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I’ve only got one hour to make today’s post so I’m using one of my lifelines: a few pointers to early posts on this blog you may have missed.

This one, from July 2008, describes an experiment using the Processing graphical programming language.

I imagine applying techniques such as this to create algorithmic, generative book trailers, that exploit words in the text or use imagery derived from the web. These two examples are the same program, threewords, running the text of Pride and Prejudice.

Each time it displays a word, it records the frequency of that word. As terms appear more and more often, they zoom towards the viewer. Common words such as “the” are excluded. It would be possible to collapse all forms of a word to its common stem, but this version does not stem.

The first movie is of the initial four chapters, run at a readable speed:

The second is of the entire text, at 16X speed (2 minutes in length):

Original post from July, 2008.


One Response to “From the vault: making movies out of words”

  1. emily michelle

    I love how big Bingley was by the end of the first one. They certainly do talk about him a lot in the first part.