Did You Hear? Listen to Wikipedia

New music! Sometimes old music. Music that we love!

Listen to Wikipedia

Who wants to hear some data!!!!!?


Much like Wikipedia itself, the Listen to Wikipedia project can be simultaneously fascinating and pointless. It delivers the sound of real-time edits. This can be a beautiful way to help you work, or distract you from work, depending.

“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. You may see announcements for new users as they join the site, punctuated by a string swell. You can welcome him or her by clicking the blue banner and adding a note on their talk page.”

Sonifying data is not a new concept, but it’s always interesting when done well. You know, like the sound of a New York Subway map lines intersecting, or the infamous Tomato Quintet.

Brook Reeder

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