13:48 27/7/12

His existence
Had been lavishing a secret wish
To earn money (even if logic were married
To every perfect individual).

Art was closed.
“You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together
Matter!” (And that is grossly offensive –
Of an indecent, obscene or menacing character…)

It was nothing.
A week later, he was arrested by four police officers
An important decision (for the philosophers
Whose atrophying effect chrysalises

Like a joke).

Made with JanusNode, Tristan Tzara’s Dada Manifesto and ‘Bomb Joke Tweet Man Wins Case’ Guardian article 27/7/12

A series of poems found at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 16/7/12

life is just beginning
and biomorphic forms
have sprung into existence!

abandon your dark tonalities
for a vibrant palette
of purples, pinks, glowing greens and yellows…

the artist
was out

This little lane,
which still exists

a partly imagined nostalgic panorama

poetic suggestion


a grainy surface
placed behind the canvas
rubbed with a crayon


the ‘burr’
the metal
thrown up
the action
the drypoint needle drawn
across the plate
of intensity on
the sheet

The Late Career of Samuel John Peploe

He generally painted the same motifs – flowers, fruit, fans and crockery –
arranged in different combinations.

flowers, fruit, fans and crockery
flowers, fruit, crockery and fans
flowers, fans, fruit and crockery
flowers, fans, crockery and fruit
flowers, crockery, fruit and fans
flowers, crockery, fans and fruit
fruit, flowers, fans and crockery
fruit, flowers, crockery and fans
fruit, fans, flowers and crockery
fruit, fans, crockery and flowers
fruit, crockery, flowers and fans
fruit, crockery, fans and flowers
fans, flowers, fruit and crockery
fans, flowers, crockery and fruit
fans, fruit, flowers and crockery
fans, fruit, crockery and flowers
fans, crockery, flowers and fruit
fans, crockery, fruit and flowers
crockery, flowers, fruit and fans
crockery, flowers, fans and fruit
crockery, fruit, flowers and fans
crockery, fruit, fans and flowers
crockery, fans, flowers and fruit
crockery, fans, fruit and flowers

Chipstep Spacecore – an electronic music genre name generator for JanusNode

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To make this I visited the Wikipedia page List of electronic music genres and harvested the contents according to the following rules:

For genre names of two or more words, the final word is placed in the noun category, and previous words in the adjective category.

Genre names of one word which are not neologisms/compound words are placed in the noun category.

In the case of genre names of one word which are neologisms/compound words, the word is split into its composite parts; the first part is placed in the adjective category, the second in the suffix category. If the word is separated by a hyphen, the adjective keeps the hyphen. If the composite parts have lost some of their letters in the neologising process, those letters are returned to the composite parts.

Therefore I produced three files, one each for nouns, adjectives and suffixes.

Next I created a simple TextDNA file to be run in JanusNode (see janusnode.com) which uses these files to generate names of electronic music genres. I later named it Chipstep Spacecore after an output which I particularly enjoy imagining.

You can download the files here. You will need JanusNode to run the generator. You will then need to put the ‘genre_adjs’, ‘genre_nouns’ and ‘genre_sufs’ files in the ‘Brain Food’ folder, and the ‘chipstep spacecore’ file in a new folder in the ‘TextDNA’ folder.

Here’s a sample output:

Nintendo electro-brega
Frenchdarkcore liquid beat
hardcore-industrial eurocore
Balaerichappy power-NRG
acousmatic music
symth-clash darkstep
ambient synthdrum and bass
deep-new house-techno
hardisolation newtempo
lap-euro indie-grind
J–dub dubdance
hardcore-garage house-core
electronic minimaltune
suomi-noise nu skoolindustrial
Eurohouse jungledisco
hard-K- Italotechno
cyber-Latin music-style
acid-music dance–techno
lowercasegabber trance-up
Euro-electro- 4x4trance
uplifting aggro music
handbag glitch
trance electro electronica
Florida disco
ambient breakhouse
euro hardglitch
housesynth house-pop
synthpower breakstep
ill speed breaks
dark electro-beat
hard-nu hardcorebass
K–trance drum and basspunk
hip microtrance
digital hi-breaks
big disco disco
deathvideo game dance-step
electro disco
cyber post- electronica
psyafro- house electronica
vocalimprovisation clash-breaks
acid ambient rock

I’ll take some euro hard glitch thankyouverymuch!

engine and rainwater rouge white layers

so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain

beside the white

-William Carlos Williams

I fed this seminal piece of American modernism into BadTranslator, minus line breaks, producing a thirty-five line permutational poem. Then, when I was down at my parents’ house, I used a dictaphone to record the sound of a wheelbarrow being pushed along a gravel track, of a midnight rainstorm, and of the clucking of the hens in the garden. Back in Glasgow, I recited the poem into the dictaphone then mixed it with loops of the recorded sounds. You can listen to the result here (mp3).