I devised a new poetry form called “5x5x5x5x5″

5 letter words

5 words/numbers per line

5 lines per stanza

5 stanzas per chapter

5 chapters



after texas while store where
quick aware swish tools sends
acids based oxide qatar could
being alien there phone spark
grams solid their place flash

value boxes plant thats roger
other other about would great
great about smoke 49878 trail
react there crimp would aspen
start their empty hours apple

seeds there drink space joint
space least those above least
house their flame which every
voice route which build locks
cover spent codes green other

could pulls their would being
sound jokes flash would never
forth issue found think again
south other large would cover
nylon hands other timer phone

phone about every forms hands
never could local jolly entry
glass phase being large oswer
third doing union least check
first place burns files moved


liked table gases which death
mixed speed early canon screw
cross calls about guide since
white takes which phone heavy
fruit green model stuff still

voice privs water there would
phone group blast calls stole
paste phone wider leave forth
jolly stand asses begin clock
squib vigor white might touch

begin after could using tones
these aware start which stuff
these modem quick crime privs
place about aside added japan
there these turns night thick

lente learn guide after shelf
state notes grows these using
calls being place hooks aside
enter clock other cards space
there under sense phone roger

major chute after three roger
water heads press range moslo
start could water thank would
stamp pinch range trust slide
great digit worth after hands


paper basic grain latch notes
store blind about phone faint
close state times these tells
there waste exact first water
relay hours there phone place

whole given coded baker water
store seeds wires after first
relay light bulbs towel those
phone every burst first hours
ideal class which hours about

cheep roger first stack ethyl
stick shape reach small cream
other cones there phone going
check other green there force
label early trust about there

solid every right along leave
seven doing oxide offer which
banks trash works phone there
panel pairs would spoon 40821
start oswer never first using

about phone cells steck match
since makes about shell first
three pairs trick phone jones
until ports bombs means relay
these radio think codes 1950s


solar guess molds power phone
trunk these works issue which
nails could first ratio phone
there place still dried night
there front radio being first

small under below forth other
trunk using known throw store
phone nasty egypt sides party
makes faint plant sheet funny
stack water match saxon small

large until hooks there gabon
drive piece style ohcle ethyl
codes large using since sheet
trunk cards voice didnt might
water candy seeds first calls

board keeps trunk calls sizes
leads 21323 cobra pages major
check allow other later build
quite these eases light coins
piece drops sizes which brain

roger below local brief again
water place codes first 1960s
metal black these could 10000
metal phony allow their nails
about might pulse least clean


about state least green tells
gabon there avoid means being
might files calls place blind
phone polar youll pants about
local coins least times about

again stuff heard hello kinds
notes brown 14226 would about
wiper latch known light until
there taped could water tells
grade roger these those telex

until locks bunch farad close
blind tells above think helps
avoid every maybe these local
stove again these lines great
later slide lines flame ratio

paper youve night plant phone
quite thing again trunk above
local fuses polls after white
falls using solid slide these
these cards while after codes

blank other notes small until
those leave saxon handy would
cable trunk quest refer filed
sound reach sound which stack
79762 digit these hours uncle


source code: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/devincurry/RWET/master/Midterm/fivebyfive01.py

source text: The Anarchist’s Cookbook

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For this week’s homework, I was able to get the New York Times API working in Python. I collected snippets of all the articles containing the word “luxury” in the year of 2014. Unfortunately, it was enough a struggle to figure out the data structure – a dictionary inside of a list inside of a dictionary inside of a dictionary – that I struggled to come up with a poetry concept to my liking. I burned a lot of time looking for other JSON-friendly API’s but ran into a wall: many of the source texts that I wanted to work with were OAuth API’s that I didn’t know how to access. However, I was able to shuffle things around a bit with mildly interesting results, but I want to spend some more time with it to make it more meaningful and compelling.

Here’s my source code.

Here’s an output:

by objects. has created which design The of series contemporary of were Chinese many gifts, inspired twist, group a with high-end each a traditional Droog
Tribune destroyed 1964. at International in store from fire Herald Highlights a were a department million $5 Luxury the goods Dallas in archives: worth
to a global an ahead Yoox Group, helped scrambling it in online that keep company market leader emerged luxury, is Italian in has as The a invent.
dogs. wine, free and way Dealerships a customers’ offering perks food. exercise to beyond go original art are that Some have
for number items increasing in like businesses and Rolex wealthy, the exchange to catering offering pawn fast are watches luxury An high-end automobiles. of Bentley liquidity
brands adapt. for prepared to opportunities complexity to competitive relationships, Changes customer are creating but also adding
experience machines. high-end more almost for a today those have once a luxury Choosing indulgent. it’s grown But part options buying normal car. And ever reserved options was of a exclusively
impact luxury demand largest the a a key goods slowdown of as world’s some in company for brands the well as Results stronger euro. for reflected
a opens A estate branch in N.Y., Rolls-Royce dealership. inside a brokerage Woodbury, real
were islands, the seeing upon advantages partners.” of time Once and a they today, are discrete self-supporting; “confederation a exclusive of brands

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For this week’s assignment, I used a combination of a set and a list to song lyric source texts. Songs are usually repetitive, but by putting the lyrics into a set, I could remove all repetitions with interesting effects. By casting the resulting set into a list, I could then shuffle the words and join them into a final poem. To add some rhythmic variation, I added that any commas and end of sentence punctuation should be replaced with line breaks.


tenderness ’cause hurt arms a untrue told feel you all someone me say stay but when hear if like for in there stand he new was baby
couldn’t took and kiss is felt to it never loved mad won’t glad knew him didn’t could the had care been hit i made have his that with


The source text was the song lyrics of “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss)” written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, and originally released by The Crystals in 1963. In selecting this text (and others that I also ran through the program – “Wishin’ and Hopin'” and “Wives and Lovers” by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and “Run For Your Life” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney), I chose old pop songs with lyrical themes of misogyny and/or sexism. In rearranging the words, I hoped to create a healtheir, more positive context and render unrecognizable the lyrics’ original elements of violence and inequality.

Source code here.

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For this assignment, I tried a number of different source texts. My favorite output came from using this Brownstoner blog post about a piece of Brooklyn real estate. You can find the source code on my Github page.


If you like modern, you might dig this muthafuckin’ streamlined one-family warehouse-to-loft conversion at 90 Wyckoff Street in Boerum Hill. The straight up 72-foot-long open living area on the dirty ass first floor gets light from a weak ass skylight in the dirty ass rear extension as well as another skylight over the dirty ass stairs going all the dirty ass way up to the dirty ass third floor, although there are no side windows.

Upstairs, the weak ass two bedroom floors have a muthafuckin’ more conventional layout; altogether there are four bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and rooms for storage or a fuckin’ office. Oh, and there’s parking!

It’s been on the wack ass market at least since May, when it was asking $7,990,000. The muthafuckin’ price recently dropped to $7,200,000, as Curbed pointed out earlier this wack ass week. That’s nowhere near the wack ass $8,880,000 someone recently paid for Michelle Williams’ and Heath Ledger’s old pad at 126 Hoyt Street, but it’s still one of the wack ass most expensive properties in the wack ass area. What do you think it’s worth?

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Here is my concept for a generative acid house music sequencer interface:


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My first attempt at rigging a 3d model.

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Attempted to do something funky in Maya.

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For this week’s homework, I wanted to expand upon some of the concepts I worked on in my previous assignment, a melodic sequencer that I created in Processing. This time around, I took MIDI and notes out of the equation and instead concentrated on rhythm with the intention of creating a generative drum machine concept that I had been thinking about for a while.

To accomplish this, I again turned to Processing and utilized the Beads library to handle timekeeping duties, and the Minim library‘s AudioPlayer to trigger samples of the classic Roland TR-707 drum machine, which I had in .wav format. Using the class example for creating a clock in Beads was a good starting place, and getting the samples to play back was fairly straightforward thanks to Minim’s documentation.

CODE IS HERE: https://github.com/devincurry/TheCodeOfMusic/tree/master/ED707v01

Instead of making a programmable step sequencer in the mold of a normal drum machine, I wanted to make a sequencer that played generative rhythms. However, I also wanted the rhythms to be musical, not randomly chaotic. To accomplish this, I first created a 16 step sequencer for playback. For each of the 6 different drum sounds, I hardcoded which steps could possibly play. Then, I used a weighted random to determine if the sound would play during each of its eligible steps.

ed-707 v01

Once I got this working, I added some user interface; the keyboard keys 1-6 could toggle each of the 6 sounds on and off. Red “lights” in the sketch provided some visual feedback for which instruments are active, and red text to update with the current step number. I also added a brief written explanation of the interface so anyone can hopefully use it on their own. Lastly, I included the “OCP” logo (from the original Robocop movies) and the name of the instrument, ED-707 (a combination of the combat robot ED-209 from Robocop with the TR-707 drum machine).

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