Climate Symphony

Directed by Leah Borromeo and Katharine Round | Composed by Jamie Perera

Climate Symphony turns data on climate change into a musical composition to tell the story of what climate change means through sound. This is the sound of a dying planet and our transient position in it.  It aims to create agency, meaning and a means to express this - a sparkle of glitter amongst the scatter of kohl.

Working with data scientists, journalistic institutions and the public we collate, create and verify datasets regarding climate change. The subject bases are varied - from food access to migration figures to parts per million of carbon dioxide and so forth. 

From the data collated we extract key narratives and turn them into notes, sounds and musical phrases along with other datasets to form an unfolding and engrossing story. This is an exploration blending science, art and sound to create a new journalism - reporting without borders. We have chosen sound and music because it is an inexplicably compelling, effective and engrossing vehicle.

The project has been featured by the Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Global Health Film Festival, OpenTech and was part of the Serpentine Transformation Marathon

In addition, two day-long labs at Artsadmin's 2 Degrees Festival and a Newcastle's Digital Culture Lab brought a participatory aspect to the project, inviting over a hundred journalists, scientists, data analysts and sound artists to work together and create their own compositions, sparking new conversations and engagement. These labs were supported by Arts Council England and co-produced with Forma. 

Alongside creating bespoke compositions for exhibition, the first live performance of Climate Symphony is in production for 2018. 

Listen to some of our compositions below


Further reading

Climate change data is being transformed into beautiful, haunting symphonies


Data sonification is being used to evoke the sounds of a climate in crisis, writes Wired magazine



If The Oceans Could Speak


An installation created for WATO, exhibited at Toronto's EDIT exhibition creates an immersive soundscape created by the sonification of data relating to plastic production, consumption and pollution in the oceans.