Simultaneity and polyphony in speech based audio art
The author discusses the use of simultaneous speech in the design of radiophonic sound compositions. He begins with a discussion of speech in pre-literate societies and shows how simultaneity is a characteristic of speech prior to the influence in writing and print, and discusses the how the linearity of printed communications has tended to eliminate aspects of spoken words that cannot be duplicated in print. The author then discusses the design of radiophonic sound projects, by himself and others, which utilize the ability of the ear to keep track of multiple simultaneous spoken narratives and which may more closely simulate thought patterns of eye entered cultures. Finally, he relates how the differences between eye-culture perception and ear-culture perception might impact the design projects related to the sonification of data.