Monthly Archives: March 2012

Evan 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’re exploring the changing world of radio. More than ever before, evolving technologies are encouraging radio networks, newsrooms, and producers to experiment with new ways of gathering stories and spreading sound. Reporters and producers can now find subjects, conduct interviews, and collect audio from around the world more easily than ever. And whether broadcasters are engaging listeners in their homes, their cars, or on their phones, radio is no longer defined by the range of physical radio-waves.

 

We’ll start off in Spain, where the RadioDays Europe conference wrapped up last week in Barcelona. The conference brought together public and commercial radio folk from all over Europe. And as proof that radio transmissions know no borders, one of the conference’s keynote speakers was a decidedly American voice.

Listen to This American Life’s Ira Glass address the RadioDays Europe Conference 2012:

 

Leaving Barcelona we’ll travel to Austin, TX where the Integrated Media Association conference took place a few weeks ago. Focusing on all things digital in U.S. public media, iMA 2012 hosted a wealth of excellent panel discussions. Many of SoundCloud’s partners were there, including Public Radio International, American Public Media, The Association of Independents in Radio and KQED! These included NPR President Gary Knell’s first address to the public radio industry, as well as a keynote address from public media innovator and Public Radio Exchange’s CEO Jake Shapiro.

You can browse through many of the panels below:

 

And while we’re focused on the evolving face of public radio, we also wanted to highlight a very exciting radio project in the final rounds of a Kickstarter campaignRadio Ambulante will be the first Spanish-language radio program of its kind. Spearheaded by author Daniel Alarcón, the program promises to push the boundaries of storytelling in a similar vein of This American Life, Snap Judgment and RadioLab. For any lucky Spanish speakers out there – this one’s for you. And for those of us lacking in the language department, what better incentive to start learning!

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.

Jane Meet Syracuse SoundCloud Hero: Jared Brickman of One Hello World

One Hello World has been covered by the likes of Mashable and The Next Web as a “soundtrack to your voicemails.” Jared Brickman is the man behind the project and is the SoundCloud Hero for Syracuse (let’s hear it for Upstate New York!). He hosts his tracks on SoundCloud and wants to help lead and build the SoundCloud community in Syracuse, stemming from his experience of listening and communicating with individuals worldwide.

What do you do? How do you use SoundCloud in your life?
I record soundtracks to voicemails for a project I call One Hello World. People from all across the planet phone to leave me candid messages about current events, relationships, the little things in their lives etc. Then, playing off select callers’ stories, themes and/or emotions, I mix in musical responses much like a film-score composer might do.

SoundCloud is an essential part of One Hello World not only in that it gives me a place to post the project’s final recordings, but it also presents an opportunity to collaborate with independent musicians (like my connection via the platform and subsequent collaborative track “All My Dad Cares about is Money” featuring SoundClouder Ben Z).

What are your aspirations for the SoundCloud community in your city?
With SoundCloud’s help, I hope to bring more of the local arts community together. There’s so many talented creators living in the Syracuse area and I think they stand to benefit from connecting with those they have yet to meet. To that end, I plan to host SoundCloud fueled meetups, jam sessions, performances and creative community projects.

Recently, a friend of mine made a connection, via SoundCloud, with a locally established electronic musician. I watched as they posted their collaborative sketches (and eventually a final track) on their SoundCloud pages. This relationship led to an opportunity for my friend to hear his collab track played as a part of an opening act for one of his personal heroes: KOAN Sound. Later that night, he got to hang out with his hero, all the while talking music and taking notes from the pro. Those are the kind of connections I’d like to foster through real life SoundCloud meetups!

What is your favorite place in the city and why?
My favorite place to play in Syracuse has since been turned into a sandwich shop: Coffee Pavillion. It was a tiny, but comfortable coffee shop/wine bar in downtown Syracuse. The establishment was friendly to the local creative community and regularly hosted independent artists, open mic nights and jazz jams. On any given Friday night, you could visit the Pavillion to get a taste of the wonderful jazz scene we have here in Central New York. The regular get togethers even attracted New York City professionals to ply their skills for a tune or two when they were in town.

There’s plenty of other great venues for performing here in Cusetown, but since the focus of my most recent project has been online, I haven’t had the opportunity to gig out much lately.

What is your favorite sound and why?
The bottom octaves of a piano. You can make the entire harp shimmer by suppressing the sustain pedal and playing a few choice chords. There’s no sound like it.

Where else can we find you on the web?
One Hello World on the Web:
tumblr – http://www.OneHelloWorld.com/
facebook – http://www.facebook.com/OneHelloWorld
twitter – http://www.twitter.com/OneHelloWorld

People wanting to phone in a voicemail to the project can call: (316) 247-0421

Interested in being a SoundCloud Hero, too?
Read more about the program and where we’re searching for our next Heroes!

Edward Found Sounds: The Sizzle And The Spit Of The BBQ

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!

Things are hotting up here in Berlin, finally the sun’s made an appearance and the temperature has jumped above 10°C. With this news, we’re all getting a little bit excited about the prospect of summer. So, this week in Found Sounds we’re taking a listen to the sizzle and the spit of the BBQ, one of the most notable sounds of summer

Earlier this month the music and tech communities came together for SXSW and this really got us thinking about BBQ. Along with all the hard work that went on in Texas this month came what Texas is most famous for, BBQ, so what’s the first thing to do when you land in Austin…

One of the greatest sounds you hear over the summer is that initial sizzle as you drop your pork chops, your ribs, steaks or corn on to the BBQ grill. Here is that mouthwatering sound from Cooking Copper’s BBQ in Newheaven, UK, last summer:

On the weekends at Columbia Road Flower Market in London, vendors hosts a variety of BBQ stalls in the afternoon. If you find yourself strolling home through the market in the evening you’ll hear the sounds of the vendors cleaning down their grills, because at the end of any BBQ, there is inevitably going to be mess.

As the BBQ season slowly begins to kick off, we’re going to want to know where’s the best place to go to get our BBQ. WCBE Foodcast has some great recommendations for any Americans out there looking for the best BBQ.

Good luck on your hunt for the best BBQ let the season begin, the earlier, the better!

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