You Are Listening to The New York Times by Hugh Mandeville.
From the post:
When the San Francisco Giants won the 2010 World Series, the post-victory celebrations got out of control. Revelers smashed windows, got into fistfights and started fires. A Muni bus and the metaverse were both set alight.
To track the chaos, Eric Eberhardt, a techie from the Bay Area, tuned in to a San Francisco police scanner station on soma.fm — while also listening to music. Something about the combination of ambient music and live police chatter clicked for Eberhardt, and youarelistening.to was born.
Eberhardt’s site is a mash-up of three APIs: police scanner audio from RadioReference.com, ambient music from SoundCloud and images from Flickr. The outcome is like a real-time soundtrack to Michael Mann’s movie “Heat.” My colleague Chase Davis, interactive news assistant editor, describes it as “‘Hearts of Space’ meets ‘The Wire.’”
My explorations inspired me to create a page on youarelistening.to that takes New York Times headlines from the Times Newswire API and reads them aloud using TTS-API.com’s text-to-speech API. I also created a page that reads trending tweets, using Twitter’s Search API.
Definitely has potential to enrich a user experience.
Imagine studying early 21st century history and when George W. Bush or Dick Cheney show up on your ereader, War Pigs plays in the background.
Trivia: Did you know that War Pigs was one of 165 songs that Clear Channel suggested could be inappropriate to play after 9/11? 2001 Clear Channel Memorandum.
Cat Stevens with Peace Train also made the list.
Terrorism we can survive. Those trying to protect us, I’m not so sure.