Our mission is to use audiography to capture, preserve, share, and celebrate expressions of the social condition—we call these social voices.
We specialize in creating audio recordings for social, cultural, historical, and educational purposes as a public benefit and social good. We encourage citizens to speak about themselves, their occupations and experiences, and their communities so that we may benefit and learn from these acts of bearing witness.
TSVP works with you to produce audio recordings suitable for historical, social scientific, archival, and genealogical purposes. We invite you to partner with us in designing and developing a life story audio recording project that meets your particular personal or organizational needs. No project is too small.
We encourage you to take an active role in the process, from choosing participants to creating specific interview questions to conducting interviews yourself. No previous experience or training is required; we can guide you through the process.
- Personal Use: You may have a simple personal interest in making an audio recording of your own experiences/stories or those of your family members, friends, colleagues, or neighbors. These type recordings are significant additions to personal libraries as well as the media collections of social and civic organizations. They also make important additions to family genealogies. Typically, recordings of this type are edited for quality and artistic value and presented in the form of a CD or DVD.
- Archival/Scientific Use: You may be interested in having an audio recording for archiving purposes or for historical/social science research. Such recordings are treated as raw “field” recordings and remain completely unedited in an “uncompressed” (lossless) digital format.
- Public Relations Use: Perhaps you want an audio recording for public relations purposes, such as raising awareness of your organization, showcasing a project, or performing charitable fundraising. In most cases these recordings would be edited for both quality and artistic effect and could take on a variety of formats suitable for radio broadcasting, Internet podcasting, or CD/DVD use.
A typical high-quality recording session lasts between thirty minutes to an hour, and it closely resembles a friendly conversation. We can record on-site (provided the conditions are suitable), and we can accommodate individual or group recording sessions lasting up to many hours. There is no limit to the number of people or hours we can record.
COPYRIGHT AND LEGAL ISSUES
TSVP enters into working relationships in good faith. We are bound to support our mission and yours within the scope of any project or working relationship we develop together. We strive to adhere to the Oral History Association’s guidelines and best practices, relevant industry and human subjects research ethics, and copyright standards. To help facilitate our collective goal, we require clients to adhere to a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)—a shared document that clearly articulates all expectations and liabilities.
Please note, as a fundamental condition of service, TSVP requests that clients agree to use their audio projects for social, cultural, educational, or historic purposes as a public benefit and social good. Audio projects are not to be used for commercial gain or profit, except for the purpose of charitable or public interest fundraising.