Spin This Vinyl Globe To Hear Music Of The World
Yuri Suzuki's 'The Sound Of The Earth' is a spherical record player; as it spins, listeners hear national anthems and folk music from around the world.
Want to learn more about the world? Start with a globe; place your finger on the surface as you spin it and see where you’ll land. France? South Africa? Maybe even Azerbaijan. To give more context to this experience, Japanese designer Yuri Suzuki has created a spherical record player that plays the sounds of the world when spun.
Suzuki has been working on The Sound of the Earth for four years, traveling around the world to collect audio samples. National anthems, folk songs, and popular music are also stored on the globe, with each country engraved with a different sound. Spinning the globe produces a scratchy, continuous loop of music as the needle finds the groove of each country, which Suzuki refers to as ‘an aural journey around the world in 30 minutes.’ The globe-turned-record-player is Suzuki’s exploration into the physical properties of music, and in an interview with The Guardian, Suzuki explains that it is a way to his project was a way ‘of bringing all these sounds [from his world travels] together.’ For listeners, the globe is a unique way to experience different world cultures without having to lift a finger.