Keyrase: A Parsing Experiment


Sound, Concept

Music is often not made of a book, or an article, nor are we supposed to make music that way. Although the production of these songs seems technical, inhuman, and almost “unnatural,” it is actually an honest reflection of a man-made creation. 

In order to create these music pieces, I used an online virtual piano software which converted the keyboard keys into piano keys and then typed the first paragraph of a Student Life article, Music Festivals Defined, written by Greer Russell.

By systematically removing a few keys at a time, I produced four different songs, each with its own mood. The first set of keys that were removed includes the first row of the keyboard keys: Q W E R T Y U I O P, corresponding to G2 A2 B2 C3 D3 E3 F3 G3 A3 and B3 on the virtual piano. Similarly, the second set of keys (A S D F G H J K L) includes F4 G4 A4 B4 C5 D4 E5 F5 G5 and the third set (Z X C V B N M) corresponds to C6 D6 E6 F6 A6 B6.

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