Equal parts digital graffiti and digital concrete poetry, TextOrganis the rave cousin of It's Alive! TextOrgan takes the It's Alive! environment, adds a MIDI keyboard for quick access to all the functionality, and allows the user to either input text directly or to select among a set of prepared texts that are then streamed onto the screen. She can quickly build up immensely rich collages of performance-specific poetry and found texts.
TextOrgan was developed for use in conjunction with a DJ at musical events. By collaborating beforehand, the DJ and the TextOrganist can choose a selection of texts and discuss what sort of mood or themes they want develop in the set. When the set begins, the two embark on a improvisational duet, each reacting to what the other is throwing into the media environment. The DJ plays his decks, and the TextOrganist uses the MIDI keyboard and a mouse to play the text. The output of the TextOrgan, projected above the crowd, oscillates between text as pure text, text as image, and pure image, creating an experience that is at times reading, at times watching and at times both. The TextOrganist can also extract simple signal information such as pitch and intensity from either the ambient environment or directly from the DJ's decks. This provides a mean of automating some of the text dynamics to be in synch with the beat, or to ebb and swell as the intensity of the music decreases and increases.
Jason E. Lewis (concept, design, architecture, programming)
Alex Weyers (design, architecture, programming)