‘Sound of the Earth: The Pandemic Chapter’

Sound Design

An online art installation which records the sounds of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

‘Sound of the Earth: The Pandemic Chapter’ is a new artwork by Yuri Suzuki in collaboration with Dallas Museum of Art created in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

The artwork is formed from a crowdsourced archive of sounds captured from around the world during the global pandemic. The collected sounds are integrated into an interactive digital version of ‘Sound of the Earth: Chapter 2’, the artwork created by Yuri for the Museum’s recent show ‘speechless: different by design’.

‘Sound of the Earth: The Pandemic Chapter’ translates elements of Yuri Suzuki’s original installation—in which the exhibition visitor encountered a range of globally crowdsourced sounds by placing their ear against the surface of a spherical sculpture—into the virtual realm and lends the project new relevance as a living record of our unprecedented historical moment that evolves in real time.

Audiences are invited to submit sounds of their experiences during the pandemic—from cooking dinner at home, to online connections with loved ones. 

Over 500 people from around the world have submitted the sounds that they recorded—these include everything from ambulance sirens to waterfalls, as well as events specific to the Pandemic, such as the weekly 'Clap for Carers‘.

All the submitted sounds have been mapped onto a virtual rendering of the globe based on the location in which they were captured, culminating in a dynamic audio experience of the lives of people around the world.

‘Sound of the Earth: The Pandemic Chapter’ promotes interactivity, fosters empathy, and—in a time of isolation—bridges the distance between us all through the medium of sound.

Yuri Suzuki
Project team
Gabriel Vergara II
Counterpoint (audio prototyping)
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