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A sonification of the reported daily active cases of COVID-19, from nineteen countries, and beginning the 22nd Jan, 2020.  This latest published version covers the time period extending to midnight on the 2nd June, 2020.

The piece features nineteen of the earliest countries to report the SARS-CoV-2 virus, beginning with China, and then followed by Thailand, Japan, South Korea, USA, Singapore, France, Malaysia, Germany, Italy, Sweden, UK, Iran, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Netherlands and Belgium (in that order).  Each country has been given its own harmonic relative to the low 'C' assigned China (whose tone you can hear beginning first).  As the number of active cases rises and falls, so do the volumes of each country's tone, and the result is a slowly changing timbre depicting the transmission of the disease.

The data source is drawn from the COVID-19 Data Repository by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.  This information is then worked with using Symbolic Sound's Kyma software in order to convert the numbers into sound, and the result is updated accordingly.

Art The Science - "Works - SonoraV19 by Robert Jarvis".
DigiArts Fest 2020 - Online exhibition curated by Sophie Chester-Nash.
Embedding Info - How to embed the SonoraV19 audio player.
Photos - photos relating to composition process.
Press Release - Details plus contact links.
Radio New Zealand - Interview on the making of the 'SonoraV19' composition.

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