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SONICULES is a live audio-visual performance exploring the process and challenges involved in the design of new anticancer drugs. Researchers at the University of York are investigating how displaying data as sound could potentially speed up the design process. This newly commissioned performance takes its inspiration from interactions between biochemical data, interactive immersive surround sound and audio reactive visualisations.
The key to effective design of new anticancer drugs is the ability to target specific biomolecules by carefully engineering the 3D shape of new drug molecules to reach the optimal docking between a drug and target-enzyme. Currently chemists and biochemists can ‘tune’ this energetic interaction purely with the aid of visual software. The process is imperfect, slow and often misses some of the principal electronic interactions. However, recent research shows that auditory display - displaying data as sound - has potential alongside visual representations to improve the efficiency and speed of this aspect of drug design.
Experience for yourself the powerful potential of sound to speed up the design of new drugs using specially developed software incorporating 3D graphics and sound.
This event is supported by Contemporary Music Research Centre (CMRC) in York.