From online protests to street art rumors to having an enormous influence on modern day music, Massive Attack has been a part of it all with this past April 20th being no exception. According to Pitchfork, this past friday marked the 20-year anniversary of Massive Attack’s worldwide beloved Mezzanine and the band announced that they are celebrating the anniversary in a very unique way. They have decided to release this incredible album in the format of DNA and will be the first album to be encoded in such a medium in its entirety. And, according to their press release, this new form of the music is also “an acknowledgement that it could be an answer to the problem of archiving the increasing amount of information that the world is creating.”
In order to achieve this seemingly Science-Fiction idea, Massive Attack used technology that was developed by STEM university. According to STEM, the audio files of the album are converted into “920,000 short strands of DNA.” Next, these strands are placed into “5,000 tiny (nanometre-sized) glass spheres.”
Though Massive Attack is doing something extremely unique, they are not the first to do so. Miles Davis’ song “Tutu” was said to be the first ever song to be encoded into DNA.