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22nd Reading: Music from Swine Flu

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I did a few readings today that I will write up tomorrow, but today has been very long and fairly stressful day, and I’m about ready to go to sleep.

But in this time of pandemic panic about swine flu, I wanted to give y’all a little gift. This “reading” is more an art listening experience. Stephan Zielinski made music by feeding the amino acid sequence of the Swine Flu into an algorithm he coded which he posted on his blog.

I think it is an interesting way to respond to all the news and rumors. It is a simple thing, this piece of electronic music, but it might give us the time to pause to look past the fear mongering- some of which might end up being justified, but much of it just keeping us hooked on the sky is falling news reports. By turning it into music, breaking it down, Zielinski reminds us that virus is something to study as well as protect against- and while the deaths are tragic, there also is beauty to be found in the DNA of a virus. Viruses perhaps being what set off the chain that lead to us.

For your anti panic pandemic music needs, I present Stephan Zielinski’s Swine Flu Hemagglutinin: amino acid sequence as ambient music

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