Interactive Frank An interactive audio montage
interactive audio montage
“Critically acclaimed broadcaster and performance artist …”
“a master of the dark, humorous and absurd”
Shows aired on WFMU and NPR
Series of fictitious narrative monologues, dramas, "real life" phone conversations, and often all of the above
My inspiration for author model
Loved to talk about his past
Could spout off loosely related anecdotes for hours on end, with minimal input
Perfect model for interactivizing Joe Frank
Make it Interactive?
What if the user could guide an Joe Frank-esque audio montage in the same way that I could “guide” my conversations with Mr. Marks?
Author – take input from the user and try to make sense of it
Actors – communicate with the author and try to say something
relevant to the input
Oswald - LiveJournal
DJ (and daemon) – communicate with author and try to play a song from your hard drive that matches the overall theme of the input
Not so good, but you can set pitch, WPM, style, and its free
MP3s on your hard drive
ID3 Tags (blinkenlights) w/help from allmusic.com
dict.org (especially Moby Thesaurus)
input from user
Currently works only with single adjectives
Eventually, I would like it to accept sentences, and do some sort of simple analysis of what words are “important”
eg: surreal, uplifting, horrible, sublime, etc.
When you start up the program, the DJ begins searching your hard drive.
When it encounters an MP3, it checks the ID3 tags
DJ keeps track of Artists with lists of “moods”, and songs by that artist
are expanded using thesaurus
When you enter a word, a “theme” is constructed.
The Theme consults dict.org and retrieves synonyms
When there is more than one valid theme, the Author goes to work
The themes are the primary narrative guide
The Author analyzes the Themes created by the user
Whenever there is an intersection
between two themes
, we have encountered something important (a focus)
These foci are what is handed to the DJ and the Actors as “inspiration”
When the themes have been analyzed, the results are fed to the Actors
The Actors then take turns reading a line
The have different sources and different ways of gathering material
Lenny here loves to drop science
His body of knowledge comes from the WikiPedia
He finds an article that has something to do with the foci
and reads a sentence from it
Oswald is into drama
He reads from LiveJournal
Authors can be added
I had to get rid of Fitz (my original character) –he couldn’t get his act together
Eventually, the authors will have values that will determine when they will say a line.
The DJ is also taking cues from the Author
He is going through his list of Artists, comparing the “moods” against the foci
that the Author has determined
Once he has found the artist that best matches the themes, he begins to play a song.
The process starts over when the song has ended
Is it Narrative?
The result is a disjointed series of sentences, not nearly as cohesive as I want it to be
What could make it narrative?
Themes should be influenced by previous input
GoogleAPI should allow more than 1000 queries a day
Then what’s the point?
I thought that the DJ was remarkable effective.
he chose was very accurate
The dialogue was often very entertaining
I could often fill in the blanks of the dialogue and come up with a cohesive narrative of my own
With more work, it could definitely get better
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