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This algorithmic text composition will reveal some of the infinite secrets of the realtime composition Lexikon-Sonate, pondering upon problems of algorithmic composition and post modern philosophy, in a never repeating, always mind-challenging way.
The text material was taken from several articles about Karlheinz Essl's Lexikon-Sonate (1992 ff.), an infinite interactive realtime composition for computer-controlled piano:
These articles were processed by a multi-dimensional markov chain algorithm in order to achieve a "reading-through" of the different texts. By this a basic corpus of text particles was created which is stochastically re-combined by a CGI-script which was written by Florian Cramer.
Klangturm St. Pölten - 3. Klangkugel
Presentation of the Lexicon-Oracle within the Lexikon-Projekt
Originally, Lexicon-Oracle was conceived as a part of a multimedia installation at the Klangturm St. Pölten - the Lexikon-Projekt - where the electronic version of Andreas Okopenko's Lexikon-Roman was controlling the composition algorithms of Karlheinz Essl's Lexikon-Sonate for computer-controlled piano.
There are existing several versions for the Web in order to meet different hardware setups and Web browsers:
The realtime-generated text can be viewed with any Web browser on any platform.
Computer speech only
On a Macintosh, you can also listen to the whispering oracle if the Talker-PlugIn is installed in your browser's PlugIn-Folder. This version only works on Apple Macintosh computers.
Computer speech & Music
Besides the whispering voice, you will also hear the music of the never-ending Lexikon-Sonate - howeverm, this version only works on Apple Macintosh computers.
Updated: 8 May 2007