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== Julianne's Final Project ==
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== Computer Poetry ==
  
Under construction...
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Like magnetic poetry, but not.
  
 
=== Description ===
 
=== Description ===
  
This semester, my computer has been through more abuse than it has ever experiencedSmacking, yelling, shaking, twisting, etcIt's not surprising that my "instrument" has become a very angry, rebelling computer.
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I applied to concept of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetic_poetry magnetic poetry] in a slightly more musical setting.  I mapped a bunch of words created from using [http://www.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php text-to-speech] to rows on the keyboard, roughly organized by part of speech.  I more or less arbitrarily determined their order on each rowEach row also has pitches mapped to the word keys, ascending in the key of CThey use the VoicForm STK "instrument" with a phoneme that roughly corresponds to the major phoneme of each corresponding word.  The idea is to add your own words and mix and match to create something with musical meaning, semantic meaning, or both (as I have sort of tried to do in my "performance").
  
A low C drones in the background, while a pitch an octave above also drones (but can be altered on the keyboard)
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To add some bass, there is a drone that initially begins with two pitches on an octave of low C's.  The upper pitch is changeable on the keyboard (right side of the qwerty row).
  
Words (thanks to [http://www.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php text-to-speech]) are mapped to rows on the keyboard roughly based on their "part of speech." They are heard simultaneously with a voicform stk instrument also assigned to the word's basic phoneme using different pitches in the key of C.
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Additionally, this whole semester I felt pretty bad for my computer from all of the smacking, yelling, shaking, twisting, etc.  A few times, I shook it so hard, it died (or at least forced a shut down).  I decided to let the "magnetic poetry" be its own voice, and added a few little things to give it some "heart."  There is a heartbeat (downloaded from [http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=52895 here]) that can be toggled on and off with the tilde key.  When you hit the computer, it says "ouch" (after a few times, it will say "that actually really hurts")Every time you hit it, the heartbeat gets slightly faster (then eventually resets).  The heartbeat can sorta be used as the "beat" of the music.
  
A heartbeat can be toggled on or offThis can serve roughly as the "beat" of the music.
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If you make a lot a noise, it will yell at you and stop playingSo be nice!
  
When you smack the computer, it says ouch. Its heart rate also speeds up.
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=== Code ===
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This [http://www.princeton.edu/~jgrasso/poetry_jgrasso.zip zip file] includes the chuck file and a bunch of sound files.
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Instructions: go to the terminal, type chuck poetry.ck and play around.
  
Make too much noise, and it will yell at you and stop playing. 
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=== Video ===
  
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Click [http://www.princeton.edu/~jgrasso/314final.mov here] for a video of the "instrument," featuring my hands.
  
=== Code ===
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In case you can't make out the words:
  
coming soon...
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"This semester I have been abused. <br>
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I would appreciate it if you would stop hitting me. <br>
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You are lucky I still work. <br>
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Have a happy dean's date."
  
=== Video ===
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=== Honorable Mention ===
  
also coming soon.
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This project represents my own work in accordance with University regulations.  
  
=== What to include on your project page ===
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<center> Julianne Grasso </center>
* A description of your project
 
* Your code
 
** If it's short, you can make a new page for it like [http://wiki.cs.princeton.edu/index.php/Poly_demo.ck this one]
 
** Or, if there's a lot of it, put it in a .zip file so that people can upload it.
 
*** We suggest: put it in your public_html directory on your network drive, then make a link, e.g. to http://www.princeton.edu/~yourname/yourfile.zip. Let us know if you need any help!
 
* Instructions on how to run your code
 
* A sound or video recording of your piece. Going lo-fi and using built-in webcam from another laptop (e.g. PLOrk machine in studio B) is fine. But for audio, if you're using chuck, best to use rec.ck for writing chuck's output directly to a file.
 
** See directions above on putting it on your network drive and linking to it
 

Revision as of 13:38, 11 May 2009

Computer Poetry

Like magnetic poetry, but not.

Description

I applied to concept of magnetic poetry in a slightly more musical setting. I mapped a bunch of words created from using text-to-speech to rows on the keyboard, roughly organized by part of speech. I more or less arbitrarily determined their order on each row. Each row also has pitches mapped to the word keys, ascending in the key of C. They use the VoicForm STK "instrument" with a phoneme that roughly corresponds to the major phoneme of each corresponding word. The idea is to add your own words and mix and match to create something with musical meaning, semantic meaning, or both (as I have sort of tried to do in my "performance").

To add some bass, there is a drone that initially begins with two pitches on an octave of low C's. The upper pitch is changeable on the keyboard (right side of the qwerty row).

Additionally, this whole semester I felt pretty bad for my computer from all of the smacking, yelling, shaking, twisting, etc. A few times, I shook it so hard, it died (or at least forced a shut down). I decided to let the "magnetic poetry" be its own voice, and added a few little things to give it some "heart." There is a heartbeat (downloaded from here) that can be toggled on and off with the tilde key. When you hit the computer, it says "ouch" (after a few times, it will say "that actually really hurts"). Every time you hit it, the heartbeat gets slightly faster (then eventually resets). The heartbeat can sorta be used as the "beat" of the music.

If you make a lot a noise, it will yell at you and stop playing. So be nice!

Code

This zip file includes the chuck file and a bunch of sound files.

Instructions: go to the terminal, type chuck poetry.ck and play around.

Video

Click here for a video of the "instrument," featuring my hands.

In case you can't make out the words:

"This semester I have been abused.
I would appreciate it if you would stop hitting me.
You are lucky I still work.
Have a happy dean's date."

Honorable Mention

This project represents my own work in accordance with University regulations.

Julianne Grasso