Audio Histories

Hourglass enables audio histories by recording conversations over time that can be edited and shaped to fit the personal history objectives of its clients.

The goal is to provide the highest quality, enduring audio output possible and to capture subject voices, forever.

The work is collaboration between interviewer and interviewee that may extend over multiple sessions and that may include other participants in different locations.

The recording process is replicated as best as possible from session to session, from location to location. Same interviewer. Same microphone and recording technologies.

Raw output is on portable digital files that can be downloaded to client’s personal computers or storage options and that can be shared with other participants for corroboration or clarification as a project evolves. Output can also be transcribed and delivered as printed documents for review and editing by the interviewee (between sessions, for example).

Output can also be heavily edited to yield a seamless, fluid oral history and to accommodate later “chapters” from the original subject and his/her descendants.

Final output is typically delivered as both hard compact disc and as a digital file or as an eBook.