I recently found myself wondering how artists like Autechre, Richard Devine, and Aphex Twin came up with their insane song titles. I mean, just look at some of these:
- Vo Stream Bas
- Helix Stair Helve
- Scatter, Fold, 28
- Opaque Ke
- c16 deep tread
- pendulu hv moda
- chimer 1-5-1
- turbile epic casual, stpl idle
- six of eight (midst)
- abundance10edit[2 R8’s, FZ20m & a 909]
- disk prep calrec2 barn dance ( s l o )
- minipops 67 [120.2]
Who has time to sit down and come up with titles like this?
Then it hit me: they’re using algorithms. I know I’ve heard at least a few songs by sophisticated techno artists with melodies too random to be programmed by a human. Why wouldn’t they also use a program to create song titles as well?
I decided to take a whack at it. The result is WordMasher, a Java application that anyone can download and run on their own laptop. It was a fun exercise, plus it gives prospective hiring managers one more thing to chew on.
Here are some of the cooler “frankenwords” generated by this app. Now I’m all set to start my first techno band!
- iro o
- rs m5Nlyca1iN
- altErsm pE
- isr aelilon
- Tyrant twhod unit
- tE deEpithe
- E strewing
Feel free to reach out to me if you need any help getting this app set up on your computer.