Earth system music: music generated from the United Kingdom Earth System Model (UKESM1)

de Mora, L, Sellar, AA, Yool, A, Palmieri, J, Smith, RS, Kuhlbrodt, T, Parker, RJ, Walton, J, Blackford, JC and Jones, CG 2020 Earth system music: music generated from the United Kingdom Earth System Model (UKESM1). Geoscience Communication, 3 (2). 263-278.

gc-3-263-2020 (1).pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (3MB) | Preview
Official URL:


Scientific data are almost always represented graphically in figures or in videos. With the ever-growing interest from the general public in understanding climate sciences, it is becoming increasingly important that scientists present this information in ways that are both accessible and engaging to non-experts. In this pilot study, we use time series data from the first United Kingdom Earth System Model (UKESM1) to create six procedurally generated musical pieces. Each of these pieces presents a unique aspect of the ocean component of the UKESM1, either in terms of a scientific principle or a practical aspect of modelling. In addition, each piece is arranged using a different musical progression, style and tempo. These pieces were created in the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) format and then performed by a digital piano synthesiser. An associated video showing the time development of the data in time with the music was also created. The music and video were published on the lead author’s YouTube channel. A brief description of the methodology was also posted alongside the video. We also discuss the limitations of this pilot study and describe several approaches to extend and expand upon this work.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > National Capability categories > Long-term Multi-Centre UKESM
Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Marine System Modelling
Depositing User: S Hawkins
Date made live: 30 Sep 2020 06:49
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2024 12:05

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item