The SpokenWeb Project

a reel and cassettes laying on a touchscreen displaying sound waves

The SSHRC-funded SpokenWeb partnership is designed to develop a coordinated and collaborative set of approaches to literary historical study, digital development, and critical and pedagogical engagement with diverse collections of spoken recordings from across Canada and beyond. These approaches include 1) new forms of historical and critical scholarly engagement; 2) digital preservation and aggregation techniques, asset management and infrastructure to support sustainable access; 3) techniques and tools for searching, visualizing, analyzing and enhancing critical engagement (for features relevant to humanities research and pedagogy); and 4) innovative ways of mobilizing digitized spoken and literary recordings within pedagogical, performative and public contexts. For more information, see: spokenweb.ca.

The AMP Lab houses a node of the larger SpokenWeb Project entitled the SoundBox Collection, which is primarily composed of reel-to-reel and cassette tapes recorded by UBC Vancouver creative writing professor Warren Tallman during his teaching career. These tapes include lectures, talks from visiting poets, discussions between Tallman and his current and former students, as well as poetry readings and events. The tapes feature poets as diverse as Sharon Thesen, Allen Ginsberg, Daphne Marlatt, and Earl Birney among others.