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Data visualization in sound: A Song of Our Warming Planet

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 31-08-2013 10:50 | Category: Environment



A Song of Our Warming Planet

University of Minnesota undergrad Daniel Crawford came up with a completely different approach to visualize global warming. He’s using his cello to communicate the latest climate science through music.
The final result, “A Song of Our Warming Planet,” came about following a conversation Crawford had with geography professor Scott St. George during an internship. St. George asked Crawford about the possibility of turning a set of data into music.
“Data visualizations are effective for some people, but they aren’t the best way to reach everyone,” says St. George. “Instead of giving people something to look at, Dan’s performance gives them something they can feel.”

Crawford: “Climate scientists have a standard toolbox to communicate their data. We’re trying to add another tool to that toolbox, another way to communicate these ideas to people who might get more out of music than maps, graphs and numbers.”
The video ends with the message: Scientists predict the planet will warm by another 1.8 degrees Celsius (3.2 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of this century. This additional warming would produce a series of notes beyond the range of human hearing.

More info and downloads (sheet music and the audio file) here.

Hat tip Gillo.










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