Syracuse University Libraries’ Sound Beat: Access Audio produced a casual but sophisticated audio documentary featuring Warren Kimble ’57 (College of Visual and Performing Arts), America’s “best-known living folk artist.” The audio documentary was released for free access via the Sound Beat: Access Audio website at “At Home with Warren Kimble.”

In “At Home with Warren Kimble,” Warren and his wife and business partner, Lorraine, share their passion for art and their small-town community of Brandon, Vermont. Warren also shares his enthusiasm around memories cheerleading for Syracuse University, including Jim Brown and the Cotton Bowl, and the professor he remembers every time he mixes colors.

The audio documentary was produced by Syracuse University Libraries’ Sound Beat: Access Audio team. Sound Beat is a daily, 90-second radio show highlighting the holdings of the Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archive. Belfer is part of Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center and is one of the largest sound archives in the United States. Each Sound Beat episode focuses on one particular recording from the Archive and provides a back story detailing its place in recording history. Sound Beat: Access Audio features long-form audio projects including audio books, interviews, narrated journals, and documentary-style storytelling that highlights the experiences of iconic Syracuse University community members. Sound Beat: Access Audio projects have included collaboration with students, faculty, staff, and administration from partners across the Syracuse University campus. Inclusion and the student experience are at the forefront of Sound Beat: Access Audio’s mission. Through an exciting partnership with the Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education’s InclusiveU, students form an integral part of the Sound Beat: Access Audio team in all aspects of production, working with Libraries staff to develop their research, writing, and editing skills.

3 students posing with alumnus Warren Kimble
Sound Beat: Access Audio student producers at Bird Library, 2019. From from left to right: Ian Coe (InclusiveU), Warren Kimble ’57 (VPA), Tyler Youngman ’19 (iSchool), David Ross (InclusiveU)