‘And all we said was “Saved”!’ – for on-the-fly codepoetry


Site about the event by RI RV – http://cargocollective.com/onfcopoe/otfCp00

photo by RI RV

‘And all we said was “Saved”!’ is a recreation of a set performed at the ‘on-the-fly codepoetry’ event in Leeds at Wharf Chambers, hosted by RI RV on the 25th of January

This live coding set uses a pool of sixteen Public Domain poems, which are cut into lines, and then sequenced from SuperCollider by using Tasks and displayed using Processing as a shifting, live-codeable, generative seven line poem.

I built up the poem over time, adding a task for each line to perform, and as the poem built up I live coded a soundtrack based on words I observed in the fleeting dialogue, and an attempt to capture those words through mimetic sound. This version of the set ascends and descends over half an hour, and when everything has stopped we are left with a final poem, a snapshot of the shifting dialogue seen throughout the set.

The final poem was:


And dead men, dead men,

New fetters on our hoped-for liberty:

Hardening to rage in a flame of chiselled stone,

There came a dreadful, piercing sound,

Far in the hillside camp, in slumber lies

A slow sweet comer,

And all we said was “Saved”!


The poems prepared for the set were:

Aldous Huxley – Stanzas
Charles Baudelaire – The Albatross
Felix Jung – Anemophobia
Felix Jung – Indecision
Laurence Hope – Mahomed Akram’s Appeal to the Stars
Walt Whitman – A Hand-Mirror
Bertolt Brecht – A Worker Reads History
Christina Georgina Rossetti – May
Christina Georgina Rossetti – Tempus Fugit
Elizabeth Jennings – Absence
Ella Wheeler Wilcox – Europe
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson – Saved!
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – To Originals
Madison Julius Cawein – Imperfection
Paul Cameron Brown – Skootematta
Thomas Fredrick Young – A Dream

The setup code, and the resulting code created during the performance can be downloaded here https://www.dropbox.com/s/9jmtlvjfvhzn724/on-the-fly%20codepoetry%20Sean%20Cotterill.zip?dl=0

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