Monday, July 3, 2017
Climate change data is being transformed into beautiful, haunting symphonies.
Climate change data is being transformed into beautiful, haunting symphonies. Data sonification is being used to evoke the sounds of a climate in crisis.What is the sound of a dying planet? Translating hard facts into feeling is the issue of our age - and it is the task Climate Symphony have appointed themselves. A collective of artists and scientists, the London-based team are inspiring action by transforming climate change data into music. Ten years ago, old-school graphs and text-based data were the only way to communicate the growing problem of climate change. But when it comes to inspiring action, a relentless march of charts can disengage many. For Leah Borromeo, co-founder of Climate Symphony, it became clear a different approach was needed. Data sonification is the process of transforming numerical data into sound. Corresponding sounds are mapped onto specific data points and as each section of a dataset evolves the technique can be used to create a complex musical piece. It can mark change over time, rises and falls in specific factors and trends within a certain field.more