Friday, January 9, 2004 [!]
Having delved into some oral history when I spend time with my grandfather, I've been loosely following the tech of voice recording to computer.
This Online Journalism Review article discusses how to record phone conversations directly into the computer. Exciting stuff, those MP3 files.
Digital recording is easy and efficient: An hour-long interview saved in MP3 format takes up roughly 14 megabytes -- about the same amount of space needed to save four songs as MP3s. You can save more than 46 hours of interviews -- the equivalent of 30 90-minute tapes -- on a single CD-ROM.
Bonus: Some Oral History links:
- There Is No Cat: Oral History For Everyone A project to make interviewing easy, accessible; take the CD with you; archivist gets to keep a copy for research/posterity
- Oral History how-to
- Oral History Society
- Windows-based how-to.. not for me, but hey, happy to provide service for the dominant platform