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FS Zollmann
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posted 04-11-2000 11:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FS Zollmann     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
The Stovies Foundation have produced their first musical commentary on the debate resulting from the human genome project. Hear it for yourself at
http://www.hum-molgen.de/documents/brave_new_world.mp3

In terms of the background to the track, Robert Skey summarises the reasons for writing the song and what it is attempting to say:


I use the net regularly and tend to listen to webcasts from around the world while on-line. I was listening to such a webcast (from a radio station in Washington) when the phone-in being featured turned its attention to the humane genome project. I listened with interest as caller after caller raised concerns and questions regarding how this new knowledge might be used, to both better and hinder the social fabric of our lives. I began recording portions of the RealAudio webcast, allowing fate to decide which views were committed to disk. At the end of the webcast, I quickly surfed a few related websights to get an overview of the scientists views as well (and where possible, pick up RealAudio samples of these views).As a musician, it became obvious to me that the concerns featured in the
RealAudio clips could be used effectively in a multimedia environment. So I set out to combine the samples with some musical support. The basic theme was for the track to start of simply, with ambient noise, using the voices
as layers and generally building the musical pulse up, to emphasise the concerns of the people featured. The track begins with water (as this is the fountain of all life), which I mixed with static. The static represents the potential hazards of playing with nature and the potential for corruption of the source material. Over this, a simple bell plays the songs main melody.
Thereafter, the voices play against one another, asking the following questions: "How can you use the identification of DNA in the process of criminal cases"; "I don't understand the full scope of this project"; "its a fantastic piece of work"; "For better or for worse, its an area that raises a lot of interesting issues"; "the closer you look at the definition of genes, the harder it is to know whether you've got it right"; "How will genome therapy affect..?"; "Do you think it would be possible one day for law enforcement to take DNA evidence from a crime scene and forecast what the perpetrator might have looked right?"; "Lay people having misinformation and putting that to other people - I'm really wary about anyone having information about my health and my life"; "Its a flippant attitude, were throwing around words like human embryo and cloning, I mean, where are we going?"; "Who's DNA is being decoded?".
Supporting these voices, the music is developed and layer upon layer of bass drums and human heart sounds hopefully create an anxious yet reflective ood - which is broken at points during the track by rhythmic pauses. The voice samples have been deliberately lowered in the mix to make them difficult to hear. This symbolises the difficulties lay people sometimes have in getting their views on complex issues heard.
At the end of the day, the song is no more than an overview (perhaps a tad one-sided) of some general concerns the public hold against the human genome project. After all - for better or for worse, its a fantastic piece of work!!!

Your
Robert Skey
The Stovies Foundation
www.stovies.demon.co.uk

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Gordy12
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posted 06-24-2009 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gordy12   Click Here to Email Gordy12     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
[QUOTE]Originally posted by FS Zollmann:
[b]The Stovies Foundation have produced their first musical commentary on the debate resulting from the human genome project. Hear it for yourself at
http://www.hum-molgen.de/documents/brave_new_world.mp3

In terms of the background to the track, Robert Skey summarises the reasons for writing the song and what it is attempting to say:


I use the net regularly and tend to listen to webcasts from around the world while on-line. I was listening to such a webcast (from a radio station in Washington) when the phone-in being featured turned its attention to the humane genome project. I listened with interest as caller after caller raised concerns and questions regarding how this new knowledge might be used, to both better and hinder the social fabric of our lives. I began recording portions of the RealAudio webcast, allowing fate to decide which views were committed to disk. At the end of the webcast, I quickly surfed a few related websights to get an overview of the scientists views as well (and where possible, pick up RealAudio samples of these views).As a musician, it became obvious to me that the concerns featured in the
RealAudio clips could be used effectively in a multimedia environment. So I set out to combine the samples with some musical support. The basic theme was for the track to start of simply, with ambient noise, using the voices
as layers and generally building the musical pulse up, to emphasise the concerns of the people featured. The track begins with water (as this is the fountain of all life), which I mixed with static. The static represents the potential hazards of playing with nature and the potential for corruption of the source material. Over this, a simple bell plays the songs main melody.
Thereafter, the voices play against one another, asking the following questions: "How can you use the identification of DNA in the process of criminal cases"; "I don't understand the full scope of this project"; "its a fantastic piece of work"; "For better or for worse, its an area that raises a lot of interesting issues"; "the closer you look at the definition of genes, the harder it is to know whether you've got it right"; "How will genome therapy affect..?"; "Do you think it would be possible one day for law enforcement to take DNA evidence from a crime scene and forecast what the perpetrator might have looked right?"; "Lay people having misinformation and putting that to other people - I'm really wary about anyone having information about my health and my life"; "Its a flippant attitude, were throwing around words like human embryo and cloning, I mean, where are we going?"; "Who's DNA is being decoded?".
Supporting these voices, the music is developed and layer upon layer of bass drums and human heart sounds hopefully create an anxious yet reflective ood - which is broken at points during the track by rhythmic pauses. The voice samples have been deliberately lowered in the mix to make them difficult to hear. This symbolises the difficulties lay people sometimes have in getting their views on complex issues heard.
At the end of the day, the song is no more than an overview (perhaps a tad one-sided) of some general concerns the public hold against the human genome project. After all - for better or for worse, its a fantastic piece of work!!!

Your
Robert Skey
The Stovies Foundation
www.stovies.demon.co.uk

You are right...Its such a fantastic peace of work. very impressive indeed...

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[This message has been edited by Gordy12 (edited 02-04-2010).]

[This message has been edited by Gordy12 (edited 02-04-2010).]

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