Chorus

Chorus

May 14, 2004

Computer controlled sound object. 3 announcement speakers attached to ceiling. Chorus continuously reinterprets and sings through the structure of the first passage of St.John’s Gospel.

Using the phonetic structure of that text as a template, the computer assigns a random consonant to each consonant position, and a random vowel to each vowel position. Spaces between words and at the end of sentences are preserved. Assigning each of the three speakers a separate channel and a separate note – F, C# and G – the computer then sings it’s new construction of consonants and vowels. After which it then loops back to generate another interpretation through the same template. The process is continuous and endless.

My thanks to the soprano, Lucetta Johnson.

The Monolith

The Monolith

Feb 7, 2003

Computer downloads random audio streams from internet. It then applies a speech recognition engine to transcribe those streams into English text – regardless of source language type.

Concurrently it constructs a voice by cutting up the audio streams themselves into individual phonetic sounds which it sorts into folders.

It then speaks it’s English text by pasting together sound files randomly drawn from the appropriate folders. As soon as a phonetic file is used it is erased.

The whole process is continuous and endless.