This One Minute Piece for Piano and Apple Crunch, by Helena and Nathan Cavan is called: ‘The Crunch Coda’.
‘The Crunch Coda’ uses solely the apple’s genomic sequence, ATCG, to inform its musical vocabulary. The percussive nature of the apple bite is interpreted through “crunchy” rhythmic piano textures and octave transpositions. Bite samples overlay musical samples to create a satisfyingly energetic artistic experience of the eating of an apple, guaranteed to leave a smile.
The CymaGlyph, or sound image, of the apple-crunch-sound on water made possible by the Cymascope instrument, has been coloured to express both the sequencing of the apple’s DNA – red (showing letter T) and green (showing letter A) in Nicola Busatto’s beautiful photograph of a small part of the apple genome, as well as referencing the genome’s influence on apple skin colour.
The noble crunch image, with crown-like circlet of seed-like gems, is digitised and brought to life, synchronising and pulsating with the music. This is art & science history in the making: the first ever experience of listening to an apple crunch sound whilst watching the very same sound transformed into a graphic.