Climate change and music
Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi performs one of his own pieces on a floating platform in the Arctic Ocean.
image from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/06/24/watch-a-world-famous-pianist-perform-on-floating-in-the-arctic-ocean
What kinds of questions do musicians ask about climate change?
- What does climate change sound like, and is it possible to capture that through music?
- What is the relationship between natural sounds such as birds, water, and air, and musical sound?
- Is our current system for writing and performing music capable of representing the world around us?
- How can composers and musicians use the emotional power of music to communicate the urgency of climate change?
Books and ebooks
DVDs and streaming videos
To fight climate change fatigue, researcher Judy Twedt hacked her data and used it to compose music. Her score lets us hear decades of Arctic sea ice loss in just minutes. In the beautiful and sometimes discordant piano piece, played by Kristina Lee, numerical scientific data becomes an emotional experience intended to reconnect us to the rhythm of the planet. (18 minutes)
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