Composer and sound designer Richard Devine recorded the Atlanta, GA soundscape yesterday evening as tornado sirens resounded through the night air.
Last night a storm system that parented dozens of tornados steamrolled through southeastern states. The gray, cone-shaped formations of 100-mile winds, lightning and precipitation wrecked the countryside, entire towns and human lives. So far officials have reported 200 deaths, but that number is expected to rise in coming hours.
For the next few weeks, and years—as extreme weather patterns are expected to become more frequent—the media will churn out a massive number of images and videos capturing these intense storms. As we ingest this “storm porn,” I recommend turning up the volume.
In the recording below, artist Richard Divine captured the air, swollen with wind and tornado sirens, in Atlanta, GA last night.
In the video below, a person filming an approaching tornado in college town Tuscaloosa, AL inadvertently captured thier own rapid breathing, which sounded like it was lifted from a horror film.