We create and perform original music guided by climate data. Music provides a unique way of communicating the impact that human activities are having on our climate over time. Our work is made possible by close collaboration between leading scientists and artists.
Our live performances include synchronized visuals and post-concert public forums during which our audiences can engage actively with our scientists, composers, and musicians.
As an analogy for climate, music is familiar, accessible, and—for most people—much easier to relate to than data. We created The ClimateMusic Project to harness this universal language to tell the urgent story of climate change to broad and diverse audiences in a way that resonates and inspires.
The following clip is from the composition that we are currently performing, "Climate", by composer Erik Ian Walker in collaboration with The ClimateMusic Project. The full 30-minute piece spans 500 years (1800-2300AD) of the climate's past and present, as well as two possible future scenarios. The data sets are from simulations from the Community Earth System Model (CESM), an open model that has been used extensively in national and international assessments of climate change.