The Sound of Insulin

Amy Tenderich Health Guide
  • Reprinted with permission from Amy Tenderich of

    OK, this is nutty. I just discovered that a serious composer released a serious score that puts to music various biochemicals intrinsic to our bodies. Todd Barton has recorded "Insulin," "Antibody" (HIV), and "Trypsin" (enzymes), to name a few.

    His "Genome 1" composition, which put sound to DNA, was presented at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, as part of the Human Genome Project a few years ago.

    So what does insulin sound like? Unlucky for me, I could not get the @#$! play link to work. But the description sounds very ethereal: "From ambient harmonies to tinkly waterfalls to beatboxes of complex rhythm, Barton’s compositions reveal our molecular selves in a new way... Turning molecules into music offers us a new way to experience rhythm and patterns that are foundations of life itself. Listen closely. Do you hear your cells singing?"
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    If you also have trouble downloading the score, maybe one of us will take a leap of faith and purchase the CD for $15 including postage (?)
Published On: April 12, 2006