Ramkumar Shankar

creative coding  /  web


Listen to earthquakes detected worldwide over the past 24 hours.

Concept A sonic representation of all detected earthquakes over the previous day.
Type Side project
Period December 2016 — January 2017

Translating seismic activity to sound

The pitch, duration, attack and release of each note depends properties of earthquake data. They always move in gradual steps to produce tones that are pleasing and engaging. An element of chance and randomness means that no two play throughs are the same.


The depth information of each data point moves the note up or down in frequency.


The magnitude influences the duration of the attack. Quakes with high magnitudes are also larger on the map.

Latitude & Longitude

The data is visualised on an abstract representation of a 2-dimensional map.