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 will occur at 9:39am or the early lunch you opt to take will happen 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 Monday, September 17. Most recent three panels:
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, 5:19pm.
"Little things in each track to find,
almost like a movie for your ears. Different and exciting."
"Brilliant. Apart from A Softer World, this has become my favorite online comic series."
"This is such a massive project!" "...the entire aesthetic
behind the whole thing is fucking badass." - Reddit
"Great concept! Linear concept and nonlinear storytelling. Cool graphics and nice sounds!"
"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!"
"Love the magnitude of the work and the visuals combined with the sounds is a nice addition to the experience."
"Fantastic tracks and concept! Been listening for a while and it's great background working music."
"Fucking Genius ... Really awesome. Are you going to make a printed version of the comics in the future? Would buy it in a heartbeat."
- 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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