The WHITE NOISE team has been working with leaders in the scientific community that have collected the visual and audio data for decades to rethink how this data has traditionally been packaged via the media. Arctic and Antarctic climatologists have been studying glacial decay through sonograms of the seismic activity and the results are haunting – the ice is literally screaming as it cracks and withers away.
Using this type of data as an “instrument” and scoring with sounds recorded on and inside of the glacier creates not just different data, but a new type of experience – the data becomes music. The information already tells a story as it is, it simply needs to be framed into an experiential, compelling, poetic, modern and aesthetically relevant story to reach a generation that has already grown apathetic to “the numbers.”
The film itself follows Los Angeles musician, Clinton Van Arnam, through a journey of discovery – both personally and poetically. He finds himself in a community abandoned due to the rising coastal waters and is haunted by the sounds and visual impact of climate change. Summoned to the retreating glacial plains, he feels, captures, and interprets the voices of the ice as he builds their whispers, cries, screams and monologues into a hauntingly beautiful score becoming both a Requiem and rallying cry for – and from – the ice.
Visually, Clinton is portrayed as a hero-protagonist and a representation of the climate change refugee – a new type of warrior seeking strength from the landscape and finding the power of acting within. As he traverses the ice, he is followed by his drone counterpart similarly recording his movements. The protagonist becomes subject from the point of view of this instrument of the future. The realization is clear. He is just as much part of the ice as the sounds he is recording.
We are intimately connected to the world around us and every action for and against it is equal to the same for or against us. In a world that demands action now, perhaps the most important one is also the simplest. Contemplation is many times the most effective weapon.
Full documentary coming soon over at whitenoisefilm.com