Monthly Archives: February 2012

Edward Found Sounds: Laugh out Loud

Found Sounds is a SoundCloud community feature focusing on some of the most weird and wonderful sounds that can be found on SoundCloud. Count on new installments with some of our favorite sounds each Tuesday!

One of the most emotive sounds there is, is a child’s laughter. I don’t think there’s anything else that quite conveys a bigger sense of joy and happiness than this sound. To be amused by the smallest thing and show such great emotion from it is one of the most precious things from being a child.

But the sound of laughter doesn’t always mean happiness, these sounds can stray into insanity and delirium. Laughter can be used to characterize evil villains, the deluded and the power mad. The sound of laughter may creep you out, it may put you off balance, it may even scare you….

The sound of laugher is slowly becoming silenced in the world, every day we type “LOL” and “HAHA”, but how many times do we actually make these sounds when we do this. It is the high pitched screams and yelps of joy that make laughter so contagious and uncontrollable in times of happiness.

Laughter can be contagious, so today we hope you catch it because as Charlie Chaplin once said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”. 

That’s all for this week’s Found Sounds! Tune in next week for more crazy sounds from the ‘Cloud.

Ben SoundCloud Voices

SoundCloud Voices is a weekly Community feature focusing on new spoken word creators found on SoundCloud. It might be a podcast, radio show, audio book, interview, audio messages, a poem, anything! Keep an eye out every Thursday for a new post.

This week on SoundCloud Voices we take a look a highly admired and awarded journalist Anthony Shadid who sadly died last week.  An American of Lebanese decent, Anthony won the pulitzer prize twice for his exceptional coverage of the U.S occupation of Iraq and introduced a wide audience of people to the events in the Middle East.  He reported on Libya, Tunisia, Iraq and Lebanon to name a few countries he worked.  He sadly died of an asthma attack while covering the confilct in Syria.  The following recordings are a collection of recordings of Anthony himself, retrospectives and tributes.

First up is Democracy Now’s retrospective piece on Anthony.  It’s an amazing listen, you can hear past interviews with him where, for example, he recollects him and his team were kidnapped in Libya.  Take a listen to hear that story and more below.

Then there is the International Center for Journalists, a non profit organisation which promotes quality journalism, posted an old recording from Anthony speaking at an event in 2010 about the media’s role in covering the Middle East.  He recounts some incredible events from his time working for the Washington Post in Baghdad.

And finally radio station KCRW were able to speak to Anthony’s colleague at the New York Times (another publication he worked at), Susan Chira.  She recalls Anthony’s character and some of his incredible stories in Syria and Iraq.  Take a listen below.

If you are interested in trying out SoundCloud as a spoken word podcast platform, you can sign up for via this form. Successful candidates will be emailed with further details.

Edward Found Sounds: Fat Tuesday

Found Sounds is a SoundCloud community feature focusing on some of the most weird and wonderful sounds that can be found on SoundCloud. Count on new installments with some of our favorite sounds each Tuesday!

You may refer to today as Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday or even just Pancake day. On this day we feast before we fast, so let’s hear some of those sounds of gluttony!

First step is to scour the cupboard for your ingredients, flour, eggs and milk. Once you’ve found them, put them in a bowl and whisk them all up in to your pancake batter. MollyDoraBianca shares with us the sounds of whisking her pancake batter, it sounds like she is running one the most calmest, jolly kitchens there is!

The most recognizable sound of pancakes in the kitchen is the frying, and the flipping. As you pour your ingredients in to the sizzling hot pan, you’ll begin to hear the crackle and pops of the batter as your pancake begins to cook.

Next step, the flip! This is where everything could go wrong, you await the thud of the pancake falling back through the air and returning to the pan, or maybe you’ll be unlucky and hear a whack as the pancake hit’s the ceiling and falls down to the floor. Here’s the sounds of a pretty hefty flip:

I hope wherever you are today you find this Tuesday to be a great excuse to fry up a pancake or two, BBC Radio4 and Radio4 Ext kindly left us a few tips this morning on how to make the perfect pancake.

That’s all for this week’s Found Sounds! Tune in next week for more crazy sounds from the ‘Cloud.