Wikipedia Edits Transformed Into A Symphony Of Sounds

Wikipedia Edits Transformed Into A Symphony Of Sounds

'Listen to Wikipedia' monitors the site’s feed for recent changes, turning them into sounds and animations.

Emma Hutchings
  • 12 august 2013

Listen to Wikipedia‘ is an open source project built by Stephen LaPorte and Mahmoud Hashemi using D3 and HowlerJS. It monitors Wikipedia’s feed for recent changes and turns the edits into sounds and animations.

There’s something reassuring about knowing that every user makes a noise, every edit has a voice in the roar.

Wikipedia Edits Transformed Into A Symphony Of Sounds

Additions to articles sound like bells ringing and subtractions sound like string instruments, with the pitch changing according to the size of the edit. Green circles show edits from unregistered contributors, purple circles mark those performed by automated bots, and white circles are by registered users.

When new users join the site, an announcement is made at the top and you can welcome them by adding a note on their talk page. A note at the bottom also displays how many edits are being made per minute.

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