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Music by Oceans

Music meets science

/ˈmjuːzɪk/

noun
vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion

Music meets science

Data meets musicDoes the Atlantic Ocean sound different from the Indian Ocean? Are polar ocean currents fundamentally different from those in tropical seas?

Composer Stef Veldhuis joins oceanographers Erik van Sebille and Will de Ruijter to answer these and other questions.

Converting data into music

Composer Stef Veldhuis: “Some of the compositions are elaborations on the floats’ trajectory through the water.

Others are inspired more by the temperature, or the oceans’ salinity levels.

Some of the pieces are direct translations of the data, while in others I’ve taken a bit more liberty.”