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The Detroit Mobile Audio Tour: A SoundCloud Fellowship 2012 Submission

lauraherberg on July 25, 2012 13:38

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    At a series of “must-see” spots in Detroit, visitors will be able to engage in an audio tour using their mobile phones. Tour info may include vox of local residents, archival or newly recorded actualities from pertinent people, and possibly historical quotes read by an actor (unless these end up being too cheesy). The tone will strive to be conversational and fresh (hopefully without coming off as trying too hard) instead of sounding more traditional and, well, fit for a museum. There will be a contest where Detroiters can apply to narrate one or more pieces and receive a modest payment for doing so. People will be also able to interact with the Detroit Mobile Audio Tour by submitting content. They will be able to upload new audio by using the SoundCloud App, leaving a voicemail, or sending a written comment. Participants will be encouraged to answer such questions as, “What else is interesting about this site?” “What’s happening right now?” “And what did we get wrong?” This additional content may be used to create feature audio stories or sound installations down the line. It will also serve as a written and audio record of how some of these sites may develop over time. Follow me @HerIcebergRadio or @DetroitLaura. Listen to the stories I’ve produced for Detroit Public Radio. Also check out my website and my bio.


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