I'm close to being a total beginner with Max/MSP, on Windows 7 32bit.
For a uni assignment (on visualisation and sonification of data) I'd like to have a live stream or scan of trending twitter tags/tweets which are fed into a Max patcher, ideally with certain words or types of words being used to manipulate a generative music patch, where perhaps words like "disaster", "explosion", or "attack" would result in an aggressive sonification and be a recognisable change to the ambient twitter chatter.
My final work could be a generative music app which is fed by a real-time stream of trending twitter hashtags, creating a sonification which acts as both an ambient and pleasant thing to listen to (like Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers "Bloom"), and also a practical tool for passively monitoring twitter for certain trends. If you had it playing in the background and heard a sudden spike of activity, you would know something interesting was happening on twitter (maybe specifically to do with the people you were following).
I realise this is extremely (almost hilariously) complex, but to start off with, does anyone have any suggestions for scanning a text file for certain words or phrases, and then outputting bangs (in real time)?
Thanksss in advance!