What is the sound of thousands of people chatting on the Internet?
First, I’d like to mention that this post is totally biased because I LOVED this project.
Text is taken from online chat rooms, bulletin boards, and public forums, then selected lines centered around a theme are read aloud while the text is simultaneously displayed on a wall of digital tiles in real time.
Having a text-to-speech engine read the text makes it feel very impersonal, and the background music is quite serene. The whole piece made me feel quite cold and lonely.
My favorite line: “I AM A PROFESSIONAL KILLER DEAR”
The only thing that would make this better is to alternate several different voices in the TTS engine, or at least have a female voice as well.
Hansen, M. & Rubin, B. (2002). Listening Post: Giving voice to online communication.
Proceedings from ICAD ‘02: International Conference on Auditory Display (Accepted but not published). [PDF]