Ranjit Bhatnagar works in music, installation, and text, with a particular interest in algorithmic techniques and in improvisation at all stages of creation. His works have been exhibited across the United States and in Europe. Last summer, Ranjit worked with Ad Hoc Art Collective to build a large scale musical installation in Denmark, and has worked with New Orleans Airlift to build several tiny musical houses. He has performed recently with Lea Bertucci, Thessia Machado, and Margaret Leng Tan, and recently published a book of algorithmic poetry, “Encomials: Sonnets from Pentametron”. His heaviest work is Stone Song, a 7500 pound outdoor sound sculpture; his longest is The Tapestry of the Search for Terrestrial Intelligence at 44 yards.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Ranjit received a BA from U.C. Berkeley and an MS from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Brooklyn with a small dog next to a big park.
You can read press clippings about Ranjit’s projects here.
moonmilk.com has been around in one form or another since 1993, making it one of the oldest personal sites on the web. It contains heaps and dustbins of photography, art projects, rants, and experiments, much of which is currently inaccessible. The tradition of occasional photography continues on the front page, and I’m also an enthusiastic participant in the flickr photo-sharing site.
Ending over a decade of hand-edited HTML, this part of the site is, finally, maintained by WordPress software. The page design is derived from the Blix template by Sebastian Schmieg with tiny icons by Kevin Potts. The above portrait of the author with a soup dumpling was taken by Lia Bulaong.
Here are some earlier incarnations of moonmilk.com (currently offline as of Jan 2012, but I hope to have them back eventually): 2004-2006, spring-winter 2003, winter-spring 2003, autumn-winter 2003 (the pixel house!), summer 2002, spring 2002, winter 2002, 2001 (park slope animation!)
If you want to get in touch, write to ranjit (at) moonmilk.com.
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Congratulations & oh-my-god-that’s-funny for the NPR segment concerning Pentametron. An informal survey of the Big I gives no indication that the program has ever been put online. As a programmer who has attempted computer generator of ekphrastic poetry/prose by Markov Chain analysis from an source corpus (like yours, Web scraping an Internet feed), but found an early impediment in scansion analysis. I wonder that you may write a semi-technical analysis of your program and place it on your site, with emphasis on the aforementioned?
I have many links and notes from that period, but I find now that many are dead links; however, the following paper has been the most inspirational to me:
… and this has been the most fun (not technically poetry):
(refresh the page for more examples)
… and this one seems most like your Pentometron:
“Google Poem Generator” late of http://leevilehto.net/
(not available any more)
Thanks for making me smile today!….
Ahh I came looking for the Ranjit I met online in January 1994 – I shall turn to the Internet Archives until you have a chance to perhaps upload some of your former selves to our current web. Cheers sir! Congrats on perpetual making, thus far.
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