June 30, 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

Ages 8 +

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.

Learn more about the artists

Learning and engagement at Canada’s National Arts Centre is made possible through the support of many generous individuals and organizations from across the country. The Music Alive Program is made possible thanks to the leadership support of National Partner, The Azrieli Foundation, and Major Supporters, The Slaight Family Foundation and TD Bank Group. Thank you also to Grant and Alice Burton, Canada Life, A Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa, Friends of the NAC Orchestra, Donors to the NAC Foundation's Future Fund, The Janice and Earle O’Born Fund for Artistic Excellence, and the donors and sponsors of the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, the primary resource for youth and education funding at the National Arts Centre.

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