Regular Expressions

Custom Software, Contact Microphones, Computer Keyboard  //  2014
In collaboration with Andy Dayton

Using a tool for computer-centric language parsing to create an instrument for human expression.

Regular Expressions is a series of duets performed using custom software which parses text in realtime and turns it into music. The software presents an interface containing two areas into which the performers can type. While one performer types a passage, perhaps a poem, story, or improvised material, the other types regular expressions — a sequence of characters that define a search pattern — which searches the the first performers text and extracts information which can be interpreted as instructions for audio generation.