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After an insane and memorable week in Austin in March, we came away with our work cut out for us: improving Pop Up Archive so that it's a reliable place to make all kinds of audio searchable, findable and reusable.
The content creators and caretakers we're talking to have valuable digital material on their hands: raw interviews and oral histories, partial mixes of produced works and entire series of finished pieces. But they can't revisit, remix, or repackage that material. It's stored in esoteric formats in multiple locations. And it gets lost every time a hard drive dies or a folder gets erased to make more space on a laptop.
We're hearing things like:
But no one wants to figure out how to save all that audio, not to mention search on anything more than filenames. Some stations and media companies maintain incredible archives, but they've got different methods for managing the madness, which don't always line up with workflows and real world habits. Content creators rely on their memories or YouTube to find old audio and that works to a degree. But in the meantime, lots of awesome, timesaving and revenue-generating opportunities are going to waste.
So what are you waiting for? Got some trapped archival audio in need of liberation? Request an invite here. If you've already done so, you'll hear from us soon.
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