Saturday 14 March 2009

Bicycle Built for Two Thousand

is a project created by Aaron Koblin and Daniel Massey, resembles a kind of electronic sampled A cappella choir.

You may remember HAL singing the song at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey, as he was being disconnected.

"Daisy Bell," was written by Harry Dacre in 1892 but initially was made famous in 1961 by Max Mathews, John Kelly, and Carol Lockbaumas as the first example of computer-synthesized voice. In contrast;

"Bicycle Built For 2,000 is comprised of 2,088 voice recordings collected via Amazon's Mechanical Turk web service. Workers were prompted to listen to a short sound clip, then record themselves imitating what they heard."

The work is accompanied by a visual interface that allows a viewer to explore the large collection of voices that were sampled (by mousing over the video and clicking on that element).

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