Turns out that the COVID-19 virus makes some very pretty music.

Peter sends us this story from IFLScience:

“It might sound like the jaunty beeps of Brian Eno playing with a Gameboy, but these are the sounds of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. In an ambitious ‘lockdown project,’ a scientist has created music from the genome of SARS-CoV-2 by representing the genetic code as musical notes.”

And “It was so nice-sounding that I had to go back to the code and make it sound a little sadder and a bit more dissonant,” he explained. “It just sounded too happy to be derived from something so insidious.”

Um, okay. I’ll bite. Let’s have a listen.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Turns out that the COVID-19 virus makes some very pretty music.

  • October 21, 2020 at 8:28 am

    This was also done with the data from NASA’s Voyager probes. There was a 5-disc set released in the 90s, called Symphonies of the Planets (you can listen on youtube; google the title.)


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