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Listeners needed! Are you interested in contributing to the development of an interactive sound exhibit at the National Science and Media Museum?
Although we don’t usually think of them in this way, museums are spaces for listening as well as looking. The National Science and Media Museum has started a new Sound Technologies Collection to showcase the role of microphones, speakers, synthesizers, and mixing consoles in creating our media sound worlds. Now we want to understand how audiences listen as a way to figure out how to bring this collection to life.
We are looking for people aged 17-30 to work with sound artist and researcher Aleks Kolkowski on a project to create an interactive exhibit that explores sound postcards that are playable on a turntable. These intriguing items can be found in the museum’s collection, they were first produced from around 1900 and are still being made today. A precursor to contemporary voice messaging systems, they allowed people to send auditory snapshots or greetings to accompany the visual and written content of postcards. Taking the form of small records embedded in or attached to postcards, these short sound messages were played on home gramophones and record players.
You are invited to attend two evening workshops on 5 March and 4 May (18:30-21:00) and lend your ears and help create an interactive exhibit that produces sound postcards. In the first workshop, you will listen to historical sound postcards and work directly with sound postcard-making equipment and record players. You will be invited to make individual sound postcards using historical images and archive audio and to reflect on what it means to listen to ephemeral historical sound.
Your feedback and listening interactions with these technologies will inform the creation of a prototype exhibit based on the sound postcard, that will include the production and playback of self-made objects during the second workshop. You will be given a unique opportunity to create an analogue sound postcard with your very own digital images and sound recordings.
For more information or to sign up please email firstname.lastname@example.org