Collaboration between Tanner Cook (visual) & Marcus D’Camp (audio/programming)
Tittle: trans·code /ˌtransˈkōd/: digital-to-digital data conversion of one encoding to another. Physical CDs are used to produce a time based image. Subsequent images are transcoded to digital audio signal based on RGBA data.
Potty Mouth uses a simple python script and scraperwiki.com to scrape twitter for a particular curse word. This scraped text is then converted to audio via a text to speech conversion software. The piece explores the contrast between what people write somewhat anonymously on the internet compared to being spoken aloud. The first run of Potty Mouth resulted in nearly an hour an a half of audio from a few seconds of scraping twitter.com.
In 2012, I created a tribute of sorts to Steve Reich’s piece Piano Phase. My version Page Phase used the Web Audio API and Processing.js for the visual element. the page plays two looping pianos at different speeds. The result is an example of phasing where to the listener many mutations of rhythm become apparent as the two pianos move further away and also back in time with each other. The listener can also experience the difference in the two sounds by adjusting the crossfader between the two loops on a separate page. The entire piece loops back in about 30 minutes, although it only takes a little bit to start to hear the two sounds out of phase. Web Audio API is best supported on Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari browser.