In Orfeo, the protagonist Peter Els sees many similarities between gene structures and music. "Genomics was right now learning how to read scores indescribably beautiful," Powers writes. And while the book talks about an entire segment of study that is called "biocomposing" with its own dedicated journal and conference, research reveals the projects to be still scattered and not quite corralled into a sturdy discipline.
Since the essence of music can be boiled down to a series of notes, it makes sense that most patterns observed in the universe could be "set" to music. Here are some examples of music derived from science:
Can you think of any scientific phenomena that can be translated into music? The beating of a hummingbird's wings maybe, or even a child's heartbeat in a mother's womb?
first and second images taken from Nathalie Miebach's website. Nathalie is visual artist who works at the intersections of visual art, science and music. In recent projects she has been "translating weather data collected in cities into musical scores, which are then translated into sculptures as well as being a source for collaboration with musicians."
third image of hummingbird from Wikipedia
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