AI-generated voice reading every comment on 2-hours of Moonlight Sonata on Youtube + Reading amazon reviews of Capital vol 1

Code is on github

It was a pleasure performing this piece at Frequency Sweep #2 at Baby Castles in New York along with other fellow ITP students and alumni. (see video below)

How I did it

In this project for Detourning the Web at ITP, I scraped Youtube comments from a 2-hour looped version of the first part of the Moonlight Sonata and placed them into a JSON file. I then used Selenium, a Python library, to write a script that uploads the comments from a JSON file into Lyrabird, which reads the comment out-loud in my own AI-generated voice. I had previously trained Lyrabird to sound like like me, which adds to the unsettling nature of the project. I based my Selenium code off of the code that Aaron Montoya-Moraga's wrote for his automated emails project.

 

The concept

The work explores themes of loneliness, banality, and anonymity on the web. The comments read out loud give voice to those who comment on this video. The resulting portrait ranges from banal to uncomfortable to extremely personal to comical and even endearing. Online communities have been an interesting place to observe humanity. Often, it’s where people say things they refrain from discussing in the open.

The piece is meant to be performed live. The screen recording below shows what the experience is like. 

 

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CAPITAL VOL 1 Reading

This is a separate but similar project that also uses  Selenium.

For Capital Volume 1 I had Lyrabird simply read its Amazon reviews one by one.  I'm interested in exploring online communities and how they use products, art, or music as a jumping off point for further discussion and forums for expressing their feelings and views. Often people say online things they cannot say anywhere else and it's an interesting way to examine how people view themselves and their environment. 

The piece is meant to be performed live. The screen recording below shows what the experience is like. 

Joan Lamenting a Species Goodbye

 

This is a video that I created using VidPy and FFpeg for Detourning the Web at ITP

Maria Falconetti is sampled here from her role as Joan of Arc in Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1928 silent film, La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc and represents our generation saying goodbye to the polar bear species in the wild. We see ourselves in Maria Falconetti's anguish as we reflect on how negligent capitalist practices have set into motion environmental decline. The last scene shows a polar bear waving it's paw at the viewer but in a clearly artificial, jerky way that VidPy allows for. The viewer understands that the polar bear is not actually waving but the effect is comically heart-wrenching.  

VidPy, is a python video editing library  developed by Sam Lavigne.

Other videos used (Youtube):
 Boston Robotics BigDog on the beach,
 Fastest man to run on all fours.
and polar bear footage.

Chair in contrapposto

I created this chair to stand on a plinth for the Future of Sculpture class at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. I’m interested in exploring the awkwardly placed bodies both human and nonhuman. This piece explores the body of a chair that mimics the exaggerated stance of the human in contrapposto, possibly mocking the human’s leisurely stance and at the same time perhaps genuinely demonstrating its desire to appear human - or at least as important as a human (how important is that?) - and demand recognition of its chairness without inviting us to sit. There is, after all, no seat and in this case it’s a maquette. The opposite of Alexa, the chair might be playfully inviting us pay attention to the nonhuman actors around us.

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The sound piece is riffing off of Alvin Lucier's "I am Sitting in a Room", where the artist sits on a chair "recording himself narrating a text, and then playing the tape recording back into the room, re-recording it. The new recording is then played back and re-recorded, and this process is repeated. Since all rooms have characteristic resonance or formant frequencies (e.g. different between a large hall and a small room), the effect is that certain frequencies are emphasized as they resonate in the room, until eventually the words become unintelligible, replaced by the pure resonant harmonies and tones of the room itself.[" . In this case the chair that the artist sat on dethrones the artist. 

Great Again

More info to come. These were a series of Cinema 4D worlds, which I am still building.

Inspired by Mauricio Cattalan’s gilded toilet at the Guggenheim.

(In Progress) Fiber Sculpture Series

This work is part of a larger project - a sonic playground. The Sound Playground is a tactile, interactive sonic playground for people of all ages and abilities (varying motor and seeing skills) to create sonic compositions in real time, alone or collectively. 

Probably the front

Probably the front

This is the first of a series of seen soft sculptures from fabric. The fabric and tassel (and in the future interesting also faux fur) covers envelop enclosures with weighed bottoms. These are essentially Weebly wobbles that I may add some sound component to.

Side view

Side view

Party in the back

Party in the back

The troupe plan

The troupe plan

Earth's Near Deaths - Data Sonification

Project created in ITP’s course Algorithmic Composition. by Nicolás Escarpentier, Camilla Padgitt-Coles, and Katya Rozanova,

 

Overview

Today our group met up to work on sonifying data using Csound. At first we were planning to build on the work we did on Sunday, where we created a Markov chain to algorithmically randomize the "voice" or lead flute sound from a MIDI file of "Norwegian Wood" over the guitar track using extracted MIDI notes and instruments created in Csound.

Our plan for the data sonification part of the assignment was to also take the comments from a YouTube video of the song and turn them into abstract sounds which would play over the MIDI-fied song according to their timestamp, using sentiment analysis to also change the comments' sounds according to their positive, neutral or negative sentiments. However, upon trying to implement our ideas today we found out that the process of getting sentiment analysis to work is very complicated, and the documentation online consists of many forums and disorganized information on how to do it without clear directives that we could follow.

While we may tackle sentiment analysis later on either together or in our own projects, we decided that for this assignment it would suffice, and also be interesting to us, to use another data set and start from scratch for the second part of our project together. We searched for free data sets and came across a list of asteroids and comets that flew close to earth here (Source: https://github.com/jdorfman/awesome-json-datasets#github-api).

We built 9 instruments and parsed the data to have them play according to their 9 classifications, as well as their dates of discovery, years of discovery, and locations over a 180 degree angle, as well as  each sound reoccur algorithmically at intervals over the piece according to their periods of reoccurrence. We also experimented with layering the result over NASA's "Earth Song" as a way to sonify both the comets and asteroids (algorithmically, through Csound) and Earth (which they were flying over).  The result was cosmic.

You can hear the the two versions up top.

 

Python script

By Nicolas Nicolás Escarpentier found here.

For each asteroid or comet on the file, we extracted some common characteristics to set the sound parameters. The most important aspect is to portray how often they pass near the Earth, so the representation of the time has to be accurate. We set an equivalence of one month = 5 seconds and a year multiplier of 12 months, in case we wanted to make a longer year to introduce longer periods of silence on the score. The audio file starts on Jan 1, 2010 - the earliest year from the acquired data set. Each rock's discovery date sets its first occurrence on the score, and each occurrence repeats itself according to its period_yr (except for the 'Parabolic Comet', which doesn't have a return period).

month_interval = 5. # in sec
year_mult = 12 # multiplier (how many months in a year)

for a in aster_data:
    # get raw data
		datetime = dateparser.parse(a['discovery_date'])
		yea = datetime.year       # starting time
		mon = datetime.month      # starting time
		day = datetime.day        # starting time

		# first occurrence (starting in 2010)
		start = ((yea-2010)*year_mult + mon + day/30.) * month_interval

		# recursion
		start += recur *year_mult

For the other parameters, we selected characteristics that gave us some expressive possibilities. The pitch of each rock is based on the orbit's angle (i_deg), the instruments are based on the orbit_class, the duration on the q_au_1 (which we have no idea what it actually represents). For the scale of this score, we chose a minor B flat, in reference to the sound of a black hole and the "lowest note in the universe".

Instruments

Camilla, Nicolas, and I  created nine instruments using CSound.

The first three corresponded to the three most common occurring meteors and asteroids. These are subtle "pluck" sounds. A pluck in CSound produces naturally decaying plucked string sounds. 

The last six instruments consisted of louder, higher frequency styles.
Instrument four is a simple oscillator. 
Instrument five, six, and eight are VCO, analog modeled oscillators, with a sawtooth frequency waveform. 
Instrument seven is a VCO with a square frequency waveform. 
Instrument nine is a VCO with a triangle frequency waveform. 

linseg is an attribute we used to add some vibrato to instruments 6 - 9. It traces a series of line segments between specified points. These units generate control or audio signals whose values can pass through 2 or more specified points.

Each instrument's a-rate takes variables p4, p5, and p6, (which we set to frequency, amplitude, and pan) that correspond to values found in the JSON file under each instance of a meteor/asteroid near Earth. The result is a series of plucking sounds with intermittent louder and higher frequency sounds with some vibrato. The former represent to the more common smaller meteors and asteroids and the latter represent the rare asteroid and meteor types. 

Meteor Art by Meteor art by  SANTTU MUSTONEN  , which I manipulated using Photoshop. Accidental coding poetry by Nicolas Pena-Escarpenier. Photo by me.

Meteor Art by Meteor art by SANTTU MUSTONEN , which I manipulated using Photoshop. Accidental coding poetry by Nicolas Pena-Escarpenier. Photo by me.

Description of our code by Nicolás E. ~ See the full project on GitHub  here

Description of our code by Nicolás E. ~ See the full project on GitHub here

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Bold & Shy - Using VidPy and FFMEG

This is a video that I created using VidPy and FFpeg for Detourning the Web at ITP

 

 

VidPy, is a python video editing library  developed by Sam Lavigne.

Screens, Portals, Men, and Frodo

In this video piece I sampled video footage of Steve Jobs, Star Trek TNG, Lord of the Rings, and a nature video about summer that had poetry text. All of the videos were downloaded from youtube using youtube-dl, fragmented in FFMPEG, and put together with jerky offsets using VidPy, a python script developed by Sam Lavigne.  

Themes explored: men as adventurers, technology as men's realm, legendary and real iconic figures and the grey area between, male as default gender in pop culture.

 

Code for Video 1, A Species Goodbye:

 

Python:

 Code on my github

 

FFmpeg:

ffmpeg -ss 00:06:18 -i jobs_640_480.mp4 -c:v copy -c:a copy -t 6 jobs_640_480_1.mp4

ffmpeg -ss 00:07:43 -i jobs_640_480.mp4 -c:v copy -c:a copy -t 5 jobs_640_480_2.mp4

ffmpeg -ss 00:07:51 -i jobs_640_480.mp4 -c:v copy -c:a copy -t 5 jobs_640_480_3.mp4

ffmpeg -ss 00:11:08 -i jobs_640_480.mp4 -c:v copy -c:a copy -t 3 jobs_640_480_4.mp4

//cutting out a portion from jobs interview that shows the screen

ffmpeg -ss 00:00:06 -i sheliak_636_480.mp4 -c:v copy -c:a copy -t 5 sheliak_636_480_1.mp4

got error in python file while runing singletrack:

Katyas-MBP:screens crashplanuser$ python screens.py

objc[40458]: Class SDLTranslatorResponder is implemented in both /Applications/Shotcut.app/Contents/MacOS/lib/libSDL2-2.0.0.dylib (0x10870af98) and /Applications/Shotcut.app/Contents/MacOS/lib/libSDL-1.2.0.dylib (0x108b6c2d8). One of the two will be used. Which one is undefined.

objc[40459]: Class SDLTranslatorResponder is implemented in both /Applications/Shotcut.app/Contents/MacOS/lib/libSDL2-2.0.0.dylib (0x110617f98) and /Applications/Shotcut.app/Contents/MacOS/lib/libSDL-1.2.0.dylib (0x110a892d8). One of the two will be used. Which one is undefined.

//get alien

ffmpeg -ss 00:00:29 -i sheliak_636_480.mp4 -c:v copy -c:a copy -t 1.5 sheliak_636_480_p.mp4

//get riker

ffmpeg -ss 00:00:38 -i holodeck.mp4 -c:v copy -c:a copy -t 10 holodeck.mp4_1.mp4

//get lotr chunk

ffmpeg -ss 00:00:34 -i lotr.mp4 -c:v copy -c:a copy -t 3 lotr_late.mp4

//couldn’t get this to make a sound

 

Fresh pile of pool pipe (It's Garbage! Series)

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Garbage item 1

 Fresh pile of found pool pipe // 2018 3x3x2’. 4” di, 36’ l.

“The dyadic alterations of leaf and air make the frond shimmer and move, even when it stays still.”

- Elaine Scarry on the beauty of palms in “On Beauty And Being Just”.

The striations of this pool coil by the garbage caught my eye. The mesmerizing black slivers between white rings were like the fronds of a palm that Elaine Scarry talks about in her “On Beauty and Being Just”. I lugged it home to wash it and twist it into knots. It turned out just like I imagined. The huge knot holds itself in place but the lines are in constant motion both in the way the tube bends and in the optical effect of the stripes on the curcumference. 

 

Purpose:

I'm experimenying with using found and discarded materials in creating objects with interesting textures that can be touched and will eventually all come together in a tactile sound sculpture garden/playground that  will serve the general public as well as those who are hard of seeing.

Note:

Upon seeing this documentation several people told me they thought this was rendering in a 3d program, but it’s really just an analogue optical trick. And a treat! It’s a delight to look at in person and get lost in making sense of it, following its curves and seeing it appear to animate with just a slight movement of the body.  

 

Frenemies in the Greek Gallery/Comoediae Agni

Museum Frenemies/Ram Bearer's Comeuppance/Comoediae Agni

 

Scene 1. "brevis victoria"

The original sketch was for scene 1: Lamb bearer's comeuppance. The title became Brief Victory when I added the final part of the scene that dethrones the lamb from the man's body. 

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Additional end of scene 1 where the lamb realizes it's victory was short.

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Scene 2. "speranza. giocare"

Lamb grabs man's head and shakes it with satisfaction in teeth like a dog that caught a squirrel or a dog toy. Wags it's tail with glee. This continues. 

Scene 3. "exhalationem spiritus"

Lamb blows at man's head "TBTBTBB" playfully. The head simply falls off.  Possible that the bearer sculpture was never alive like the lamb sculpture. Did the lamb ever have a friend or foe? It vomits in despair or possibly let's out it's spirit. At the end of the scene the wings and the trumpet are uplifting. 

 

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I am thinking of adding another few frames dedicated to the lamb vomiting up a strong stream of some sort of life force (kind of like Lynch's Garmonbozia, pain and suffering). It will come out in the form of mist that isn't affected by gravity and sort of floats out) before or after it opens it's eyes wide.

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References and source materials

In making the video I used the following images: lamb bearer - Kriophoros, Nike of Samothrace's (wing), Deux chien de Chantilly  by Fanfareau e Brillador (tail).

 

Sound Effects

Then sound will be slapstick and unsubtle, like in Terry Gilliam's animations. 

 

Inspiration

Terry Gilliam's animations for Monty Python. 

Cyriak's "Baa"

And another animation that I have yet to find, shown to us in class.