Confounded To Corruption - Bedford Level Experiment





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Published on Feb 24, 2014

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This song is based on Line 10 of Sonnet 64: "Or state itself confounded to decay".

We've been reading the book _10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10_ and became very inspired by the section on procedurally generated art. All the footage in this video was generated by Commodore 64 programs written by us, including a 6502 assembly version of 10 PRINT. The lyrics were also generated algorithmically; Sonnet 64 and some commentary on it from Wikipedia were fed into an old Amiga program called NIALL, and the output was edited together into something resembling lyrics. The corruption the sonnet underwent became the theme of the song and video.

Rianna: Vocals, keyboards, drums
Robin: Music, distorted talking, bass, guitars, engineering, mixing, Commodore 64 programming, video

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Lyrics (thanks to Shakespeare, Wikipedia and NIALL for the help)

That which cannot weep to ruminate
But weep or fear of losing his love away
That in the kingdom of the hunger come what may

But it cannot weep to mortal rage
On the hungry ocean gain
Increasing store with loss, and fearing.

When I can't escape though I have
This thought is clear

Confounded to corruption

When sometime lofty towers I have seen
That in the love of the destruction
By adding abundance with store with store

The rich-proud cost of gradual leakage
Comes to ruminate but weep or fear of rhythm
Because of rhythm, because of losing his love away

On the love of the hunger come what may
But weep to mortal rage;
By adding abundance with loss, and fearing

Confounded to decay


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