Play the World – Listening to the global soundscape that surrounds us

Created by Zach Lieberman and currently on display at the Barbican's "Digital Revolution" exhibition in London, Play the World invites visitors to perform with a keyboard that finds samples with the same note in near realtime from web radio stations around the world. For example pressing a middle C key, will play a matching C note from Nigerian sports radio or a Brazillian Bassa Nova station.

diagramThe installation is comprised of vertical columns made of felt holding up speakers with text displays that show the city and country the sound is coming from. In the centre of the space is a keyboard and a screen with a map presenting geographic orientation to the audience, highlighting the voluminous, enchanting and playable global soundscape that surrounds us.

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