Hello again!  Today I’ll show you the dynamics of the soUNDfonts made for soUNDtext and how to make your own.


Once released, the word processor will come with four distinct soUNDfonts:


“default” (as heard in google goggle),

“U Q Y” by Samantha Boudrot,

a mashup of “Cats and Frogs” voices,

and a “Watermark.”


Here’s a showcase spectacular of the four:


And anyone can make a font:  the process of making and using a soUNDfont is just this:

create a folder of 96 sound files and DROP it into the program.


Here’s an example of one soUNDfont artist’s method:

For intermedia artist Samatha Boudrot’s “U Q Y,” she recorded an a cappella version of her song “U Q Y for soUNDtext” and isolated (created “samples” of) 96 moments of the recording.  The song is a pangram like “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”–it includes every letter in the alphabet.  Here are the lyrics with notes Sam took while transforming the song into soUNDfont:




And here’s the first page of the soUNDfont character key used to organize the font-making process:

U Q Y to font


Here you can download the entirety of the soUNDfont key (a Word document).

All of the above fonts were made with the assistance of this key.  Once the program is released (very soon!), we look forward to hearing and writing with your soUNDfonts and soUNDtext recordings (the program lets you record live sound).


Stay tuned for the release.  We’re currently in the process of rethinking our distribution–want this to go as smoothly as possible for everyone.


Thanks for stopping by!





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: +



google goggle:


Thanks for reading!

I’ll post here at least once a week.

Tom Comitta