This Music Was Made with Global Warming. Wait–What?

As San Francisco artist Stephan Crawford was trying to come up with a way of describing the planet’s carbon cycle through a moving sculpture (we’ve all had days like that, right?) he stumbled into the idea of using rhythm. The result is The ClimateMusic Project, which includes musicians, composers and scientists who all create music based on climate data.

Their latest hit is a 30-minute piece that incorporates 300 years of past climate data plus data extrapolated 200 years into the future. One portion of the piece is rather apocalyptic, using data that predicted to be generated by humans continuing to generate ever-increasing amounts of greenhouse gases, the other where we moderate our behaviour and save the planet.

The music starts calmly enough, but as carbon emissions increase, the tensions ramp up. You’ll see what I mean. Read more at The Verge.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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