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Sound Drawings (Harvard Sentences)
Sound Drawings (Harvard Sentences)
Ink on Paper
5f x 11f
2017

Sound Drawings (Harvard Sentences) is a set of 720 drawings of texts. The Harvard sentences are a collection of sample phrases used for standardized testing of the voice over Internet and other telephone systems. They are intentionally constructed sentences “used to test intelligibility in situations where speech is supposed to be less than intelligible.” Originated inside the wartime research lab at Harvard University during World War II, they were created to improve military communication systems. While they provide intriguing reading, similar to reading found poetry, as they are words assembled merely for the phonetic purpose of sound, they are an exchange between speaker and listener that is absent of meaning.