“We wanted to tell a story that captured the connectivity of our oceans in an audible experience. We used music because it sounds more engaging and dynamic, and has the ability to connect us to a variety of backgrounds.” keeps.” Ryan Vandermeulen, scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, said in a press statement.
Vandermeulen began his sea voice experience with an ocean color image of the Rio de la Plata estuary, the estuary formed by the confluence of the Uruguay River and the Paraná River that form the border between Uruguay and Argentina. They were lost in its beauty and complexity. This gave Vandermeulen an idea of what it would be like if this image had a sound of its own.
“I started extracting transitive data from the satellite images. I looked at the pattern of the red, green and blue channels. It was clear that they were not going in the same direction. There was something hidden in it. The data is as it really is. These variations create a natural palette for the ear.” the scientist said in a press statement. The video of this composition has also been shared on YouTube, in which the imagery data has been converted into melodious music.
After extracting the data from the ocean’s color imagery, Vandermeulen wanted to combine it with sound. Here he had to seek the help of his brother John Vandermeulen, who is a computer programmer. After taking the data from Ryan, John created a programmatic interface that converted the data into musical notes. He then modified the tool to import the translated data into a digital audio workstation.