Extreme Weather in Three Movements (2018-2021)

This composition consists of three movements: Global Solar Radiation (5'49") – Severe Typhoon Mangkhut (27'42") – Estimated Maximum Surface Wind (1'51"). The movements have been designed for a traditional auditorium with the idea that the audience will listen to all three pieces for the entirety of their duration. The composition combines data sonification and field recordings to perform different permutations of the same event—tropical cyclone Mangkhut (Hong Kong, 2018)—with the aim of giving listeners access to its multiple timescales and spatial dimensions. It asks them to return to this one incident of extreme weather to both reflect on the broader timeline of which it was a part and resist the desensitising flow of information about such events.