29 Nov 2020

Daniel Beban: Daily Deaths

From Standing Room Only, 2:49 pm on 29 November 2020

For those of us listening to hourly bulletins throughout the year the statistics from the pandemic began to blur.

It's hard to put the numbers into perspective. Hundreds of thousands of deaths, thousands of new cases being reported every day in specific countries and states. That fatigue is difficult to fight but it's important to remember that all of the international covid situations are life or death on the ground.

To try and make sense of the numbers in a way people can comprehend Wellington composer and performer Daniel Beban has written a new work interpreting the numbers in music.

Daily Deaths translates the numbers in each country by pitch and volume, with different instruments representing individual countries. It was first performed three months ago. But it's been updated, and will be played on Saturday at the Futuna Chapel in Wellington.

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Photo: Daily Deaths - Dan Beban