In an age where the physical allure of music is fleeting, as the digital market booms, one UK-based artist has taken matters into his own hands, quite literally, to create an all-encompassing physical music product.
Yuri Suzuki has created an audio sculpture dubbed “The Sound of the Earth” which is the world’s first globe shaped vinyl record. The sculpture is comprised of a black globe secured in a metal vice, with a stylus that runs longitudinally onto grooves that plays a mash up of field recordings, which the artist has collected on his world travels over the past four years.
As the needle passes through each country on the globe, different sounds are played including traditional folk songs, national anthems, and regional pop music.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Suzuki revealed his inspiration for the project saying:
“I wanted to make a point about music being something physical. A few years ago my hard drive crashed and I lost my entire 500GB music collection. From then on, music held in physical objects seemed safer.”
Speaking about the music held on the sculpture, Suzuki said, “I’m always travelling. I take a Dictaphone wherever I go, and this project was a way of brining all these sounds together.”
This project has been in the works for the past three years, with Suzuki developing new software, which allowed him to map all of the sounds onto a 3D surface, with the sculpture’s spherical track cutting machine designed with the help of engineers in Tokyo.
You can see a preview of the music featured on the globe in the above video.
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