Massive Attack Encode Mezzanine Into DNA
Massive Attack have marked the 20th anniversary of their iconic album Mezzanine by encoding it into DNA. Although not the first time music has been stored this way, this is the first time it's been done to an entire album.
Using technology developed at ETH Zurich, the album will be compressed and stored in thousands of DNA strands. This information is then poured into 5,000 tiny glass beads, which are stored in water.
Robert Del Naja, a founding member of the group, says that he is especially interested in the idea that synthesised DNA could be added to paint or ink and where that might lead in the creation of art.
Always working ahead of the curve, Mezzanine was the first album to be released as a free internet stream on Real Audio Player in 1998.