MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, has launched a sound map of the world, in an attempt to collect field recordings from around the world. Developed bySpencer Kiser, the map is integrated with Soundcloud and submitting a recording is as simple as uploading it to MoMA’s Soundcloud dropbox. The sound map, which was developed as part of the Century of the Child exhibition, can be explored by visitors to the museum, as well on the museum’s website.
One of the cooler components of the exhibit is Dial-a-Poem; four rotary phones on display that when picked up will treat you to an original recording of a poet reading one of their works. And what if you can't make it to New York in the next few months? You can still partake by calling the local New York number 347-POET001 to listen or by visiting theexhibition website.
The combination of music and literature that comes from theMoMA's Dial-A-Poem installation, part of the 'Ecstatic Alphabet / Heaps of Language' Exhibition running now until August 27th, is the best kind of crapshoot—emotionally jarring and always enriching. Patrons can dial any of the phones at the exhibit, click a button on the website or call the local New York number 347-POET001 at any time of day to receive a poem or musical work at random.
“Any healthy man can go without food for two days—but not without poetry,” wrote Baudelaire. Now, thanks to MOMA, a poem is just a phone call away.
Other voices emanate from a reprise of Mr. Giorno’s “Dial-a-Poem” of the late ’60s, a set of black phones connected to recordings of poetry by the likes of John Ashbery, Allen Ginsberg and Patti Smith. (Visitors can access the project from any phone by calling a local New York phone number — 347-763-8001.)