With increasingly more data being delivered through audio sources like voice assistants, the Wikimedia Basis thought it was time to undertake a so-called “sound emblem” for Wikipedia and its different initiatives. Consider it as Wikipedia’s equal of the Netflix “ta-dum,” the HBO “aaaaaaah,” or Intel’s iconic five-note chime. After an exhaustive search through “Sound of All Human Knowledge” contest, Wikimedia thinks it found an audio clip representing its mission.
The successful entry was submitted by Thaddeus Osborne, a nuclear engineer and part-time music producer from Virginia, USA. Right here’s how he describes the sound:
“My sound emblem welcomes its viewers right into a world of data. The sound of a web page turning shortly turns into a library like a whirlwind of typing, clicking, and paper rustling that guarantees huge shops of knowledge adopted by a pleasant invitation. That is what I understand the Wikimedia motion to be about, the open and inspired sharing of data. Heaps and plenty of data.”
Have a hear for your self:
Osborne’s was considered one of 3,235 submissions that got here in from 2,094 members throughout 135 nations final yr. Wikimedia neighborhood members helped to whittle these submissions down, and finally 10 audio clips have been introduced for a vote.
Though the successful sound has now been chosen, the audio above isn’t precisely what you’ll hear alongside Wikimedia’s content material sooner or later. For starters, the group says the successful sound will now should be professionally re-recorded in a studio (Osborne will get a visit to the studio alongside his $2,500 prize cash). It’ll additionally produce different versions of the sound for use in different contexts (like a brief 2-second model for social media posts, for instance, or an extended 60-second composition for occasion movies).
“Later this yr, we are going to proceed working with voice assistant and expertise companions to undertake the successful emblem to raised establish Wikimedia content material worldwide,” Wikimedia says in a press launch.