Listening to the Surface of the Earth Transposed on a Vinyl Record


Mon, Apr 8th, 2013 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Titled Flat Earth Society and created by Art of Failure, this pieces takes the earth's surface onto a vinyl record that can be heard. Not quite the sound I was expecting.

"Can we hear the Earth? Not the sounds occurring upon it but the Earth on a geophysical scale? [...]

The hill-and-dale technique was used in Edison's phonograph, recording sound with a stylus that vertically cut a minute landscape into the grooves of the cylinder. [...]

Flat earth society takes readings from the stylus of topographic radar, cuts them into vinyl and then plays them back with a stylus. Phonographic hills-and-dales grow into the Alps, Andes, Himalayas, Grand Canyon, Great Steppe, Great Rift Valley, Great Outback and the Lesser Antilles. Where Enrico Caruso and Nellie Melba once sang one hears the Baja Peninsula, Antarctic Peninsula, and the bathymetric pauses of the Red Sea and Baffin Bay. [...]

Peaks and valleys, spikes and wells, spires and troughs, aspirations and depressions, all have their gradations in mythical and actual landscapes."



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