For his arts-research project Lived Anthologies, Copenhagen-based sound artist and researcher Eduardo Abrantes is looking for vocal narrators to read and record a selection of texts from Nordic Summer University’s history of publications (2000-2018). Could YOU be Eduardo’s collaborator?

If you are interested in lending your voice to this project, reply to: by sending:

  1. 1. A recorded sample reading of this text:

(You can choose your own location, it does not have to be studio silent but the voice needs to be heard clearly and richly.)

2. A short biography (200 words or less) and contact info (website, email, phone).

3. A description of the equipment you will be able to use in case you are selected: microphone and recorder type.

4. Write “lived anthologies – vocal narration” in the subject of your email.

Practical details:

Texts are in English, and should be read in a clear way with careful pronunciation. However, you do not need to be a professional voice actor or a native English speaker, since your accent and vocal nuances are welcome. 

Given our current social distancing, the recording will be made by each narrator using his/her own equipment. So you do have to have access to at least something like a Zoom-type recorder, since mobile phone microphones are usually too limited in their frequency range. 

If you are selected as a narrator, the whole process will be something like this: you and Eduardo start with a skype meeting to discuss the text. You then make a recording. You and Eduardo meet once again (online) for feedback and adjustments. You implement the feedback, and send Eduardo a final audio file together with an invoice.

Duration and remuneration:

Text lengths vary, but it is predicted that a text reading and recording process (including max. two short online meetings with Eduardo for preparation and feedback) can be concluded between 3-5 hours work. Upon completion, each narrator will be payed a flat fee of 2.000 DKK (all included).

Deadline for Submissions:

May 15th 2020

What is the Nordic Summer University!?

Since 1950, the Nordic Summer University (NSU) has been an independent, democratic, academic institution, committed to cross-disciplinary research and critical thinking. Inspired by the 19th Century Danish public reformer N.F.S. Grundtvig – who developed a social philosophy of “people’s high schools” (folkehøjskole) – NSU was founded to express Nordic humanistic and educational values.

For 2020, NSU has commissioned 10 artists and researchers to trace the spread of NSU’s values across the world. At the forefront of creative techniques in archiving, philosophy and creative methods, the projects will culminate in a mini-festival in Norway in Summer 2020 to celebrate NSU’s 70th anniversary – truly the oldest Nordic institution of its kind!

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