Turn your writing into music at CodeOrgan

March 25, 2010 Off By Chris Hinton

Codeorgan is an odd idea – take a web page and translate it into music. Yes, take a page of text like the one you’re reading and turn it into a musical composition.
How does it work? Probably best to let the Codeorgan guys explain that themselves:

The codeorgan analyses the *body* content of any web page and translates that content into music. The codeorgan uses a complex algorithm to define the key, synth style and drum pattern most appropriate to the page content.
Firstly, the codeorgan scans the page contents and removes all characters not found in the musical scale (A to G), and then analyses the remaining characters to find the most commonly used “note”. If this is an even number the page is translated into the major pentatonic scale of that particular note, it becomes minor if there is an uneven number.
Secondly, the codeorgan defines which synthesiser to use. This is based upon the total number of characters used on the webpage – there are currently 10 synthesiser effects and the one chosen is picked based upon the percentage of content.
Lastly, the codeorgan selects a drum loop based upon the ratio of characters on the page versus the number of characters that are actually musical notes – there are currently 10 different drum loops to pick from.

What’s the point? Well, I don’t think there is one. But then if you think of this as art does there have to be one? It is interesting to see how your site renders as music and with an ever-changing site, like this one, the results will be totally different from day to day.
In the end, though, Codeorgan is an interesting curiosity – not useful, but a bit of fun. Give it  a quick shot and see how your site sounds – you might be pleasantly surprised!