The Typewriter Project explores of the use of text as a medium for creating an expressive sound composition. Essentially, it is a system that attempts to create a contextually appropriate soundtrack for the passage of text keyed on a typewriter. For example, if the user types a passage to convey sadness, sad music will be played; if the mood of the text shifts to a more cheerful vein the sound will shift as well. In many cases the resulting compositions will vary considerably from one user to the next due to the various moods expressed by the participants. Furthermore, the typed pages serve as a record of each person’s interaction and may also be used as a score to re-create the composition at a later time.


In collaboration with Peter Chester


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