Every age is a good age: our youngest client is three and a half, our oldest ninety five. While most of our clients are above retirement age, quite a few shorter Portraits in Sound are made for eighteenth or twenty-first birthdays. If you're older than that, it's best to do it while your memory is still sharp!
We can record the testimonies or memories of your members, alumni, colleagues or clients for posterity, to use in archives or web sites. The interviews can also be transcribed and collated for inclusion in written research.
A number of extended anecdotal memories of the Second World War have been given to the Imperial War Museum and the BBC Sound Archive, and we are contributing to the British Library's Sound Directory all the interviews that we have permission to share.
We can collect recordings of individuals for any kind of organization or community. For an example, listen to the sound montage that we made for St Mungo's website, to help advertise their 'Outside In' programme for the homeless. Or listen to Terry Walsh, in the first interview that Dulwich College commissioned us to make for their archives - and in this case also as a retirement present.
People sometimes feel awkward being recorded re-telling old stories about their life, by a family member or good friend who knows much of it already. They may find it easier to talk candidly to someone who is there independently. Also, an interview is something of a performance, and a professional interviewer will know how to bring it to life and ask the right questions, to create an interesting and enjoyable result. We have the skills and experience to do this, and to cut and shape it all together to produce a sympathetic and insightful portrait. Lastly, we have the editing and production tools to produce a seamless result on a professionally printed CD.
We respect your privacy. We will not make public any recording or text of interviews (or any extract) without full consent from the interviewee, their legal guardian or estate. 'Make public' includes any public broadcast, or publication on this website or elsewhere (unless it was explicitly recorded for such purpose). All the interviewees, whose recordings are on this website, have consented. We have also passed on some of our recordings to the Imperial War Museum and the BBC sound archives, similarly with consent.
Please also see our copyright page.