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Evoca Call Recorder featured in Skype Shop

February 25, 2012 in Authors, Blog, Business, Education, Facebook, Journalists, Oral History, Skype, Social Networking, Storytelling, Twitter by msharpe  |  No Comments

Skype is featuring the Evoca Call Recorder for Skype in its global Skype Shop! Evoca is also featured in the Skype App Directory main page and in its Evoca Call Recorder app page. The Skype Shop special deal doubles the new Evoca subscriber’s recording storage time upon sign up.

Evoca, a 100% cloud-based voice recording service, uniquely provides everything a Skype user needs to record free Skype calls and post digital audio recordings online with a 360-degree set of features: web-based Skype call recording, saving recordings in MP3 format, managing recordings from within the subscriber’s secure online account, publishing recordings online – to websites, blogs, Facebook and Twitter, and inviting audio playback on any smartphone, tablet or computer. Because Evoca is web-based, no software downloads or updates are required. Evoca subscription Plans are available, including acquiring a custom Skype call recorder and custom local or toll-free dial-in phone number. Skype users can start with a 15-day Free Trial and upgrade at any time.

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A Valentines gift for loved ones: capture their stories

February 14, 2012 in Authors, Education, Interviews, Oral History, Skype, Storytelling by msharpe  |  No Comments

Valentine’s day is a great time to begin capturing the stories of your loved ones to share with family members now and with future generations. Maybe your grandfather immigrated from Poland or Mexico or Japan and needs someone to help him remember his days “in the old country.” Perhaps your aunt not only has interesting personal stories to tell, but also served in the Kennedy or Reagan administrations and has valuable public oral history information to share.

Here are three methods to capture your family’s memories and share them with other family members. They all require some preparation, such as sending a letter or email message with suggested topics and questions.

Method # 1 – Meet with your family member in person. Take written notes or record the conversation. This is often the most desirable approach, especially if you have a close relationship with this family member. You can ask questions and takes notes or better yet, record the conversation as audio or video. We recommend recording in-person interviews using Evoca’s phone or online recorder methods. Evoca enables you to organize recordings in your online account by setting up Albums to which you assign the recordings. You can email links to individual recordings or Albums for playback, all while keeping the recording and Album settings at private. Transcription of audio recordings is possible using Evoca’s transcription service or by hiring another service or getting other family members to volunteer.

Hand-held digital audio recorders can be used, although there can be file formatting issues when later trying to share or manage. And recording into a computer is possible with the free software called Audacity or if you are a Mac user, Garageband. You can email individual files but run the risk of losing or misplacing the recordings if not well organized.

Method #2 – “Meet” with your family member by phone or Skype. Take notes or better yet, record the interview. It should not come as a surprise that many people, especially the elderly who do not get out much, really enjoy talking on the phone. Read more

Oral History Ode to Savannah Preservationist Lee Adler

February 13, 2012 in Humanities, Interviews, Journalists, Oral History, Savannah, Storytelling by msharpe  |  No Comments

In 2006 Evoca was honored to provide the technology and funding to record the oral histories of leaders in the Savannah historic preservation movement. These recordings were donated to the Georgia Historical Society. Notable among these leaders were Emma and Lee Adler, spearheading the Savannah movement with innovative methods and a persistent spirit that they generously shared with preservationists worldwide. Savannah mourns the loss of Lee Adler, who  passed away on January 29th at age 88. We were fortunate to have recorded Emma Adler, Lee Adler’s wife and long-time partner in the preservation movement.

Among the many citizens and professionals who have memorialized Lee Adler is David J. Brown, chief preservation officer at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington.”There’s not a preservation group in this country that doesn’t owe some debt of gratitude to the work of Lee Adler.” The recordings of Emma Adler are streamed below by Evoca. The entire collection of oral history interviews is available for listening at the Georgia Historical Society online profile.

In the February 1 AP news article about Adler, reporter Russ Bynum wrote, “Born into a wealthy Savannah family that owned a local department store, Adler’s passion for protecting the 18th and 19th century homes of Georgia’s oldest city was passed on by his mother. Elinor Grunsfeld Adler was among the seven women who launched the [Historic Savannah] foundation that her son would later lead. The women started the group in 1954 to show their outrage after the downtown City Market, where farmers sold their crops, was razed to make way for a parking garage.”

Daniel Carey, Foundation president and friend of Lee Adler, credits him with pioneering the use of a revolving fund to purchase and resell historic properties instead of raising funds one building at a time. Historic preservation organizations around the world has since used Lee Adler’s effective techniques.

Murem Sharpe, Evoca CEO, offered, “Evoca is ideal for capturing public oral histories, such as those we helped create and now archive and stream for anyone to listen and learn. In addition to in-person recording with the historian using the phone as a digital recorder or using our online computer recorder from their Evoca account, interviewers can record phone and Skype interviews.” These four interview methods are popular with both professional oral historians as well as family genealogists.


Capturing the Artist’s Voice: Robert Claiborne Morris

February 11, 2012 in Art, Education, Events by msharpe  |  No Comments

The Telfair Academy, one of the three Museums of the Telfair Museums in Savannah, Georgia, is hosting an outstanding exhibition of the Slavery by Another Name: Paintings and Assemblages of Robert Claiborne Morris through March 4, 2012. Morris, a Savannah-based artist, was inspired by the landmark book of Doug Blackmon, his friend and former colleague at the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Murem Sharpe, Evoca CEO, interviewed Mr. Morris at the Telfair Academy, using Evoca’s phone recording service, turning her mobile phone into a web-based digital recorder simply by dialing any Evoca public phone number available to all subscribers worldwide. The recording was instantly saved online to share online on any computer, smartphone, or tablet.  Recording phone interviews of people in different locations is also easy to accomplish.


The following is an excerpt from the Telfair’s exhibition description: Robert Claiborne Morris began to re-examine his understanding of race in America after reading an early proof of Douglas A. Blackmon’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Slavery by Another Name.” The revelation that slavery continued until World War II changed the way he saw his native South.

Morris began an odyssey in search of the images, objects and artifacts related to this obscure chapter in American history. From Georgia to North Carolina, he examined the junkyards, flea markets and historical societies, hunting and collecting, in the hopes of finding a medium that could both incorporate found objects and project images to better understand the spiritual darkness of re-enslavement.

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