How to do it
The easiest method is to use a service like Audioboom
to record your voice on their websites straight away or with the apps on your phone. You'll need to create an account with these sites, then send the link to [email protected]
, or to keep the recording totally private, message me on Audioboom
. For more control I recommend downloading the free recording software Audacity
. This is a great tool and will introduce you to a whole new world of audio editing. Your phone or computer microphone will be perfectly fine for this project, but hey, if you have a Shure SM58 mic, so much the better. MP3 files are good, and small enough to send via email usually, but if you send me WAV files or AIFF files that'll be fine. If the file's too big for email, try a free service like Dropbox
. Or use Google Drive, Apple's iCloud, or Microsoft's OneDrive. All of these backup and storage spaces allow you to share files with others.
- 1 to 2 minutes of recording will work well, but don’t worry too much if you go over this.
- Record somewhere quiet.
- Don’t get too close to the microphone, to avoid ‘popping’.
- Listen back to your recording before you submit it.
- If English isn't your first language, feel free to tell your story in your native tongue.
- By submitting your recording you are permitting me to edit your recording if necessary and play it back at the exhibition in Bath in May, and at future installations.
- Before I do anything else with the audio files, i.e. publish them on a web site, I’ll write to you again to ask for permission first, so if you’ve said anything sensitive or identifiable, don’t worry.
- If you have second thoughts and want to withdraw your contribution, don’t worry, just email memory AT seahear.org.uk.
- Contributions are anonymous by default, but if you would like your name to be mentioned in the publicity and credits, please let me know.