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Knuth and Alma: Two Partners for Live-Electronics with Spoken Word

Joachim Heintz

The main idea behind Knuth and Alma is the development of a simple live-electronic setup for a speaker. It follows the german child song "Ich geh mit meiner Laterne", which describes a couple of a child and a lantern. For the speaker, their lantern is a small loudspeaker; small enough to be carried and to be put on the table, beneath the speaker when they read a text, large enough to be a counterpart to the human voice. Although the setup is the same for both, Knuth and Alma focus on quite different aspects of spoken language, and output quite different sounds. Knuth analyzes the rhythm of the language and triggers pre-recorded samples of any sound, whereas Alma recalls parts of the speaker's past and does not use any other sound except the speaker's live input itself. I will first describe the two models and their implementation in Csound, and then I will discuss some use cases and future possibilities.

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