Variations on a theme by Casey & Finch #3

For the third variation I began to explore rhythm further by repeating the random segments a number of times. I used the script from Variation #2 – although I only created 20 segments – and then repeated these between two and six times each.

Observations

This variation bears more resemblance to a skipping CD than the previous two. The possibility of this being performed by live musicians becomes impossible due to the very short length of some of the segments.

Code

This script requires libav to run and has been tested on Ubuntu 13.04.
[code language=”bash”]#!/bin/bash
#Usage: ./movie_cut.sh /path/to/file.avi
#e.g. ./movie_cut.sh video.avi

filenumber=$(printf "%05d")
while [ $filenumber -le 20 ]
do

#calculate the length of the video
length=`expr $(avprobe -loglevel error -show_streams $1 | grep duration | cut -f 2 -d = | head -1 | cut -d "." -f 1) \* 100`

#start position
startPos=$(echo "scale=2;$(shuf -i 1-$length -n 1) / 100" | bc | sed -e s/^/0/)

#define random duration (up to 0.999 seconds)
duration=$(echo "0.$RANDOM")

#get path of file
path=$( readlink -f "$( dirname "$1" )" )

#get filename minus extension
file=$(basename "$1")
filename="${file%.*}"

#cut the video
avconv -i $1 -ss $startPos -t $duration -qscale 0 -ab 384k -y "$path"/"$filenumber"_"$filename"_cut.avi

filenumber=`expr $filenumber + 1`
filenumber=$(printf "%05d" $filenumber)

done[/code]

The following script was then run on the output files from the previous script. It creates numbered duplicates of the source files.

[code language=”bash”]#!/bin/bash

for file in *.avi
do

#number of times to duplicate the file (between 1 and 6)
max=$(shuf -i 1-6 -n 1)

number=1
while [ $number -le $max ]
do

#get path of file
path=$( readlink -f "$( dirname "$file" )" )

#get filename minus extension
file=$(basename "$file")
filename="${file%.*}"

#get extension
extension="${file##*.}"

#copy the file to a new file
cp $file "$path"/"$filename"_"$number".$extension

number=`expr $number + 1`

done

done[/code]