Introducing the Fitbit Stress Symphony, an epic musical score that is a unique and emotive journey through 2020. What made our hearts pump and how did we sleep? Using anonymous Fitbit data, search and social trends to track our weekly highs and lows, the music reveals how we responded to stress during this extraordinary year in Britain and around the world.
A composer has created a symphony based on data tracking the public’s stress levels throughout 2020. The piece, played by the Covent Garden Sinfonia, was recorded at the Barbican Centre in London.
Ben Palmer produced the original piece with producer and sound designer Aston Rudi based on data from the Fitbit fitness trackers of members of the public.
Data from search trends and social media sentiment also went into the piece, called the Fitbit Stress Symphony.
Mr Palmer said the process of putting the piece together was “rather like writing a film score for the year 2020, albeit one compressed into a three-minute pop song”.
The data, tracked from January 1 to September 6 this year, were “collated into a weekly view of information that formed the basis” for the symphony, the creators said.
Mr Palmer and Mr Rudi then worked together to turn that into a musical score, capturing the ebbs and flows in the music.
Mr Palmer said: “Stress is a very personal thing, we hope that the Fitbit Stress Symphony will resonate with people’s own experience of 2020, and help reflect on what has been a challenging year for many of us.”
IMAGINE HOW 2020 WOULD SOUND IF IT WAS TRANSLATED INTO MUSIC