Are you looking for a way to preserve your personal stories and memories? Consider recording audio-only interviews with the people in your life. Capturing these conversations is fun and easy. The process goes something like this:
- Decide on the story you want to tell and who you want to tell it.
- Prepare some questions to get the conversation started. Here’s an exhaustive list of questions to spark your imagination.
- Use a microphone or two connected to an audio recorder or computer to capture the voices.
- Save the finished conversation as a CD or an MP3 file.
- Share the story with friends, family, or the world.
There is an existing organization that has been giving people the “opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.” It’s called StoryCorps and it’s worth visiting their website. There you can listen to other recordings made by people just like you and use the StoryCorps website resources to plan your own recordings.
Fountaindale Public Library also has three books available that collect some of these stories: Mom: a celebration of mothers from StoryCorps, All there is: love stories from StoryCorps, and Listening is an act of love: a celebration of American life from the StoryCorps Project.
When you are ready to share your own stories, Studio 300 has dedicated recording spaces and equipment to help. And there is portable gear to record audio at other locations. We’ll even help you get started with some initial training, too.
Studio 300 is scheduled to open in early spring of 2013.