The interconnections between these activities might not be readily apparent - thus the idea for this hub, to try to draw together their different threads in one place and suggest their relatedness.
Whether on the geophysiological view of Gaia theory, the uncertainties of near-term climate, or the ways these relate to art, this site connects the visitor to a variety of information-rich pages that reward frequent visits.
Looming Atmospheres: A collaboration with artist Suzan Woodruff
This is an excerpt from a "moving painting" collaboration with artist Suzan Woodruff that is opening October 26, 2013 at the Katherine Cone Gallery in Los Angeles. The music is the theme from Currier's oratorio, Gaian Variations, which was written before the rest of the oratorio, and originally titled Hymn to Rosa Valado's Dying Earth. Woodruff was filmed while working on a single painting, Visitation, and Currier then did the film editing and "choreography" of the motion to his own music.
This is the standard composer's website for Nathan Currier, with his bio, works list, audio samples, reviews, etc.
1250: a new group focused on near-term climate
This is the website for 1250, a small climate group initiated by Currier with members like renowned sea-ice scientist Peter Wadhams, and Stephen Salter, inventor of modern wave energy. Given the lack of progress with CO2 reductions, 1250 proposes a variety of actions for helping to attenuate near-term climate risk, including an interim target of atmospheric methane at 1250 parts per billion; a set of arctic remediation efforts; and other reductions of short-lived climate forcers. During the summer of 2013, Currier held a series of meetings with Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) and his staff, concerning methane reduction strategies.
Symphony by Nathan Currier premiered in 2012 by the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, with Marie-Pierre Langlamet as harp soloist, conducted by Cesar Ivan Lara. This is the opening of the forty minute symphony. The first movement is Of Moisture and Greenness. More excerpts will be put up as they are edited.
Gaian Variations website
Gaia Theory - the idea the our planet self-regulates, somewhat like a single superorganism - is the focus of Currier's largest composition, and of particular importance in his life and work. This website is devoted to it and to the terminated premiere of Gaian Variations, a controversial event that sparked a lawsuit. Further, this site contains a large educational section that serves as an excellent introduction to Gaia theory, separately linked below as the "education center." While this site is currently an archival site only and remains unchanged since the 2004 concert, it will become live again as soon as the ongoing litigation is resolved.
Collected Currier at Huffington Post
Currier has been writing for Huffington Post, mostly on methane issues, but also on other near-term climate concerns. The pieces contain copious links to articles from leading scientists. Links to Currier's individual pieces can found below.
From the Grotto, Mvt. 5: Dirty Humor (or Living with Pollution), excerpt
Performed by Currier, this is an excerpt from the last movement of his piano sonata, subtitled A Sonata for Mozart's Secret Society, suggesting the roots in the Enlightenment of our understanding and misunderstanding of Nature. From the New World Records recording.
Chimeras and Consciousness: Evolution of the Sensory Self at MIT Press
Currier co-authored a chapter of this book with Paul Lowman - one of the longest-serving members of NASA, the first geologist hired by them, the initiator of their Landsat imagery program, and one of the earliest founders of comparative planetology. Their chapter concerns Gaia theory and life's impact on terrestrial plate tectonics. A direct link to the Lowman-Currier chapter, Life's Tectonics, is below. The chapter, since it is concerned with Gaia theory, is somewhat removed from the main thesis of Margulis' book, concerning the evolution of consciousness: therefore, Currier felt that his real contributions to the main thesis of Chimeras and Consciousness were his compositions Possum Wakes from Playing Dead (see right) and Dorothy's Dinner (still unperformed), both composed around the time that the book was conceived and written.
Possum Wakes from Playing Dead: A Berlin Philharmonic commission
This piece for cello and harp was premiered in Berlin by Marie-Pierre Langlamet and Matias de Oliviera Pinto in 2008, and here the opening is realized as a brief film sequence. The full piece can be heard at Currier's composer website above. The work fits in well with the material behind Chimeras and Consciousness, which can be read about at left, at the MIT Press website, and which explores the emergence of the collective sensory system of life and the evolution of consciousness.
From the Grotto, Mvt. 1: Theory of the Enlightenment (from afar), excerpt
Performed by Currier, this is an excerpt from the first movement of his piano sonata, subtitled A Sonata for Mozart's Secret Society, and suggesting the roots in the Enlightenment of both our understanding and misunderstanding of Nature. From the New World Records recording.
Research article:Classical Music in the Anthropocene
This is a new scholarly article published in the Ecomusicology Newsletter, April, 2014.
From the Grotto, Mvt. 3: On the loss of Family and Related Species (via K. 310)
Performed by Currier, this is the third movement of his piano sonata, subtitled
A Sonata for Mozart's Secret Society, and suggesting the the roots in the Enlightenment of our understanding and misunderstanding of Nature. From the New World Records recording.
A Gaia theory education center
This is the learning center of the Gaian Variations site, containing a large number of web pages that provide the most complete online introduction to the Gaia theory of James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis.
HuffPost piece on Superstorm Sandy
This piece by Nathan Currier was published even before Sandy hit - perhaps its title influenced the subsequent Bloomberg News cover title, published a few days later, which helped make climate an issue in the last days before the 2012 election.
A Sambuca Sonata, excerpt
From a recording on the Chandos label, this is the first movement of the trio, for flute viola and harp.
Currier as a panelist for Al Gore's 24 Hours of Reality
Gore created an internet-based event followed by 8.5 million online, with presentations coming globally from all 24 time zones and interlaced with guest panelists. Here, back in New York and just before Gore's own final presentation which rounded it out, is an excerpt from a panel on the state of Greenland in which Currier was one of the guests.
Life's Tectonics, Lowman and Currier, 2011, Margulis, ed., MIT Press
When NASA celebrated 50 years of their exobiology program, James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis were the keynote speakers, and a passage from the Lowman-Currier paper was read by Margulis at the keynote speech.
From the Grotto, Mvt. 4: Minuet/Dirge (or Self-Division)
Performed by Currier, this is the fourth movement of his piano sonata, subtitled A Sonata for Mozart's Secret Society, suggesting the roots in the Enlightenment of our understanding and misunderstanding of Nature. In this case, a minuet and dirge play together throughout the movement.
Saving the Arctic Ice: Greenpeace, Greenwashing and Geoengineering, 1
This is part one of a two-part piece that looks at the fundamental problem of an arctic crisis spiraling away much quicker than we can respond to the problem through emissions reductions.
From the Grotto, Mvt. 2: Fast-Forward (to Post-Presto), excerpt
Performed by Currier, this is an excerpt from the second movement of his piano sonata, subtitled A Sonata for Mozart's Secret Society, suggesting the roots in the Enlightenment of our understanding and misunderstanding of Nature.
More information about From the Grotto
Further material about the thinking behind the piece is available here, the online program booklet from New World Records.
Saving the Arctic Ice: Greenpeace, Greenwashing and Geoengineering, 2
This is part two of the two-part piece on the arctic crisis.
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