A musical presentation of data

It’s interesting to see the different ways people think of to communicate scientific findings. Daniel Crawford, a cellist and student at the University of Minnesota, has put together a musical interpretation of global climate data. In the piece he performs temperature readings from 1880 to 2012, each year represented as a note with the pitch of the note dictated by that year’s global average temperature (relative to a baseline).

From a musical point of view it’s a very simple piece, but from a scientific point of view it’s a very new and intriguing way to think about data. Makes one wonder if the classic method of bar graphs and line charts is really the most effective way to convey information.

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