Bring Your Interviews Back to Life
Vintage interview tapes. New animated shorts with PBS, segments on public and satellite radio, and podcasts. We bring journalists’ unheard interviews with icons and everyday Americans back to life.
Dust off those tapes, minidiscs, and digital recordings. You’ve saved the interviews gathered to write articles, books, to make radio, but few people have ever heard them. Until now. Let us remix your archives. It’s easy.
Blank on Blank contributing journalists write for WIRED, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Fast Company, SPIN, the Boston Globe and more. Interview partners also include WNYC and the Library of Congress.
Ready to transform your interviews? Drop us a note using the contact form below. And see why fellow journalists are resurrecting their lost audio interviews to build something that has never been heard or seen before.
* Why should only a fraction of your reporting end up being published? Some of the best parts of an interview are the random asides and unrelated stories. But too often they go unheard.
* Journalists need to broaden their portfolios. This is a near effortless way for people to hear your interviews online, on a mobile device, or on public radio—and expand your own brand.
* We’ll do all the work. Just upload an interview. If it’s on tape, we’ll turn in digital for you. It’s that easy.
* You keep the rights to your raw interview. We’re just creating a whole new piece of multimedia that reach new audiences online, on YouTube, on smartphones, and on the radio.
* File Type: Maybe your interview is already in digital format on your computer–MP3, WAV, AIFF, AAC, WMV files all work. If it is on tape or minidisc, fear not. It’s easy to turn it digital. We can do it for you or show you the easy steps to do it yourself.
* Rights: Your interview was on the record and you own the copyright.
* The Interview: We want to hear unexpected stories from the well known and universal stories from everyday Americans. People talking about life, living, experience… the things that make the world go round.
* Interview Length: Finished Blank on Blank interview segments usually run around 4-6 minutes–though we can cut a few pieces on different subjects from one interview. They usually come from raw 10-20 minute interview chunks submitted by journalists. Now you can also upload your entire 60-minute sitdown with someone. Just give us a heads up on the choice parts to listen for that really stand out. We welcome collaboration with our contributors.
* Interview Essentials: Your interview submission should ideally include your entire question(s) to the interview subject, his or her response and any relevant back and forth that you think is important. This banter inside your interview makes Blank on Blanks different than anything else out there. We love to include the voice of our contributing journalists whenever possible. But if you decide you would rather remain a mystery, we’ll just include the interviewee.
* Sound Quality: Our audio editors can turn just about any interview recording into a great sounding piece. As long as you can hear the subject’s voice and the background noise is not overwhelming, it should work. Don’t worry about a little tape hiss, we can clean that up. We will make your interview shine, but retain some of the grittiness that speaks to going inside your real interview.
* Background Sounds: The more color from your interview the better. Maybe the interview was in the bar and during the break in the conversation you can hear glasses clanging, music, banter. Or if it was in a music studio, there are people tuning instruments or talking about the show ahead. Whatever it is, we want to hear it.
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