Transom, a “showcase and workshop for new public radio” has a Minidisc Guide describing the pros and cons of minidisc (for radio professionals, who also use cassette, DAT, and digital recorders), and describes essentials of what to buy and what to use.
From the introduction:
We hope that the Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide inspires you to turn to members of your own family and community as key sources of history, culture, and tradition. But where does one start? This booklet presents some guidelines Smithsonian folklorists have developed over the years for collecting folklife and oral history from family and community members. It features a general guide to conducting an interview, as well as a sample list of questions that may be adapted to your own needs and circumstances. The booklet concludes with a few examples of ways to preserve and present your findings, a selection of further readings, a glossary ...Read More
Our company has been in the CD-R business for years and we have worked with lots of clients who use discs for archiving. Here are some tips we recommend to clients….
1. Anytime you plan on long time storage, don’t use paper labels. [...]
2. Try to go with a true gold disc if you want to seriously archive. A gold reflective layer disc with Phthalocyanine dye has a shelf life of almost 300 years, compared to under 100 for a silver Phthalocyanine dye disc, and less than 30 for a Cyanine discs. Basically the metal in the silver disc can oxidize, and the gold doesn’t, so no breakdown of the refective layer. Watch out for some gold discs that are just a gold screen print on the surface. MAM-A and Hi-Space both use real gold reflective layers. If you can’t go gold, at least go with a silver Phthalocyanine disc.
3. In general avoid writing on discs ...Read More
CD MEDIA WORLD: Comparison of quality of CD-R media.
Imation, Kodak, Philips (gold) TraxData (Gold), Philips Silver, Rixoh Premium, Sony, TDK. All good.
Tape Speeds for different formats as measured in inches per second, or centimeters per second. Tape formats range from reel-to-reel to cassettes.
Cassettes go the slowest of the bunch, at 1-7/8 inches/second. Microcasettes aren’t mentioned here (but are in this 1983 microcassette review), but they go half the speed of cassettes, at 15/16 inches per second, or even slower: 1/2 inch per second.)
Onionworks.org – “Owned and operated by Robert D. Smith, a journalist and writer with 25 years of experience eliciting life stories from individuals and families in
communities and people in the corporate world.”
Onionworks puts into print the stories and legacies of your family members. We can customize this offering into any media form you wish: oral (audio cassette or CD); written (manuscript or published book); or visual (video on VHS tape or DVD).
OPlanetTV TV documentarians to tell YOUR story.
We are a team of seasoned TV documentarians led by Jean-Philippe Touzeau who believe in the simple values of visual and oral communication. Strong from our experiences in interviews we want to give access to anyone who wants to have a professional recording of their stories. We know that everyone has a story to tell and we provide the latest in technology to make sure that story will be accessible for generations to come.
Timepiecesbios.com – To help get your biography written down to pass on to future generations.
Offering our professional services as interviewers, writers, and book designers, we will produce a book of your life story (or the life story of someone you love) to share with family and friends. Complete with stories and pictures from all stages of your life, your personal biography will ensure that your memories last longer than a lifetime.
Personal Historians.org “Producing life story legacies through books, oral histories or videos - with thoughts, feelings and memories - enriches lives for generations to come, including your own.” For Pros and Hobbyists.
Info about Vocal Microphones, the best kind of microphones to use in interview situations.
Telling the People’s Story Conference announcement
Mississippi Cultural Crossroads will co-sponsor a state-wide conference, “Telling the People’s Story: From Tape and Transcript to Public Programs,” in Port Gibson on Friday, Sept. 17 through Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004. Link to website for the event
The conference will feature sessions on using oral history to create community theater, exhibits for touring and permanent installation, informational and educational websites, radio and
television documentaries, and publications from newspaper and magazine articles to full length books and CDs.
The conference is directed to persons and groups who have collected or are thinking of ...Read More
Chicago Tribune Story, 7/15/04: “CHICAGO—Pulitzer Prize-winning author Studs Terkel is recovering in an area hospital from a fall, the son of the writer, radio host and activist said Wednesday.”
How to do Oral History at Forest Lawn: June 19 and 26
This Press release announces two hands on learning sessions for conducting oral history.
Forest Lawn will offer Collecting Oral History: A “How to” Workshop Saturday, June 19, 2004, and Saturday, June 26, 2004, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (reservations requested) at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive. The event is the first in a three-part workshop “Celebrate the Memorial Impulse: Collecting and Preserving Family Memories.” This series will provide an adult audience of all ages with opportunities to learn how to memorialize their lives and family histories and to preserve treasured family photographs, letters, and memorabilia.
The Collecting Oral History event will ...Read More
Donald Ritchie, the author of Doing Oral History: A Practical Guide, writes history of Washington Press Corps from FDR to 9/11
The Hill, a newpaper for about about the U.S. Congress, tells the story about the Senate Historian.
Ritchie, a prolific author who specializes in oral history, has just put the finishing touches on his latest book, a look at how the press has covered Congress and the federal government in the last 70 years.
The book, High Level Sources: The Making of the Washington Press Corps, will be published early next year by Oxford University Press. It is a sequel to his earlier one that examined press coverage of Congress before Franklin D. Roosevelt became president.
Ritchie’s new book begins with Roosevelt’s inauguration and ends on Sept. 11, 2001.
In between those two seminal points in ...Read More
Audio Hijack Pro 2 will do everything for audio input-to CD burning on MacOS X.
Audio Hijack Pro 2 features. It’s a MacOS X application, costs $32, and will bring in source sound, do noise processing, ID3 Tagging, and will preview output and burn CDs. Coming Summer 2004
Use Audio Hijack Pro to…save all your old vinyl and cassettes to AAC for digital playback. If your Mac can play it, Audio Hijack Pro can record it. And like always, you can use AH Pro to improve the sound quality on any audio you play or record as well.