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Graduate Student Turns the AIDS Virus Into Music

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Not since "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" has there been a more inappropriate choice for mood music.

A University of Georgia graduate student, Alexandra Pajak, has made beautiful music from a subject not at all conducive to classical melodies. Pajak analyzed the different DNA strands that comprise the AIDS virus and assigned musical pitches to each strand. The process took three months, at which point she compiled each tune into a 17-track, 52-minute album with the unsettling title The Sounds of HIV.

Speaking with AOL News, Pajak said, "I wanted to show all of the properties that the DNA in HIV contains. Hopefully it's a whole new way for people to learn about the science behind the disease."

She added, "I stayed very loyal to the DNA. Every segment of the virus was assigned music pitches that correspond to the segment's scientific properties. The sounds literally reflect the nature of the virus."

To hear a snippet of this unorthodox tribute album, the album's Amazon listing hosts clips of each track.

So far, surprisingly, the album hasn't caused an uproar within the medical community or among the afflicted. Pajak won the approval of Carl Schmid from The AIDS Institute who described the music as "very interesting" and "could even help reduce the stigma associated with the disease."

Pajak revealed to AOL News that she has no plans of adding lyrics or singing on the album.

However, this might be the only case where a remix could potentially find a cure.
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