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_Sonic Trace

Participatory oral history project “Sonic Trace” focuses on immigrant communities in Los Angeles.

2012 Anayansi Diaz-Cortes
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“You cannot talk about any American city at a local level anymore without going beyond borders. How are you going to cover any community locally if you don’t look at it with a global scope and with international stories?”

Anayansi Diaz-Cortes, Creator, in

Part of the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR)’s Localore initiative, Sonic Trace is an interactive storytelling project centered around the Latino immigrant experience in Los Angeles. Creator Anayansi Diaz-Cortes built on her experience in radio to develop an experimental recording process: instead of the handheld recorder, Diaz-Cortes and her team built a mobile recording pod (La Burbuja) with the help of a Kickstarter campaign and online design competition. Sonic Trace takes intergenerational stories from the Los Angeles Latino community to weave together local and global experiences.

The journey begins with a short introductory video, bringing the user to an interactive map of Los Angeles. Icons indicate where stories were recorded. While the map of Los Angeles locates the audience’s experience within a geographic community, the mobile recording studio is a reminder that stories extend past borders.

Project at a Glance :

Language : EN,ES
Country : United States
Year : 2012
Author : Anayansi Diaz-Cortes
Producer : AIR,KCRW
Team : Eric Pearce Chavez; Brian De Los Santos,Mat-ter Design + Build Studio
Funders AND Incubators : California Documentary Project,Kickstarter,Localore,National Endowment for the Arts
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