April 8, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

ATGC Music | Listening to Plant DNA

with Antoine Bertin
ATGC Music | Listening to Plant DNA © Perte de Signal
Grade 3 + Music Workshops

Offered in English and French

A composition workshop that explores the musical properties of DNA.

A, T, G, C. Four letters that interact and intertwine to describe the entire living world. Is it possible to listen to DNA? And if so, what would we hear? This workshop explores the musicality of genetic information by inviting participants to transform DNA sequences into sound and create a living composition.

To allow you to conduct this workshop independently in your classroom, we provide a practical user guide, a link to a video introduction (in French only), and the Ableton Live program, a software interface for composing and arranging music. It’s available free for a 90-day trial period.

What you’ll need:

  1. A computer (Windows or Mac)
  2. Zoom program (installed on your computer)
  3. Ableton Live software (available free for a 90-day trial period)
  4. An Internet connection
  5. Headphones
  6. A user guide

* For any assistance in installing the software, you can write to kidzlab@perte-de-signal.org


This workshop is presented in association with perte de signal and KidZlab.

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