Welcome to the soUNDtext blog.

I plan to use this site to launch the soUNDtext sound poetry machine (available for download July 1). Once released, I will place a call for submissions of scores written for the machine. Selected scores will be published on this blog for easy copy-and-paste-ability. Eventually, I would like to publish an anthology of these scores as a PDF and in-print.


But first, what is soUNDtext?

soUNDtext (sounds like “sound und text”) was developed in Spring 2011 by Tom Comitta with the technical assistance of artist Barney Haynes.  It has been called a sound poetry machine, drum machine, word processor, and (cyborg) sound poet.

How it works:  The program reads text as ASCII code and assigns that code a sound.

While soUNDtext will come with three “sound-fonts” (the voices of poet-artists Samantha Boudrot and Tom Comitta as well as a mashup of cats and frogs), any user can input their own voice. Once a sound-font is chosen, a user is offered keyboard access (like a drum machine) or the ability to sonically read a pre-written text (word processing).


Further explanation can be found in the below video (a demo from poet Brian Ang’s reading series):

“from THE FOUR SEASONS” @ 2’30”

“pdbq” @ 3’38”

“ +” @ 4’32”

“ae” sonic ligature/collaboration with Mathew Timmons @ 8’25”




And here (below) is a performance of this score: +



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Thanks for reading!

I’ll post here at least once a week.

Tom Comitta


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