Digital Audio Recording for Ethnography and Oral History
Vermont Folklife Center
On Friday, June 13, 2014 the Vermont
Folklife Center will host "Recording Audio for Ethnography and Oral History.”
This day-long class in digital audio recording for interviews will be
held at the Folklife Center headquarters at 88 Main Street in Middlebury, VT.
Audio is a powerful medium for
capturing human experience and human expression. In the context of cultural
sustainability, audio is an extremely useful tool for documenting local
knowledge, exploring values and perceptions, and building resources for
understanding and supporting cultural practices.
Intended for students, community members, staff members of non-profits and
social-service agencies, as well as professional researchers, this class
provides an introduction to the use of contemporary digital audio recording
equipment in the context of ethnographic and oral history interviews.
Attendees will leave this workshop with the fundamentals of digital audio and
an understanding of field-recording microphones and flash-memory based audio
recorders. With hands-on exercises in an actual interview setting we will
demonstrate fundamental skills applicable to most currently available digital
audio recorders. The class will also cover the selection and purchase of
professional digital audio recording gear.
Whether you are an experienced researcher transitioning to digital, a student
conducting interview-based research, a community scholar undertaking oral
history projects, or simply planning a family history that includes audio
recordings "Digital Audio Recording for Ethnography and Oral History” will
provide you with the background you need.
This class runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and is lead by
Folklife Center archivist and folklorist Andy Kolovos. Kolovos presents
and consults nationally on audio field recording for researchers, he oversees
the technical aspects of the Folklife Center research program, and maintains
the Center's "Audio Field Recording Equipment Guide” (http://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/archive/res_audioequip.htm)
Enrollment is limited to 10 and the registration deadline is June
10th. Workshop tuition is $85.00. To register call 802-388-4964 or visit http://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/education/vision-voice/classes/
The Vermont Folklife Center seeks to broaden, strengthen, and deepen understanding
of Vermont and the surrounding region; to assure a repository for our
collective cultural memory; and to strengthen communities by building
connections among the diverse peoples of Vermont.
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