Hamlet – metameat reduction

Yesterday on Twitter there was a meme flying around, #sixwords. Some people were being poetic with it, some humorous, some exclamatory… I decided to use #sixwords to describe new art forms.

For example:
dance interpretation of international tax codes
sketching by swallowing graphite and paper
displaying art exposed to high radiation
viewer blink rate decreases air pressure
hyperdimensional sculpture only described through equations
“abcdefg” instances in Hamlet on tuba

I’m pretty sure you can figure out what happened next. After saying to myself,  “Hey, that’s actually a pretty cool idea, I’d like to hear that”, I found a full-text version of “Hamlet”, stripped out every letter and character excepting “abcdefg”, converted the character string to midi, converted it to mp3, and here we are, faced with a 3 hour long musical rendering of Hamlet. Now, I realize that sounds pretty long, but a full production of Hamlet can last 4.5 to 5 hours. In matters of patience, perspective is valuable.

Without further ado, I present the the greatest Tragedy penned by the Bard of Avon, digitzed into musical form…

Amazing, right? I’ll remember you all when I’m a big deal pop star at the MTV music awards next year.

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