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The Man Who Had No Eyes

from Fungicide by Robert Devereux

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Numbers and music have an intimate relationship, which I exploited for The Man Who Had No Eyes. The original short story is encoded in a string of numbers (such as 140:8:2:12). Instead of decoding it into text, I decoded it directly into music. The first number became the length of the note (ticks in a MIDI sequencer). The second, multiplied by ten, became the velocity (how hard you hit the note). The third became the octave. The last number became the note (1=C, 2=C#, 3=D, etc.).

What was surprising is how tonal the piece is. There is a lot of dissonance and odd intervals between the notes, but the piece is definitely in the key of D minor, with the vast majority of the notes being various octaves of D.


from Fungicide, released October 31, 2003


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Robert Devereux Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I grew up in the woods of Maine, and now I live in Pittsburgh. I used to make electronic music, but I stopped writing after some strange experiences in the Australian outback.

I like to make and repair things. I knit, make shoes and leather goods, and repair clothing. I also make digital artwork.
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