January 4, 2005

Zip-Gun Zulu

by Nick Montfort · , 2:55 pm

It was great getting to hang out with Christian Bök at MLA, even if his university wrote a horribly-headlined publicity article about him. His work in progress, The Cyborg Opera, attempts to take poetry straight from the influences of jazz into techno music. Parts of the poem, using ordinary English words, imitate the sound of the music from different segments of Super Mario Bros. You can get a sample of this work in these two bits of it, “Motorized Razor” and “Mushroom Clouds” [MP3]. Yes, Christian sounds pretty much like that in person, although he uses the word “cadenza” less often.

2 Responses to “Zip-Gun Zulu”

  1. Grand Text Auto » Ma la principessa è in una altra cappella Says:


    Ma la principessa è in una altra cappella
    by nick @ 8:55 pm

    Apropos of this, some a cappella Nintendo them […]

  2. Grand Text Auto » Loaded Mazagines Says:

    […] om Christian Bök’s “Mushroom Clouds,” from The Cyborg Opera – discussed previously on GTxA. I’m proud to have six of my riddles included with these materi […]

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