“The result of the project is an experimental synthesiser type track that a live musician improvises over using a basic score that gives a sketch of the ups and downs of these aspects of the disease. The cumulative effect of the musical components conveys the nature of the physical feelings associated with high/low blood sugars.
“It is my job, as the soloist in this piece, to make sense of the chaos of the music that is derived from the data and react musically to the sounds produced. Sometimes this is beautiful and tranquil, and other times it is tumultuous and distressing, again, mirroring daily life with this unpleasant condition.”
The final track has recently been recorded and mixed in the studios of Edinburgh Napier University and has been released to stream and purchase with all funds raised being donated directly to Diabetes UK on an ongoing basis.
Diabetes UK is one of the largest funders of diabetes research in the UK. The charity supports pioneering research into cause and prevention, improving care and treatment, and working towards finding a cure.
Zack has also publically performed the piece, most recently in Stockholm at the Royal College of Music, as doors continue to open as a result of his musical wellbeing journey.
He added: “Despite not being a great deal of fun to have a condition that can make you feel pretty rough a lot of the time, I should make it clear that I am very aware that many people are far worse off than I am. However, I’ve always been interested in turning negatives into positives and I feel that this process has helped me do just that with my own experience of living with diabetes.”
“It sounds cheesy but I like to think I see music a little differently to the norm and throughout the process of making this track, I’ve tried to push the boundaries of my approach to composition. Taking something that is really personal to me and turning it into something that others can both listen to and learn a little bit more about what it is like to live with diabetes has been a really enjoyable process.”
The track – IDDM – by Zack Moir is now available to stream on Spotify
and is available to purchase through iTunes