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One Hello World

by on Oct.03, 2010, under Art

I often hear voice over snippets in music.  Snippets from movies, other songs, or telephone conversations.

I stumbled across One Hello World today and am very intrigued by this new take on voice recordings in music.  Rather than just playing a voice snippet as background fodder, One Hello World does something different, the music is not only inspired by the voice and the message, but it is the focal point of the song.

The site describes itself as simply a ‘collection of voicemail set to music.’  You call a number, leave a voicemail, and the artist writes some music to play in the background.

But it’s more than that.  Listening to the samples, callers have left messages revealing very personal, intimate details of their lives, almost like confessions.  They’re messages to themselves or to other people in their lives.  Yet, they’ve called an anonymous number, knowing that the result will be a very public display of their very private thoughts.

The music created fits perfectly.  Since most of the messages are sad in nature, the songs skewed that way but there are exceptions.  In addition to writing a ‘soundtrack to your thoughts,’ the artist also included a short response, showing concern for the subjects.  It’s a natural reaction, as in creating something inspired by their emotions, the artist has developed a connection to them.  Just like a friend who lends an ear.

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