Converting the COVID-19 DNA Sequence Into Music

Artist Eric Drass of Shardcore converted the NIH-released DNA sequence of COVID-19 into musical notes and then recorded what the composition sounded like. The full song is over two hours long, but Drass created a minute-long sample that represents very well.

Ever wondered what a virus sounds like?… The world is teetering on the verge of a pandemic. Whilst this is concerning, the mortality rate is relatively low, so whatever happens, this one won’t be ‘the big one’ …In some ways the societal response to the virus is more interesting than the virus itself.

Here’s the full musical sequence.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.