First Life is a mixed media performance (75 minutes) for string quartet, narration, live audio processing, surround sound diffusion, live motion capture video projection, and audience participation. It is supported by the Center for Chemical Evolution, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and NASA Astrobiology Program. Composition of the work draws upon stochastic modeling of chemical data provided by researchers in Martha Grover’s Research Group at the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Each section of this work is constructed from contingent outcomes drawn from Dr. Grover’s biochemical research exploring the early Earth formations of organic compounds. The work also utilizes the results from the 1953 Miller-Urey experiments which demonstrated that organic compounds such as amino acids, essential to cellular life, could be made easily under the conditions that scientists suspected to be present on the early earth.
Steve Everett is Professor of Music and Directs the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence at Emory University in Atlanta. To view parts 2-5 of the work, go to steveeverett.org
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