Dec 03, 2021 1:41 AM
Sad Cam talks to Ancora
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'That may prove a useful source of information.'

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"He's in the backyard. You might get along, the reason he's there is he doesn't think it's pretty enough in here. He sings very well."

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Ancora walks outside.

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Alassëo is in fact mid-song at the time, sitting on the shore of the lake and singing about lakes.

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They listen.

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Alassëo is better at singing than Cam is at violin.

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They listen raptly.  They're hardly going to interrupt to go fetch an instrument and they don't have a working throat yet.  But listen they certainly can.

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Well, then, they can be treated to several hours of singing before Alassëo notices they're there. "- hello?"

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'Hello.'

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"It's - nice to meet you. You're Cam's acquaintance? Ancora-bensilisi-fentiliane?"

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Ancora freezes, very briefly, then corrects: 'Ancorabenilisifentiliane.'

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"I'm sorry," he says, and repeats it more exactly.

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'I had heard recordings of Elven singers previously.  The experience is improved by direct presence.'

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"Is it? The recordings are high enough fidelity for us but we prefer live music too."

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Ancora nods.  'My senses differ in some ways from most humanoids.'

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"How so?"

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'I had to dull my vision and limit and adjust my color perception in order to use human screens.  I have no sense of taste.  There are likely many other differences I have yet to specifically identify.'

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"And you aren't speaking aloud, I think."

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'I suppose that could be considered sensory as well.'

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"I find that I think differently about sounds I could imitate and sounds I couldn't. Maybe that's just me."

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'Hm.  I may do this as well.  Elaborate?'

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"Oh, like, I can't do a very good impression of birdsong, so I might be inspired by it, but I wouldn't try to sound directly like a bird, whereas I often imitate a song's originator when I'm learning it to more completely understand their musical intent."

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Ancora nods.  'I do not usually attempt direct imitation even with the sorts of sounds I can produce, but there is perhaps a certain difference in mindset between listening to those and the sorts I cannot.'  A pause.  'And I may find imitation more useful when acquiring new methods of producing sound with which I am less practiced.'

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"How do you produce sounds?"

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'With instruments, largely.'

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