Non-linear audio editing and playback
As final exam project for the MA at the Piet Zwart Institute (PZI), a non-linear audio editing and playback tool was developed. The edit-suite of Intellistener let the listener create cross-links between different segments of different spoken word audio tracks: e.g. dialogue 1. in radio interview A. relates to segment 2. in conversation B. By creating links between audio content and categorizing or describing the relations semantically, a web of spoken hyperaudio was build, with a similar structure as the web with hypertext.
The playback installation as part of Intellistener, presented the visitor with a chair, a big screen and one rotary button. On the screen a tree-structure displayed all the possible navigation routes through the mesh of audio segments and a round red indicator travelling along this structure: the non-linear playback head. With the rotary knob the listener could speed up or slow down the playback and choose which branch of the tree of possibilities was to be followed.