Wednesday, April 2, 2008

A Polite Request for POEMS Composed for an ELECTRONIC L.E.D Scrolling DEVICE



Through means entirely legal, although somewhat questionable, I have acquired TWENTY FOUR small 2x3 1/4 inch programmable scrolling LED devices. "What is a programmable scrolling LED device?" you may ask. WELL, to put it simply its a small plastic THING that allows you to program messages into it, that are then displayed by red Light Emitting Diodes scrolling in a left to right fashion. Sort of like those horrid scrolling news tickers in Times Square that show headlines or signs in convenience stores that say "buy 3 beef sticks get 2 free!" EXCEPT this programmable scrolling LED device can fit in your pocket.

SO I would like to ask, if programmable scrolling LED devices suits your fancy, to (de)compose a 256 character (spaces and punctuation included) poem/piece/vomit/novel/sonnet/psalm/biography/map/musical for these devices.


Please keep in mind the following limitations when creating your masterwork:

-The words/characters move left to right
-Speed can be adjusted to very slow to very fast
-The cases for the devices will be painted white
-You can use the following characters:

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

0123456789

@?>=<;:/.-,+*()'&%$#"!~_^{}[]\

Please keep in mind you can dictate how you would like the device to be oriented (90 degrees scrolling up, or 36 degrees scrolling down) and PLEASE let me know of any other ideas or things you would like to try with these toys.

The limitations are the best part and dont forget that the words M O V E !

Send your texts to: reidbingham [at] gmail [dot] com

I will post GIFs of these as I receive/program them and hopefully if there is a toy show they can be shown there or elsewhere.

5 comments:

Warren C. Fry said...

Wonderful!

I've been working on mine for a bit but it needs some tlc.

Jenny Holzer eat your heart out!

tbutkovic said...

Will do sir!

Warren C. Fry said...

Reid- bellow follows my addition to this project. It goes over the max characters so I'll leave it up to you to edit in which word-pairs you desire. Its called Begone Solemn and it was composed by Evan Damerow and I today through an IM exchange.

bart saleem
brent saltine
barge stalactite
braised starlight
bogus salamander
bought sold
brung shutter
blame simpson
balm pistons
bling pistols
bilge portions
bape shoestrings
boob stealth
blimp sightings
Boris skillet
balpeen salsa
bleed slatherer
boon standout
bung soiling
bird stutter
blit sitna
blog status
blink stint
brooth suture
bring stigmata
boring salami
bridge soylent
bologna spears
break stanza
balm pistons

the 40 West Shell Musical Library said...

Can you mail me one to take apart for some circuit bending? I'll send you a mystery resource in return...

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