Sensationalism Co. - Techniques and Tools for Experimental Composition
As you may have noticed... we live in interesting times... perhaps one might even be inclined to call them "transformative times". But then again, to use another tired cliche: "there is nothing new under the sun". Today (being a part of the slightly chilly introduction to the winter of 2016), I happened upon a quote from Dylan Thomas which evokes for me the main part of the sentiment of this new "Sharing Economy" that we have supposedly embarked upon...stated thus:

"I take my stand with any revolutionary body that asserts it to be the right of all men to share, equally and impartially, every production of man from man and from the sources of production at man's disposal, for only through such an essentially revolutionary body can there be the possibility of a communal art."

"Esoteric Sensationalism": The Origins:
What is "Esoteric Sensationalism"? The first domain name I ever registered back in 1997 was "". In those long-gone foggy pre-millenial days of the "World Wide Web", I did not think of The Internet as a marketing tool, and wanted a domain name that was intentionally obscure, hard to understand and hard to type! The 1990s seems like a lifetime ago now, and my thinking has evolved (or possibly devolved)... For this new reboot of the site, I have shortened the domain name to, but the philosophy remains basically the same...

Esoteric Sensationalism is dedicated to the exploration of random processes and experimentation in creative writing and music composition. Randomness has long been identified as a source of inspiration - not only for authors of fiction, poetry, music and visual art, but also for businesspeople, scientists or creative thinkers of any type. Techniques such as "cut-up", "collage", "cut 'n' mix" and "mashup" are all based on a process of recombining previously unrelated words, sounds or images. In business, this process is often referred to as "lateral thinking" - a way to derail the train of thought from it's linear, predictable route into more uncharted, creative territories. The theory section of this site explores the rationale behind the uses of randomness and other forms of experimentation for the purpose of creative inspiration.

New for winter 2014:
Esoteric Sensationalism spawned a number of offshoot domains over the years. Now some of the defunct, languishing or abandoned sites are being brought back under the E.S. banner: The first three are focussed on the mainstay of E.S: "experimental writing":
  • (Mash)Mashup - mixing different content sources to produce an original piece of writing
  • ROBOPOEM - the algorithms and associated Windows application used to generate randon poetry
  • BOT.ROBOPOEM - this site was originally the launch page of an online demo of the random poetry algorithm, but now simply delves deeper into the purpose and function of computer poetry

New addition for Spring 2014:

MYRANSOMNOTE - A site devoted to the art of making ransom note art

Cut'n'Mix (With ROBOPOEM), Wizzypage, ROBOCOLLAGE

These Windows applications previously published as shareware through the affiliated sites mentioned above have now been re-released and are available for free download from:

The Internet Annex Downloads Page

September 2016: News from the "Artificial Mind":
In the 1990s, I developed an experimental writing technique which I described as a "Rorschach Word Pool". The process involves collecting a pool of words randomly selected from recent magazines, books and newspapers. The objective is to reassemble the words to create (or reveal) a message (you are allowed to reconjugate and insert connecting words like "the", "and", "to" etc.). Occasionally I like to have a "Rorschach Word Pool" session simply because I find it to be strangely relaxing and meditative. Recently, the output of a session was strikingly coherent, and seemed to convey a message particularly relevant to the times we live in. Here it is, in the exact form that is was transmitted to me:

"The rumour is that petroleum is thoroughly dead. The economic underpinnings of the energy crisis are based on a pyschological coup: Detroit-era politics installed a smoke-and-mirrors language of excitement where youth could equate wage-earning with revolutionary flight from the congested thinking of school and corporate consciousness.

The MYTH OF INNOVATION which powers the dominant culture is exposed as illusion. The constant improvement in productivity resulting from reduced cost of computers and information technology carries with it the postmodern warning of a double-edged sword: When machines do all of the farming, meat packing, and communicating, redundant employees ultimately become cumbersome and in danger of being vanished from history. The present "Technological Revolution" is a retreat from LIFE: A sterile and bankrupt condition of PURE ILLUSION!"
Online Fiction, Poetry, Music and Interactive Wordplay

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During the late summer and into early fall there has been some interesting developments on the soundtrack music composing front.
  • New tracks from Steve Lowther tantalize the intellect with names like: "Information Overload", "Mellow In Pixieland" and "The Entropy Lounge".
  • Australian composer Enrico Altavilla has posted 3 new tracks of cinematic audio magic labeled "Footsteps", "Letting Go" and "Labyrinth".
  • Meanwhile, the virtual electronic jazz trio known as Stargazer Jazz has recorded 2 new trippy hoppy tunes entitled "Mellow Club Vibe" and "Amazing Flea Circus".
Some of these new recordings are free to use in video productions, so if you are looking for background music and haven't been to the site lately, you should check it out HERE.
April 2016 NEWS: New Music Video by E-Sensationalism Founder C.P.Bryan...

"Mashup Dreams of Abstracted Mind"

This most recent video production utelizes methods of mashup and chance operations in blending photographic, painting and film mediums into a melange of imagery meant to confuse and/or create a "disordering of the senses". The music soundtrack is typical also of experimental techniques in the sound recording medium and many more examples of this style can be found throughout C.P.Bryan's track listings @

THE "FRANCHISING YOUR DREAMS" TRILOGY: producer C.P.Bryan presents a new trilogy of short films exploring topics now familiar to Esoteric Sensationalism site visitors: propaganda, alienation, the domination of capital markets over natural systems, abstract expressionism, random collage and experimentation with media as an antidote to unsolicited programming of the human biocomputer. To watch the film series and find out more details about it's theoretical underpinnings, check out the
"Franchising Your Dreams" Launch Page.

Stills from "Franchising Your Dreams":

March 2014: Apple Quicktime versions of these short films are now available for free download from the digital media library @
July 2016 News: New Music Produced by Senationalism Founder C.P.Bryan:
Chronicles of The Weird West

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Sensationalism Co. founder C.P.Bryan presents a new direction in soundtrack composition which owes a debt of gratitude to the Spaghetti-Western genre popularized by composers like Ennio Morricone and films like "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". But this collection of music is not to be confused stylistically. Indeed, "The Weird West" is more ambient, atmospheric and contemplative. The promotional page for this soundtrack music project can be found HERE.

More Interactive Tools for Your Edification and Amusement...
Esoteric Sensationalism has assembled a collection of unique online and downloadable applications. The common theme here is "Language Arts" and how computer programming can add new dimensions of interactivity to reading, writing and understanding texts and poetry. For online "magnetic poetry" try the virtual paper and scissors style Cut-up Laboratory. To write prose and poetry to astound, confuse and impress the groundlings, try Shakespeare's Brain. To read experimental and cut-up texts submitted by Cut 'n' Mix users, check out the texts page @ Read Esoteric Sensationalism's: How To Be A Postmodern Writer. For links to related tools and information about experimental writing, check out the links page @ Address all comments and enquiries about Esoteric Sensationalism or Cut'n'Mix to A Cut-up Life: An embarassingly intimate recounting of the dismal lives of deluded counterculture wannabes as they consume 50 pounds of potatoes and churn out increasingly eccentric and fanciful cut-up rants on a communal electric typewriter.

Recommended Viewing: Flicker - The Dream machine and the revolution in human consciousness
Check out the legendary story of The Dream Machine: an antidote to TV culture which provides a "portal into the time/space continuum". Nik Sheehan's film Flicker is an essential, informative documentary introducing the writer/poet/artist Brion Gysin through interviews with artists, writers and musicians who have been inspired by his work and ideas.