Remember Me Roll of Honour Soundscape

LOCATION: Canberra, Australia

TEAM: Australian War Memorial and Google Creative Lab

BUILT & PRODUCED BY: Grumpy Sailor

DATE: September 2014

Schools from all around Australia are invited to participate in this initiative which aims to collect recordings from thousands of school-age children to commemorate the 62,000 fallen soldiers of WW1. These recordings will then be played in an audio installation at The Australian War Memorial’s WW1 Roll of Honour.

A simple solution to what was otherwise a big logistical problem, we created a browser-based recording tool which can be distributed to schools around Australia through Google Chrome. The emphasis was on a simple site which school children and teachers with varying levels of technical proficiency could access. The recorded files are then automatically post-processed to ensure that all recordings, regardless of where they were recorded, are consistent.

The project was launched by The Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, and Google’s Director of Engineering, Alan Noble, on August 4 at The Australian War Memorial.