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COVID-19 Sound Map

Pete Stollery is going to create a sound map on Google Earth which aims to capture sonic environments which have changed as a result of governments’ actions around the world to curb the spread of the virus. 

Examples might include recordings of empty city centres, military vehicles in streets, tannoy announcements, birdsong which can now be heard, etc.

Please send sounds to covid19soundmap@gmail.com and if they’re large, send via a service such as WeTransfer. 

Please also send some text (no more than 50 words) about the sound and the location where you recorded it (either coordinates or describe the location).

Please take into account your own health and safety, as well as that of others, when making recordings and only record sounds during your daily permitted outing. Please follow government advice and stay safe.

You can make recordings on your mobile devices.

iPhone users should use Voice Memos.

  1. Touch the red button and hold the mobile device near the sound you want to capture (remember the microphone is at the bottom of the iPhone where you speak when making a call!). Touch the red button again to stop the recording. You’re best using headphones or earbuds when doing this so that you can hear what the recording is going to sound like.
  2. Then play the recording back to see that you’re happy with it by touching the Play icon.
  3. To send the sound, touch the three dots and select Share.
  4. Then touch the icon for your preferred email app and put in the following email address: covid19soundmap@gmail.com
  5. In Subject: put in the name of your sound (something which describes it).
  6. In the body of the message send me no more than 30 words describing the sound and how you think it is different from “normal” times and also tell me the location of the sound (p[postcode, or description will do)
  7. Then touch the Send icon and the sound will be uploaded.


Android users should use Voice Recorder.

  1. Touch the red button and hold the mobile device near the sound you want to capture (remember the microphone is at the bottom of the iPhone where you speak when making a call!). Touch the red button again to stop the recording. You’re best using headphones or earbuds when doing this so that you can hear what the recording is going to sound like.
  2. Then play the recording back to see that you’re happy with it by touching the Play icon.
  3. Then touch the Stop button and give your recording a name and Save it.
  4. To send the sound, select it in the list by touching and holding the sound you want to send and touch Share at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Then touch the Mail icon and put in the following email address: covid19soundmap@gmail.com
  6. In Subject: put in the name of your sound (something which describes it).
  7. In the body of the message send me no more than 30 words describing the sound and how you think it is different from “normal” times and also tell me the location of the sound (p[postcode, or description will do)
  8. Then touch the Send icon and the sound will be uploaded.

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