The Cut'n'Mix Postmodern Word Processor: Poetry Generator, Text Randomizer: Slice and Dice Words!
In a collection of Dylan Thomas's non-poetic writings entitled "Early Prose Writings", there is a Q and A section in which he responds to questions posed by his readership. One question of particular interest in the context of this web sites' subject matter relates to sources of inspiration: "DO YOU WAIT FOR A SPONTANEOUS IMPULSE BEFORE WRITING A POEM; IF SO, IS THIS IMPULSE VERBAL OR VISUAL?" What is suggested here is that creativity is spawned by some kind of random blast of text or image, perhaps sneaking up from the subconsious like some suppressed Freudian monster. In the words of Dylan Thomas: "... poetry must drag further into the clean nakedness of light more even of the hidden causes than Freud could realise." The Cut'n'Mix application serves as an alternative to those random flashes of creativity which may well be indispensible to the process of creative or experimental writing.
What is Cut'n'Mix?
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:
More "content" from Cut'n'Mix creator C.P.Bryan: Video Production Examples:
New video release for April 27, 2019:
With "Jane Austen in Space (Orchestral Version)" the composer creates a random mashup of images with the overriding theme of man-made structures framing or merging with naturally ocurring scenery:
"Robocollage Gallery" is a video introduction to the types of image mashups that can be automatically constructed using the ROBOCOLLAGE application, which is an offshoot of the Cut'n'Mix project:
Tutorials, Demos, Creative Writing Resources and Information about Cut'n'Mix creator C.P.Bryan:
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. C.P.Bryan also employs experimental composition in the realm of music production. Details about the author's audio engineering, soundtrack mixing and song writing activities are available @ HERE. A short autobiography by the creator of Cut'n'Mix: Get to Know C.P.Bryan.
C.P.Bryan is currently located in Prince George, British Columbia, CANADA. If you would like more information on Cut'n'Mix or any of the content found on this site, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org...