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.
January 2018 update: Revisiting The Origins of the Cut'n'Mix Application:
In the late 90's I created a simple Windows application which randomly reordered the words in a small sampling of text, effectively automating the process of "Cut-up", which is an exercise or procedure used in creative writing popularized by Willaim Burroughs in the 20th century. Although I have devoted some time describing this process in an essay on cut-up, I recently came accross a half hour radio documentary on the subject which is now available on YouTube. Those looking for a much more in-depth description of the history and purpose of cut-up might want to check out the Full Broacast of Documentary on Cut-up HERE.
In 2012, development of Cut'n'Mix came to an end. The final, uncompleted version of the application attempted to create random cut-ups of TEXT and IMAGES, which proved to be too challenging for the interface to handle, and so a separate development branch was created to focus more specifically on the creation of random collages, resulting in a new Windows application called "ROBOCOLLAGE". Here is a video which is basically a slideshow of some of the automatic collages which were created by this new application:
The ROBOCOLLAGE application initially had it's own website, but in the true spirit of "esoteric sensationalism", was not really publicised or promoted in any meaningful way, and therefore languished in obscurity. Therefore, in late 2017, I let the domain registration expire and have now archived all of the ROBOCOLLAGE documentation as a subdirectory of Cut'n'Mix: You can still get more information on the application and download the Windows installer here: The ROBOCOLLAGE SITE @ Cut'n'Mix.
Fall 2017 addition to the Cut'n'Mix site: The Esoteric Sensationalism Archive:
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.
"Apparatus With Instructions" - Experimental music composition by Cut'n'Mix C.P.Bryan founder with Steve Lowther:
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.