New Organs of Creation, 2013, 2019


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Can a voice speak to us on a cellular level and create a new anthem to bridge a future of national divides?

New Organs of Creation presents a hypothetical development of the human larynx (voice box), using tissue engineering, to extend the ability of the voice as a transformational instrument.

The project is made in collaboration with Prof Lucy Di-Silvio who used tissue engineering to grow human cells on the prototype anatomical larynx. The structure of the larynx was designed taking inspiration from other animals to extend our vocal abilities. The scaffold of the larynx was 3D printed with Dr Trevor Coward from the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences at King’s College London.

Photos from Tissue Enginnering lab, Kings College London

Grown hypothetical larynx as relic of future


The resulting voice attempts to enable a singer to talk directly to the body’s cells. With this voice, the singer performs an anthem expressing a national identity for the future of what many are calling “Britain's divided nation”. 

The Singer and the Anthem

Research has shown that sound can help direct the eventual form of stem cells. For instance, low sound frequencies in the range of 50Hz to 100Hz can help coax stem cells into bone cells, instead of other forms such as heart or skin cells. The synthetic larynx is designed to produce these low sound ranges, taking anatomical inspiration from the koala, cat and a man with a record-breaking bass voice.

The transformational voice
Transformational voice = between 0.189 - 784 Hz = TIM STORMS + KOALA + CAT + MEZZON SOPRANO

With a voice that can reach these frequencies, a new anthem (composer, Matt Rogers & sound desiger, David Sheppard) aims to go beyond national divides, sung by a voice (mezzo-soprano, Louise Ashcroft) able to talk to us on a cellular level and change the state of the physical world.

In the development of the piece, Burton Nitta has recorded public voices and voice experts from around the country. These discussions ask for visions of where we are heading as a nation and explore the power of the voice as an instrument for change.







New Organs of Creation is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and commissioned by Science Gallery London.






New Organs of Creation


Burton Nitta


In collaboration with

Artistic team:


Matt Rogers



David Sheppard

Sound Designer


Louise Ashcroft

Mezzo Soprano and Actor



Scientific team:

Prof Lucy Di-Silvio

Professor of Tissue Engineering

Centre for Oral, Clinical and Translational Sciences

Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences

King's College London

Guy's Hospital


Dr Trevor Coward


Maxillofacial and Craniofacial Rehabilitation,

King’s College London




Special Thanks to:


Hassan Mohamed Farah

Tissue Engineering & Biophotonics Division,

King’s College London


Rhonda Henley-Smith

Head and Neck/Oral Pathology Laboratory

Guys Hospital


Prof Susan Standring

Emeritus Professor of Anatomy

Department of Anatomy

King's College London

Declan Costello

Consultant ENT Surgeon specialising in voice disorders

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and King Edward VII’s Hospital London


Prof David Reby

Professor of Ethology (Psychology)

University of Sussex


Simon Broad

Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine

King's College London


The Manx Singers


Sir Joseph Alan Meale




Aaron Mcmullan


Noemie Soula

Richard Donaldson

Christos Pistolas

Chem glassware


Roger Flint


The Burton family

Candyce Dryburgh


Jane Bowels


Jack Churchill


All the people who generously contributed

their voices through the interview process



Supported by






8th May 2019, Science Gallery London


28th February - 12th May 2019

Spare Parts season, Science Gallery London


Lucy Di-Silvio, The ScienceRoadie Podcast, 17th May 2019


Can a singer help bridge a divided nation? by Louise Ashcroft, 2nd May 2019


"Spare Parts" shows biomedical research through the eyes of artists in London, 29th April 2019


World premiere of "New Organs of Creation" at The Science Gallery, London by Louise Ashcroft, 29th April 2019


Spare Parts:Going out on a limb in the name of science, 11th April 2019

Museums: Medicine and the Science of Health, 25th March 2019

Spare Parts - art and human repair, 1st March 2019


Michael speaking about the project at 1:02 on London Live





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