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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / Once You're Heard It .... obsession sets in

Gato
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Jan 2nd, 2018 06:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The other morning I was listening to a female news presenter on the radio. Just the usual recitation of events, both global and local.

For some reason, my attention was seized by her breathing pattern. By that I mean that every time she took a breath to continue speaking, I focused on that "huh" sharp intake of oxygen.

To wit: yak yak yak yak HUH yak yak yak HUH yak

In that moment, I suddenly became fixated on it; waiting for it, like that next drop of water from a leaking faucet, or the yip of my neighbor's dog every five seconds.

I couldn't NOT pay attention to it. I changed stations, only to involuntarily home in on the same pattern in the next voice. And the next. It became the new "ear worm".

The cure, I found, was to tune to my classical radio station, where the host's deep, melodious voice, seemed to carry on without any audible intake of breath at all. Relief.

But then ...... I tuned in to a discussion of global politics and nuclear issues. In the panel of three speakers, one of them kept referring to NUK-ular weapons. And since there is no such word as NUK-ular, each of his forthcoming malaprops became as ear-grating as the crack of a bullwhip.

At this moment, I am typing with no music or talking in the background ..... but there is that ticking clock on the wall in the kitchen ....

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Jan 2nd, 2018 06:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I could be driven insane if I was forced to listen to a radio announcer speaking with a slightly dry mouth, making that sticky tongue sound, like a cat drinking water.

BTW, I heard the same mouth breather as Gato. Probably due to colds/dry air this time of year.

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Jan 2nd, 2018 10:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

In the old days, newscasters who were also heavy smokers given to run-on sentences could drive you to distraction when they periodically came up for air.

Charlie Macon
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Jan 2nd, 2018 11:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been in a serious state of disequilibrium ever since "Tweet" became something news reporters mention.....over and over and over and over.....

As a result, I've developed some form of Tourette's, where now if I walk into a room and my wife has the news on, I go "Tweeeeeet.....TWEEEEEET!"

MJB
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Smith, Wesson and me.
Jan 2nd, 2018 11:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I get distracted by canned laughter on sitcoms. Once I start paying attention to the canned laughter I stop paying attention to the lines.

Gato
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Jan 2nd, 2018 12:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I get distracted by canned laughter on sitcoms."
Yup ... that's another one. And soooooooo annoying. Not everything is funny. And not everyone is amused by the same gag or situation.

Putting a laugh track in a program is like putting that schmaltzy bring-on-the-tears music in a movie, alerting the audience that it's time to break out the Kleenex.

Just thought of something: how come they trust us to know when to laugh in a comedy movie, but not in a comedy TV show? (I haven't been to a movie theater in a long time, but that's still the case, right?)


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Jan 2nd, 2018 12:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Professor: "..slightly dry mouth, making that sticky tongue sound, like a cat drinking water."

That's the first time I've ever heard anyone mention this, but that has bugged me for decades. That's why "Lady of the Island" is my least favorite song on the first Crosby, Stills and Nash album. Nash should have backed away from the mike on that one.

One thing I have noticed on local TV, New Orleans weather reporters seem to say a lot of words, then stop to swallow some spit. The worst offender is the best-looking brunette on New Orleans TV, IMHO.



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Jan 2nd, 2018 03:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They play an ad here on several radio stations, for a charity called kars for kids. The pitch is you donate your car and some of the $$ made at auction goes toward programs that benefit kids in the area. Whatever.

But the totally annoying aspect--aside from the cloying vocals in the jingle--is how the music continues behind the voiceover, and for timing purposes, they drop an eight note to compress the tune. This allows the vocals in the jingle to kick in when the voiceover stops.

Instead of a standard 4/4 time (1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & etc.), the count goes 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 1 & 2 &.

It's unlistenable. I flip the radio off when this ad pops up.

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Jan 2nd, 2018 06:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If the release time on the compressor is to fast, the breaths are more prominent.

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