Music For Climate Change
To honor Al Gore, who gave a Q&A yesterday at the Hammer Museum after the projection of his new movie: ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’, let’s listen to music inspired by climate change!
Artist Stephan Crawford runs The ClimateMusic Project, a group of scientists, musicians, and composers who create music based on climate data. They want to make the public more aware of the urgency of the situation, and this piece, composed at the end of 2017 by Erik Ian Walker, spans 500 years of data, going from 1800 to 2300.
Last night, Al Gore appeared more determined than ever than we can reverse the situation and escape the doom scenario which looms at humanity’s future. I am less optimistic than he is, but he is the specialist, he is the one who dedicated his entire life to the cause, and I can’t think of another man who is more focused on a goal, more determined to win the battle despite the setbacks due to the current administration, so we have to trust him.
Crawford’s 30-minute-long composition comes with two possible scenarios, a doom one where we carelessly continue to produce greenhouse gases, and a more optimistic one where we reduce the emissions and manage to keep climate change under control.
The composition follows the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution in the 1800s, while showing the same type of CO2 level chart than Al Gore commented in his first movie, The Inconvenient Truth’, and the music becomes more discordant as we arrive in the 2000s as the anxiety grows with CO2 concentration. By 2030, the music is only static, dissonance and discordance.
The ClimateMusic Project, which includes two composers and four climate scientists, has done concerts in the Bay Area, and these musical performances guided by science may accomplish something that pure science alone cannot do, by bringing the type of emotion necessary for people to care for their future and make them more aware of the urgency of taking action.
This is an excerpt that covers the 1960-2025 years, and you can hear the anxiety building up.