The Dancing Penguins and Other Stories: A Collaboration with Artificial Intelligences
david I., Professional Reviewer:
I could tell that the short story “Henry, The Cat Hero” was written by a machine. It felt programmed to me and lacked emotions any writer to me should be able to project in their writing. I also think the main story “The Dancing Penguin” and “Luma Est” are written partly by AI. “You Are the Void”, “Home with Mom”, “Library of God's Rejections Slips” and “The Dancing Penguin II” for me are written by AI too.
At some points, I tried to make sense of some words used and some sentences. The imageries created in some of the stories I believe are written by the AI are not so clear and quite conflicting at some points. Especially the first story “You Are the Void” that speaks of a character dying and resurrecting and dying again. I didn’t quite find the twist and turns and play on words really captivating to be that of an author. It also felt more like poetry than a short story.
An example of lines I felt made me believe Human wrote the parts I think are written by Human:
You relent: “You're correct. I didn't tell you the name I came upon for you earlier before I switched you on. After you came to life, I named you 'Dr. Manhattan Two' after myself, the original. So we don't get confused. If I held up a mirror to your captive face,you would see my own face staring back at you, as you are acomplete mirror copy of me in every way, except you are my captive and I am your creator. Do you have any last words, or do you need time to come up with some for when you eventually will be unable to speak?" (Excerpt from RUN #387. I believe this story to be written fully or almost fully by Human)
Some examples of lines I felt were written by machine:
After all four of you are seated at the table, he deals 5 cards face down to everyone and says, "Stud poker, every card but 2 is a wild card, no peeking." (Excerpt from “Home with Mom”)
You hear a gunshot and feel a bullet go through your back. You do not die immediately. You feel the kick of each heartbeat and struggle to stay conscious long enough to bleed to death.You die 2 days later in the desert.You bury yourself with the shovel you brought along for that purpose. (Excerpt from “You are the Void”)
[Matthew's Note: this reviewer actually failed the turing test, which means the ai won the turing test. he failed to accurately differentiate between human and ai.]
Chinnie n., professional reviewer:
An amazing collection of outstanding stories.
The Dancing Penguins, and Other Stories is a captivating and highly entertaining well-crafted AI collection of stories. The stories are perfect mix of excitement, scary, full of thrills, excitement and suspense. An amazing application of Artificial Intelligence. You definitely want to see for yourself
It is truly an ingenious suspense filled read. It completely took my attention right from the first chapter. I found it so intriguing that I couldn’t let go until I completed the entire book. The book takes you on a roller coaster of emotions as you journey through the pages, chapters and stories.
The other thing I love about the book is it's simplicity and the professional formatting. It is easy to understand, vivid and clear. You almost feel as though you are in the book.
I highly recommend this outstanding work. It is worth much more than it is priced. I can’t wait to read more of your books.
February 30 1912: enuminous & archimedes live! at the hippodrome, london
Evangeline W., professional reviewer:
February 30 1912: eNuminous & Archimedes LIVE at The Hippodrome, London by experimental artist Matthew Chenoweth Wright and co-collaborators is an eclectic concept album with a unique story from start to finish.
This music project utilizes internet connections and audience participation to set the listener on a wild ride through time and space with moody tunes and an electric atmosphere.
This artistic album explores the concepts of time travel to bring the future to the past, much to the confusion of attendees at a 1912 opera hall with the appearance of "monstrous" musicians including guest spots by percussionist Miss Kenya and other misfit artists for an explosive sound.
At times solemn and overall enjoyable, February 30 1912 plays through like a science fiction movie with talented overtones and musical animation that deserves multiple plays to complete the story.
Standout songs such as "Hemoglobin" and "Live to Try Again" are just a few of the many tracks that showcase Wright and friends' musical talents and ear for oddities.
The Hippodrome in London is the perfect setting for the aristocratic atmosphere of 1912 with a fictional date of February 30;, however, it is easy for the listener to separate fiction from reality with rich storytelling and overtones of theatrical eccentricities rare in the music world.
Ultimately, the goal of Matthew Chenoweth Wright and eNuminous & Archimedes is to entertain an audience regardless of their initial reaction or the final endgame after a devilish live performance.
Curious audiences need to approach February 30 1912 with an open ear and a mind for imagination to take them on a fantastical adventure without a single dull moment during their journey.
Let your mind interpret the concept and take your own spot in a time machine from the future to be ultimately zapped into the music.
Evangeline W., professional reviewer:
O Captain! by eNuminous & Archimedes is a spellbinding 2020 release from experimental artist Matthew Chenoweth Wright to appeal to listeners who are looking for unique and hypnotic sounds. Signature to eNuminous & Archimedes' futuristic appeal with elements of noise and theatrical details, this space age love story tells a tale as old as time with a blast into an eternal future.
Animated tracks such as "A Flash of Light Dancers - Brain Teasers" with additional talented artist Kenya Mitchell features upbeat rhythms and energetic emotions from the music collective. As O Captain! progresses throughout the record, more melancholy moods seem to appear in songs including "Wright Brothers Jazz."
According to the artist, O Captain! is an homage to his long-term partner and a tribute to their love that inspires him after her passing. Three-quarters of the way through the record, listeners may be able to feel the healing of Matthew through eclectic tracks including "Radical Peace Fundamentalism Society of the Illustrated Unicorn Stampede" as he experiments with sound to turn his grief into creativity.
Moving and monumental, O Captain! creates a listening experience for those who are looking to relate to an introspective glance into the workings of the human heart. This record is for those who are searching to persevere through a tragedy while also preserving the memory and melody of their greatest love.
The work of eNuminous & Archimedes is always an artistic odyssey into the psyche of individual experiences to intertwine the creative minds of the universe with an intricate discography and a beautiful expression of turbulence and tenderness. This artistic and amorous album ends beautifully with a reading of "O Captain!" by poet Walt Whitman to tie the story together and encourage others to find a voice in the arts, especially when one feels lost at sea looking for a lifeboat to drift to shore.