Hello. I've got a very specific and possibly convoluted request.
I have some ideas of trying to compose with live 'recordings' of text and having that data control the parameters of a patch in PD.
I assume I would need the following two things:
- A program which allows me to log and record text being written in a word processor, each keystroke marked in with a specific time.
- Suggestions as to how I would go about playing back this sequence in Pure Data.
In these times of mass surveillance I can only imagine that there must exist some program that does what I specified in the first point. I know of programs that log and visualise the activity of the computer mouse and mousepad and programs that log every computer activity, primarily used to 'optimise' the efficiency of company employees.
As far as the second point goes, I imagine some sort of external that would allow this text sequence being played back stroke by stroke into a symbol box, which would allow me to give each character of the keyboard a specific action, which it would then trigger.
While writing this I realise that it would quite possibly be easier to have the patch and relevant text-recording programs running and having the data being sent to PD in realtime as this would render the time-marks for the individual keystrokes unnecessary. But the whole point is to have a person write a piece of text with the text-logger running in the background and then transferring that string of data to me to process and play back.
Edit: I am running Pure Data extended on OSX Mavericks.