The Bureau is a sound and illustration project - A story told to you in real time. It describes a full day at a job, beginning at 8:55am (when you arrive and clock in) and ends when your day is complete.
Each sound file is timed to play exactly when timestamped in the story, so if you press play at 8:55am, The Bureau will follow you through your day. (For example, the daily Powerpoint presentation occurs at 9:39am or the early lunch you opt to take is at 11:03am) Each track is paired with a comics panel that includes other aspects of the story and informs you about your job.
Last updated Wednesday May 23. Most recent three panels:
1:50pm, Psychic Infant Report.
1:51pm, The Owner Has a Guest.
1:53pm, Others Emerge Over the Hill.
When completed, the finished project should be around 200 separate tracks, covering around nine to ten hours.
If you watch the playlist on Soundcloud (link), each narrated image appears in the playlist with its associated track, so it's like watching a small movie, in a way.
Begin Reading on Page One. Currently on Page Five, 1:53pm.
"Little things in each track to find,
almost like a movie for your ears. Different and exciting." - Reddit
"This is such a massive project!" "...the entire aesthetic
behind the whole thing is fucking badass." - Reddit (again)
"There's something very odd and paranoia-inducing about the concept and execution.
The titles, the panels, the sounds. Like a Philip K. Dick audio diary. Love it!" - Muffwiggler Forum
Read: "Methoxyflurane, The Sweet Hypnotist,
and Government-Issue Potato Sacks"
A much appreciated thread about this project on Metafilter.
"Wonderfully creative stuff. Made my day to hear it." - Doug Slocum / Synthetic Sound Labs
"This is quite strange and not for everyone. It's also not finished and kind of awesome."
- Andrew Harper / Unique and Bizarre Musical Reccomendations of All Genres
"The Bureau. This is very, very odd, but equally rather brilliant. The website’s not the clearest in terms of describing what the actual f**k is going on, but the simplest explanation I can offer is that this is a comic, telling (slowly, panel by panel) the story of a day in the life of a particular office in a surrealistic version of modern America. Each panel is accompanied by a piece of electronica for you to listen to as you contemplate the story and the visual. You just have to check it out. As an experiment with form(s) it’s rather a clever one." - Matt Muir / Web Curios, Imperica Magazine
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