Chords of Calamity
The Berlin Wall of SoundThe sounds of sacrifice 25 years on
Back in 1989, SoundCloud’s headquarters would have been part of the Death Zone along the Berlin Wall. To honour the 120 women, men and children that lost their lives in their attempts for freedom, SoundCloud aimed for a deeper resonance in bringing back the emotions of the time. Through creating a waveform interrupted by the audio peaks of gunfire, the iconic SoundCloud soundbars mirrored the architectural outline of the Berlin Wall.
Sound Bars of Bullets
Recognized by critically acclaimed music producer, Porter Robinson, as “one of the most beautiful and eerie uses of the internet that I’ve ever seen” - The Berlin Wall of Sound made the internet pause and reflect in a way it never had before. Streamed over 145,000 times since its release, the recognition of the tragic events that occurred in this era of history have been immortalised by SoundCloud.
The visual and aural memorial lasts 7 minutes and 32 seconds, reflecting the time needed for sound to travel the 155 kilometre length of the Berlin Wall. Site space typically reserved for comments was replaced with tags to depict the victims. SoundCloud received global recognition for its ability to resonate.