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Open Sound New Orleans

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Open Sound New Orleans was a community media project that from 2007-2012 invited and enabled New Orleanians to document their lives in sound. New Orleanians could participate by recording, or making recording requests for, the important sounds and voices in their lives and adding them to a soundmap. In order to facilitate a diversity of direct dispatches from around our city, we lent recording equipment – and offered training in its use – to community organizations, neighborhood groups and individuals. While the project is no longer accepting contributions, previously contributed recordings can still be shared, reused and adapted by others (please refer to our license for additional information).

From our mission: “Our intent is to make more accessible the authentic, unedited sounds and voices of New Orleans. Sharing the sounds of our city as we hear them, move through them, and create them, is an act of celebration. But it also serves each contributor – you and me and anyone else who might participate – as a simple way to extend our own experience to others, harness our representations and those of our city, and participate in New Orleans' public culture with intentionality.”

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