The Climate Music Project seeks to make climate change personal. Combining the talents and expertise of world class scientists, composers, musicians, artists, and technology visionaries, we enable the creation and staging of science-guided music and visual experiences to inspire people to engage actively on the issue of climate change.
Elegy for the Arctic, Ludovico Einaudi
“I wanted to express the idea of eternity and fragility that I had felt in that place. The glacier is so immensely powerful, yet on the brink of eradication. This fragility of life is something which we can often forget; this is my musical reflection on the Arctic.” Ludovico Einaudi
Song for a Warming Planet, Daniel Crawford
In Crawford’s composition, each note represents a year, ordered from 1880 to 2012. The pitch reflects the average temperature of the planet relative to the 1951–80 base line. Low notes represent relatively cool years, while high notes signify relatively warm ones.
“Music is an important tool because it acts to bridge the divide between logic and emotion,” he says. “It is simple enough to look at numbers rise or to watch the slope of a graph increase and walk away saying ‘OK, the Earth is getting warmer.’ Through music, we can convey the data in a different way, which draws on the science of the numbers and also the emotional power of hearing sound.” Daniel Crawford
While doing field work in the Arctic, University of Washington doctoral candidate Judy Twedt could see the impact of sea level rise, carbon emissions and rapidly disappearing sea ice firsthand. But communicating the urgency of that data to people outside the bubble of the scientific world remained a struggle. She found the answer in music.
Climate, Erik Ian Walker
The following clip is from Climate by Erik Ian Walker that The Climate Music Project is currently performing. The full 30-minute piece spans 500 years (1800-2300AD) of the climate’s past and present, as well as two possible future scenarios. The data sets are from simulations from the Community Earth System Model, an open model that has been used extensively in national and international assessments of climate change.