Record Your Story

By pressing the "record" button . You can record up to an eight minute message using your computer or phone microphone. This will then get sent directly and securely to Charlie and Aimee at Listening Archive. Please don’t forget to tell your name and location, if possible.

How do I get started?

Just by hitting the record button (above), you will be able to tell us your story. Make sure the place where you are recording is quiet and comfortable and you are unlikely to get interrupted. After you have finished your recording, make sure you press stop and then you will be prompted to enter your contact details and it will automatically save and be sent securely to us.

How do I get the best recording?

For clear quality, you want to try to have your device’s microphone pointed towards you and about 15 centimetres from your mouth. If you are recording on a phone, the microphone is at the bottom of your device. You could also add an external microphone or use your phone headphones which may also contain a microphone.

What is the best room to record in?

Avoid places with audible background noise. Uncovered or tiled floors or high ceilings may also affect the sound quality. If you have curtains, try to close them and sit on a fixed chair that will not move and make a noise.

What is the best way to tell a story?

Try to be yourself. There is no right or wrong way to do it, as everyone has a unique story to tell. It would be helpful if you could give us some information about places or people that our listeners may not be familiar with . Any clear details such as sight or sounds of the story really help the audience to feel involved too.

How do I tell my story?

Whilst we want you to be comfortable with telling whatever story you wish, we’d really like to make sure that we have enough interesting detail ,so that we can broadcast it.

Here’s some tips to remember -
1) Every story has a beginning, middle and end.
2) Try to leave out the detail that may not matter to your story , this could be ordinary things like what breakfast you ate or clothes that you wore , unless they are details that really matter.
3) Try to use your senses-How did it look? How did it sound? How did it smell or taste even?
4) Try to tell our listeners why the story matters to you. Out of all the stories that you have chosen ,why is this the moment you have chosen to tell.
5) What’s the lasting memory for you or what do you want our listeners to know?

Please remember that we will not broadcast any material that is violent, sexual, incite racial hatred or is of a political or religious leaning.