Varmus & Fils

Posted by: Dave Douglas on November 27, 2008 @ 9:19 am
Filed under: Culture

Festival of New Trumpet Music friend Jacob Varmus recently appeared at the Guggenheim with his father, Nobel Prize-winning oncologist Harold Varmus. “Genes & Jazz” being the title of the show-slash-lecture-slash-concert.

Harold came across some computer simulations of basic cell processes which had been produced by an Australian biomedical animator named Drew Barry. The animations, which are speeded-up renderings of cells dividing, are astonishingly beautiful. Harold decided to use them to illustrate his talk, and Jacob started thinking of his music as a kind of score.

And one thing led to another. You can read the whole New Yorker Talk of the Town article here.

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