Text Manipulation & Cut-up Technique Links
- Cut-ups Index
- The Lazarus Corporation Text Mixing Desk v2.0 - newly relaunched!
- A Brief Explanation of the Cut-up Technique
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).
Bot 002 makes cut-ups from texts it fetches randomly on the web. It gets its URLs from the Yahoo database. It has a 10,000 word database to work with that evolves with what it is fed (instructions in both English and French).
Text Manipulation and Cut-up Information & Theory
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.