Rhetorical figures and the digital editing of radio speech

Spinelli, Martin (2006) Rhetorical figures and the digital editing of radio speech. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 12 (2). pp. 199-212. ISSN 1354-8565

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In the age of authentically digital radio, traditional semiological approaches to radio speech may have outlived their usefulness. Such approaches cannot adequately describe the workings of todays most ambitious radio producers, although they remain dominant in both the language of radio production practice and radios critical discourse. An alternative approach, more suited to radios digital present and future, is offered and investigated in this article. Rooted in the critical histories of rhetoric and poetics, this article profiles a radio constructed not as linear narrative but as a set of palimpsestual and polyvalent opportunities for interpretation. It borrows the notion of auricular figures from the early-modern courtier George Puttenhams writing to help describe and analyse numerous permutations of the digital audio editing of radio speech found in the work of contemporary practitioners such as Christof Migone, Gregory Whitehead, John Oswald, Sherre DeLys, Antony Pitts, Bonnie Greer and Miguel Macias. Ultimately, this article proposes a new, open-ended taxonomy for the tropes of digital audio editing. This taxonomy expands our understanding both of the digital potentials for aural density and montage, and of how the digital audio edit activates a novel relationship with a radio audience.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Depositing User: Martin Spinelli
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:49
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2012 13:37
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22317
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