November 9, 2018

The sound of peace

© IWM (Q 47886)

On the 11th November 2018, we’ll commemorate exactly 100 years since the end of the First World War. At 11am the fighting stopped as the agreed armistice came into force. This centenary forces all of us to reflect on what it must have been like for everybody involved when it finally came to an end and they could start to put four terrible, bloody years behind them and rebuild countries, cities and families.

As a bit of a sound nerd, I was interested to see the Imperial War Museum in the UK has an exhibit that shows how Allied troops used ‘sound ranging’ to measure the distance between the front line and the enemy artillery guns. It was a clever system using an array of six microphones placed in a curve behind the front line trenches. A soldier was given the task of pressing a button each time he saw a flash of light and once the microphones picked up the sound they could estimate distance.  This information would be captured on pieces of film and you can read more here.

© IWM (Q 47886)
© IWM (Q 47886)

This process has captured the moment the war ended, which you can see in the image above from the Imperial War Museum. To the left, you can see the guns firing and then after 11am you can see that all the guns had stopped. On its own, this is really powerful but sound design company Coda to Coda has gone a step further, interpreting this graphic for the Imperial War Museum and giving us the unique and sombre ability to experience this moment.

It is only a minute long recording but it highlights how our ability to hear can trigger so many emotions as we think back to all those brave people who fought and paid the ultimate price.

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