Consonant Cluster Karaoke, A singing machine that tease at the ranges of possible phonetic sounds. Through the restrictions of vocal tracts, Consonants are articulated by the hinderance of airflow, when clustered is surprisingly playful and complex.
Like the wash of the ocean wsshh shhh wsssh , or the long compositions found in the languages of Eastern Bloc: wszczn (Polish), pskrblj (Croatian), and skrbstv(Slovenian).
Set in a booth-sized room tucked away in the corner, a projection is thrown at an offset angle and RGB LED disco lights flooding the surfaces to set the tone for some serious vibes. The flat screen display flanked by two microphones ready for a duet, or silo solo and even a group jam.
Song selections are limited to a standard 4 bar progression pop backing track and rather fast house beats found on youtube. Inviting the audience to embody discomfort of twisting tongues to unknown terrain and ride the fear of sounding ridiculous. The music videos consist of footages captured by high tech gadgets of mundane spaces such as the slow motion flyover of a drone on a beach and underwater 360 degree perspective, accompany by a series of gif in preset animations. Presenting a surreal dimension where one commented to be David Lynch-like.
Produced at the School of Poetic Computation over the course of a 3-day showcase November 9th - 11th, 2017
Notes: in the following I will illustrate a series of visual, sound and lyrical detournements, concepts integrated in the Karoake scenes. Links to futher whirlpools on the darknet of Wiki, Reddit and youtube.
Consist of found material on the internet, the aesthestic takes on Vaporwave trends [Reddit explains]. Recycling preset animations with basic 3d models & gifs that most digital tools provide, for an uncanny effect [Goodbye uncanny vallery] that is often bizzare, evoking nostalgia. [Mystery of the LOST 90s Animations]
ofRotate( i * 15 );
ofTranslate(i * 10, 0 );
float scl = 1.0 - i * 0.9 / 20.0;
ofScale( scl, scl );
float yPos = -500 * ofNoise(i, j) + ofMap(ofNoise(i+100,j+100), 0,1,0, 100) * timeElapsed;Perspective, imitation of depth in a flyover footage recedes with calculation of scale in relation to power of time
ofScale(.5 + 0.01 * pow(timeElapsed,2), .5 + 0.01 * pow(timeElapsed,2));
dude_catchers[i].pos = 0.99 * dude_catchers[i].pos + 0.01 * dude.pos;
float offset = i * sin(ofGetElapsedTimef()*0.1)*0.1;
float x = 400 + 300 * cos((duration + offset + j * (PI*2/3.0))* 1.7);
float y = 400 + 300 * sin((duration + offset+ j * (PI*2/3.0)) *0.7);
The use of backing tracks in Karaoke is enabled with the standardization of the Pop music genre from the 80s.
The 4 bar chord progression [Wiki] compostion allows for ease of mapping lyrics to instrumental variations of the track.
In 2017 we are grateful for the ease of access to Karoake on Youtube, there seems to be an endless stream of backing track productions. Flourishing genres beyond pop to Rock, Blues, Blues Rock and myriads of other varieties.... etc. You name it
To measure the tempo of these tracks, beats per minute (BPM) are map to pace out lyrics evenly.
Beats per minute / 4 bar chord progression = bars per minute
60 seconds / bars per minute = seconds per bar
float secsPerBeat = 1/(bpm/60);
float sequence = ofGetElapsedTimef() - startTime; // display duration
float pctSequence = fmod((currentBeat - accumSize)/lyricSize, 1.0f);
Rather than the projection of sounds with Vowels, Consonant pronounciations require attention to restrictions and coordinations of various organs. The fundamental lesson of acquiring languages is to learn how to twist the tongue and form the vocal tracts differently accross new orthography of phoneme. Often the obvious culprits for carrying an 'accents' is detected when one pronounces the same set of consonants in their mother tongue rather than in the target language. Accuracy is then measured by the means of our ability to flex in new manners. The following are information extracted mostly from Wikipedia as overviews of much deeper topics in articulation, phonology and orthography as explanations to the compostions of lyrics.
In considering pronounciations, the study of articulation specifically -- manners in which the 'configuration and interaction of articulators (speech organs such as the tong, lips, palate)' controls stricture, formulate classification. Here we understand how the body as a chamber of instructment is tuned for various dimensions of sound ranging from Obstruent, Sonorant, Liquid to Continuant
top: qwr qwrrt qwrrty ty typ
middle: sssd sddf sddf dd ddfg hjjk kl k k
bottom: zxc xcvvb vvbn bnmm nmm nmm nm
bl, br, cl, cr, dr, gl, gr, fl, fr, pl, pr, sl, sm, sp, st, tr, wr
ck, ch, gh, ng, ph, ng, sc, sk, sl, sh, sn, sw, th, tw, wh
scr, shr, spl, spr, str, thr
The arbitrary act of writing song lyrics consists of only consonant cluster utterances, is however 'justify' by applying existing structures and all of the materials of the english orthography. Applying The new clusters from Random Walk on the Qwerty are fitted in repetitive choruses while the blends and graphs flow along the verstile verse. Dialectically weaving the foriegn with the familar in a verse-verse-chorus.
st smst sm smmssmm smmssmm smms smms smms smm smmthr sprthr spr
thrtthrt thrtthrt thrt thrt sprs thrt sprrpsng chng ch chhcchh chhcchh chhc chhc chc chh chc
st grst gr grrgsts grrgsts grrg grrg stt sts grrshr thrshr thr shrsthrr shrsthrr shrs shrs thrt thrr thrtng snng sn snssnns snssnns sns sns snns snns sns
gnng gnng gnn gng gnnggnng pmmp pmmp pmm pmp pmmppmmp jxxj jxxj jxx jxj jxxjjxxj
cl glcl gl cllccllc cllccllc cllc cllc gllg cllc cllcspr strspr str sprrpsstrr sprrpsstrr sprrps sprrps strs strr strrtstw phtw ph twwphp twwphp tww tww phh php twt
br trbr tr brrbrb brrbrb brr brr trt brb trtstr scrstr scr scrrcsstrrts scrrcsstrrts scrrcs scrrcs scrrcs strrts strssk cksk ck ckkcskk ckkcskk ckkc ckkc ckc skk sks
sdds sdds sdd sds sddssdds thht thht thh tht thhtthht wllw wllw wll wlw wllwwllw
st blst bl sttsstt sttsstt stts stts stts stt blbscr sprscr spr sprrpsscrrcs sprrpsscrrcs sprrps sprrps sprs scrrcs sprrsh thsh th thttht thttht tht tht shhs tht shhs
pr plpr pl plpplp plpplp plp plp prrp plp prrscr splscr spl scrrspll scrrspll scrr scrr scrs spll scrssl ghsl gh slsghg slsghg sls sls slls ghg slls
rzzr rzzr rzz rzr rzzrrzzr txxt txxt txx txt txxttxxt tmmt tmmt tmm tmt tmmttmmt