Composer and experimental musician Erik Griswold joins forces with climate change social scientist Rebecca Cunningham to create a kinetic sound sculpture that asks whether we can hear the climate changing.
Tides are some of the most constant phenomena in nature. The ebb and flow, the repetitive undulating rhythms, the constant tensions. Anthropogenic climate change rises tides around the world. Sounding Tides is an interactive musical composition and a sonification of scientific data that translates 40 years of data into sound and allows us to listen to these changes.
We hear the tides represented as slowly pulsing chords, shifting noise spectra, and dancing musical arpeggios, and we see the sound waves rippling and bubbling in water held within five large bowls.
The musician/scientist duo are interested in the ways ideas transform and new insights can be discovered when exploring data in a tactile and multi-sensory fashion. By sonifying the repeating cycles of the tides, hypnotic and meditative musical textures have been created using sine waves and white noise generators, accompanied by sampled piano. An interactive app enables participants to explore and mix the sonified data in their own way.
Other information about Sounding Tides: clockedout.org/soundingtides
About the Creators
Artist: Erik Griswold
Scientist: Rebecca Cunningham
Erik Griswold is an award-winning composer and pianist specializing in experimental music. Co-founder of Clocked Out, his work embraces inter-arts, intercultural and art-science collaboration.
Rebecca Cunningham is a climate change social scientist, a social network analysis enthusiast, an XR experimentalist, and an artist always, based at University of Technology Sydney, Institute for Sustainable Futures
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