Monday, January 28, 2008

What is the sound of 100000 people saying "wop"?

A while ago I was reading Life, The Universe, and Everything by Douglas Adams (again) and had an idea for a project.

The section that provided the inspiration for this project was the description of a Kricket warship. The noise it makes was described as being like the sound of 100000 people saying "wop". I began to wonder what such a noise would sound like, and how I might go about creating it.

At first I considered just recording my own voice and playing it over itself over and over again, but I realised that that wouldn't really work the way I wanted it to. Then I thought about somehow altering the recording in various ways before doing the superimposing, but that didn't seem right either.

I realised that the right way to do this would be to get 100000 people to record themselves saying "wop" and email it to me. And that's what I'm going to do. I've set up a website for the project,, and a new gmail address to store what gets sent my way,

So to any readers out there with a computer and a microphone, record yourself saying "wop" (please include a few seconds silence before and after) and email it to


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