New College makes New Music with rainfall data, student jams

From the Sarasota Herald-Tribune,  Nov. 6, 2018

When a half-dozen student musicians showed up at his office for a Tuesday night rehearsal, New College of Florida professor Mark Dancigers offered them cookies and gratitude.

“Welcome,” he said. “Thanks for being intrepid.”

Dancigers handed them maps showing eight weather stations in Florida. He told them he’d turned annual rainfall data into 16 minutes of low pulses and higher-pitched tones. This was their accompaniment.

He had them listen for a while.

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Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre bay front campus is home to more than 800 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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