Celebrating our Sesquicentennial 1867-2017
Celebrating our Sesquicentennial1867-2017

Archaea by Stephen Taylor

McFarland Carillon
University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign campus
Altgeld Hall Tower
University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign campus

As part of the celebration of the sesquicentennial of the University of Illinois, Stephen A. Taylor, composer at the University of Illinois' School of Music composed a new musical work, entitled Archaea, to be played on the Altgeld Chimes and the McFarland Carillon during the University of Illinois Sesquicentennial Celebration. Below is an interactive graphic of the complete genetic sequence of M. Jannaschii that has Stephen Taylor's musical composition applied to it.

Zoom into the image by clicking the outer ticks marks of the graphic, which will play the music composed for that section. While zoomed in, you can move to the previous or next section using the ROTATE CW and ROTATE CCW buttons. Listen to the sounds that are applied to the color key to the right by hovering over each color box.

The genetic data and images are provided courtesy of the BacMap website and the University of Alberta.

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Genome Atlas
Genes encoding proteins
Forward strand
Reverse strand
Genes encoding functional RNA
Forward strand
Reverse strand
COG functional categories
Information storage and processing
Translation, ribosomal structure and biogenesis
DNA replication, recombination and repair
Cellular processes
Cell division and chromosome partitioning
Postranslational modification, protein turnover, chaperones
Cell envelope biogenesis, outer membrane
Cell motility and secretion
Inorganic ion transport and metabolism
Signal transduction mechanisms
Energy production and conversion
Carbohydrate transport and metabolism
Amino acid transport and metabolism
Nucleotide transport and metabolism
Coenzyme metabolism
Lipid metabolism
Secondary metabolites biosynthesis, transport and catabolism
Poorly Characterized
General function prediction only
Function unknown