“Bicycle Built For 2,000 is comprised of 2,088 voice recordings collected via Amazon‘s Mechanical Turkweb service. Workers were prompted to listen to a short sound clip, then record themselves imitating what they heard. The song “Daisy Bell,” originally written by Harry Dacre in 1892, was
made famous in 1962 by John Kelly, Max Mathews, and Carol Lockbaum as the first example of musical speech synthesis. In contrast to the 1962 version, Bicycle Built For 2,000 was synthesized with a distributed system of human voices from all over the world.”
The IBM 7090 was a second-generation transistorized version of the earlier IBM 709 vacuum tubemainframe computers and was designed for “large-scale scientific and technological applications”. The 7090 was the third member of the IBM 700/7000 series scientific computers. The first 7090 installation was in November 1959. In 1960, a typical system sold for $2,900,000 or could be rented for $63,500 a month.