TILSIO TOSO TIBWITTLE

By Two Legs Good

It's not a law firm from the City of London.

It's not a debilitating disease of the inner ear.


It's not the new Audi advertising slogan.

Now, any budding etymologists (and other cunning linguists) out there will be starting to try to pull them apart. "Tilsio"...sounds a bit earthy, agricultural, maybe? "Toso", dynamic and strong, almost bullish. "Tibwittle", quaintly English. So, agricultural, bullish English... ahhhh, maybe we shouldn't go there.


Tilsio, toso, tibwittle...


It's how we think you should say TLSIOTOSOTBWTL, a 14-Letter-Acronym. (And yes, it may well be the first acronym that needs an acronym of it's own!)


Tilsio, toso, tibwittle.


What it REALLY is, what it stands for, is The Literal Sonic Interpretation Of The Oblique Strategies Of The Blog With Two Legs, a new project by The Blog With Two Legs.


So what's that?


Those of you that come to the site for a daily Oblique Strategy (and there seem to be quite a few) may have noted that there is a related page, previous oblique strategies, recording the sequence of oblique strategies that have appeared here. Obviously you can open the page yourself, and it'll mainly consist of a panel that looks like this:



While editing it recently something struck us about the form of the data on the page:



It rather reminded us of the way in which a recorded sound is often represented graphically in audio software - here is that same data, recoloured, and rotated by 90°. Alongside it for comparison is the representation of an audio recording of Phil Spector's Latest Hit:



This what gave us the idea for generating a piece - or several pieces - of music using the randomly selected Oblique Strategies here on The Blog With Two Legs. We're currently working on the details, but in the first iteration of the idea we're considering:


* using the graphical pattern of the phrases to modulate the volume and /or other aspects of the recordings

* using the words of the strategies as 'lyrical' content


* using individual strategies as musical instructions (eg, 'be dirty' - choose to use distortion in the next section, or 'abandon normal instruments' - change the instrumentation line up at that point)


We've no idea whether this will work, or whether the result will be of any interest or value to anyone else, but we can see no reason not to make the attempt. Somehow, to us, it seems a very apt thing to do with a chain of Oblique Strategies.


We welcome constructive suggestions and criticisms.


Tilsio, toso, tibwittle!


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