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The Shamen

S2 Translation (3:30)

This isn’t the first time DNA sequences have been translated into music. In 1995, for example, the British band The Shamen collaborated with Ross King to produce a track called S2 Translation, which is based on the coding sequence for the 5HT-S2 receptor. The track was generated in a way that sounds similar to Takahashi’s and Miller’s method:

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  • Track Sequenced from the amino acid characteristics and the DNA coding for protein S2, receptor for serotonin and other tryptamines, thanks to Dr. R.D. King for the data.
  • There's a piece of software on Nemeton devised by Colin that's designed to turn DNA sequences into midi code. It basically transforms the protein structures that determine human life into electronic music. This track was generated by this software. "The program is really for molecular biologists allowing them to download any DNA sequence from Genbank and 'listen' to the resulting protein".

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