Cheerful clapping to screaming sirens: an artist captures the sounds of a pandemic

Yuri Suzuki, Sound of the Earth: the Pandemic Chapter (2020) Dallas Museum of Art

What does this pandemic sound like? A crowd-sourced project devised by the London-based artist Yuri Suzuki has collected a patchwork of sounds recorded and submitted by participants around the world since the coronavirus pandemic hit. The interactive work Sound of the Earth: the Pandemic, commissioned by the Dallas Museum of Art, aims to “connect people through the sonic experience” in this time of physical isolation, says the artist.

“Weve been forced to lose more and more physical contact with people but I believe that audio and sound communication, and a project that can be interactive, can help to fill that void,” Suzuki says. “People need distance but theres still the chance for audio interaction,” Suzuki says. “You can email or text, but its not the same as hearing someone elses voice.”

The ongoing archive of sounds currently comprises more than 300 sound bites that Suzuki has collected in the past two months, from the sound of a waterfall to ambulance sirens, communal clapping for healthcare workers to snippets of private conversations, some of which have a haunting echo evoking the lonely state of a world under widespread lockdown.

Audiences are encouraged to submit sounds of their experiences during the pandemic—from cooking dinner at home to Zoom chats with loved ones. Sound submissions can be uploaded as audio or video files to Read More – Source