Mapping changes in sound as a result of COVID-19 – University of Aberdeen

Capturing the sound of puffins

A University of Aberdeen sound artist is leading a project to capture in sound the changes in our environment as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Professor Pete Stollery, a specialist in sound art and sound mapping, is seeking the help of the public to preserve and reflect on this unique period in time, which is changing the sounds around us as well as the way in which we live our lives.

Professor Stollery said: ‘After just a couple of days in lockdown, the transformation in our aural environment was quite astounding.

‘There are fewer cars on the road, planes are no longer overhead, noise from construction sites has ceased and the sounds of nature are once again coming to the fore.

Professor Stollery put out a call for help on his own social media channels and has already received more than 100 sound files from around the world which he is now uploading to Google Earth so that when visitors click on pins on the map, they can listen to life during lockdown at that location.

“I’ve had recordings sent to me from all over the UK as well as from Chile, Turkey, Greece, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium, the US and Canada,” he added.

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