What would the human genome sound like if it were music? In 2012, epidemiologist Jennifer Gardy and cellist Peter Gregson collided at Thinking Digital and a thunderbolt of creative genius struck. In 2014 they returned with their collaborative project of sonifying the human genome. Jennifer explains how she mapped the human genome to create a pattern that Peter was then able to transform into the music performed in this video.
Peter came to us at Thinking Digital for the first time in 2012. This talk discusses music and technology and even comes with a bonus performance at the end.
Cellist Experimenter: Peter Gregson
Peter Gregson is a cellist and composer. He was the Artistic Advisor to the Innovation Forum at the New England Conservatory in Boston and is founder of the Google-funded Electric Creative Colab, an incubator developing collaborations between the arts and technology. Peter developed and was commissioned to compose ‘The Listening Machine‘, a data sonification of Twitter in collaboration with Daniel Jones and Britten Sinfonia for the BBC/Arts Council’s “The Space”.
Peter has performed in places ranging from SXSW to the Royal Festival Hall to the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. He works regularly with leading technologists including Microsoft Labs, UnitedVisualArtists and MIT Media Lab. He has commissioned and premiered works by composers such as Max Richter, Steve Reich, Gabriel Prokofiev and Tod Machover.
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Mark Dearnley is the Chief Digital and Information Officer at HMRC where he is leading the Department’s ambitious plans to digitalise its business, as well as being responsible for one of the largest and most complex IT estates in the UK.