For those of you who enjoy ABC-TV’s Spicks and Specks, last night’s episode had a couple of segments that used Babelfish (or something roughly equivalent to it) English -> Japanese -> English translations of song lyrics. Excellent!
I have a work using the same technique – but realised with text-to-speech software and extended to other languages (Korean proves to turn up some particularly beautiful obscurities). My piece I am on the net is a homage to the Alvin Lucier piece I am sitting in a room. Read the full text and listen to an MP3 of part of it here:
A full-bandwidth version is on the 2008 ACMA double-CD Unfenced, which seems not to be commercially available (yet?...)