Audio often gets ignored compared to its visual media relations, but it is still a powerful and remarkably flexible tool for storytelling. In this new media world of multimedia, sound and image can compliment each other to tell stories and to document the past.
A couple of weeks ago i did a pilot recording for a local community project that is to be expanded to create an audio archive, made up of conversations and reminisces by local people living in a village community. The aim is to record and capture their memories, thoughts and feelings about village life, the local characters (many now sadly long gone) and the immense changes that have taken place over the last sixty or more years. It’s a fascinating project and one that seems to have caught a lot of people’s imagination.
The first pilot recording went well and more are planned. Other topics will include schooling and World War II. So where does photography come into the project? Well one outlet for the audio footage will probably be an audio visual presentation using edited audio and selected images to create an audio slideshow that can be shown online.
Images and audio put together to create something even stronger.
The possibilities are endless. Best of all, the internet offers the best way of distributing this content. More news on this multimedia project coming soon.