Climate fiction is going mainstream. A growing number of novels, movies, TV shows, and other works of fiction are referencing the climate crisis as a significant or even central part of the plot and setting. There’s a Climate Fiction Writers League, climate fiction writing contests like Imagine 2200, and groups like Good Energy working to improve the quantity and quality of climate fiction in print and digital media.
Did you know that you can use climate data sets to create music?
Climate data sonification is the process of turning climate data sets into sound — in this case, music. I wrote a blog entry about this back in April of 2023 titled Turning Climate Data Into Music. Now that I’m delving into the world of audiobook production, I’ve decided that it’s also time to revive my interest in creating music using climate data sets.
Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, anyone with internet access can make instrumental music tracks based directly on climate data sets (or any other data sets). All you have to do is find, convert, or create a data file (.xls, xlsx, .csv, .ods) and upload it to a web-based tool called TwoTone that translates the data into music. You can choose among several computer-generated instruments, combine multiple tracks, use the arpeggio settings to give the data a more musical sound, preview the results in your browser, and export the results in .mp3 or .pcm format.
The end of one calendar year and the start of another is often a great time to reflect on the course of our lives and the state of the world. This is particularly true when it comes to the climate crisis.
What happened with climate change in 2023? What might happen in 2024? What can we do about it?