Golden Radio is making a new experimental crowd-sourced programme called
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If you'd like to take part, simply record yourself (and/or other people) reading (aloud):
"Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo".
Ideally once *before* reading the explanation below, and then again until it kind of makes sense.
Additional comments welcome, and if you don't mind being credited, say your name at the beginning or the end.
Here is the upload link for your audio files - recording quality doesn't matter:
Words that sound like each other but mean something else: the title is a real sentence (attributed to William J. Rapaport and to Annie Senghas) and the perfect hyperbole for new radio, where sound and sense collide and contradict, and words become music. Intoning the eponymous and infamous phrase over and over again in a rainbow of voice colours and intonation, this symphony of textual rhythm and emotional cadences will make the meaningful lose its meaning and gain sonic purpose, while from repetition and familiarity new meaning will arise. A great listen, even if you're not interested that "bison who are intimidated or bullied by bison are themselves intimidating or bullying bison (at least in the city of Buffalo - implicitly, Buffalo, NY)."
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