CATALOGUE Among the Garbage and the Flowers - Flipbook - Page 19
The rate of reduction is defined as:
m =( (MtCO2e/year)2030 -(MtCO2e/year)2015) /
Dissonant Promises uses temporal dissonance to create a
jarring sonic landscape that represents the severe
environmental shortcomings of world nations. These nations,
through meagre policy and lack of action, are currently failing
to deliver on their promises to achieve the required reduction
of Carbon Dioxide emissions to ensure a maximum global
temperature increase of 1.5 degrees C.
The Severity Factor is then used to determine a
‘Slowdown Rate’, to adjust the tempo of the music
heard by the listener, this Slowdown Rate was
calculated by normalizing the severity factors based on
the best and worst performing countries. A DAW was
then used to process the stereo audio.
We invite you to join us on an auditory world tour of Government inaction
in the face of an inevitable climate catastrophe.
Dissonant Promises is a piece of art that was born from a desire
to expose climate inaction using the medium of sound. The
listener experiences two sounds simultaneously; on one ear, a
representation of how things should be in order to achieve a
1.5 degree max rise in temperature, on the other, a
representation of how severely the selected jurisdiction is
missing those targets.
The ‘severity factor’ for each country was determined using
data from the Climate Action Tracker
(https://climateactiontracker.org/) and is defined as:
SF =m1.5 - mx
SF = Severity Factor
m1.5 = The rate of reduction of MtCO2e/year required to
achieve a max 1.5 degree increase.
mx = The rate of reduction of MtCO2e/year based on the
policies and action of the world nation.
Stephen Brennan is an Electronic Engineer, Scientific
R&D Consultant and Musician. Born and raised in the
green hills of rural Northern Ireland, he has a deep love
for the natural world. Stephen feels strongly about the
lack of real action being taken to stave off the
devastating effects of climate change and designed
Dissonant Promises as a call to the people to implore their
governments implement higher levels of accountability.
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