Are you Ready to Hear Wikipedia’s ‘Sound of all Human Knowledge’?

Mar 30, 2023
Updated • Mar 30, 2023

The Wikipedia Foundation is adopting a new sound logo that will personify the company’s brand, chosen by the community.


2,094 participants from about 135 countries participated in a community event for establishing a new sound for the Wikipedia brand. If you’re familiar with the sound Netflix makes when you open the app, that’s the idea behind this new audio logo. Labelled “Sound of all Human Knowledge”, we’ll hear the official version in June 2023.

Wikipedia decided to step up its corporate branding by making this new sound logo. Since we seem to absorb knowledge by ear a lot these days, even when watching news via video, the company felt it needed an audio clip that represents the sound of all human knowledge. 

The winner of the competition, as voted for by the community, was Thaddeus Osborne. He’s a part-time music producer while working as a nuclear engineer. Is it wrong of me to say that his sound logo is the bomb

Corny slang jokes aside, here is Osborne’s description of his winning sound:

“My sound logo welcomes its audience into a world of information. The sound of a page turning quickly becomes a library like a whirlwind of typing, clicking, and paper rustling that promises vast stores of wisdom followed by a friendly invitation. This is what I perceive the Wikimedia movement to be about, the open and encouraged sharing of knowledge. Lots and lots of knowledge.”

While his song won the competition, Wikipedia wants to make it more professional. There will be a short version for social media, and a longer version for video intros. You’ll be able to hear the sound of all human knowledge in the Twitter link above. Makes me wonder if I should make a sound logo for my author brand. At least it will be a creative way to pass the time.


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  1. Martin P. said on March 31, 2023 at 4:11 pm

    I didn’t know that Wikipedia was now hosted by Softonic… Seems so if one clicks on the Wikipedia link at the beginning of the text:

    This is most deceiving and completely foreign to the high quality standards that could be trusted on the original Ghacks.

    Ghacks has become a shadow of what it used to be. Bad, bad, bad…

  2. Thaddäus said on March 30, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    What has become of this site? Softonic, so sad.

    Keep coming back here hoping that it somehow, contains useful information like it did in the past but I keep getting disappointed over and over again.

    The prominent place ghacks had in my daily read list is slipping further and further away. Will return in a few weeks, then a few months and if nothing changes for the better will bid this once wonderful site, farewell.

  3. Tony said on March 30, 2023 at 6:32 pm

    I am sorry that I clicked on this nonsense.

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