Listen to Wikipedia
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Listen to Wikipedia, also known as L2W or Hatnote: Listen To Wikipedia, is a multimedia visualizer developed by Mahmoud Hashemi and Stephen LaPorte, which translates recent Wikipedia edits into a display of visuals and sounds. The open source software application creates a real-time statistical graphic with sound from contributions to Wikipedia from around the world. To accomplish this, L2W uses the graphics library D3.js.
Listen to Wikipedia can be seen and heard here.
Each edit produces an orchestral sound in the pentatonic scale. The bell-like sounds of a celesta correspond to the additions of content to Wikipedia, and the strings of a clavichord show the subtractions. The pitch of the sound is determined by the size of the edit, with larger edits producing deeper notes. A new Wikipedia user is welcomed by a violin chord.
Each edit creates a circle of one of three colors: white for edits by registered users, green for edits by non-registered users, and violet for edits by bots. The size of a circle is determined by the size of the edit, with larger edits producing larger circles. Clicking on the display text will open a new page in the user's browser showing the revision marked on the website.
- Listen to Wikipedia, blog.hatnote.com, Retrieved 27 August 2013.
- "Listen to Wikipedia – Wikimedia blog". Retrieved 2016-06-23.
- Hashemi, Stephen LaPorte and Mahmoud. "Hatnote Listen to Wikipedia". listen.hatnote.com. Retrieved 2016-06-23.
- Listen To The Orchestra Of Users Updating Wikipedia, fastcodesign.com, Retrieved 27 August 2013.
- "Listen To Wikipedia: Engineers Translate Edits Into Sound". NPR.org. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
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