Robert Jarvis

What Next?


SonoraV19 is 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.

The data source is drawn from the daily updated COVID-19 Data Repository by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at John 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.