Climate Music Project

A group in San Francisco is translating climate data into a language most people can understand – even if they have no scientific training.

Schulberg: “Music provides an emotional, visceral understanding of the issue in a way which data and written word doesn’t.”

That’s Fran Schulberg of the Climate Music Project, which connects scientists with composers. They use musical elements like pitch, volume, and rhythm to represent scientific variables such as carbon pollution levels and temperature over time.

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So far, the groups’ musicians have performed the pieces live at more than a dozen concerts. At each one, graphs of the data are projected behind the stage. Afterwards, scientists answer questions.

Schulberg: “One of our scientists is a Nobel Prize winner. And he said he’s been giving lectures for 25 years, and nobody has ever come over to him after a lecture and said, ‘This has changed my life.’ But after every one of our performances, he engages with the audience and every single time, people have a response, saying ‘this has changed my life, I now realize how urgent the issue is and I’m going to take action.'”

Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.
Image credit: Climate Music Project video screen capture.