Guitar effects take a stream of audio, usually in real time, and modify it. Text effects would take a stream of written words and perform artful modifications.
Auto-translation is a text modification that isn’t about art.
- Input: Hello. I like you. You are a very good person.
- Output: Hola. Me gustas. Eres una muy buena persona.
Round-trip auto-translation would translate forward, then translate the translated text back. It would add a layer of weirdness.
If I send “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” from English through Somali, Latvian, Tajik, and back to English, I get “The best times were the worst times.“
Text effects and guitar effects could be chained together.
- Talk into a mic
- Speech to text
- English to Somali to Latvian to Tajik to English
- Text to speech
- Cathedral reverb