Voicemails from hundreds of strangers answering a secret question


3 Responses to “Voicemails from hundreds of strangers answering a secret question”

  1. eric kam says:

    that is better than the luck I had with my Daughters Google voice account. Somehow her number was being promoted as the “call to complain” number for the 2012 Republican Primary Campaign.  
    Like your results better

  2. gellfex says:

    This was pioneered by a music producer named Steve Stein in the 80′s on a “telephone based radio show” he called “Ralphies Bop City”. He used a tape voicemail machine and asked a question, and then would edit the responses, put them on the “outgoing” message with the next question. It was often brilliant. He’s archived some on his site

    His explanation  http://www.steinski.com/blog/ralphies_bop_city_pt_1/

    great question: The holidays are here, and it’s family time, so please tell us about your weirdest relatives.  http://www.steinski.com/blog/ralphies_bop_city_pt_5/

  3. Max Hawkins says:

    Great project! I think the telephone is the most intimate medium out there—listening to these recordings is like hearing a secret from a friend.

    It reminds me of the work of Joe Frank, who was on public radio for a number of years. His show The Other Side consists mostly of telephone conversations with friends cut with philosophical, often absurd monologues. The result is intimate and haunting:


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