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Beyond Babble: A Text-Generation Method and Computer Program for Composing Text, Music and Poetry

Timothy D. Polashek
Leonardo Music Journal
Vol. 15, The Word: Voice, Language and Technology (2005), pp. 17-22
Published by: The MIT Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4540570
Page Count: 6
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Beyond Babble: A Text-Generation Method and Computer Program for Composing Text, Music and Poetry
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Abstract

The author presents a method for creating sound poetry and text/sound music. According to his theory on the musical nature of speech and through the quantification of syllabic stress, the author presents his aesthetics of text/sound music and a detailed description of his original algorithms for manipulating characters representing phonemes. Redefining compositional techniques through his Beyond Babble computer program, The Babble Poet, he synthesizes vocalisms that sound like speech, yet are not, allowing nonsensical words to exist without semantic content and its inherent perceptual baggage. He also explores the applications of his program in composition by composing text/sound études synthesizing well-known texts with his method.

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