Cut'n'Mix is a unique word processing application which helps creative writers generate new ideas through the use of different methods of text randomization and manipulation. Cut'n'Mix expands the pallete of tools available to writers with functions not available in standard word processors:
Automatically blend four input streams of text to achieve a random word mix
Quickly rearrange the positions of words in text using a simulated paper-and-scissors cut-up interface called the "Cut-up Laboratory". (Also commonly referred to as "Fridge Magnet Poetry")
Generate pools of random words from Cut'n'Mix's embedded English dictionary database to inspire creativity
Blend (mashup) words or phrases from up to 4 different text files or "tracks"
Generate random poetry using the "ROBOPOEM" algorithm which automatically calculates rhythm and rhyme
Create new words and names using "word shredding" and "word gluing"
In February 2012, Version 5.4 was to be the final release of Cut'n'Mix available for shareware licensing. Later that year Cut'n'Mix ceased to be a commercial "product" with associated bug fixes and technical support... Now, in response to numerous requests, an "as-is" (unsupported), full-function version of Cut'n'Mix is available free of charge:
Find out about how the Cut'n'Mix application came to be: from the initial inspiration through the variety of different versions, all is documented in the Cut-up Application Museum.
October 2017 News:
Cut'n'Mix creator C.P.Bryan has produced a new YouTube video to showcase collages generated with the ROBOCOLLAGE application. ROBOCOLLAGE is an offshoot of Cut'n'Mix, and was built to randomly arrange text AND images from the embedded database contained within the application installer. (Users also have the option of loading their own photos and artwork into the database.) The soundtrack music is from C.P.Bryan's virtual group "Stargazer Jazz" and is called "Heavy Mellow Cruise". To listen to (or license for video production use) similar music from C.P.Bryan and his collaborators, go to the
Back in the late 90's, the original website to host the Cut'n'Mix application was called "Esoteric Sensationalism".
This site has now been archived as a subdirectory of cutnmix.com. It includes a lot of articles about the connection between randomness and creativity,
and a lot of other strange and wonderfull stuff that may be appealing to creative writers and experimental artists.
Read all about in the Esoteric Sensationalism Archives.
Was Shakespeare really such a clever writer? Did he really have a vocabulary of 20,000 words? Some suggest he used some crafty tricks with his word usage to send the reader's brain into a state of excitement! Check it out in the Shakespeare's Brain Section...
Mac OS X Version
Many of the word processing functions found in Cut'n'Mix for Windows are now available in a version for Mac computers. Basic functions like text shuffle and mutlitrack text file mixing are included, plus more unique features like "smart replace" (word morpher), shredding, gluing and random fill. The Mac version also introduces better handling of large text files by allowing the user to page through large texts 200 words at a time. To find out more about the Mac version functions or download a copy that will run on Mac OS X, go to:
Check out the Cut'n'Mix answer to "magnetic poetry", with the virtual paper and scissors style Cut-up Laboratory. To find out how Cut'nMix helps you astound, confuse and impress the groundlings, try Shakespeare's Brain . To read texts submitted by Cut 'n' Mix users over the years, there is a listing of Experimental Texts. Read a review of a recent film about Brion Gysin, the Canadian artist who is often credited as being the inventor of the "cut-up" method of creative writing. The film is centered around another of his creative inventions used to help expand consciousness and open the doors of perception: The Dream Machine. Cut-n-Mix.com revists a classic text by Edward de Bono: The Use of Lateral Thinking explains how logical, "vertical" thinking constrains the creative process. Creative writers need to throw a wrench in the works to get over writer's block (and other impediments to the imagination). As de Bono himself explains: "It is not possible to look in a different direction by looking harder in the same direction." For a listing of links to other sites featuring subject matter relating to cut-up or experimental writing tools and techniques, check out the resources page. To find out more about the creator of Cut'n'Mix, get to know C.P.Bryan.