Climate and cities
london, uk

APRIL 14th, 2020 


Connecting in the Midst of Physical Distancing

In response to the UN open-call to creatives ‘Social Distancing’, the Polyphonic Earth websitelets you create music based on your location with other connected players.

•  An online platform that allows people around the world to take part in a live musical symphony together while socially distancing

•  Designed to bring joy while social distancing, it is a proposal to participate in connecting with sound to transcend language barriers

•  We are #AloneTogether


‘Polyphonic Earth’ is a reply to the ‘Social Distancing’ key message part of the UN Open Brief to creatives, launched for the crisis of Covid-19. The project proposes a platform to connect online in order to make collective sounds to soothe the social distancing practised these days.

‘Polyphonic Earth’ proposes an accessible website which focuses on sound. Music has been embeddedin cultures for as long as people have formed communities. It has become an integral part of social dynamics, used to collect and bond together. During these difficult times of being sent to isolate, the project encourages a social interaction that transcends language. The project encourages all to become musicians, each contributing to a musical piece allowing to be present together. Each sound starts a conversation between all online, bridging the social gap and connecting spaces and people from across the globe in unity and harmony.

How It Works:

‘Polyphonic Earth’ is a platform to create collective music. Once a user is connected on the website, it has an option of 6 sounds based on its location to select from and to play them live by clicking on ‘Say Hi’, which plays back to all interacting with the website. Each sound is instructed to be in tune with all other sounds so everyone becomes an effortless musician.

Each time a user produces a sound, a light shines based on the user’s location on Earth. Please note that the location needs to be allowed with the website to be able to interact. If allowing the location to be shared is not permitted, the website can be visited in ‘guest-mode’, no sound or light will be coming from your location.

About the Creators:

Behind the project is the collective Climate and Cities. We present creative research and projects investigating the interactions of climate and cities. We aim to understand alternatives for the future and how to adapt to them. It was important for us to contribute to this crisis as we could. We also invite anybody to take the website even further and to do so we published our code on GitHub. Please find our source code on GitHub.

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