This black orb created by Japanese artist and musician Yuri Suzuki is no ordinary sphere. It’s a geo-specific sound map that plays sound-bytes and music collected from around the world. Oh yeah, and its vinyl.
The sculptor-cum-engineer worked with a team of specialists in Tokyo to develop a software enabling him to inscribe sounds into the orb’s glossy surface, creating the world’s first 3-dimensional LP.
The music is played back through a stylus that tracks an uninterrupted winding groove winding down and up the circumference of the globe from pole to pole, taking the listener on what Suzuki calls “An aural journey around the world in 30 minutes.”
“I’m always travelling,” explained Suzuki in an interview with the Guardian, recently returned from Sweden and Belgium. Oslo, Lausanne and Tokyo are up next. “I take a dictaphone wherever I go, and this project was a way of bringing all these sounds together.”
Over the course of four years, Suzuki continued globe-trotting and collecting traditional folk music, national anthems, popular music and spoken word broadcasts for his ghostly playlist.
“The Sound of Earth” isn’t his first experimentation with record-players and cutting edge technology. Suzuki has previously given us a touch-screen synthesizer, a five-armed turntable and even a wearable record-player you play with your finger.