Marvim Gainsbug: the Twitter based Song Composer from jeraman on Vimeo.

It should come as no surprise, but Twitter can compose existential nihilistic poetry.

Just ask the creepy, detached voice of Marvim Gainsbug. The robotic, generative songwriter will produce a “song” from Tweet keywords of your choice. And be prepared for some finger snaps at the end of his beat-poetic recitation.

The evil genius of this work is the product of a duo from Recife, Brazil. Details:

Marvim Gainsbug is a musician, singer and composer, created in 2009.

His main influences are Serge Gainsbourg, Bob Dylan, the Brazilian Northeastern Musician, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Alan Turing, Deep Blue, HAL, Wintermute and Marvin, the paranoid android.

Marvim Gainsbug is a software that acts based on Twitter, implemented to compose and to play songs, with music and lyrics, in real time.

The tweets are transformed in verses which are interpreted by Marvim with his singular voice. The melody, the harmony and the rhythm are directly linked with the words of the verses.

Developed in Processing, using Sphinx4, FreeTTS and Twitter4j libraries, by Jeraman and Filipe Calegario. For further informations, visit

Even the harmonies, melody, and rhythm are generated algorithmically from the tweets themselves.

Thanks to co-creator Jerman for sending this our way; see:

More photos:
Marvim Gainsbug @ Flickr

Photo courtesy Jeraman.