“Never before heard by humans” / Alice Boyd’s ‘From The Understory’ single

Artists from 'Separation.' Photo by Kanahaya Alam.

“Never before heard by humans” / Alice Boyd’s ‘From The Understory’ single ‘Separation’ deftly mixes plant electrode data with a compelling musical current. ‘Separation’ features vocals from XATIVA, Dazey, Emily Izen Row, Alice Boyd, Issa, and zha. Photo by Kanahaya Alam. Jay Richardson 24 February 2023 In late 2022, at an overgrown farm pond in […]

Why do we need data sonification?

Why do we need data sonification? Jay Richardson 29 July 2022 Sonification is data display using any sound that isn’t speech. If your phone has ever rung, you’ve experienced sonification. It’s simple data—“someone is ringing you”, or if you’ve got custom ringtones, perhaps “Mum is ringing you”. Sound can communicate many kinds of data; an […]

UK rainfall variability: It never rains but it pours

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CLIMATE UK rainfall variability: It never rains but it pours Jay Richardson 29 June 2022 In an era of disastrous storms and constant fear over coastal defences and flooding, you might expect rainfall to show reliable, multi-decade, climate-influenced patterns. Or at least to swing wildly, as seasonal temperatures do. The actual picture is incredibly complex: precipitation […]

Forests go up, forests go down, but mostly down

A lit avenue outside Bethnal Green library

CLIMATE Forests go up, forests go down, but mostly down New woodland is an essential climate mitigation tool. So where is it? Urban UK forestry: a tree-lined avenue outside Bethnal Green Library in central-east London. Jay Richardson 3 April 2022 As climate issues go, woodland management is not sexy. In UK forestry, it’s an achingly […]

House price to wage ratio: Wealth fails to trickle down

House prices in London are now 13.65 times the average salary, putting the house price to wage ratio at an all-time high. Illustration: the sonification

OPINION House price to wage ratio: Wealth fails to trickle down Median house prices in England and Wales are now almost nine times the average salary, bringing the house price to wage ratio to an historic extreme. House prices in London are now 13.65 times the average salary, putting the house price to wage ratio […]

Think older people have no stakes in the climate crisis? Think again.

Lights shine along Bethnal Green Road in East London.

OPINION Think older people have no stakes in the climate crisis? Think again. Jay Richardson 10 December 2021 The point of this year’s Health and Social Care Bill is to make social care less financially onerous for individuals. Allegedly. That would make a change. It also raises a question: if people are depleting too much […]