Turning Air Pollution into Music

If you’ve ever been to LA, you’ll know that the air can occasionally be a little, well, chewy.  The car-culture-happy state that gave us the word smog has been battling air pollution for decades.  

(Part of the reason gas prices in California are so high is because the state requires a specially-formulated blend available through only a select group of refineries.  It’s not like they can just truck in extra fuel from, say, Texas.)

Gabriel Isaacson, a doctoral student at USC, has been working with air pollution data with Aaron Reuben, a journalist.  But processing the date in a certain way, they’ve come up with music from air pollution.  Well, pseudo-music.

This is what a bad air day sounded like in Bakersfield.

The full story can be found here.  Thanks to Rach for the link.

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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