January 8th, 2011

beartato phd

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I'm a sucker for idiosyncratic local pronunciations of place names; pittsburgh's "North Versailles" (/vər'sejlz/), Manhattan's "Houston St." (/'hawstn/, not /'hjustn/), etc.

Today I finally found some evidence for the "right"* way to pronounce "Joralemon St." in downtown brooklyn:
says it's /dʒər'æləmən/, not my (and others') guess of /ˌdʒorə'lɛmən/. Likewise
And it has to be, to make the amphibrachs work out in the poem here:

"Schermerhorn", though... Everyone seems to agree that the main trick is that the ch gives a hard /k/, but there's quibbling over the vowel. I'm most fond of what I hear train operators say, unmistakably, as they pull into the Hoyt-Schermerhorn stop: /'skɪməˌhɔn/, something like "Skimmahawn" if I had to spell it out.

*scare quotes there so's they don't revoke my Descriptivist License

P.S. Doahsclosinstandclearad'closindoahsplease


Aw damn I just heard "Shimmahawn" on the train on the way home just now. WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO SAY YOU GUYS.
beartato phd

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Another little supercollider experiment. The Artist's Subjective Impression this time is that it is a gang of shy xylophone-whistly-flutey things eventually mustering up some Pachelbel.

The deal is that it buffers up all the notes played during a given measure, and then plays all of them at once at the beginning of the following measure, again an octave down.

The patch is white noise through a pitched resonance filter, with a rather soft-attack envelope.

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