Device for Fucking Up Tiki Records
(2) Paia Phono Preamps//Crossfader-Mixer//CGS Ring Modulator//CGS Digital Reverb//Colbeck Labs Fake Ring Modulator
An Audio 'A Humument'
I was completely ignorant of Tom Phillips’s work, especially his treated Victorian novel “A Humument” until clued in recently by @ineluctablemodalityofthvisible … Phillips had acquired this forgotten novel for a dime at a thrift store in 1965, and by painting over most of the words on every page, uncovered a “hidden” story (see exhibits B and C, here) that was more interesting than the original.
At any rate, I was fascinated by this idea, and wondered what it would sound like if the concept were applied to audio material. Wrote a program to display a .wav file graphically, stretched out sort of like a musical score. The program does a rough approximation of selecting bits of “text” and connecting them the way Phillips did it. In Exhibit A, the blue waveform is the original audio, the green waveform at the bottom shows the result of sticking all the purple samples together. It sort of works—see here and here.