Audio recordings are an effective method of recording history, heritage and storytelling.
With smart phones, audio field recorders and the free web platforms we can easily create an audio project to preserve knowledge and traditions or share experiences with the world.
Audio alongside photography is some of the most accessible media content available. With a smart phone we have access to all the podcasts, audio books and music available.
For heritage and storytelling we can add to this lexicon of content using our phones or an field recorder/microphone setup for high quality recording.
There are many options for starting out with audio recording but the most accessible is to use a digital field recorder such as a Zoom H1N.
A digital field recorder is a handheld device that can capture high definition quality digital audio in stereo via built in microphones. Entry level models are simple to operate at the press of a button.
Once you have your recording you can edit via some computer software. The most popular free audio editor is Audacity.
Editing audio is relatively easy with some practice. Recordings can be edited as tracks within the software.
Tracks can be :
SoundCloud is a popular free platforms for hosting audio. It is used by musicians and audio enthusiasts the world over.
The platform is browser based with a simple interface to upload and host your content. You can add images/artwork and organise your recordings into collections.
SoundCloud is browser based so can be accessed from any device with internet access.