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Telemegaphoning: Happy Experiments.

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According to their description, Telemegaphones are tall loudspeaker sculptures that automatically answers incoming phone calls and projects the sound of the caller’s voice into its immediate surroundings. So, if you happen to be in the idyllic Dalsfjord in Western Norway, you would be able to hear the the voice of anyone who happened to call projected out across the fjord, the valley and the village of Dale below.

An initiative like this would simply be incomplete without  blog and they do indeed have one which can be found here.

There is an oddly human (perhaps male) allure in the idea of mixing a vast expanse of hill and dale and throwing a megaphone into the mix. The effect, I am told is quite magical. It “fills the whole valley like a soft voice from above”. This is a feat that the even the New York City Transit Authority has never quite perfected.