However, beside forwarding scientific ventures, Biotech is also forwarding artistic ventures.  Currently, Gil Alterovitz, a Harvard Medical student, is developing  a program that translates protein and gene expression into music.  This program acoustically translates these sounds into harmony in the case of good health and discord in the case of disease.  Gil Alterovitz has created both an artistic work and a more simplified way to represent the complex library of infromation inherent to gene expression.  Hopefully one day this will be able to use Gil Alterovitz’s program to detect health related changes in gene expression early via a musical slip into discord, potentially improving the patient’s outcome.  Hear is any example of what this might look like:

Example 1

Another contribution to the area of biotechnical music is the Skinstrument. What is interesting about this concept is that people are already used to the sound of skin played my percussion instruments.  In fact almost all percussion instruments are made from at least one piece of skin that is stretched out over a base.  prercussion works by the collision of two bodies to produce sound.  However if the two bodies that are then you are looking at Daan Birkmann’s Skinstrument.  Skinstrument is an instrument that came be played by 2 or more people.  It works using skin resistance as a parameter to generate sound.  The Skinstrument perceives a imperdictable flow of electricity, allowing player to become part of the circuit and which causes sounds to generate when one touches another player’s skin.  The touching intensity determines the the sound frequency.  The sound itself, electric tension, is not only translated into sound but also into sexual tension, as ironically the shape of the instrument resembles that of a breast and instinctively generated by the touch of other people skin.  This device is a unpredictable choreography based on human interaction.

At Kanas sate university,  the sounds of actual molecules have been captured.  according to the report physicists claim that they have recored, “tiny vibrations of individual molecules, that could be called sounds.”  the sounds captured are bell like tones.  Although the y are too fast and small to hear in original form  they fit the formal definition of what makes a sound.  The vibrations produce vibrations in neighboring molecule, which in turn excite vibrations in their neighbors and son on, spreading the vibrations outward.  In the future this innovation of recording the sounds of molecules could have an impact on how we look at biotech in music.

So as one can see biotech does have many piratical applications in our society.  In fact Biotech has the potential to impact all aspects of life in the world around us.  Biotech can improve our health through nano-systems.  It can improve our crops through genetic engineering.  It can even make advancements in better understanding the world around us.  However most importantly biotech has the potential to influence how we look at art.  Biotechnology has the potential to make a human being into an instrument,  It can make a disease into beautiful music and it can redefine what we think of as sound in the case of molecular sounds.  Biotechnology is an extremely prevalent innovation in our society, one which will hopefully improve our quality of life in the future.

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