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This Awesome Synthesizer Turns the Weather Into Song

Hear the pitter-patter of rain in a new way

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A musician and electronic tinkerer who goes by the stage name Quintron has come up with a delightful device that turns the weather into music. Known as the Weather Warlock, says Slate, the apparatus—a series of sensors wired to a synthesizer—transforms the temperature, wind, sun and rain into percussive taps and ethereal wails reminiscent of the ever-soothing genre of ambient relaxation music.

Right now, says Slate, the song you can hear from Quintron's live stream is the weather of New Orleans.

Quintron hopes to built more sonic weather stations, says Slate, “so that listeners can experience musical interpretations of a diversity of climates.” 

About Colin Schultz
Colin Schultz

Colin Schultz is a freelance science writer and editor based in Toronto, Canada. He blogs for Smart News and contributes to the American Geophysical Union. He has a B.Sc. in physical science and philosophy, and a M.A. in journalism.

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