Coronavirus Genetic Code Has Been Translated Into Music


Tired of hearing all things COVID? Well, make room for some fun stuff as the genetic code of the Coronavirus has been turned into a variety of songs. The new, creative songs, which have been recorded by Viromusic, are now available to own as NFTs.

According to Viromusic, the ambient tracks “are made using the genetic sequence inside the Coronavirus. Using a technique called DNA Sonification, the melody in the songs is derived entirely from the viral sequence. Every note in the melody is part of the step-by-step instructions the virus uses to make more copies of itself.”

Viromusic then take this sequencing and add other instruments like cello, bass, synths, or drums, before being minted and made available on the Rarible platform as an NFT. If you would like to own one of these NFTs, it may cost a pretty penny. Do not be fooled by the lowly price of 0.07 Ethereum, as it equivalates to around €250.

Owners will get some cool extras with their NFTs as details of their chosen track is provided. Details include information on which part of the genetic sequence corresponds to the code used in the song, and a description of what that gene is used for in the Coronavirus. Just one NFT has been sold since the project was launched on December 4th.

Viromusic have created around 10,000 songs thus far, with a variety of sounds from slow, melodic songs to energetic rock. The company have declared that “not a single note has been altered”, as it is “a direct musical representation of the viral code.” Check out some examples in the videos at the end of this article.

Explaining how they developed their ‘Coronavirus music’, the company have said, “The idea for this collection was born from an awe of the beauty in the code of life. We hope this project helps to raise awareness that even a virus capable of inflicting such misery is fundamentally based on the same code as every living thing on earth. We thought it would be interesting to take this code and make it play music. We hope you find it as haunting, interesting, and provocative as we do.”