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Subject: Whistle speeches
Question: Dear Sir/Madam,

I am a French artist living in Paris, and I started to develop an art project about whistle languages. For this project, I am researching different types of whistle speeches from different cultures and origins.

I am writing to you today as I would like to know if there are any accessible sound archives of whistled language (ideally translated) that I could access and use for artistic purposes. Is there a way to consult these sound files? I am trying to get as much whistled sound files I can, to be able to work on this project.

If there is a way I can start this project with a ''library of whistled sounds'', I hope you'll be able to tell me how to access sound files (even better if translated, or subtitled videos). I don't have any specific trail and I don't know where to direct my research yet, as my only source of information is the internet right now. Please let me know if there is a specific person or organization to contact.

I hope you can help me in this research,

Thank you for reading this,
Best regards
From: Lagarde
Date: 14-Jan-2014
  1. Re: Whistle speeches    Madalena Cruz-Ferreira     (14-Jan-2014)
  2. Re: Whistle speeches    James L Fidelholtz     (14-Jan-2014)

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