Climate Change

Provides resources on climate change and global warming from the perspective of the disciplines of science, social science and humanities.

Climate change and music

 

Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi performing one of his own pieces on a floating platform in the Arctic Ocean.

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?

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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)