Bridging gaps of literacy by training in audio media production
Sculpting sound & voice to media content as a means to engage
Developing new tools & sites for local media production
“If the tape recorder would have been invented before writing, writing would have never been invented,” says the Nigerian radio engineer and media activist Tunde Adegbola.
Audio recording techniques can bridge gaps of literacy; as music and poetry can bridge language frontiers. The tape recorder can function as part of an oral transmission and storage infrastructure in many professions and areas of life where the spoken word is main medium of deeds and actions. It is in the hands of professional producers and researchers in those fields; and, if we’d follow the logic of the argument further, it probably ought to be in the hands of many more people in daily life, much rather than pen and notepad; especially there where a cultural tradition could be said to be “oral”.
But the mediating potentials of audio recordings are limited without the tools and skills of acoustic production techniques and technology. The toolbox and knowledge of audio editing and production is required in order to sculpt recorded words, sounds and voices to content, messages and stories – that is, packaged products and publicly accessible resources of knowledge – that could be shared and exchanged, broadcasted, re-produced, distributed and transmitted through the public media and communication channels of the “information-age”. Today, such resources to find a voice and have a say could be – potentially – at everyone’s fingertips.
What could be a minimum set of tools & skills to become an “active” listener?