One Song Sang By 2,088 Voices – Mechanical Turk Rendition

Posted to Data Art  |  Nathan Yau

Aaron Koblin and Daniel Massey team up to give us Bicycle Built for Two Thousand, an Amazon Mechanical Turk rendition of Bicycle Built for Two. They used custom software written in Processing to record 2,088 voices. Put together all those random voices, and you get this:

For 6 cents, turkers were asked to imitate a sound bite and were not told why they were doing so. What they were actually singing was a note from “Daisy Bell,” originally written by Harry Dacre in 1892, or otherwise known as the first song sung by a computer in 1962. The full song is interesting, but it’s even more amusing listening to the individual (dorky) voices singing the separate notes. Ehhhhh… wahhhh… eeeeeee… haha.

[via infosthetics]

1 Comment

  • I think the song’s register was below most turker’s vocal range, making it hard to replicate, but it was discernible and kudos for staying true to the original work.

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