The Whistling Republic

(Text-sound composition – WDR Studio Akustische Kunst 2003)

On La Gomera, an island of the Canary archipelago, a whistled language is still used among inhabitants and helps them to communicate over distances of five or more kilometres. During a stay on the island I did write many short texts based on real experience as well as fictionary scenes I imagined. I let translate them into Spanish and gave them to whistle to some pupils of the school of San Sebastian. They have to whistle to other pupils over a distance of a couple of kilometres where I positioned myself with a microphone. I recorded the whistle coming from afar and the attempts of understanding that were reported to me. Starting from those recordings I created this text-sound composition.

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