RE: WIRED 7/06/95

Re: WIRED – "alkupli^gu"

From: Pierre Jelenc <­>
Subject: Re: WIRED – "alkupli^gu"
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> Indas mencii, ke ekzistas elektronika aldonajxo nomita "Hotwired" en
> la reto, kiun mi tamen ne plu legas cxar mi bezonas tempon por aliaj
> aferoj! Se iu volas provi, komencu je la TTT-pagxo:

Jen la du mencioj de "Esperanto" en HotWired, kiujn mi trovis. Mi kopiis
nur parton de la unua, kiu estas recenzo de libro.


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Many people have heard of Lazarus Ludwig Zahmenhof’s creation, Esperanto,
but Spokit, Spelin, Volapuk, Mundolingue? Add the remarkable number of
members of the Esperantides family. The inventors of these largely
unspoken tongues are never satisfied.

Once a language is finished, it is time to start another – or to fiddle
with someone else’s. A further motive is ridding language of ambiguity and
redundancy. As Yaguello points out, this is a hopeless task. Irrespective
of the inventor’s ability to persuade others to use his or her language,
speakers soon adjust it, exploit it, and riddle it with double entendres.
Maybe it’s best to recite the Lord’s Prayer in Volapuk: O fat obas, kel
binos in suls, paisaludomoz nem ola! Komomod monargan ola!

Absent from the discussion are formal and computer languages, which seems
surprising. Though far more meaningful and valuable than Esperanto or any
related construction, they are probably not born of such different
motives, and are thus surely "artificial." Perhaps programming language
design will be the new chosen occupation of the people who once invented
these other types of unspoken language.

Nick Beard

Lunatic Lovers of Language, by Marina Yaguello, translated from the
French by
Catherine Slater, 1990, $39.50, Fairleigh-Dickinson Press

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Eine Kleine Elektric Music

As a founding member of the ’70s minimalist ensemble Kraftwerk, Karl
Bartos helped develop much of what is taken for granted in popular
electronic music, including nonhuman singing talent.

Two decades later, Bartos and partner Lothar Manteuffel have formed
Elektric Music to experiment with new ways to make the computer sing. For
starters, they’ve sampled and digitized human speech to create a library
of phonemes, the building blocks of speech. Bartos explains: "If you
sample phonemes, you can paste them together in odd ways."

Even with recent advances in speech-synthesis technology, Bartos says
getting computers to sing "is a time-eating process and has nothing to do
with rock and roll. You sit in front of the computer engaging in trial and
error. Perhaps it’s easier to just boogie down."

Esperanto (Atlantic Records) marks Elektric Music’s dibut.

– Dan Sicko


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