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Branden Hall posts on Twitter about a hack of an old payphone to make it play sounds from local birds.
The payphone you’ll find along Flower and Erie Avenues in Takoma Park, Maryland may look like a dinosaur on the outside, but it’s what you’ll find living inside this phone that will surprise you.
A couple of years ago the City of Takoma Park commissioned musician and audio producer David Schulman to create an interactive public art installation. He came up with a one-of-a-kind aviary of sorts called the Bird Calls Phone.
Schulman says, “I found a practically mint condition payphone on eBay.”
Local electronics whiz Branden Hall assembled the phone’s circuitry. Schulman produced the audio. Howard Connelly designed a bird sculpture that sits atop of the phone. The renowned McCaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology provided the authentic bird sounds.
Hall states: It’s powered by stuff (& knowledge!) from Adafruit.
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