From the Tower of Babble
I had noticed that the transcription software was making lots of errors and inventing words, so I sensed an opportunity. What I did was to prepare a reading of the first of the Hardy Boys books, which I recorded and then inserted the results into the innocent transcription program.
What resulted took me eleven years to figure out what the heck I had. It seemed like art, in a James Joyce sort of way, once called modern steam of consciousness. It was in fact almost pure gibberish, but I had a notion to create a frame to start it off. What if Fenton (aka Dad) were to have died in a nursing home and now Frank or Joe were surviving in a similar situation, immersed in the past while waiting for the end, escaping from the horrors of their approaching mortality and doom by surrendering to their imagined memories and fragments of an illusory salvaged past.
One of the more interesting by-products are the characters invented by the transcription process. The way transcription technology is supposed to work, one speaks gently to the creature, and it takes what you say and does its best to create a display of alphabetical interpretations from your intended message. You both proceed carefully, making corrections as you go, and both learn together, you find out how it works, and it becomes accustomed to processing what you say.
In my diabolical laboratory I sent it my flood of audio matter, spoken words, and forced the critter to just deal with it. Sometimes the results are almost interesting. They were certainly ample. Most of what I did, besides creating the framework of implied geriatric dementia which almost excuses this automated chaos, was to apply some punctuation marks. I also deleted stuff, to assist with creating the illusion of the final flow. Art is sometimes abundant and can be extracted out of what one chooses to keep from the results of what is delivered by these new digital tools that are so eager to please us.
Here is a list of characters found in Dixon Tower, see if you can recognize the original cast that was intended by the author of the Hardy Boys adventure series, Mr. Franklin W. Dixon:
Chief Ezra Colin
Mr. Harry Doctor
Joe Saint Chi
Henry J. Brown of New York
Harry Dean Brown
Frank Smith Iverson
Schwartz’s shop owner
Alan Hooper, nicknamed Biff
Mr. I Chose
Mr. Morning Star
Mrs. Hardy Franken July Kennedy
Frank and Joe