Must See Web Weekly: Composing Information

Music has always been so much more than notes dotted on staves. Take the piece 4’33” by John Cage for example, which in its three movements does not require any musician to start playing. The four minutes and thirty three seconds are actually filled with the noise of silence as the audience behaves in a way appropriate for that kind of concert setting.

Programmer Mahmoud Hashemi and Legal Counsel Stephen LaPorte have created a new way to explore music as a form in their project Listen To WikipediaIt is both an aural and visual representation of information that is added, taken away or edited on the website. Before you delve into the soothing bells and strings of Wikipedia, here is a guide as to what you should listen out for (taken from the “about” section):

“The sounds indicate addition to (bells) or subtraction from (strings) a Wikipedia articles, and the pitch changes according to the size of the edit. 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 — you can welcome him or her by adding a note on their talk page.”

If this has intrigued you, you may want to check out their original project which displays the same information but on a map on Hatnote.


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