Tone Row Poetry

June 2004

Supported by National Endowment for the Arts

Tone Row Poetry is an algorithmically mediated synaesthesia. Inspired by 20th century composer Arnold Schoenberg’s serialist music, the work matches the English alphabet with tones from the chromatic western scale. Every letter is a note, and a few are several. Add to this electric guitar, digital waveform synthesizer coloring, and some wildcard events, all performed by LaCook, and tone row poetry becomes a writing machine that is also an alien orchestra.

This Flash work has been emulated with Conifer by the Electronic Literature Lab in July 2021. To view this emulation
click here.



Sound on.