There are a lot of websites out there covering the Cut-up technique, especially with reference to William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin. There are also a reasonable number of Cut-up engines and scripts, although some (for example, the one hosted by the now defunct NetMonkey online magazine, and Lee Worden’s Cut-up engine & website) have now sadly disappeared from the internet.
Online and Downloadable Cut-up Scripts
Destroy writer’s block forever. Creative writing meets the 21st century- WordPalette is a cut-up app for iPhones & iPads, available from the Apple AppStore.
Language is a Virus
More Cut-up generators, text manipulators and Burroughs-inspired articles than you can shake a stick at.
DadaDodo is a program that analyses texts for word probabilities, and then generates random sentences based on that. The ANSI C source code is provided.
When you run out of words
The OutOfWords application creates new texts from a source text. The resulting text consists of “likely” words pairs from the source text.
Generating Random Text
Takes a block of text as input and works out the proportion of characters within the text according to a chosen order. Technically, this process is based on Markov chains.
runme.org - say it with software art!
A whole page of downloadable text manipulation software (mainly for Microsoft Windows).
Text Manipulation and Cut-up Information & Theory
The ghost on the b-side
Author Jeff Noon talking about how he uses the cut-up technique. In which he kindly says that our Text Mixing Desk is his favourite online cut-up engine.
Can’t we writers have some fun as well?
Article written in 2001 by author Jeff Noon for The Guardian: Film-makers use jump cuts, freeze frames, slow motion. Musicians remix, scratch, sample. Can’t we writers have some fun as well?
WSB: the Cut-up Technique
A detailed introduction of Cut-up from bigtable.com, a defunct William Burroughs site now only available on archive.org.
William S. Burroughs and Cut-up
Introduction to Burroughs-style cut-up from Legends magazine, now only available on archive.org..
How to Jumpstart Your Creative Process with William S. Burroughs’ Cut-Up Technique
From Open Culture.
William S. Burroughs on his Cut-Up Method of Writing
Interview conducted by John Walters for “Walters Week”. Broadcast November 11th 1982.