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Hearing Voices 2.1


John Wynne & Robert Munro

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Hearing Voices is a free interactive multimedia app that features recordings and fieldwork by John Wynne in collaboration with visual artist Denise Hawrysio and linguist Andy Chebanne, conducted with speakers of highly endangered Khoi and San languages in the Kalahari Desert in 2003. The audio includes 10 original song recordings and interviews with 8 speakers of 5 different Khoi/San languages. These are all high quality professional recordings which highlight the extraordinary audio features of these click languages. All are accompanied by English translations.

The speakers are; Nicodemus Barkard, Tshabakgotta Igamamoo, Gosaitse Kabatlhophane, Kanokabe//nee//ee, Qgõcgae, Roy Sesana, and Thamae Sobe and Xukuri Xukuri. The interviewees are Peter Austin and Andy Chebanne. Linguistic advice was provided by Andy Chebanne and Herman Batibo.

The app is part of a multi-faceted project by John Wynne, which included a multi-channel sound and photography installation and a BBC Radio commission.


There are two separate versions, one for Macintosh and one for Windows. Download the correct version for your computer. The current Mac version is 2.1 (August 2015). The current Windows version is 2.1 (September 2015).

The Macintosh version requires Macintosh OSX (version 10.7 onwards).

You will need about 250 MB of disk space. No special configuration is required although you will require speakers or headphones to enjoy the rich audio recordings. An Internet connection is required to access some of the peripheral resources (although is not necessary for the app's main content).

The program can be run directly and requires no installation, other than downloading and unpacking/unzipping the files (see below). For best performance, put all the files into a new, dedicated folder on your computer's hard drive. No other installation is necessary.


Download the correct version for your computer (Macintosh OSX 10.7 or later, or Windows most versions) from the download section below.

Macintosh OS X

After downloading the file HearingVoices.DMG, double click it to open it as a volume (or your Mac may automatically open it). You will see the volume as a new volume (drive) icon named Hearing Voices volume on your desktop - double click to open it and you will see the folder (Hearing Voices folder) which contains the application and its supporting files. We recommend that you copy the Hearing Voices folder to somewhere suitable on your computer. You can then unmount the Hearing Voices volume (by dragging it to the Mac's Trash) and, optionally, delete the file HearingVoices.DMG.

Note: During this process your Mac may:

  • pop up a dialog warning you about files downloaded from the Internet - agree to receive/open them and the warning should not show again
  • pop up a dialog box saying "Hearing Voices" can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer - to stop this message, go to System Preferences>Security & Privacy and choose settings to allow apps downloaded from Anywhere (you can return this setting to its previous setting after you have run Hearing Voices once). For more information, see OSX: About Gatekeeper.

If you want to remove Hearing Voices from your computer, simply delete the files.


Download the ZIP file, and then unpack it using your Windows utilities or a 3rd party utility such as 7-Zip (free, open Source software available from We recommend that you create a new, empty folder (name it something like "Hearing Voices folder"), and unzip (or copy) the contents of the downloaded ZIP file to it.

You can then run Hearing Voices any time by double clicking the application file HearingVoices.exe (or it may appear as just "HearingVoices"), and you may safely delete the original downloaded ZIP file. No special installation process is needed.

If you want to remove Hearing Voices from your computer, simply delete the Hearing Voices folder.


To start, double click the application file "HearingVoices" (or "HearingVoices.exe").


Showing touch/click responseHearing Voices 2 has been designed principally as a touch screen application. However, it will also work perfectly well on conventional mouse or touchpad machines. The screen does NOT respond to mouse hovering as in traditional applications, but does give clear visual feedback when a valid "hotspot" is activated (a large green circle appears briefly where you touched or clicked).
The emphasis on touchscreen operation means that you will enjoy best use of Hearing Voices if you feel free to touch or click in those areas of screen which look likely (or possibly) to lead to further information, or likely to perform actions (such as play sound).

Here is the main menu screen:
Touch or click

Navigation menu

At the bottom right of the screens, you will see a navigation panel. The panel shows you the name of the section you are viewing, and has 3 buttons: "Go back" (to last screen visited), "Go Home (to main menu screen), and "Exit" (see below).


To quit Hearing Voices, touch or click the green "X" button at the bottom right of the screen. This will offer you an Exit dialog and offer to go to the Credits screen.


Hearing Voices is free for use by individuals and for research and educational purposes. See also the copyright and usage information below. Hearing Voices can be obtained from the publisher, EL Publishing, via download from this page,

©2015 John Wynne & Robert Munro. This software product may only be downloaded and/or used for personal research or educational purposes. You may not copy, reproduce, sample, reverse-engineer or broadcast in whole or in part in any form whatsoever, without written permission from the authors.

By downloading and/or running the software you are agreeing to and are bound by these conditions.


This is version 2.1, an update of the second version, released in August/September 2015. The first version was displayed with John Wynne's Hearing Voices installations but was not made generally available. Version 2 was published in July 2014. This 2.1 update includes revisions to content as well as redesigned audio playing and navigation and several other improvements. If you encounter any problems - or have any suggestions for improvement - please clearly describe the problem or suggestion and contact the software co-ordinator David Nathan (

If any corrections, updates, and additional material become available, they will be available from


Hearing Voices was created by John Wynne and Robert Munro. Versions 2 and 2.1 were re-engineered by David Nathan. Many other people were involved in its production. See the Credits screen for further details.

For feedback and enquiries about the content or usage of Hearing Voices, please email in the first instance to the software co-ordinator David Nathan (


Last updated 15th September 2015.