A sonic interpretation of the reported daily active cases of COVID-19, from nineteen countries, and beginning the 22nd Jan, 2020. Currently the work is being updated on a monthly basis.
The data-driven artwork focuses on 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. Each day is attributed one quarter of a second.
For my data source, I am using the information published at the COVID-19 Data Repository by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at John Hopkins University. I then work with this data using Symbolic Sound's Kyma software, converting the numbers into sound, and then updating the sonification accordingly.
The work has been shown at the following exhibitions: 'digiArtsFest20', 'And for Good Reason' (Cultivate Gallery, 2020), 'In Toto Virtual' (2020), 'The Confinement Chronicles' (2020), and 'The New Art Fest 20'.
Art The Science - "Works - SonoraV19 by Robert Jarvis".
Embedding Info - How to embed the SonoraV19 audio player.
Exhibition Site - Webpage exhibiting SonoraV19.
Photos - photos relating to composition process.
Press Release - Details plus contact links.
Radio New Zealand - Interview on the making of the 'SonoraV19' composition.