Reader Steve Witherspoon has conducted a sophisticated audio analysis of whether Ald. Paul Skidmore uttered the C-word during the last Madison Common Council meeting in the wee hours of Tuesday morning 09-02-2020, as alleged by his political opponent. (Covered here.) Steve is an HTML, PHP and SQL hard coder in engineering and design for a local manufacturer.
This is Steve Witherspoon:
I have used a lot of audio software over the the last 30 years and you notice things about voices when wave editing. When looking at the zoomed in wave lengths of the spoken or sung words you can actually see how people say/sing particular letters that start words and these comparisons are very consistent over the course of speaking or singing.
You can’t change the underlying things that make up how some letters are spoken/sung in words, it’s remarkably consistent especially how the speaker/singer voice attacks things like the letter “c” at the beginning of a word in similarly spoken words, for me it’s not science bit it’s somewhat like a fingerprint for professionals that analyze these kinds of things.
Here is how I analyzed this. I used Audacity to record the audio on my music composition computer and analyzed the WAVE recordings in Cakewalk SONAR X1 Producer.
I just recorded the C-word in the [Zoom] video [on Doug Hynant’s Tweet] and then I compared that spoken C-word to some words beginning with the letter “c” where the “c” is spoken similarly that I found spoken by Alderman Paul Skidmore in a 2018 Madison Common Council meeting 2018 Madison Common Council meeting.
Steve Witherspoon’s Bottom Line:
Based on my years of experience, using side by side evaluation of the spoken words in a visual wave format I don’t think it’s very likely that Alderman Skidmore was the person that said the C-word.