Created by Moritz Heller, Wordcollider was inspired by visualizations of particle collisions at LHC CERN. The software created in Processing accelerate two phrases against each other on a collision course. The collision splits the words up in their letters – “their elementary particles”. After collision, wordcollider visualize a signature for each letter, based on their phonetic characteristics.
The software differentiates between the vowels, nasals, plosives, fricatives, approximates, trill consonants and special signs, giving them each a distinctive behaviour as they disperse from the collision.