Ron Bucknam | Parts of Speech

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Parts of Speech

by Ron Bucknam

Talking and singing as heard through a fractured microscope; delightful and bent, for intrepid ears only.
Genre: Avant Garde: Experimental
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1. Holy Gossiple
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2. Pidgin Englitch
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3. G.S.L. (Gibberish as a Second Language)
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4. But I Repeat Myself
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5. Strange as it Sounds
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6. The Festival of Happinessness
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I love sound. Ever since childhood I have been fascinated by speech as pure sound - as a kid I would flick the volume knob on my radio and listen to the slivers of words that would emanate, devoid of meaning. Chopped up or de-contextualized instumental music sounds great, but our tendency to try to make sense of speech, even as it becomes indiscernible, adds extra intrigue for me. This CD is an adventure in making Enlish a foreign language for English speakers, and the last piece combines instrumental and vocal music as well. For the curious: the spoken parts are people talking about upcoming changes in their church services on a CD I found in a trash can. Have fun with it.


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Michael O'Neill

"It's Gonna Rain" for the digital age
Cd's skip, repeat, then jump to the next skip. Snippets of speech repeat in a way that reveals hidden overtones, English no longer sounds like English- phrases such as "zhiab" or "eht". I found myself singing along (in the car) with the phrases, part of me fearing that it would cause the onset of stuttering, Tourette's Syndrome, or a minor neurological disorder. For those interested in the sound of the human voice, this is a wonderful and unique window into its hidden qualities. For those interested in rhythm, you'll hear James Brown, Cuban, regular 4/4, and 15.5/4.