Years ago, Markus Buehler developed a method to model proteins through music.
So, when he heard about the spike proteins on the novel coronavirus, he wondered: what does it sound like?
Today on the show, Maddie Sofia talks to Short Wave reporter Emily Kwong about how Markus Buehler, a composer and professor of engineering at MIT, developed a way to make music out of protein structure and how music can potentially help us hear what we have trouble seeing at the nanoscale level.
Listen to the “protein sonifications” and other music created by Markus Buehler, featured in the episode:
And here is a dance performance from Poland, choreographed to Buehler’s coronavirus spike protein composition.
Short Wave Podcast
It’s science for everyone, using a lot of creativity and a little humor. Join host Maddie Sofia for science on a different wavelength.