Random: My Day with Pigface

Legal Notice: For Mature audiences (or immature audiences), not for those with normal sensibilities.

Every once in a while, I go back to the lab. Today, I’ve done that with lines from a live CD from the group Pigface. The creative method is inspired by John Cage, and I might say that I enjoy the results. Feel free to throw tomatoes.

Random: My Day with Pigface

0.036525 take the high ground; never look down
0.991095 divebomber big time momma
0.864649 you need love, love, love
0.479870 cursed maggot
0.498981 we come to fuck you over
0.756310 can I have a taste of your ice cream
0.609041 the king of negativity
0.837424 I don’t know what it is
0.765250 you look fucking brilliant
0.608317 eat shit, you fuckin redneck
0.624013 this is insane
0.065741 I love my city
0.942699 I’m closer to heaven when I’m with you
0.118874 your hands are shaking
0.867978 you need everything; I need you
0.170418 insect, insect, back to the subject
0.397764 can I interfere with your crisis
0.953830 now you need to make some noise for My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
0.756494 you’re so fucking cool
0.215664 evil mothers
0.147935 guilty, guilty, guilty
0.427294 good evening, Chicago
0.501885 yeah, yeah, yeah
0.801770 one more lap around the racetrack
0.429789 I’m closer to heaven without you
0.074449 you need to make more noise than that
0.853442 blah, blah, fucking blah
0.656743 gotta get it revved up
0.606022 say a prayer for the nearly departed
0.116313 groovy man
0.854306 incoming
0.444970 looking for a suspect
0.650806 that fucking shirt stinks
0.708342 your mother wouldn’t like it
0.888786 I’m gonna blow you away
0.730237 you’re so damn cool
0.172478 never underestimate the difference that you as an individual can make
0.938908 YEAH
0.969247 your pulsing immorality
0.624532 It’s not being careful that protects you
0.664092 this is insane
0.015381 Pigface, Pigface, going to the racetrack
0.764309 one, two, fuck you
0.249720 the grim fairies
0.901298 It’s just doing everything 110 percent that protects you
0.592134 seven things, not seven words, seven things
0.214670 you guys havin’ a good time
0.151508 oh my baby
0.823685 to make you feel beautiful
0.473398 he says he holds us in his hand
0.880704 fuck you, mind your own business
0.684005 don’t waste my time
0.402247 suck, suck, suck
0.422061 incoming
0.671210 get the fuck away from me
0.126838 happy Easter
0.133125 god is here


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  1. #1 by carldagostino on May 11, 2011 - 5:42 am

    Pretty bad when the very best words in a song are “yeah, yeah, yeah” And not very original(stolen from Beatles(

    • #2 by Carl on May 11, 2011 - 11:17 pm

      Carl, I think you’ve discovered that these guys are truly not lyricists, but that was the source of much of the fun.

    • #3 by SoundEagle on February 28, 2013 - 7:28 pm

      We have two Carls here. So, from now on, SoundEagle will address one as Mr D’Agostino and the other as Carl whenever the two of you are present.

      Now, Mr D’Agostino, since you reckon that it is “Pretty bad”, SoundEagle wonders what you think of John Cage’s 4’33”, where he just sat in front of a piano for 4 minutes and 33 seconds in the presence of an audience.

      Please, Mr John Cage, hit me more with your alleatoric music even beyond the grave. . . . .

  2. #4 by Kay Camden on May 11, 2011 - 9:36 am

    Okay I’m going to have to check out Pigface. What do the numbers mean?

    • #5 by Carl on May 11, 2011 - 11:28 pm

      The numbers were randomly generated in line with how John Cage would use the Tao Te Ching. Normally, you would not leave the numbers in the piece, but in this particular instance, it seemed to add to the context. In order to add a varietal setting, I had to do one last generation after the one that set the lines. I tried reading it aloud WITH THE NUMBERS and it was super fun, but most people would think this activity to be incredibly inane. It really might be more musical than literary, but I like the mixture. Really, the best setting of this would have been to take charcoal pencil and start streaming the numbers around the lines rather than freezing them in the left bar, make the whole thing painted, take a picture and post the picture rather than this digital representation.

      I like some of what Cage did because his focus was bringing art out of natural events, which stripped the art of a “thinking” influence. The thinking influence kills most art.

      • #6 by Kay Camden on May 12, 2011 - 8:33 am

        So the numbers determine where to go on the CD and grab a lyric? If the numbers were minutes and seconds, that would make sense. But they’re not… ?

        • #7 by Carl on May 12, 2011 - 9:40 pm

          My explanation was not good. The lines were picked randomly but subjectively from a fairly long live CD. They seemed to me to be the lines that stood out but the selection is random. Then numbers are randomly generated next to the lines and several empty lines to determine the order of the lines and spaces. Finally, the numbers are regenerated randomly without moving the lines so that they are not in order with the poem. It’s “chance operations” and it chiefly produces results that are of artistic interest in that they consolidate the way our lives seem to be lived.

          • #8 by Kay Camden on May 13, 2011 - 8:05 am

            And you do this in your leisure time? 😉

          • #9 by Carl on May 13, 2011 - 10:43 pm


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