Your Ocean Sound



The music hackathon with ocean sounds

The ocean is full of sounds. Animals of all kinds, from small crabs to the largest whales produce a variety of sounds and use them for their communication. However, humans are increasingly interfering with the acoustic world underwater and disturb the marine animals with underwater noise. More than 90 percent of all commercial goods worldwide are transported by ship. We are increasingly obtaining our raw materials and energy from the sea. All the required technologies generate enormous sound emissions - in other words, a deafening noise underwater.

We have compiled a selection of underwater sounds for you and invite you to take part in a creative competition. Under the motto #YourOceanSound, use these recordings to create musical pieces that highlight the beauty and diversity of animal sounds or show how distressing and disturbing human noise sources are. The compiled underwater recordings include whale songs or ship noise, for example. Mix the ocean sounds with your own creations or generate completely new compositions mixed with underwater noise - there are no limits to your creativity. The important thing is that the underwater sounds are a present part of the composition!

The collection includes underwater sounds of the following categories, which can be filtered by:
Bioacoustic recordings, Soundscapes, Anthropogenic noise.


The competition is closed. You can find the winners here >>



Henrik von Coler Henrik von Coler has been head of the Electronic Studio at TU Berlin since 2015. His focus includes methods for sound analysis and synthesis as well as experimental electronic music. In his compositions and performances, he combines analog sound compositions with current digital techniques and spatial sound. The Electronic Orchestra Charlottenburg, which he founded, explores the possibilities of this combination in a larger ensemble.
Dominik Eulberg by Natalia Luzenko


Dominik Eulberg has been an internationally active musician for more than 25 years, and is a passionate nature lover and studied biologist at heart. He has received numerous awards for his work, such as the German Record Critics' Prize, was voted as Music Producer of the Year by trade magazines and regularly occupies top positions in the DJ category. With his last album "Mannigfaltig", which thematically dealt with biodiversity, he made it into the German charts. Due to his commitment, he was recently nominated for the German Environmental Media Award.

Helen Rößler Helen Rößler is a bioacoustician specialized in the acoustic communication and behavior of marine mammals and birds. Since 2018 she is a PhD student in the project "Hearing in Penguins" at the German Oceanographic Museum in Stralsund.
Felipe Sanchez Luna Felipe Sánchez Luna is a creative director, sound designer and creative coder in the field of music, interactive experiences and digital art. He has been a professional artist since 2013 and co-founded the studio kling klang klong dedicated to creating experiences through sound. He is also a lecturer in music design, creative coding and interactive experiences throughout Germany.
Kenneth Sorensen


Kenneth Sørensen is a bioacoustician specialized in various aspects of underwater hearing. Since 2018, he is a PhD student in the project "Hearing in Penguins" at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense.
David Ziegler

David Ziegler is head of the scientific variety show Glitzern & Denken at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and has been involved in various science and environmental communication and participation projects. He is particularly interested in the interfaces between science, art, society and politics. He also is a passionate musician and spends his time on small stages with the electronic live band QUENTZ whenever his professional commitments allow.


Conditions of participation:

The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin is the organizer of the hackathon Your Ocean Sound. The hackathon is part of the project Hearing in Penguins and will take place from 12.03.2021 to 05.04.2021. One file per person is allowed to be submitted for the competition. The file must be uploaded in MP3 format and must not exceed a maximum size of 20 MB and 10 minutes. The composition must include at least one recording of the underwater sounds provided. Participation confirms that the composition, with the exception of the audio recording provided, is your own work. Submitted compositions will be published under a CC BY-ND license on Lautes Meer - Meereslaute and at a later date on the Museum's data portal. This means that the compositions may be used for public relation work, documentation purposes and by the general public under the specified license after the hackathon has ended (see

A total of three winners will be selected by a qualified jury (see above) and announced on 04/26/2021 during the next Mediasphere Meetup, hosted by Mediasphere For Nature, the digital media application lab at MfN. The winners will receive a surprise package from the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and will be announced via the museum's social media channels. The  Hearing in Penguins project will award attractive prize money to the top 3 entries. The winners will receive the following prizes:
1st place: 500€
2nd place: 300€
3rd place: 200€