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Archive for April 14th, 2011

JC and I have added mtalk to our sf2a — solfege to audio — distribution. Once installed, you can do this:

% mtalk 'Please get me a quart of milk at \
   the store.  Thanks.' -p -t tempo:144

The option -p means “play the audio file immediately,” and -t temp:144 sets the temp. Here is what the result sounds like:


Please get me a quart of milk at the store. Thanks.

This little programming project (we have to get our fun somehow:-) was inspired by James Gleick’s book, The Information. See previous post

HH.

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A Poem

A friend sent me this link to a poem by Gjertrud Schnackenberg. It is lovely, musical, strong . I will quote just a few lines. It is from The Light Gray Soil:

My fingers touch
A penny, long forgotten in my coat,
Forgotten in the shock, December eighth,
Midnight emergency, a penny swept
Together with belongings from his coat
Into a sack of “Personal Effects,”
Then locked away, then given to the “Spouse.”
Nearly relinquished, nearly overlooked.
Surely the last he touched, now briefly mine.
A token of our parting, blindly kept.
Alloy of zinc, the copper thinly clad,

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