Phageologies: Battle in the Intestines
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Phageologies : Battle In the Intestines
For this week's Creative Code Challenge by @sableRalph : Animated Bacteriophages, I decided to do some research on Phages and sonify a probable scenario of where Phages are attacking bacteria (to reflect the animated portion of the Prompt) while a person eating it through SonicPi.
The first task for the WCCC was to figure out more information about Phages, Below is some of the information I gathered and under the "Reading/Reference" Header, you can see where I sourced the information from:
This isn't a new battle stage
Or an update for the Phages
This is a routine location
As embedded in their phases
As bacteria lurks in the Intestines
Who shall win this time?
with their new winning formulation?
IllestPreacha · Phageologies Battlefield In The Guts
While Taking a look at the information, I used the following for the design :
Phages are the Most abundant biological group on Earth - (Łusiak-Szelachowska M et al, 2020)
- Showcased this by having threads represent the different strands of phages in the piece that are attacking the bacteria
Phages are located everywhere but the main task is to destroy bacteria as they don't attack human cells.
One of the interesting ecosystems containing Phages is the Human Guts. (Łusiak-Szelachowska M et al, 2020)
- For this, I recorded food related sounds in SonicPi and remixed them
In some ecosystems, there is a 10 to 1 ratio of Phages vs Bacteria (Clokie et al, 2011)
- This can be seen within the sleep function as the numbers are smaller in ratio to the bacteria sound functions.
Comments in the code explain the Design choices that take in the information above
Phages attacking Bacteria in the Intensines
=begin The guitar sounds are representing the phages and their quest of vanishing the bacteriums There will be mutliple thraeds of phages to embody their abundance Every eight loops, there will be a beep to symbolize a bacteria that was taken out The bacteria are represnted by synths =end x = 0 live_loop :phages_set1 do =begin The Amp parameter is also representing the 8to 1 ratio but with a dice randomizer In one source, they mentioned 70% of marine bacteria contains Phages This can be seen within the Spread function that uses Euclidean rhyhtms =end sample :guit_em9, beat_stretch: 2 , amp: dice(8) if spread(7,10).tick if x % 8 == 0 with_fx :distortion, distort: 0.9 do with_fx :echo do sample :elec_beep, amp: 7 end end end sleep [0.8,1.2,1.6].choose end #A Different Strand of Phages live_loop :phages_set2 do with_fx :ping_pong do sample :guit_em9, beat_stretch: 10, amp: dice(8) if spread(5,12).tick end puts x x += 1 if x % 8 == 0 with_fx :echo do with_fx :echo do sample :elec_beep, amp: 7, beat_stretch: 2 end end end sleep [0.6,1,2].choose end live_loop :bacteria do with_fx :krush, mix: 0.67 do use_synth :piano play_pattern chord(:E3, :m7), sustain: 12, decay: 14 end sleep [8,12,16].choose end live_loop :bacteria2 do with_fx :ixi_techno, mix: 0.67 do use_synth :prophet play_pattern chord(:E3, :m7), sustain: 12, decay: 14 end sleep [8,12,16].choose end
Eating to start the upcoming battle between Phages & Bacteria
with_fx :vowel, voice: dice(3), mix: 0.5 do with_fx :bitcrusher, mix: 0.9, pre_amp: dice(3) do with_fx [:whammy,:vowel].choose, mix: rrand(0.1, 0.6) do # with_fx :echo , mix: 0.4, decay: dice(2) do live_audio :foo end end end
Clokie MR, Millard AD, Letarov AV, Heaphy S. Phages in nature. Bacteriophage. 2011 Jan;1(1):31-45. doi: 10.4161/bact.1.1.14942. PMID: 21687533; PMCID: PMC3109452. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3109452/)
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Łusiak-Szelachowska M, Weber-Dąbrowska B, Żaczek M, Borysowski J, Górski A. The Presence of Bacteriophages in the Human Body: Good, Bad or Neutral? Microorganisms. 2020 Dec 16;8(12):2012. doi: 10.3390/microorganisms8122012. PMID: 33339331; PMCID: PMC7767151.(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7767151/)