active sound research

During stage performance or live-sound event, writing and sound recording are a presence within contextually social and monetary use of corporeal body with its energy. Should storytellers choose not to be recorded, other storytellers may tell “Story” as their own memory. Universal standards cannot be afforded to technicians, clerics, and future archivists should writer, worker, or researcher seek unnecessary validation or “Historical” questions about how sound and memory will become interpretative.

Consider time and energy required for sound recordings to take place. About 3 hours for narrators, many more for sharp and honest interviewers. Recording technology devices or computers, even common appliances — capable of recording moments, memories, and alternatively simple and complex storytelling — are widely available.

Respectful, clearly defined, and open methods of project research must correspond with interviewer integrity. During the narrator’s process of sharing, speaking, and remembering, the story belongs to no one else. This sentiment and professional ethics lasts for the life of narrator/interviewer relationship. 

In the age of  interactive operating systems and many, many opportunities to record with digital media, our chosen devices cannot guarantee sound memory to be protected during current use or future storage. Should insightful data caches and sound recording techniques be available (Privilege to consider before calling on narrator stories) –– what reoccurring consequences “Take up space” with competitive, predatory, and multinational businesses between borders, languages, and geopolitical body-date?

It is the responsibility of each interviewer to prepare research and conduct interviews that help question the narrator’s era, time, and personal perspective, and never personal character or timeline of historical memory.  

Great questions return great narratives. 

Active sound research calls upon interviewers to navigate demands of sound recording without dramatic personae, and to guarantee each narrator’s comfort, respect, and future listening-in voice.

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Las Cruces 2018
David Lee

David Lee

creates dynamic open-access community archive projects for public history sound recording, reasonable workflow, and longterm digital preservation.

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