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Geomusic as a New Pedagogical and Outreach Resource: Interpreting Geoheritage with All the Senses

  • L. Ezquerro
  • J. L. Simón
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Abstract

The scientific, rational approach to the knowledge of Earth can be complemented and enhanced with an emotional approach by means of arts. Sonification of sedimentary series, by converting distinct lithology, facies or geochemical parameters into notes, and bed thickness into duration of sounds, provides a new viewpoint on both their sequential features and the cultural meaning of geoheritage. A total of 14 musical compositions have been achieved according to that procedure, based on successions of diverse ages and sedimentary environments within the Iberian Peninsula. Some of these successions exhibit cyclic features that have been analyzed by a number of authors. Cyclostratigraphy shows how certain sedimentary patterns can reveal climatic oscillations related to periodic variations of Earth orbital cycles. Geomusic elaborated from sonification of such sedimentary cycles could be therefore linked with Music of the Spheres postulated by Pythagoras in ancient Greece. Its hidden message deals with asking for a New Culture of Earth, for a renewed, friendly relationship with our planet. Its applied development could extend to soundtracks of scientific documentaries, background music at museums or geoparks, or performances at outreach events, or as a motivating factor in Earth Sciences learning.

Keywords

Sonification Cyclostratigraphy Milankovitch cycles Music of the Spheres 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Thanks to Miguel Á. Fraile, Pilar Gonzalvo, Reyes Giménez, Susana Arregui, Julián Ansuategui, Harkaitz Martínez de San Vicente, Igor Otxoak, Martín Constante, Guillermo Simón, María José Hernández, Joan Manuel Serrat, Joaquín Pardinilla, José Luis Ochoa, Ricardo Constante, Emilio Gastón, Ana Fuertes, Víctor Guíu, Eduardo González, Víctor Jerez, Juana López, Alberto Moreno, Marisé Aguilar, Araceli Cereceda, Carlos Estella, José Manuel Huerta, Manuel Franco, Uge Fuertes, Joaquín Araújo, and the rest of collaborators in the CD-book ‘Tierra. Poemas y Música de las Esferas. Thanks to Antonio Casas and Clara Gastón for their excellent work in the video documentary. Thanks to Blas Valero and Ana Alonso for encouraging the development of Marboré and Valdelosterreros compositions.

Funding Information

Geomusic projects and the present paper have received financial support from Geotransfer research group (co-funded by the Aragon Regional Government and PO FEDER Aragón 2014-2020), Spanish Geological Society (SGE; Geolodia-18 project, cofounded by FECYT), and Pyrenean Institute of Ecology (IPE; EFA-056/15 REPLIM project, co-funded by FEDER, Interreg V-A Program, POCTEFA 2014-2020).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Independent Postdoctoral ResearcherJacaSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Ciencias de la TierraUniversidad de ZaragozaZaragozaSpain

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