Collaborating with the Utrecht University, composer Stef Veldhuis created an array of compositions using oceanographic data collected by the Argo floats.
Connecting musical building blocks like pitch, dynamics, rhythm and tempo to different datasets created this piece and many other pieces like it. This specific float traveled from Madagascar to the tip of South-Africa, continuing its way to the Indian Ocean.
In some works the human aspect is very much present. In others you can hear a pure translation from data to music without any intervention by the human composer. Stef used a broad set of rules to interpret the data by exchanging the musical building blocks between the oceans and himself.
Music by Oceans allows the listener to experience the ocean and its behaviour with different senses. The composer gives the ocean a voice by converting raw, abundant data into sound.
This piece is played by a string quartet consisting of:
Sarah Lynn Huizing
Cecilia van Berkum
Gied van Oorschot
Working on this project are: Will De Ruyter (UU), Erik van Sebille (UU), Nieske Vergunst(UU), Anne-Fleur Kan (ECHO) and Stef Veldhuis (ECHO)
Music by Oceans premiered on the 31th of October 2017 with a symposium in Utrecht. We also launched the site www.musicbyoceans.org where you can work with the concept yourself.