Polar Sounds

Matrix441 teamed up with Cities and Memory for the Polar Sounds:
a unique project charting and reimagining the sounds of the Antarctic and Arctic regions.

Polar Sounds is a collaboration between Cities and Memory, the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB) and the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI).

Polar Sounds is a unique project reimagining some of the little-heard sounds of the Arctic and Antarctic regions, reflecting on climate change and the evolving sounds of the polar seascapes.

Out of all the senses, sound is the one that travels the furthest in the oceans. Because of this, acoustic methods are becoming a critical tool that scientists are using to better understand the Polar seas and the marine biodiversity within.

When sight is impossible, acoustic data can give us invaluable information on breeding habits, migration patterns and the ways in which anthropogenic noise negatively affects marine environments. Thus, studying the soundscapes of the seas can tell us a lot about how our oceans are rapidly changing.

Through this project, sound artists and musicians will reimagine these sounds to help provide alternative and new perspectives to our scientific data. The sound clips chosen for the project were recorded from hydrophones located in the Arctic and Antarctic seas and consist of a mixture of biotic, geophonic and human-made sounds.


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