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A new way to include sound into a National Geographic article.

Not since the Churchill/Space/Whales Sound Sheets has the National Geographic Society been able to incorporate sound into a National Geographic article. The article in question is entitled "Songs to Soothe", written by Hannah Reyes Morales. This twenty-six-page article appears on page 82 of the December 2020 National Geographic.

The article, called "The Language of Lullabies" on the spine and "The World's Lullabies" in the table of contents, contains six embedded side-bars containing, among other things six QR codes that can be scanned with a smartphone's camera.  These codes will load youtube videos of the selected lullabies.  The selections are as follows:

1) Amys lullaby from the Philippines (Page 88).

2) A Syrian refugee's lullaby from Turkey (Page 90).

3) A 4,000-year-old lullaby from Syria (Page 92).

4) Patience's lullaby from Liberia (Page 94).

5) A Mongolian lullaby (Page 100).

6) The Hallett family's lullaby from the U. S. (Page 105).

I don't recall any other time the Society used QR codes for this purpose.  If they have, please let me know.

Tom Wilson

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I have not perused my December issue yet to have seen this Tom. Thanks for sharing. Here's a scan of the cover of a Nat Geo cd from 2002, titled "Lullabies"   ---->

The May 2021 Issue of the National Geographic has another QR code on page 58 to play music.  This time it is a human rendition of a Whale Song.

The December 2021 issue has six QR codes in a section entitled "Sound".  They include:

Vibrations of a Spiderweb

A Rattlesnake

A Songbird

A Wolf Howling

A Whale Song

Sounds of Humanity

interesting! I wonder how long those links will work . . . 

Probably longer than the scratch n’ sniff. ;-)

Continuing the trend of using QR codes embedded in articles to add another "dimension", the March 2022 issue has one on page 41 to link a podcast to the cover article, both titled "Into the Depths".

The next QR Code to appear in a National Geographic is in the April 2022 issue.  It is on page 42 for the entry "Where the Walruses Sing".



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