Recently presented as part of the Extinction Marathon at the Serpentine Gallery, London, the Climate Symphony is a new project directed by filmmaker Katherine Round and Leah Borromeo of Disobedient Films, in collaboration with composer Jamie Perera. The project takes takes climate data and sonifies it, asking the question “does data have emotion?”. What is the sound of a dying planet? Climate Symphony turns datasets on climate change into musical notes, timings and phrases. This raw material is transformed into musical scores performed by the people, places and things reflected in that data. Working at the intersection of technology, data journalism and art, Climate Symphony is a fully scaleable project with a vision to use sound as a journalistic tool, this is social engagement through sound. This is what our planet sounds like through its lungs.
Photo credit: Kate Carr