When I was a kid, my little brother and I spent many long summer hours playing around with our cheapo tape recorder. We had a bunch of books on tape ("Turn the page when you hear the chime...") and a handful of music albums (Thriller was on heavy rotation), but our favorite thing to do was insert a blank cassette, press "record," and just goof around.
A quarter-century later, somewhere in my mom's closet is a box of tapes of her chipmunk-voiced children singing their ABCs, telling dumb jokes, and squabbling over whether Minnie and Mickey were husband and wife or brother and sister. Those recordings are of zero monetary value, but their sentimental worth is unmatched. I'd save them in a fire, and I think she would too.
These days, when so many of us are photographing and filming every little thing our kids do, a basic audio tape recording might seem a little lo-fi. I mean, why just get the kids' voices when you can have them in full-color, high-quality HD, right? Well, for me, part of the fun is that it is lo-fi. In the same way there will always be a soft spot in my heart for real Polaroids, there's something charming about a cassette tape you can actually hold in you hand. As for your kids, how many of them have actually even seen a tape recorder? Don't you think they'd get a kick out of it?
If you're worried that using cassette tapes means not having a digital backup stored on a secure hard drive in a disaster-proof vault somewhere...maybe you need to get a grip. Just kidding; I worry about that stuff too! If you want to go digital, here are some notes:
If audio recording sounds like something your family would dig, here are a few final tips:
Have you done any audio recording with your kids? Are you going old-school or using the latest and greatest technology?
We use the digital camera recorder, that's as new as we have gone with the technology.
Back in the dark ages, when my husband was in Vietmnam, we sent casette tapes back and forth. Your mention of audio pen pals brought back fond memories.
We were watching an old home movie a few weeks ago of a Christmas long past. I heard a high pitched voice which I did not recognize, and asked my dh who the girl was. It was my son before his voice changed, Sweet memories!
Sounds like fun,we need to try this.
We haven't done any audio recording with the kids but if I was going to I guess I would just use my phone since I don't have anything else I could record them with.
My dh downloads songs to her mp3player and puts movies on her laptop. Nothing old school here.
Anyone remember the yak bak ...we still have one and the kids love playing with it!