Narrative of Nancy Logan
“I have been listening to the ‘Biggie’ tapes again today, trying to pick just one more thing out so that I can give you my best ‘statement.’ Every time I listen to these tapes, I get chills up and down my spine.”
“First…I’ll give you some of my ‘qualifications’ to study these sounds…we (my twin sister and I) have what is known as ‘perfect pitch,’ or ‘absolute pitch,’ which permits a person to know what a note is without having any reference note played…and to be able to mimic and hear language sounds that are not of that person’s ‘native language’”
“I’ve had the experience over and over of being able to reproduce the pronunciation of other languages immediately after hearing them the first time, when people who have studied those languages for years can neither reproduce them nor hear them. This talent (has) led me to play lots of musical instruments growing up…at present I play the flute, the Japanese harp (Koto) and the piano. I have a Russian friend…she thinks I’m a Russian…the bottom line is I have a very sensitive sense of hearing…”
“I am currently the only interpreter in the State of California who is court certified in Spanish/English and Japanese/English and court registered in French/ English…I also speak Russian and Italian (fluently) although not at the level of an interpreter, which is very fluent. There are only 10 people in the State of California who are currently certified in Japanese/English. There are approximately 600…who are certified in Spanish. That is out of a population of 20 million in the southern California region…about 1% of the people taking these tests pass. Besides the languages I speak, I also (have) studied others, such as Chinese and Arabic….”
“I have listened to these purported Sasquatch tapes quite a few times. I listened to the one with Jonathan Frakes again today, too, as well as the other one you sent me…it seems that every time I listen to them, I get something new. Anyway, here is what I now have to say about them.”
“First of all, I don’t see how they could be fake. For one thing, the creatures’ articulation is incredibly fast at certain points, but in order to make the voices sound as low in places as they do, a tape of a person speaking would have to be slowed down. That’s basically impossible with the speed of articulation being what it is. I’m not a tape expert, but I am a human voice sound expert, and…who, or whatever, made these noises has a voice pitch range that is considerably more flexible than that of Homo sapiens sapiens (humans). It goes much lower and much higher. I don’t think that any Homo sapiens sapiens will ever be able to truly mimic those sounds, not even someone who’s good at it like me…”
“Secondly…the sounds on the tapes sound like they are apes (BIG apes) sometimes and they are humans (BIG humans) sometimes. In places there are definite vocalizations that sound like some type of semi-primitive language…there are certain places on the tape where they seem to be repeating ‘words’ or sounds, and they are making these noises at an incredible rate of speeed and with a natural-sounding intonation. They are not just saying ‘ga-ga gu-gu ba-ba, etc.’ which is what hoaxers would more than likely do…”
“I believe that some sort of primitive communication is going on in the form of primitive language. The first time I listened to the tapes, I thought it was linguistically a little more sophisticated than I do now. After listening to them again, I think that the creatures are a little more animal sounding, but I still think it is language.
I challenge anyone to make those exact same noises with the exact same pronunciation and intonation at that speed…
“Some of the sounds on the tape clearly sound like some sort of posturing, testing behavior. Some sound clearly like they are trying to communicate with you. The passage on the tape where you keep saying ‘they are in the rocks’ and you are trying to imitate them is really interesting. After listening to it one time, it sounded very much to me like people making noises, but after listening to it a few times, I could faintly hear that they are making similar noises to those that they make when they are closer, such as those kind of puffing noises, and the ooh-hoo ooh-hoo noises. The chattering. This is really exciting to me, because it is just exactly what you would expect from language, and it indicates a certain kind of linguistic pattern to me. Also, there are at least two creatures in that sequence, and probably more.”
“Without some sort of context, it’s almost impossible to tell what they might be saying. On one spot of the tape, an airplane goes by and they seem to get very excited and not very happy about it. Maybe those are Sasquatch swear words. They also seem to have quite a bit of vocal interaction among themselves, which is more evidence of language…”
“Anyway (here is) what I believe:”
- I don’t think Homo sapiens can make all of these noises and in this fashion. I’ve heard and practiced a lot of known human language sounds and vocalizations and these don’t fit any of them and I can’t make these noises. One example of this is that the ‘whistling’ noises they make sound to me like they are coming from the throat. I don’t know any human who can do that, though with practice someone might??? [Sound analysis of the whistles shows they are harmonic and do not originate at the lips, as would an ordinary human whistle. AB] This (that the noise is not human) does not rule out that it is language. The vocalizations seem to have some elements of language to me, i.e. certain repeated phoneme patterns and a certain organization to the chattering.
- There seems to be some sort of objective to what they are doing, maybe from curiosity. It is not just a situation where animal are circling your camp and hooting and whooping.
- These creatures have an incredible range of voice and ability to make different noises. Possibly able to imitate the noises of many forest creatures?? Maybe a lot of people have heard them throughout the years and just didn’t know it because they thought they are animals.
- They are trying to communicate with you. If they are anything like us, the chimps and the gorillas, then they probably have a healthy dose of curiosity in their psychological makeup…
- It would take an incredible amount of training for a human to make these noises so fluently and spontaneously. The noises also include vocalizations made with what sounds like parts of their vocal tract that native English speakers would have tremendous trouble in learning.
- I mentioned (previously) that what sounded like the ‘female’ voice on the tape is much more vocal than the male, and that this mimics human society. The ‘female’s’ loquaciousness is interesting. If someone had gone to the trouble to go into the woods on purpose to fake tapes, I’m certain that they would have made it sound like the ‘male’ was the one doing all the talking, just as your tape assumes that the ‘little’ one that can be heard talking is a boy. Maybe it’s a girl.
“I don’t think these tapes are fake.”