To get an Audivi website for you or someone you know, complete the information on the Contact page. This will indicate the Audivi subject (the person to be interviewed) and his/her address. Once the form is completed, the interviews will be set up.
Interviews are conducted in-person at the individual’s home or another quiet location suitable for audiotaping. Interviews generally last 1 – 1.5 hours. Subsequent visits are scheduled as necessary, depending on the extent of the website and the pace of the interviews. Most Audivi sites are completed with a single interview.
The interview typically covers 4 chapters of a person’s life: Extended Family; Growing up; Going to School & Becoming a Professional; Marriage & Raising a Family. Because Audivi sites are intended to capture older memories & stories less known to the family, the focus is on the distant past, not recent events. Additional topics or favorite family stories may be suggested by the family.
2. Story development
After the interviews are complete, the audio is carefully edited and spliced into short stories, with each audio clip lasting between 30 seconds and 3 minutes. The stories are arranged into themes and laid out into chapters, with each chapter including up to 15 stories from that time period. A Classic Audivi site is arranged into 4 chapters: The Extended Family (covering stories of grandparents and parents); Growing Up (covering stories of early school, family time, the neighborhood); Going to School & Becoming a Professional (covering stories about college and work); Marriage & Raising a Family (covering stories of meeting a spouse and the early years of raising a family). Additional chapters on world & cultural events or any other topic can be included as requested.
3. Photo selection
Families can pre-select photos to be preserved on the Audivi site or compile them after the interviews are completed. Audivi will generate a list of suggested photos to include on the site based on the topics covered during the interview. Each chapter of the site can include up to 10 photos or other documents.
Families can upload the materials directly to the Audivi Dropbox (size: 500 KB – 1MB) or mail them to Audivi to be scanned and uploaded for an additional fee. All items will be returned to the family once they have been scanned and uploaded.
4. Website development
The stories, audio clips and photos are arranged onto a professionally developed, personalized website. An Audivi site includes up to 15 stories & 10 photos per chapter plus a homepage that provides an overview of the chapters.
All family Audivi sites are accessible through the company Audivi page (above, “Audivi Sites”) and can be password-protected or not. Website hosting is provided through Audivi. Families are also given a USB drive of the site and/or can choose to host the site separately.
How much does it cost?
A classic Audivi site includes 4 chapters plus a homepage with an overview of the site and costs $2,500. This pricing includes: the interview and recording process; editing and splicing of the audio files into individual stories; design & arrangement of the stories into themes & chapters; design and arrangement of the stories into themes & chapters; integration of photos into the themes & chapters; professional web design of final Audivi site; and on-going maintenance and hosting of the site. Individuals living further than 30 miles from Concord, MA will incur an additional travel fee for the interviews. Scanning will also be billed separately depending on the number of images.
Shorter or longer sites can be developed to accommodate the family or Audivi subject’s needs. This can be discussed during the initial phone conversation and a process will be laid out as appropriate.
Hard cover storybook/photo album. A hard cover storybook/photo album can be made of an Audivi site. It includes transcripts of all the stories and the photos, arranged into chapters & themes. Cost: $1,500
Brief family tree. A brief family tree can be created for the site to identify individuals referenced in the stories. Cost: $150
Client-recorded interview. If audio recordings already exist for an individual, Audivi can edit and prepare the recording for an Audivi site. The cost will depend on the quality of the recordings, the length of the recordings and the desired length of the Audivi site. Please contact Audivi to receive instructions on “Recording and Conducting an interview for Audivi”.