Audio Library of a Viewable World

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website-specific and interactive videos with strange subtitles and other misused YouTube functions.
each one based on & using sounds from one category of YT's Audio Library.
YouTube’s Audio Library is an archive of 4000 sound effects for anyone to use in their videos since 2014. Millions of people have heard these sounds repeatedly without knowing about their origin. The sound samples are ordered into 20 alphabetic categories - Alarms, Ambiences, Animals, Cartoon, Crowds, Doors, Emergency, Foley, Horror, Household, Human voices, Impacts, Office, Science Fiction, Sport, Tools, Transport, Water, Weapons, Weather.

These categories can be interpreted as an unintended taxonomy of YouTube’s overall soundscape, as they define the types of sounds which are deemed useful for content creators.

Each video of this project is based on one of these 20 categories, using its samples as exclusive, largely unmodified sonic material. Many of these videos make creative use of YouTube functions like subtitles, live streams, keyboard shortcuts and others. It can be understood as an intuitively interactive work.
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