Maximillian Laumeister

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Maximillian Laumeister
ResidenceCalifornia, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of California, Santa Cruz
OccupationSoftware engineer

Maximillian Laumeister is a software engineer and open source software programmer. He wrote the open source visualization app BitListen, originally known as Listen to Bitcoin,[1][2][3] which Listen to Wikipedia is based on.[4] He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science: Game Design from University of California, Santa Cruz.


BitListen is a web application that visualizes and sonifies Bitcoin transactions.[2][5] Whenever a Bitcoin transaction takes place, the app produces a bubble which floats to the top of the screen, along with a chime from a celesta. Higher value transactions produce larger bubbles and lower pitched notes.[6]

Laumeister wrote the initial version of BitListen over the course of a week, as an independent project outside of college coursework.[7] According to Laumeister, the message of the project is to show that “there is beauty in the data around us, and that if we present data in the right way, it can be captivating”.[8]

Wikimedia Foundation legal counsel Stephen LaPorte and developer Mahmoud Hashemi created the application Listen to Wikipedia, inspired by and based on BitListen,[4][9] which has been used for trend spotting and prediction of Wikipedia edits.[10] Listen to Wikipedia reuses the same instruments and chords from BitListen, with the addition of a clavichord.[11]


  1. ^ "Max Laumeister and ListenToBitcoin: "nothing led me to believe they would use it for malware"". 99 Bitcoins. 2014-01-28. Retrieved 2016-06-23.
  2. ^ a b Rodgers, Evan (2013-04-01). "'Listen to Bitcoin' generates soothing sounds for every Bitcoin transaction worldwide". The Verge. Retrieved 2016-06-23.
  3. ^ "Lawmakers, Banking Regulators Take On Bitcoin". Retrieved 2016-06-23.
  4. ^ a b "Listen to Wikipedia – Wikimedia blog". Retrieved 2016-06-23.
  5. ^ "Surrender to the soothing sounds of Wikipedia". CNET. Retrieved 2016-06-23.
  6. ^ Brodeur, Michael Andor. "Clickworthy: Twinkle, twinkle, little bitcoin - The Boston Globe". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2016-07-01.
  7. ^ "This Is What Bitcoin Sounds Like". Motherboard. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  8. ^ Alcorn, Stan (2013-04-05). "Listen To The Sounds Of The Bitcoin Bubble--Before It Pops". Co.Exist. Retrieved 2016-06-24.
  9. ^ Hashemi, Stephen LaPorte and Mahmoud. "Hatnote Listen to Wikipedia". Retrieved 2016-06-23.
  10. ^ Nielsen, Finn Arup (June 8, 2016). "Wikipedia research and tools: Review and comments" (PDF). Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  11. ^ "hatnote/listen-to-wikipedia". GitHub. Retrieved 2016-06-23.

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