The Google Variations

The Google Variations are a series of choral settings that take well known poems and transforms them using Google Translate technology. The original text is translated into a series of foreign languages, sometimes as many as twenty times, and then translated back into english. The resulting sentences often bear only a fleeting resemblance to the original text. After generating pages of such transformations, I curate the results, looking for phrases and sentences that still have echos of the original work, while revealing new meanings that were hidden just beneath the carefully chosen words of the poet.

Divergence (original text – The Road Less Traveled – Robert Frost)

All The Heart (original text – Never Give All The Heart – William Butler Yeats)

Igne et Glacie (original text – Fire and Ice – Robert Frost)

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