On delapping dappaps: Nick Montfort’s ppg256-4


Here’s the latest iteration of Nick Montfort‘s ppg256 series, an ever-growing set of succinct poetry generators written in Perl. This one happens to be programmed to output to an LED sign, which is currently installed at Axiom (a Boston-area gallery for new and experimental media).

I would love to see how the piece looks and works in the context of a gallery. But more than anything I’d like to see some video: how the code manages the style and movement of the text can’t be anything but vital to the understanding of the piece.

Check out the thread at netpoetic for more photos and some interesting discussion.

In the most recent entries to the ppg256 series, Nick has started to explore the generation not just of abstract poetic form, but other speech genres as well: ppg256-3 generated tiny narratives (“the__bothat and one__orcman cut_out”), while ppg256-4 generates absurd imperatives (“delap the dappap, boss”). Like the other entries in the ppg256 series, ppg256-4 one is concerned with constructing plausible English words from minimalist parts; unlike the others, ppg256-4 is okay with (and even seems to revel in) neologism.

I’ve embedded some of the output of the (non-LED version) of ppg256-4 after the jump, in order to give a bit better sense of the program’s flavor.

detrow a trotfot, guy

debray a matwag, man

bepap on lipbot, guy

beflot a braybay, vato

delap the dappap, guy

premow that tronflow, dogg

mismad the pipwap, dogg

premap on bratlip, dogg

delag that bratlad, dogg

misdap that bapbray, pal

mislot a baypip, guy

depad on lotday, dogg

mislon on liplay, guy

debot a datflon, dude

presag on dattrat, dogg

bebrad the flottrat, bro

misfot the paylow, buddy

depag that mowtrat, man

prebrip on bipflap, dogg

betray a dayfap, dude

remon on flonlag, bro

misdag the magbrap, man

dewad that fowsap, dude

dewow that magpip, pal

deflay that bradwat, vato

misfon that fonsat, dogg

bebrat a maptron, guy

besip a tronwip, bro

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