2017 plans and news!

We've been busy since our last performance at the San Francisco Green Festival!  We are using data visualization tools to upgrade the visual component of our performances, and are making a few other tweaks based on our audience surveys from last year.  Our 2017 performance cycle will begin in the spring with an Earth Day event in collaboration with...we'll announce our exciting new partnerships soon!  We have big ambitions for 2017--we'll post our concert and event schedule here soon...

Green Festival Wrap Up & 2017 Concert Schedule and Plans

Last week we closed out our 2016 performance cycle with a show at the San Francisco Green Festival.  The venue, old pier 35 jutting out into San Francisco Bay, made an unusual stage for the band, but we had a great crowd and also had a booth for the three day festival, which attracted thousands of people. 

Pier 35 in San Francisco

Pier 35 in San Francisco

In the old pier hall...

In the old pier hall...

Our 2016 performances were a great success, and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to perform in world-class venues like the IMAX Theater at The Tech Museum of Innovation in Silicon Valley, the planetarium at Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.  We are now gearing up for an active 2017 schedule, which will feature new and exciting venues as well as new music and visuals.  We will post the schedule here, so stay tuned--more news to come soon! 

The ClimateMusic Project Returns to the Chabot Space & Science Center on October 7 for a First Friday Event!

Don't just read about climate change--hear it! Join us for the next performance of The ClimateMusic Project’s original work by composer Erik Ian Walker, "Climate", which takes us through 500 years of the climate’s past and present, as well as  possible futures. The performance integrates music with synchronized visuals and includes an opportunity to engage with our science team after the concert.   With Erik Ian Walker on keyboards,  Thomas Dimuzio on synthesizer and live-sampling, Michele Walther on violin, Scott Brazieal on keyboards, Bill Noertker on bass guitar, and live mixing by Angela Lee

Friday, October 7th

Venue: The Planetarium at Chabot Space & Science Center

10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, CA 94619

tel:(510) 336-7373

Directions: http://www.chabotspace.org/directions.htm

Shows at 6:30P.M. and 7:30P.M.

Q&A Session with Dr. William Collins and Dr. Andrew Jones at 8:30PM

The Climate Music Project Current Work

We are currently performing "Climate", a 30-minute original composition by Erik Ian Walker in collaboration with The ClimateMusic Project. 

Climate reflects five hundred years of the climate’s past, present, and (possible) futures.

In creating this piece, we used three different climate variables, specifically:  atmospheric CO2, near surface temperature, earth energy balance. We also used ocean pH, which is affected by the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.  

The data sets for each of these variables are from simulations from the Community Earth System Model, an open model that has been used extensively in national and international assessments of climate change.    

The model simulates how the atmosphere, land, ocean, and sea ice change in response to changes to the environment, in particular both the natural and manmade sources and sinks of greenhouse gases.  In Climate,  you will be able to hear the influence of natural sources;  for example, in 1883 when the eruption of Krakatoa results in temporary cooling period.  

Climate opens by setting Earth in its context in our universe, galaxy, and solar system, then we begin the music expressing the long, stable climate humanity has enjoyed before the introduction of fossil fuels.

The unique aspect of this performance begins at the year 1800 A.D. , representing the approximate start of the industrial era.  At this point, each of the four variables influences the composition in a specific way.

1.     Atmospheric CO2 is represented by music tempo

2.     Near surface temperature by pitch

3.     Earth energy balance by distortion and ring modulation

4.     Ocean pH as compositional form

During live performances, a set of visual data animations tracks the trajectories of these variables over time.   Each minute of the composition represents 25 years.

The composition and graphs express climate changes up to the year 2005.  At this point, the composition and the graphs provide two possible scenarios projecting to the year 2300 AD:

1. The first scenario represents business as usual, in which we continue to burn fossil fuels without regard for their impact, resulting in an approximate increase of 8 degrees C.  This is represented by the bright red lines on the graphs (below); and

2. A second scenario in which there is an ambitious effort to reduce our emissions and soften the impacts of climate change, resulting in an approximate increase of 2 degrees C. This is represented by the bright blue lines on the graphs (below) .


San Jose Tech Museum Wrap Up

Our recent concert at The Tech Museum in San Jose was a hit!  

Below are a few quotes from audience members following our past performances:

"ClimateMusic has altered my perspective on Climate Change.  The risks feel more immediate, more real..."  

"Holy Moses! The music was so effective and beautiful, I felt almost like panicking around 2100!"

“ It's the most powerful, visceral representation I have heard or seen:  because through the rhythm-tempo-dynamics-pitch we embody the music, instead of just looking at and away from the data”.

"The performance was great and very moving. In fact, the impression left is still lingering, so it has certainly done its job!”

“It was really a powerful -- one of the most effective ways to communicate
climate change that I've seen”

“Really an impressive presentation last night.… it was very stirring and it evoked strong emotions, which only good music can do.… an amazing production really! Moreover, from what I experienced and the discussion afterwards, I can see a myriad of possibilities for expansion, variation and iteration. Really beautiful & effective (and disturbing at the same time) with the Planetarium being the perfect venue”.

"It really translates into visceral terms a threat that can often seem impenetrable and abstract...We can't wait to watch the project evolve and look forward to spreading the word" 

“What a fabulous premiere. Congratulations…. It was all you said it would be and then some. And I loved how engaged the audience was”.

“…I’m still surprised by how moving I found the experience. You need to get the word out!”

Stay tuned for announcements about upcoming concerts!