death compassed (come clean remix)
Audio: Sep 28, 2011, video reading created with Cepstral TTS and Audacity, using DJ Premier’s “Come Clean” beat.
Text: death compassed: July 31, 2011, Method 155abe85-6ad8-4f99-b429-716d21610a6b (expanding a seed text consistent with a language model.) Seed text from “Everyday Struggle” by Biggie Smalls; expansion corpus: St John of the Cross “Dark Night of the Soul” (Proj. Gutenberg translation); generator: ePoGeeS.
I hadn’t done a TTS video in a while, mostly because the workstation died that I had a video capture program on. So in this case I just put it together with Audacity and used some braindead microsoft program to make a video with a static image. I guess it was a good thing, it let me focus a bit more on timing the utterances. The beat is by DJ Premier, most famously from Jeru the Damaja’s “Come Clean“. Only top human rappers can hold their own to Premier’s beats, so I don’t feel too bad for my computer-generated version in this case.