Allysse Riordan

Field Recordist. Sound Artist. Writer. Microadventurer.

Audio zine: Queer Out here

Audio zine

What is it?

Back in September, my friend Jonathan and I, launched Queer Out Here – an audio zine that explores the outdoors from queer perspectives.

Frustrated at not being able to find media focusing on queer people’s experiences of the outdoors, we decided to create our own and launched a call for submissions.

What is an audio zine?

A zine is traditionally a way of publishing content or ideas that otherwise might not get coverage in mainstream media. Anyone with some spare time, a pair of scissors, and access to a photocopier could create their own magazine (a.ka. zine).

We could have gone down that route, but being audio nerds, we selected sound as our medium. And while both being queer, we don’t want Queer Out Here to be about us. There are many more stories out there than we can share from our lives. So we’re asking you to help us create an audio journal of sort.

We need your stories, essays, interviews, reviews and creative stuff of all kinds for the zine to happen.

Issue 00

While waiting for submissions to arrive, Jonathan and I interviewed each other, creating issue 00 in the process. We wanted to introduce ourselves but also give you a taste of ideas and themes to explore for your submissions.

A part of me was a bit daunted at doing the interview. I’m not the best at those kind of exercises, my verbal answers often feeling like a nonsensical blur. But for this interview, we were never in the same place. We would e-mail audio files back and forth, giving us time to reflect about the questions and ponder about our answers. So when I did pick up the microphone, it turned into an exercise in self-reflection. I could stumble and hesitate, I could make no sense, and I could even change my mind. It didn’t matter as it could all be edited in a coherent answer at the end of the process.

I began to cherish the moment Jonathan would send me a question, thinking it over during my commute to work, before finally finding a corner outside and record my thoughts without any pressure of outside onlookers. And after a few weeks of back and forth and editing, you can listen to the result here.

In this interview we discuss:

  • Does being queer affect your experience of being outdoors?
  • How is your creativity influenced by being outdoors?
  • What do you love about field recordings?
  • What kinds of outdoor places are you drawn to?

We need you

If you want to be able to listen to more issues, we need your submissions. So be sure to like our page on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit our website for all the information you need. We’re always there to help you if you’re not sure what to do or how to proceed. Submissions close on the 2nd of January 2018.

But for now, enjoy issue 00 and be sure to let us know what you think of it.

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