Commissioned Works

The Weather at Six

Ron Kuivila

Wesleyan University was the site of a new sound installation that bridged the gap between thinking about global climate change and experiencing it. Professor of Music Ron Kuivila’s sound installation The Weather, at Six employed the synthesized sound of the carillon bells in Wesleyan’s South College bell tower to create a sonic interpretation of weather data collected for the current day’s date over 130 years ago. Each day’s “piece” ran between 5 and 15 minutes. Every day at 6pm, speakers mounted in the bell tower played “today’s weather” with rhythmic structure derived from the pattern of rainy (or snowy) days and bell selections following the contour of daily temperature readings.

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