Audio in the museum setting
Brad Klein of Acoustiguide is the guest at Transom.org (a way to get new work into public radio). He discusses making audio tours for museums in a two-part series. In Part 2, he addresses using oral history recordings.
Using oral histories to complement museum exhibitions is a wonderful, and underutilized technique. It was used effectively in the Oakland Museum of California’s, “What’s Going On?—California and the Vietnam Era”, produced in 2004-2005. For that exhibition, Acoustiguide played a consulting role, advising the museum on technical and production considerations. Museum staff then spent a year or so collecting their own tape from Vietnam vets and others, documenting the profound effects of the war on the state of California.
One portion of the exhibition included the fuselage of a period airplane, and you could sit inside and listen to vets like Charles Benninghoff recall their trip home to the States. [Read More]
You have to go and listen to the two provided clips. They were evocative enough for me sitting at my computer, but to be at an exhibit and site in an airplane to hear this would have been amazing (in fact, the audio exhibit won an award)