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The Sonic Dictionary team invites instructors of courses related to audio culture to contribute to the collection.


Student participants learn the fundamentals of audio recording and editing as well as database metadata and exhibit curation. Through hands-on engagement with sound, contributors grasp the cultural significance of audio culture.


Testimonial from a recent student participant:


I think all of the students in this class learned a lot more from this project than they would have writing a paper. It still required a lot of critical thinking, but in an unconventional way that challenged us.  Creating the sonic dictionary was a refreshing break from the normal, boring assignments Duke students often receive. I love that we all have some ownership of a project that won’t immediately get buried in a drawer, but instead can be explored and appreciated by others in the future. It’s a very satisfying feeling.


What you need to know


Depending on the amount of time you have to dedicate to the project, students can learn to use recording equipment, audio-editing software (Audacity is free and open-source), the open-source database Omeka, Dublin Core international metadata standards, and exhibit curation. We are happy to work with you to determine your course's needs and schedule.


For more information, please contact Mary Caton Lingold at


Sample Class Schedule:


Field Recording how-to, listening walk
Homework: Complete Audacity training videos
Orientation to Audacity and Omeka
Students bring a recording that they plan to contribute to the Sonic Dictionary
Sonic Dictionary Workshop (metadata)

Here you can find contributor guidelines, sample lesson plans, and detailed instructor notes.