soUNDvideos: Samantha Boudrot and Nico Komodore

Five days since the official release of soUNDtext and I’m excited to share these videos of the word processor in action.

First, we have a clip of the band Two Bulls in your China Shop live at Jordan Karnes’ house in Oakland.  The band’s current lineup is singer/songwriter and guitarist/ukuleleist Samantha Boudrot and drummer Jessamyn Cuneo.

Halfway through their set, the band invited me to accompany their song “U Q Y for soUNDtext” with the soUNDtext program.  Like “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” the song is a pangram–it includes every letter in the alphabet.  To make her soUNDfont “U Q Y”, Boudrot sang the song a cappella and sampled 95 moments of the recording.  The 95 moments were then saved as individual sound files that, when played in soUNDtext, line up with their particular, pre-assigned characters on the English keyboard.

To accompany the band last night, I set Boudrot’s soUNDfont to 6X speed, sampled the song’s chorus “A E I O U Y/ A E I O U Q Y,” and improvised on the keyboard:

More music by Samantha Boudrot and videos from the above performance can be found on Samantha Boudrot’s youtube channel.  Two Bulls in your China Shop will perform this August 27 at Brainwash in San Francisco, CA.

Note:  You, too, can play with Samantha Boudrot’s soUNDfont U Q Y if you download soUNDtext for FREE (67 MB zip file).


Next, we have some exciting experimental video work by Greek filmmaker Nico Komodore.  In Pi, he takes the number pi and samples it in soUNDtext–with text box and keyboard improvisation–for 3 minutes and 14 seconds.  It seems he used the soUNDfonts Default and Watermark:

Seferis, the second video Komodore made with soUNDtext, uses the soUNDfont U Q Y.  Both videos are a part of Komodore’s ongoing Mayakov+sky project.

More of his videos can be found here on his youtube channel  Text-art fans will especially enjoy Apollinaire’s Tongue.


That’s all for now!  Coming this week:  a blog post documenting youtube’s censorship–a la flagging and deleting–of one of my videos and another post announcing the soUNDscore/soUNDfont/soUNDtext call for submissions!

I also hope to record and upload “getting around soUNDfont” and “making a soUNDfont” video tutorials asap.  In the meantime, read through the “GETTING AROUND” and “MAKING A soUNDfont” sections in the User’s Manual:  found in the soUNDtext free download or in print here.

Thanks for stopping by!