the sound of the earth by yuri suzuki image © yuri suzuki

after almost three years in development, japanese designer yuri suzuki has unveiled his newest project for PAD in london. the concept known as ‘the sound of the earth’ is a spherical record, where each of the grooves represent the contours of the geographical land masses.

lasting thirty minutes in duration, the globe takes a journey around the world, where each country on the disc resonates with different sounds, as the needle passes over the unique engravings. as it projects audible field recordings collected by suzuki from around the world over the course of four years, selections of traditional folk music, national anthems, popular music and spoken word broadcasts can be heard.

the sound of the earth video courtesy of alice masters

the sound of the earth by yuri suzuki the installation during construction

the sound of the earth by yuri suzuki details of the engraving during processthe sound of the earth by yuri suzuki render of the installation