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Essay on Reverse Speech
In the early 1980s David Oates discovered, by means of some
fascinatingly synchronous events, words spoken in grammatically
correct phrases and sentences on a cassette tape containing music
which he played in reverse. Some of them were obviously intentionally
inserted but the ones that were not sparked an intensive scientific
investigation that David passionately pursues to this day. Much has
been discovered and much remains to be revealed, but so far, we know
that the subconscious mind speaks in reverse within the sound
patterns of forward speech.
If there is a subconscious logic in reverse speech, then we should be
reading about how to apply it in reading Shakespeare, perhaps letting
someone record it as written, then see what play-back reveals. Or,
hey, just write a computer program that deciphers Early Modern English
and reads it backward.
Those who practice at this long enough should be able to tells us
about the real Shakespeare, what he was preoccupied about?
Merry Christmas, bookburn
Thine forward voice, now, is to speak well of thine friend; thine
backward voice is to utter foul speeches and to detract. Shakespeare
I do remember this fad from way back when.
Perhaps they remove the spaces before analyzing, or just listen for sounds
in general. I notice some audio samples on their website.
From the Tempest quote above, 'detract' -> 'tcarted', 'and' -> 'dna',
Did you find anything interesting? Fun game for New Year's...
Now 'carted' on the backward recording would sound different
from the actual word 'carted'... With the word 'detract' spoken,
the 'ed' in 'carted' might sound like 'eed', etc. (depending on
one's accent) rather than like the name 'Ed'
(--oops, did I just reference DeVere?! or is it a King Edward,
Or an Edmund. You see how that can be subject to interpretation.)
I imagine several computer programs can be involved; like one for
translating EME, Warwichshire, one for recognizing close readings in
reverse, one for using reverse speech patterns such as are intended in
poetry or other, one for noticing developing uses and changes in
patterns, hopefully one recognizing "undertones" in the reverse speech
that come from subconscious.
I respect the work that was done on "Shakespeare's Imagery," by
Caroline Spurgeon, including her assumptions about biography.
BTW, in searching that, I found an interesting reference, saying: "No
student of Shakespeare or of the workings of imagination can afford to
miss this entrancing book.' Edwin Muir, The Scotsman'. It seems that
fans of Robert Burns and other Scots poets get a lot out of their
ethnic backgrounds. And I see that some suggest Stratman's dialect
from Warwickshire could share some Lowland Scots features. Still, we
wonder why much of Stratman's background remains opaque. When he went
home for visits, did he automatically use local dialect around the