City Recital Hall and Inspiring Australia invite you to explore music on a different level in our free lunchtime seriesThis Sounds Like Science.
Discover how sonification of the coronavirus genome can create beautiful sounds with Dr Mark Temple, a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology at Western Sydney University. Formerly the drummer in Australian indie-rock group, The Hummingbirds, Mark is interested in creating a wide range of musical renditions and melodies that convey information from DNA and RNA sequences. Mark will perform his Coronacode Music live then discuss his approach to this unique composition with ABC science reporter, Coronacast host and 2020 Eureka Prize Winner, Tegan Taylor.
About Mark Temple During his PhD, Mark studied protein-DNA interactions during gene expression and the interaction of anti-cancer drugs with DNA in human cells. As part of his post-doctoral research he studied ageing and oxidative stress using baker’s yeast as a model organism. Over the past few years Mark has become increasingly interested in developing bioinformatics tools for genome-wide dataset analysis and for the sonification of biological sequences.
About Tegan Taylor Tegan Taylor is co-host of the ABC’s multi-award-winning Coronacast and a health and science journalist in the ABC Science Unit, where she reports on topics from health fads to moonquakes and, yes, coronavirus. She’s a regular on ABC Radio National’s Health Report, and has been known to pop up on RN Life Matters, Triple J and in the Best of Australian Science Writing. In 2020, Coronacast won a Walkley award and the Eureka Prize for Science Journalism. Tegan was previously a producer on the ABC's national digital newsdesk, a journalism lecturer at The University of Queensland and, long ago, a newspaper reporter.
Joining Mark on stage with be the illustrious “Biological Exploding RNA Sequence Inevitable”, who are an unusual combination of talented independent musicians and university academics.
Peter Veliks - Guitar and devices. Music producer and multi-instrumentalist.
Matthew Tow - Guitars. Singer-songwriter of Drop City and neo-psychedelic rockers the Lovetones.
Paul Scott - The koolest Bass player. Singer, songwriter and pop luminary from Montana and Pop Mechanix.
Tim Byron - Keyboards. Music writer and academic from School of Psychology (UOW).
Mike Bain - Synthesizer. Academic from School of Computer Science and Engineering (UNSW).
Mike Anderson - Guitar. Lead instrumental of surf twang band Los Monaros.
Mark Temple - Drums. Academic from School of Science (WSU), member of the Hummingbirds.
Coronavirus Genome - Tone-Synth. Computer-generated audio derived from biological sequence information
This Sounds Like Science is supported by and co-curated with Inspiring Australia, the national strategy for public engagement with the sciences.
Take your pick from one (or all!) of the 4 events in our 2021 This Sounds Like Science series: