SearchSongs captures the stream of words of Lycos’ live search. This word stream might be understood as an expression of collective desire, as the net’s melody of yearning, which is played by thousands of people, who at any moment try to reach the desired by means of a search engine. This melody of yearning is made audible by SearchSongs. However, SearchSongs keep their personal momentum by making it possible for visitors and listeners to interactively insert their own words into the word stream and take part in playing music.
Beat Suter is founding member of the art group AND-OR. Beat Suter, Dr. Phil., is lecturer for Gamedesign/ Interaction Design at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Zurich. He is also the editor of the edition cyberfiction. Scientific and artistic research on: net-literature, net-art, game studies, game art, media convergence, reality/virtuality. Publications on the subjects: hyperfiction, interactivity of digital texts, net-literature and collaborative writing. Latest artistic works as AND-OR (with René Bauer): Searchsongs (2007), Streamfishing (2004/05), Appleinspace (2004), the Famous Sound of Absolute Wreaders (2003). More biografical information available at: www.cyberfiction.ch/besuter/ René Bauer is founding member of the art group AND-OR and a lecturer for Game Design at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Zurich. He is also working as a software engineer and an independent game developer. Developer of tEXtMACHINA and Nic-las. Scientific and artistic research on: games, game art, artgames, net-art, net-literature, collaborative writing, e-learning platforms. Latest artistic works as AND-OR (with Beat Suter): Searchsongs (2007), Streamfishing (2004/05), Appleinspace (2004), the Famous Sound of Absolute Wreaders (2003).