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README.md

scryer

A random generator for interpretive word combinations.

Getting Started

Scryer is built purely in javascript and can be run locally on a simple http server - in terminal run:

$ python -m SimpleHTTPServer

Scryer utilizes a library of common terms which are split into an array(). Generating returns a pair of these terms.

Why

Scryer is built to invite opportunities for inspiration by introducing an element of chance. Reacting to chance operations can lead to new avenues of thinking.

When generating new terms, consider:

  • Are the terms related or different? Is the pair better or worse because of it?
  • What narrative is occurring between the word pairs?
  • Does the meaning change if terms are flipped?

History

The I Ching

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John Cage was known to utilize the I Ching when developing his compositions. Commonly used as an ancient form of Chinese divination, Cage saw the I Ching as a tool for composing using chance. He could remove intention from the work and rely on methods of divination to guide his sound.

Geomantic Devices

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The I Ching isn't the only tool of this sort. Ancient Islamic inventors developed advanced instruments which were used to attain divine knowledge. Various dials could be turned which would result in a series of random patterns that could be interpreted.

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Digital Geomancy

Scryer sets out to be a sort of geomantic instrument for inspiration - less divine, more digital. By interpreting the relationship of random variables, we gain a sense of new understanding. This observation of chance operations become a mirror for us to see ourselves.

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