Conducting the Mechanical Choir


The thing I kept coming back to was the idea that the people who work on mTurk are alone/together — working on parts of a larger whole, but often having no insight into what that whole is, and with no idea who else is contributing to it. And, all over the world, they are doing it all the time.

The making of

I made a MIDI of the tune and split each part up into section of two or three notes, randomised the order and assigned phonetics to each section for the workers to sing.


So how did it work out? I guess I will have an unusual perspective as I’ve had to listen through to the parts so many times, but there are a few things I’ve noticed.



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Mike Fell

Mike Fell


Researcher on energy flexibility at @UCL_Energy by day. Also interested in art and open science.