by Annie Correal
"Cowbird is a simple tool for telling stories using images, text and audio. It was created by Jonathan Harris, an artist and computer scientist known for projects like We Feel Fine, I Want You To Want Me, and The Whale Hunt, which use vast amounts of data to create new forms of narrative. Cowbird, which may look simple, is made up of around a quarter million lines of code. We launched in December 2011 and as of now more than 50,000 stories have been told on Cowbird, by about 20,000 people from around the world. Our goal is to build a public library of human experience, so the knowledge and wisdom we accumulate as individuals may live on as part of the commons.
"If you’re an audio producer, Cowbird gives you a way to combine your tape with an image, and a beautiful way to share your audio pieces with the world. Here is our collection of audio stories, which should give you a sense of the range of voices on Cowbird and the narrative possibilities of playing with image and sound."