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:: searchSongs - the net's melody of yearning
searchSongs is a project by Johannes
Auer (Stuttgart) and AND-OR,
Beat Suter, René Bauer (Zürich).
Words contain playable tones of the musical notation system (c, d, e, f, g, a, h, c, fis, ces ...). On one side searchSongs' web interface shows the stream of words of the live search, on the other side there are lines of musical notes below which transform playable letters in musical notes. Non-playable letters define the length of a tone. In ancient Greece there already was a notation system of letters which was used for indicating the pitch of a tone, and the length of a tone was marked with a symbol written above the letter. A traditioned example is the Seikilos epitaph dated from the second century B.C. The most well known example of a word set to music by a letter notation system is the B-A-C-H motif, which Johann Sebastian Bach repeatedly used in his compositions.
searchSongs refers to traditional letter notation systems
like the Seikilos epitaph and the B-A-C-H motif. searchSongs accentuates
the correlation between letters and notes in a more determined and concrete
way. Furthermore the theme of musical improvisation is juxtaposed by a
random generator, and the strict rules of the musical notation system
is antagonized by algorithme. In this respect at the end the subjective
search is being objectivized by the melody of the searchSongs.