Track Name: 100’000hz || Date Created: 27 Jan 2021 || Date Recorded: 27 Jan 2021 || Duration: 13:14 mins
In the midst of our third peak of covid in the UK, 11 months in, we find ourselves with a new strain of the virus, our national health service almost overwhelmed and more than 100’000 people dead.
At this devastating point in the pandemic, this work sounds out the number of people who have died each week during the pandemic, as an attempt to understand these awful statistics. Starting from March 2020 when the first person died, to the latest weekly total of 7507 deaths captured in mid January, these numbers are compiled together in an 11 piece score.
In the performance, each number is sounded as a frequency- to hear these deaths in hertz. Working from a field recording taken during the early days of the first lockdown, each frequency is drawn out and emphasized. Through this the statistics become audible, found in our environment. The peaks and decline of the pandemic are heard and the cumulative effects build to fundamentally change the sound of that sunny spring morning.