The December 2018 New Zealand combined Hydrological and Meteorological Society conference called for a new category of presentation that was short, interesting and artistic. Dr Graeme Smart (NIWA Principal Scientist - Natural Hazards and Hydrodynamics) - took time series of Canterbury hydrologic variables during February 2011 and played these as an orchestral score. Rainfall, temperature, windspeed, streamflow and sea level series were assigned to different musical instruments. The frequency of the instruments depended on the magnitude of the hydrologic variable. Time was foreshortened so that 4 hourly values played per second. The music score (hydro/meteo timeseries) was shown on the screen as the music played.
The resulting "symphony" sounds best on an audio/video system which has 5.1 channel surround sound.
More info at: niwa.co.nz/news/summer-series-2018-the-science-of-art-or-the-art-of-science
Other presentations at the 2018 HydroSoc conference: nzhsnzms2018.co.nz