Going to a Talk? Record It for OMB with the Boston Recording Project!
15 January 2014 - 12:00am | superuser
by Jason Pramas (Staff)
Hot on the heels of last week's announcement of our new Radical Boston section, I'd like to launch another initiative this week. The Boston area is home to large numbers of university departments, research institutes, non-profits, unions, businesses, libraries and religious denominations that bring in all kinds of speakers from all over the world year round. Many of those talks express forward-thinking progressive ideas that Open Media Boston's audience would love to hear, but most folks won't be able to attend in person. And many events still aren't livestreamed.
In an age when a huge percentage of the population carries smartphones with good recording mics onboard, there's no excuse for us to not try to organize some like-minded folks to make a point of recording such talks and getting us copies of the resulting audio. Traditionally, we've occasionally posted some talks in our Opinion section. Which was somewhat outside our plan for that section. But now that we've got the Radical Boston section, it makes perfect sense to publish audio from Boston area talks there.
We're going to call this initiative the Boston Recording Project. Why? Because we like descriptive names for projects and stuff... and calling it an archival project seemed a bit too dramatic.
So do you go to progressive talks? Or run them? Do you have a smartphone? Are you willing to record speakers, upload them to archive.org (a nice choice) or soundcloud.com (another worthy choice) and get us the resulting link to post on OMB?
Yes, you say? Then drop us an email at info [at] openmediaboston [dot] org with Boston Recording Project in the subject line, and let us know you'd like to start recording audio for the public-at-large a.s.a.p. We'll answer with info on how we like things done in the field, and how to file audio with us.
Volunteers that work with us awhile will get invites to semi-secret OMB events when they happen, and maybe even get a t-shirt or something once we roll out our new logo this coming week (new logo!).
Oooo ... potential t-shirts ... potentially sweet! Volunteer today!
Jason Pramas is Editor/Publisher of Open Media Boston
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