FL@33 PRESENTS BZZZPEEK.COM
2002—ongoing project, improved design: 2011, version 2: hopefully by September 2022
___ This hugely popular, award-winning and self-initiated FL@33 project is presenting a collection of onomatopoeia from around the world using sound recordings from native speakers imitating the sounds of mainly animals and vehicles. The online collection focuses on the pronunciation and comparison of these sounds by presenting them side by side as each language expresses them differently.
___ Bzzzpeek.com is an interactive experience inviting everybody to contribute. Submissions are more than welcome!
UPDATE | SUMMER 2021
A new non-Flash html5 version is currently being developed and will hopefully be launched in time for the 20th anniversary of this beautiful project.
___ Please see the Vimeo video of a screen recording from December 2020 – a brief presentation of the website.
___ The required Flash plugin was officially retired in January 2021. Unless you are still running an older browser with enabled Flash, you will currently not be able to enjoy the live website with up-to-date software. Bzzzpeek.com requires the now pretty much defunkt Flash plugin, that used to be the bee's knees when we created this online experience in 2001/2002.
___ The website got so much recognition over the years and so many awards and countless press features around the world and we are now – at last – put a decent budget and time aside to transform and redevelop Bzzzpeek to shine once more. Kikeriki, cocorico, cock-a-doodle-doo!
The name Bzzzpeek stems from the recording of the French child – also featured on the website's homepage – who immitated the buzzing sound of a French bee followed by the 'peeeeek' – a sting (from the French verb piquer = to sting).
Bzzzpeek.com was launched in September 2002 and has since been featured around the world in countless books, magazines, newspapers and online. High profile features also included The New York Times and NYT supplements in other international newspapers followed by FL@33 radio interviews with NPR – National Public Radio and the BBC World (Boston).
___ Unique visitor counts to this online project have naturally been peaking during those busy times and Bzzzpeek's record so far were months when we enjoyed attention by up to 15,000 unique visitors per day.
___ The project has won many international awards including an Honorary Mention at the prestigious Prix Ars Electronica, a Distinctive Merit Award from the ADC – Art Directors Club, New York and Gold at the Construction New Media Awards, besides many others.
___ Please visit our Press archive for in-depth Bzzzpeek articles and radio broadcasts of Bzzzpeek features and FL@33 interviews.
BZZZPEEK AT MoMA | REVISED DESIGN 2011
Bzzzpeek.com was selected for inclusion in an exhibition entitled Talk to Me at New York's MoMA – Museum of Modern Art where bzzzpeek's interface was on display from July 24th until November 7th, 2011. Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects was organised by senior curator Paola Antonelli and curatorial assistant Kate Carmody. The website's design was improved in 2011 for this occasion.
BZZZPEEK FOR SCHOOLS AND EVENTS
Up-to-date offline versions of the website are also available for schools and other educational non-profit institutions. Just get in touch if you are interested for your class / event.
BZZZPEEK SUPPORT T-SHIRTS
Bzzzpeek products such as a support T-shirt series were designed and introduced during one of the busy Bzzzpeek times to help finance this ongoing project and pay towards the out-of-control server costs. You can choose between Cocorico, Wang Wang and Quack Quack – all available for women, kids and men. Thank you!
Bzzzpeek currently still requires the Flash plugin but we are already scratching our heads to find an iPhone/iPad-friendly non-Flash alternative that will not only revive but improve the website...
REQUIRED FLASH PLUGIN | BROWSER SETTINGS
Having been conceived and designed during the Flash goldrush days, things have of course moved on since. We are hoping to rescue the website one day and make transform it it into an html 5 (or so) version that will be compatible with today's browsers and portable touchscreen devices.
___ For now you can enjoy the website with an older pre-2021 browser using a free Flash-plugin that is required. iPads and iPhones do not support Flash at all unfortunately but you can make it work on Apple Mac and PC desktop browsers (pre-January 2021).
___ Get the free Flash-plugin at adobe.com. Adobe Flash Player is built-in, but may be disabled. How to troubleshoot / Flash help (PC/Mac): Chrome browser | If Adobe Flash Player is blocked click 'Not Secure' next to browser URL bar and 'Allow Flash'. Refresh and voila! (More info: google.com/chrome/...), Safari browser | adobe.com/..., Firefox browser | mozilla.org/...
"Agathe Jacquillat and Tomi Vollauschek have created a project which is both fascinating and engaging whilst being educational. It makes use of the international nature of the Internet, the ease of introducing user-generated content and the commonality of sounds. It compares in a charming and inviting way the differences in children's sounds between cultures for a number of everyday things."
Jury statement, Prix Ars Electronica