What is Floetry?

Floetry is an art medium that combines the experiences and skills of poetry, music composition, and playwriting. It brings together the evocative meaning of language with the mysterious chaos of random chance.

Floetry composers create baseflows -- simple little programs that generate individual compositions called floems.

Anyone can explore and share floems from published baseflows. Regsitered users are either "fans" (who can see how baseflows work and make customized versions) or "composers" (who can also create new baseflows, possibly by modifying existing ones).

It's as easy to compose a baseflow as it is to invent a Mad-Lib. A great baseflow may be as subtle, beautiful, and revealing as Dylan (Dylan Thomas or Bob Dylan). Baseflows are not like the fixed compositions of a writer or recording artist, but more like the fluid works of a composer or a playwright. Floems that come from a good baseflow are forever fresh and new, and can be quite surprising, even to its composer.

This document has some interesting material and also some big gaps. But feel free to keep reading...

Explore

On the home page, you'll see a collection of baseflows, something like this:

floetry menu

Click on a baseflow to see a floem made by that baseflow. Then click on the background image and you'll get a new floem from the same baseflow.

Click on the Floetry logo for a fresh, new tag line.

Click on the "hamburger" icon in the upper left to see a menu. It includes "random" which will take you to a random baseflow, and "about" which will tell you about the baseflow and it's composer.

If you have an account you can log in to get more capabilities. For instance, you can explore all of the published baseflows:

floetry inner screen

For a given baseflow, you can use "x-ray" to see how floems are generated from it. Inn many cases, customize it by changing the vocabulary it uses. If you have an account of type "composer," you can copy baseflows, rename them, edit them in any way you like, and when you are happy, publish them.

Here are a couple of example floems, from among a vast number...

floem 1

floem 2

So What's It Good for?

Art

  • A new art form, crossing poetics with generative arts such as music composition and playwriting

Business

  • Generating projections, at concerts or conventions
  • Inventing language, such as band names, book titles, product names, tag lines

Creativity

  • Inspiring creativity, e.g to release writer's block
  • Stimulating conversation, e.g. in therapy or workshops

Education

  • Teaching grammar - not just rote book english grammar but the deep nature of structures and patterns
  • Becoming fluent with the edge of chaos, how to engineer randomness

Entertainment

  • So far beyond mad-libs

Who knows how people will find a way to use this?