Over the course of 4 years Yuri Suzuki travelled around the world and collected sound recordings from each place he visited. He packaged his recordings together in a prototype he calls “The Sound of Earth“, a spherical record representing the world.
The Sound of Earth is much like a traditional record player, only each groove corresponds to the outlines of geographic land mass. The countries on the disc are engraved with a different sound, from national anthems, popular music and spoken word broadcasts to traditional folk music (quite different from what NASA says the Earth would sound like if we had antennas for ears). As the globe spins the needle passes over each location, allowing you to hear recordings taken from around the world.