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The NUI Maynooth Ken Saro-Wiwa Audio Archive: Creating an Open Access Archive in Soundcloud Helen Fallon, NUI Maynooth & Dr Anne O’Brien, Kairos Communications.

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1 The NUI Maynooth Ken Saro-Wiwa Audio Archive: Creating an Open Access Archive in Soundcloud Helen Fallon, NUI Maynooth & Dr Anne O’Brien, Kairos Communications

2 Background November 2011 – Donation of 28 letters and 27 poems written by Ken Saro-Wiwa to the Library at NUI Maynooth November 2013 – Publication of “Silence Would be Treason: Last Writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa” edited by Íde Corley, Helen Fallon & Laurence Cox – Launch of “Ken Saro-Wiwa Audio Archive” produced by NUI Maynooth Library and Kairos Communications

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8 Creating the Ken Saro-Wiwa Audio Archive Where did I come in? Through the creativity of librarians Through a separate filming project for RTE Through an infectious curiosity for a story that really captures the imagination

9 What is the audio archive? Series of recorded interviews Recorded on location – Rossport From the comfort (and quiet) of Majella’s home, or in a car In a radio studio

10 Why an Audio Archive? Audio takes you beyond written accounts of the era It feels like you are part of the story because you are hearing first hand accounts in the voices of the protagonists Audio recording played to the strength of people who are very articulate orally but couldn’t give the time to writing It allowed the story to be told in detail but in an expedient way Video production – Delta Force – prohibitively expensive

11 What do you need to create an audio archive Good story well told (finding the story was easy) Recording the story doesn’t have to be complicated Read and think a little about doing interviews Record everything and edit afterwards – better looking at it than looking for it

12 Home for the Audio Archive SoundCloud World’s leading audio cloud- based platform for creating and sharing sound files “The twitter of music”

13 SoundCloud Features Compatible with all major browsers and mobile devices - iOS and Android Over 250 million users All major audio file formats supported 2 hours recording time available free of charge Less than a hundred dollars a year for unlimited space Listener statistics – geographical & most frequently played Users can post comments, like, repost and share tracks User created tags Images Link from library website via “Electronic Resources” – direct embedding of soundCloud tracks

14 Libraries using SoundCloud University of Washington Libraries – archival recordings from Collections – https://souncloud/com/uwlibaries https://souncloud/com/uwlibaries New England Conservatory – https://soundcloud.com/necmusic https://soundcloud.com/necmusic The British Library – https://soundcloud.com/the-british-library https://soundcloud.com/the-british-library

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22 Audio-Archive Details Ken Saro-Wiwa Audio Archive Click on disclaimer


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