“Frequency [Four Square, Two Towers]” by Scott Rettberg and the Machine (part 5 of 5)

“Frequency [Snowball, Doubling]” by Scott Rettberg and the Machine (part 4 of 5)

“Frequency [Terza Rima and Sonnets]” by Scott Rettberg and the Machine (part 3 of 5)

“Frequency [Tanka, Haiku]” by Scott Rettberg and the machine (part 2 of 5)

house is not the same
way different than before
ask them to end it
old men just want it to end
that you will take to the air

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“Frequency” by Scott Rettberg and the machine (part 1 of 5)

“Tokyo Garage” by Scott Rettberg

Screen capture from "Tokyo Garage" by Scott Rettberg. Black background with various lines of yellow text, one line in green and two in pink. Text: "Monk subdues the pachinko parlor. / Chauffeurs proselytize the cigarette. / eliminate the lithe curvy techno cruel-- / Dragons assault the kids. / Funds drop. / Movie stars evacuate. / Driver adores the cigarette. / concatenate the drunken oversexed-- / Surveillance cameras grok the villians. / Processors pay. / Rock star arrests the spiritual seekers. / forgive the electric scantily clad metallic--" To the upper left "Tokyo Garage / Nick Monfort / Scott Rettenberg."
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As the story goes, when Nick Montfort published “Taroko Gorge” in his website in early 2009, his longtime friend and creative collaborator Scott Rettberg decided he would take the structure of the work and invert it, so he changed the dataset for the variables, modified the formatting of the page, crossed out Nick Montfort’s name, inserting his own above it, and published the remix in his own website. (For a complete, detailed, and quite humorous account, read the second page of the attachment in this page). He published this statement in the source code:

This here is a total remix of the classic and elegant generated nature poem Taroko Gorge by Nick Montfort. He wrote the code here. I hacked the words to make it more about urbanity, modernity, and my idea of Tokyo, a city I have never been to. Remixed March 18, 2009 by Scott Rettberg.

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