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Topic: unix terminal as VJ instrument
Keywords: unix, terminal, shell, perl, VJ, instrument, software art, software

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(Zipfile of Perl download for Linux; runs slowly on MacOSX)
Sorry - doesn't seem to work on Perl 5.8 - Works OK on Perl 5.6 and 5.6.1!

Questions for students:
Is performance typing the logical successor to laptop techno?

Will whitespacing ever replace whitewater rafting?

Do attempts to make Linux/coding/open_source cool miss the true beauty of the awkward ugly duckling?

# Extreme Whitespace takes advantage of your linux/unix text
# terminal's natural talent as a realtime video instrument!
# It's really pretty simple. About all this script really does it is
# continually spew whitespace into your terminal for you to type
# into/with/against/around...
# Video jamming the natural way! Typing as performance art? Reverse karaoke!
# No patches to build, no peripherals to buy, no DirectX/OpenGL hassles -
# Just peck away!
# Somewhat inspired by one of our favorite visual music films.
# And also by the fact that we have been typing commands into unix shells
# several hours a day for the past 9 years, and we type kinda fast and
# loud and use the arrow keys a lot. Sometimes entire rooms turn around and
# stare when we type. So we felt very performative and we started to get
# very misty about the whole damn thing.

For Linux/UNIX... also runs passably on Mac OSX
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Submitted by amy
Posted on Sat May 10, 2003 at 11:52 AM EURODISCORDIA TIME

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