Media Matters Workshop: Sonifying Climate Change

On Monday the 27th of August, the MCCCRH, with the support of the School of Media, Film and Journalism, hosted a seminar exploring the possibilities of new research being conducted by the Hub, 'Sonifying Climate Change in Australia.' This exciting project brings together music specialists, communications scholars and climate scientists to create unique sound tracks that enable us to hear extreme weather. The soundtracks are created by tracking air pressure, rainfall and longitude and latitude every six hours. This data is processed by algorithmic composition and audio synthesis within a platform called ‘supercollider’ to produce distinct sound sequences.  Thus far, this process has only been used to sonifying cyclones, but the Hub is also looking at the possibility of sonifying other kinds of storms and heatwaves.

The panellists discussing the possibilities of climate sonification Dr David Holmes explaining how climate change attitudes are segmented in Australia

Dr Ailie Gallant from the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, Mr Paul Holper, Director of science communication firm, Scientell Pty Ltd, Prof Cat Hope, Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and MCCCRH Director, Dr David Holmes discussed the many possible outcomes of this research, including acting as a potential real-time warning system and bringing climate science to new audiences through music.

Please enjoy a broadcast of the full event below.