October 13, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Posted in Middlemash | 2 Comments
George Eliot

George Eliot

This blog, in conjunction with the Mashed Library wiki & Mashed Library Ning, will be used to provide information on the 3rd mashed library event, Middlemash at Birmingham City University on Monday 30th November.

Why not browse the site while listening to the “Middlemash theme tune” created by Mark Brown (@mcbjazz), he put this mashup together using several open source audio tools Myna,(online music editor) Audacity, and MuseScore – as well a free text to voice software espeak in which he chopped up two quotes from Middlemarch : one taken from the opening lines of the novel:   “Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.”; and another famous quotation : “we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence”.  Some of the “tweets” were all taken from recordings made originally on minidisc, and mixed up via Myna on top of the backing, with the live soprano sax recorded last.

If you have any Victorian inspired mashups please let us know.



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  1. In the spirit of of the theme, here is some stuff on representing relationships between characters in Middlemarch using RDF http://www.meanboyfriend.com/overdue_ideas/2009/10/middlemash-middlemarch-middlemap/ – which anyone is welcome to reuse in a mashup (or to do a better job of it than I have)

  2. I’m a fan of horror and anything ridiculous, so I came up with this pipe while I was tinkering at home/out of hours. The idea came about from reading ‘Pride & Prejudice & Zombies’, which just seemed as if the author had stuck in a few ‘zombies’ , ‘unmentionables’ and tweaked the text a bit (I think a film of the book might work better than the book itself). I decided to set something up to take the synopsis & title of a book and tweak it into a Jane Austen horror novel.


    I’m quite pleased with the result (it’s my first proper ‘Yahoo pipe’), which is set up as a default on ‘Northanger Abbey’. However, the ‘replace’ text bits are too specific to the synopsis I’ve chosen. My next step is to develop the pipe to be able to search for any book based on author/title, pull in the synopsis or a portion of text (eg chapters), extract the terms, use some of the extracted terms to feed into the ‘replace’ module and replace the text with various ‘unmentionables’, ‘lycanthropes’, ‘hairy beasts’ etc. And then display the revised version. I plan to embed the pipe in a page too.

    It doesn’t have any practical use, but I found it fun to do and was a good learning experience.

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