posted on Jun, 25 2004 @ 04:28 PM
Trying to "prove that the medium is valid" on a bulletin board would be like trying to persuade someone in a letter that radio really works
while they refuse to go turn one on. The simple fact is that people can easily verify RS themselves, simply by slowing and reversing their own speech
or that of a friend. If you start that way, you are way ahead of the game because you can ask the speaker what they were thinking about. Learning
which reversals can be interpreted in a straightforward manner, and which must be held for verification will then come naturally.
If you don't want to do it, then you don't want to do it. No problem.
On the other hand, Crayon is asking good questions, and at least seems to understand the basic concept.
Crayon, if you have a sound editor such as GoldWave or my favorite, Sound Forge (Lite is OK - think it is stilled called SF Studio - now from
SONY) then I think you are in business. One of the RS group that worked on the Berg material is willing to e-mail you a SHORT audio file, or snail
mail the whole shooting match on CD-ROM.
Don't forget, if you want to be really sure, then you'll have to hunt up the original video somewhere, and record the audio while the video plays.
That way you will be able to tell that we are all talking about the same file. If you want to work on the original, though, you'll need to
apply sound reduction filtering first, which is not easy for beginners.
Even easier, the first clip on that STA article is the first few seconds of arabic from the video. If you record it, reverse it, and try different
degrees of slowing centered around half speed, you will find at the beginning (now the end!), "I am David Mortha". I give you the last name as I
hear it, and I don't know if it is complete or not. Common words are easily identifiable, but many names are just "sounds".
I'm going out on a limb on this one, because I really don't know how much of the original you can bring back from the heavy compression that was
used to get those sound clips down to an acceptable size for posting. That one went from 727K as a .wav file down to 27K as a low-res .wma file. As
I said, though, the original is available to you. If you want to take a shot at it, just say so.