[Noisebridge-discuss] NB Spoken Word Project
johnyradio at gmail.com
Sun Aug 4 23:09:45 UTC 2013
I just initiated a Noisebridge Spoken Word Project. As Docent, i
conducted five short audio interviews with people in the space. I asked
them what they are doing in the space, etc. Here are the two I've edited
These can be a way to get a warm, human impression of who's in the space
and why, and/or for anybody's future documentary, and/or part of NB
archives, and/or as a way to hold certain people accountable for certain
things, and/or a clever way to expose people who are exploiting NB.
It's also really fun, and a nice way to make friends! I hope and suggest
others do more of these.
* The idea is to aim for a _one-to-two minute _interview.
* It's not a criminal investigation. It's a fun conversation.
* Approach people you feel like interviewing. Ask them if they are
willing to do a two-minute, totally optional interview. Giving their
real name is also optional.
* Find a quiet place, keep the microphone close to their mouth, don't
overload your meters.
* Keep your questions visible, if you need help remembering. The
format is loose, but the questions i recommend are these. (I did not
ask all questions in every interview, and that's fine.)
o "This interview will be one to two minutes long. It is optional
and voluntary. I will erase any part of this interview that you
request. Please keep your answers brief.
o "Do i have your permission to edit, share, and reuse this
recording without limitation, as long your words are not
o "How did you find out about Noisebridge?
o "What is the purpose of Noisebridge, or Why was Noisebridge created?
o "What project are you working on, or what's your next project
going to be?
o "Which Noisebridge resources are you using, or do you plan to
use in the future?
o "How did you get access to the space?
o "What's your name? (optional)
* Keep it brief! Don't be shy about asking them to keep their answers
o "I need to stop you there."
o "In one sentence, please tell me...."
* Gear you need:
o _Audio Recorder: _A computer with a simple sound recorder (built
into Windows and Mac, prolly Linux too) or a digital audio
recording device of any kind, any quality.
o _A microphone, _external or use the one built into your computer
o _Optional: an audio editor. _If you keep your interviews short,
this is not so necessary. You can trim out the mistakes and
off-topic chatter. If you're advanced and a perfectionist, you
can add music, do noise-reduction, do fades, accelerate playback
speed (to shorten listening time, i used 1.5x) etc. I use the
advanced and powerful Reaper editor (much better than Audacity,
+ Some simple cutters for Windows (i have not tested these):
# http://free-mp3-cutter-and-editor.en.softonic.com/ (1 MB)
# http://free-wma-cutter-and-editor.en.softonic.com/ (780 KB)
# http://shuangzsoft-audio-editor.en.softonic.com/ (800 KB)
+ Full-featured editor:
# http://www.cockos.com/reaper/ (7 MB)
* Upload your interviews to your pony space, soundcloud, internet
archive, etc, etc.
* Share your link with Discuss.
Stick It In Your Ear!
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