Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Open Sounds Event

Hello, dear New Orleanians!

My partner, Heather Booth, and I have been working since March toward creating a collaborative "soundmap" of the city of New Orleans. Many people have contributed their own beautiful and idiosyncratic recordings of moments in time around our city. Many others have been generous with their time and candor and voices and allowed us to stick microphones in their faces. Many of you have talked with me about the project, and offered help and encouragement. Thank you!

Now I come shaking the change cup.

Our goal is to create a living archive of the sounds of the city, organized by exact location on a map of New Orleans. We've encountered many people who would like to contribute their own recordings but don't have the means. We want to make sure that anyone who wants to contribute isn't impeded by something as silly as a lack of a $330 recording device.

That is where you come in. We are having a fundraiser BBQ block party at Liuzza's by the Track, 1518 N. Lopez, on Sunday, July 27 at 6 pm. We'll be selling plates of delicious grub and raffling prizes. We'll be listening to some of the recorded sounds of our fair city and doing some dancing.

We hope you can make it, and bring your friends. If we raise a mere $1,000, we can purchase three recording devices which will be lent out to people in the city (including you, if you're interested). Then you can go and enjoy more recordings at Open Sound New Orleans.

Some of you may be out of town or busy. If you can't make the BBQ, we hope you'll consider buying some raffle tickets or making a small donation now. The raffle prizes are, in my humble opinion, awesome: 1) A one-night stay in the most incredible room at the Royal Street Inn (valued at $350); 2) A complete book set from the Neighborhood Story Project; 3) A $100 gift certificate to Liuzza's by the Track. Contact me to buy raffle tickets – 1 for $5, 5 for $20. Or, you can make a donation to Open Sound New Orleans via the PayPal donate button on our site. We happily accept all donations, of any size.

I thank you for your support.

All my best.

Jacob Brancasi

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