I've done quite a few interviews that literally went nowhere. Don't get me wrong, they were all exciting interviews and enriching experiences for me, but somehow they never made it out of my hands. I actually still feel guilty thinking about all the interviewees I am indebted to for sharing their story with me and not having anything to show for it on my part. Well, Blank on Blank offers a haven for those stories. If you are an interviewer or journalist who has a "lost interview" somewhere in your personal archives, this can be the place to finally share it. You just send them the interview in whatever form you recorded it in (they even accept minidiscs!), and then they'll digitize it, edit it into a 4-6 minute long segment, produce an accompanying animation for it, and then post in on the internet for all to see. It's the debut your lost interview has been waiting for. Check out the Blank on Blank website when you get the chance.
My friend, Arielle, performing at Mortified recently. The Mortified Sessions are storytelling events where adults dig up and reveal childhood artifacts (diaries, letters, home movies, etc.) in narrative form. The result is hilarity. Check out their website to participate, or just to attend a session near you. You can hear Arielle's performance (recorded by her husband) here.
I found this quirky online audio poetry magazine called Pismire. They have poets call and read (or sing) their poetry for submissions. The catch is, the poems accepted are often visually (and thus aurally) complex. They scoff at the idea that some poems are "impossible" to speak:
In an introduction to the E. E. Cummings poem "l(a," The Bedford Introduction to Literature, eighth edition, a popular textbook for English composition and survey courses, states, "With the peculiar title "l(a," the poem cannot be read aloud." This is absurd...Pismire is a journal for these poems, the poems that "cannot be read aloud." If your poem demands your voice or delivery, welcome. If your poem demands the auditory experience, welcome. If your poem demands a certain skill set, such as the ability to read code or chemical formulas, welcome.
Go check it out and see/listen for yourself.
At the New Museum's Ideas City Festival a few weeks back, I got to meet radio producer Krissy Clark who teamed up with StoryCorps to usher in a new type of audio touring, using cell phones. The idea is to download their map of the SoHo/Village area and when you come to one of their designated story areas, call a particular toll-free number and hear a story about that area.
It's a novel idea worth taking note for all oral historians or aspiring tour guides out there. I haven't done it yet but I will as soon as I get myself into Manhattan. For anyone who's tried it--I'd love to hear about your experiences!
I got my audio poem, "Odysseus & Penelope," published in WordPlaySound's Spring 2013 issue. WordPlaySound is a free quarterly audio magazine that literally gives voice to authors. As writers are given a chance to read their own work, they are able to "lift their work off the page and put it in the ears of an engaged, listening audience." You can listen to my voice by downloading the issue here.
Isn't the internet great sometimes? New types of outlets for creativity are popping up everyday. Well, I hope you enjoy!