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Audio Interference 59: Politics of Sound

In this episode of Audio Interference, you’ll hear a recording of an event held at the archive in October of 2018. The event was called “Politics of Sound: Listening to the Archive,” and it was a discussion about the various ways archiving sound can be a political act, including how sound archives can support organizing work, and how sound collections can contribute to the creation of historical memory, broadening the range of stories that are part of our collective history.

Speakers included Natiba Guy-Clement, Special Collections Manager at the Brooklyn Public Library, home of the Civil Rights in Brooklyn Oral History Collection; Daniel Horowitz, oral historian and poet, currently working on a historical memory project based in Bay St Louis, Mississippi; Samara Smith, Associate Professor at SUNY, who documented the sounds of Occupy Wall Street; and Mario Alvarez, one of the creators of Columbia Life Histories, a series of oral history interviews with graduate students at Columbia University.

Music: “Telling Me Yes” by Ryan Anderson.

Produced by Interference Archive.