I rolled the dice and ended up with Book 8, line 80; a short line reading:
“He set before him, next, a polish'd board and basket, and a goblet fill'd with wine for his own use, and at his own command.”
On “http://www.fromtexttospeech.com/” i chose Peter's voice (British English) and have him recite the text slowly. I time-stretched the track with good old Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch and saved a copy. I loaded both the tracks in Cubase. The original track was treated with reverb and a crackle/distortion plugin. Then I sliced some samples out of the original track and laid down a simple bass line in a new track and treated it with delay/reverb.
To finish it off I took a picture of the front piece of my copy of Homeros 'Illias en Odyssea' and reworked it with pixlr'o'matic.
Disquiet Junto Project 0067: Odyssey Machine
This week's project is an adaptation of the ongoing National Poetry Month project at SoundCloud. The Junto will, collectively, produce new fragments of The Odyssey of Homer. A die and access to text-to-speech software are required. There are seven steps.
These are the steps:
Step 1: Roll a die twice (or two dice once) and add the results. This number will tell you which of the first dozen books of The Odyssey by Homer you will be working from.
Step 2: Roll a die three times (or three dice once) and multiply the results (i.e., if you get a 3, a 5, and a 6, then 3 x 5 x 6 = 90). This will tell you which line of the book from Homer's Odyssey you will be working with.
Step 3: Locate that line in the version of The Odyssey at this URL:
Step 4: Select the phrase that begins at your assigned line and ends with the next full stop (that is, with the next period) in the text.
Step 5: Record the selected text as audio using an automated text-to-speech tool. You can alter this text in any way you choose, but make certain that it remains inteligble.
Step 6: Record a new piece of background music for the spoken text. The sole source material for this background music should be the audio that resulted from step 5. You can transform the source audio in any way you choose. You can add up to three full seconds at the beginning and end of the spoken audio to allow for the music to build up and to fade out.
Step 7: This is the final step. Combine the audio from steps 5 and step 6 into one track, adjusting the relative volume levels as necessary.
Deadline: Monday, April 15, 2013, at 11:59pm wherever you are.
Length: Your finished work will be the length of or a few seconds longer than the track that resulted from step 5 above.
Information: Please when posting your track on SoundCloud, include a description of your process in planning, composing, and recording it. This description is an essential element of the communicative process inherent in the Disquiet Junto.
Title/Tag: The title of your track should be formatted as “National Poetry Month: [Your Name] (disquiet0067-odysseymachine)” — with, needless to say, your name in place of Your Name. Dispense with the brackets, too. Also, please additionally tag your track with the “oneliner” tag, which is part of National Poetry Month project.
Download: Please consider setting your track in a manner that allows for attributed, commerce-free remixing (i.e., a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution).
Also: Please consider doing this as well: Join the group at soundcloud.com/groups/national-poetry-month-collaborations and share the track there.
Linking: When posting the track, be sure to include this information:
More on this 67th Disquiet Junto project at:
More details on the Disquiet Junto at:
This project was inspired by the National Poetry Month event at SoundCloud, more details on which here:
The source text for this project is William Cowper’s translation of The Odyssey of Homer, available here: