Date: Thu, 5 Oct 1995 16:15:09 -0400 From: Eric Armstrong Subject: Hello Hello one and all. I am a teacher of voice and speech for actors, which means I am coaching actors how to learn new dialects. I thought I would join ADS-L to catch up on what's happening here... I am particularly interested because I am trying to set up a resource for dialect samples using the internet. I figure an FTP site would be the best thing, and the university is helping set up a pilot project. I am wondering if there is anything like this out there - site where you can download sound samples. I really need to look into the "music" web sites because you can download songs and things like that, or so I have heard. If anyone knows of sites for this kind of thing, ESPECIALLY anything about dialects, I would love to hear about it (and so would most of the people on the list....). I am also looking for any web resources about learning IPA, or if anyone uses asciipa on a regular basis and whether they have any comments to make about its praciticality. On the voice and speech teacher's association list, VASTAVOX, we have discussed it and find that we are using it more than we thought we would. Darn ascii! Though it doesn't really cut it, it seems to be better than nothing. Finally I am trying to find some sort of software (shareware or ideally freeware) that will let me edit sound samples and reformat them as .wav .au .snd or .aiff formats so people can use them. The problem with an internet dialect sample site is the size of samples. If anyone has any hints on how I can keep samples short and sweet, I would be VERY happy to hear from you. Thank you very much from a new member to the list. Eric Armstrong -------------------------- The New Voice Guy at The School of Dramatic Art University of Windsor (519) 253-4232 ext 2811