The Sounds of Wikipedia

Experiencing Creative Collaboration

Did you know that Wikipedia entries makes beautiful music?

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As the internet stretches its reach into every nook and cranny of our globe, new ways of experiencing and understanding data and information evolve to help grasp the vastness of it all.  This expansion of the web has given way to collaborative art forms that use data bits as creative raw material.

A prime example of this is found in the re-mix project Hatnote by GitHub producers Stephen LaPorte and Mahmoud Hashemi, which makes it possible to listen to data and information changes as they happen on Wikipedia.

Here’s a quick description of the project from a passage on the Hatnote website:

“Bells indicate additions and string plucks indicate subtractions. Pitch changes according to the size of the edit; the larger the edit, the deeper the note. Green circles show edits from unregistered contributors, and purple circles mark edits performed by automated bots.”

Not only can you see, click and interact with the live changes happening second by second, but now you can also experience a soft, calm orchestra made manifest by real-time changes to the world wide web.

I wonder who will be the first to sample the sounds of Wikipedia and turn them into hit records…

Do you make music?

If so, would you remix Wikipedia?

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2 thoughts on “The Sounds of Wikipedia

  1. ktz2 says:

    This is wonderful ! ‘Kudos’ for the original dea–this is so cool.

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