MUPS (MashUPs) is an online sonic mashup engine
specifically designed to allow spoken-word poetry mp3s
to interweave simultaneously as if a group of performers were speaking together.

MUPS has been seeded with the following content:

PennSound MUPS
1260 audio poems
from the PennSound archives.

These audio files are used with permission.
I gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Charles Bernstein
and the encouragement of Christopher Funkhouser.

How does it work: MUPS can play multiple audio files (up to 32 streams) simultaneously. It can also WEAVE those files: by playing short segments of each voice until it encounters silence, then playing the next voice. MUPS offers users control over how the WEAVE occurs. (Note: The WEAVE button is only visible when 2 or more files are playing.)

Issues: after extended use, MUPS can get confused.
Refresh your browser.Flash plugin required. Enjoy.

Caveat: in spite of the playful tone of this intro, MUPS is intended as a digital augmentation in the study of prosody. As computational analysis advances it is feasible to foresee cultural heritage archives such as PennSound operating as sites where digital tools permit innovative explorations into the evolution of poetics. In MUPS, remote users can on one webpage, hear 1260 poems speak to each other and with each other. This is both fun and informative.

Artist Bio: Jhave is a digital-poet who teaches in the School of Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong. His work focuses on combinatorial poetics, and multimedia poetry. He exhibits and performs kinetic multimedia spoken-screen lecture-poems internationally. Since 1999, he has published language-art online (not paper) at


Creative Commons License

This work by Jhave
is licensed under a Creative Commons
3.0 Unported License.

Jhave gratefully acknowledges support
received during the making of MUPs from:
NT2, EPC Buffalo, Interrupt 2 and Banff Centre.

If you have an audio archive
you would like to hear mupped,
pls contact jhave |@|