Moore on Sophias Garden
Type A is characterized by the inability of a specific
gene to express correctly and synthesize an enzyme
called Acid Sphingomyelinase (ASM). This enzyme is
required to metabolize a special lipid, called sphingomyelin.
If ASM is absent or not functioning properly, this
lipid cannot be metabolized properly and is accumulated
within the cell, eventually causing cell death and
the malfunction of major organ systems.
for Sophias Garden was created by translating
the genetic instructions from the gene that codes for
the synthesis of ASM into information that can be used
by various synthesizers and other types of musical instruments.
In this way the genetic sequences have become the themes
and motifs for the music.
the final selection of the CD, I recorded the sounds
of Sophias voice so that she could sing along with
the music. All of the musical sounds and the sound effects
on this selection were derived from the recorded sounds
of Sophias voice. These sounds were then correlated
to the genetic instructions via the same method as in
the other pieces on the CD.
Intention was to create music that would lend some nurturing
element to Sophias daily experience. I have tried
to capture what I think are the most delightful aspects
of Sophias essence and to reflect them musically.
As a composer, this has allowed me to extract myself
from the process and focus very clearly on musical expression.
some extent, I am cognizant of the genomic aspect of
the music and am trying to reflect my impression of what
gene expression might sound like musically. But more
predominant has been a sense of what I perceive to be
also had the opportunity to observe wonderful outpourings
of loving care by so many whose lives have been touched
by Sophia. This gives me a sense of Sophias Garden
as a kind of virtual space where one can be truly selfless.