Music of the Body Interactive Exhibit

Molecular MusicTM now features in a new permanent educational exhibit at Explore at-bristol.

Entitled 'Listen to Your Body', the exhibit is an innovative fusion of scientific molecular modelling techniques and artistic musical expression, enabling participants to perceive their bodies in a new and stimulating way which is both educational and fun. 'Listen to your Body' is a touchscreen interactive exhibit developed by Linda Long for Explore at-bristol, Bristol's new hands on science centre.

The human body contains tens of thousands of different kinds of proteins, each with their own specific jobs. These proteins in turn are created from hundreds of amino acids all joined together to make complicated three-dimensional shapes. 'Listen to your Body' takes these protein shapes and translates them into strings of musical notes, helping visitors to audibly identify the different proteins in their bodies.

The molecular music translation method involves a technique called x-ray crystallography, which produces strings of numbers to represent the three-dimensional structures of proteins. When passed through a specially created computer programme these numbers are transformed into sequences of notes that create a musical map of these complex molecules.

'Listen to your Body', which is aimed at GCSE and A Level biology students, uses these note sequences to take visitors on a musical journey through the human body, creating their very own compositions while discovering exactly what their bodies are made from. The exhibit is situated in 'Your Amazing Brain' on the ground floor of Explore.

The following pages are a simplified version of the exhibit.

Not all of the buttons and links are active.

To access all the features of this version of the exhibit you will need at least Internet Explorer 5 or Netscape Navigator 4.7 and have installed the Koan and Chime plugins.

The exhibit was designed to use the full screen at 1024x768, so you may have to scroll the window to see all of each page.

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