What is it about?

What would an audible word cloud be like? This paper explores the idea of sung word clouds. This first attempt was one part of a six-part choral composition about the aftermath of sexual assault. The audible word cloud idea is extended to automatically singing a word list summary of any document using synthetic voices.

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Why is it important?

1. This is a new approach to setting text for choirs. 2. It is a new way of composing. 3. It shows a new way of summarising text, suitable for the vision-impaired. 4. It challenges the current definition of "data sonification", which is the automatic generation of sound from data, the audio equivalent of data visualisation.

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This paper combines my personal creative practice, my community work with choirs, and my research as a Computer Science academic. The choice of subject matter for the work is controversial, but adds another voice to the #metoo and related movements.

Alexandra Uitdenbogerd
RMIT University

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This page is a summary of: World cloud: A prototype data choralification of text documents, Journal of New Music Research, April 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/09298215.2019.1606255.
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