Monthly Archives: April 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.

 

You’ve probably noticed that here at SoundCloud we’re all about building community. Not only is our amazing community growing every day, but we’re also thrilled to be a part of the larger global audio-community.

As avid listeners ourselves, it brings us a great amount of pride to be working with some of the biggest and most popular audio producers in the world. We’re very proud to be working with highly respected networks such as  The BBC, Radio France, NPR, PRI, and APM.

When it comes to working with our partners, we strive to be more than a simple audio-player. We’re constantly collaborating with them, working together to spread amazing listening-experiences across the web.

 

As much fun as we have working with these established networks, we also place a great deal of importance on supporting the next generation of audio producers. That’s why we get especially excited when working with folks like National Public Radio’s Intern Edition!

Not only do NPR’s interns play an important role in the production of the network’s major programs, but they also hone their skills by producing their own content. All that hard work gets published on their site, as well as presented to the NPR staff during a premier presentation at the end of each semester.

Listen to one of their recent pieces here:

 

These young producers are inheriting quite a different industry than the generation before them. The line between producer and listener is quickly disappearing, allowing anyone passionate about voice, sound, and storytelling to broadcast their experience to the entire world.

In fact, this week National Public Radio is encouraging audiophiles everywhere to submit the sounds of their cities using SoundCloud!

 

You can record your sounds using SoundCloud’s mobile app. Here’s some instructions: 

1. Go to a place where you can hear your favorite sound and start recording.

2. Say your full name slowly and clearly. Then: “The sound of (YOUR CITY NAME) is (NAME OF SOUND).”
For example: “My name is John Smith. The sound of Columbus, Ohio, is the lunch-time crowd at the deli on my street.”

If you stumble, just pause, take a take breath, and try again.

3. Record the sound for at least 60 seconds.

4. Give it a listen (with headphones if possible) and make sure it came out clearly. Feel free to try it out a few times and then choose your best take.

5. Upload the file to Soundcloud and put the tag #nprcities in the title!

Here an example of one sound that was just submitted yesterday!

 

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 Los Angeles SoundCloud Hero: Will Coley

After profiling our first set of SoundCloud Heroes, we continue our profiles of our newest SoundCloud Heroes who joined us at our SoundCloud Community Heroes Summit in San Francisco last weekend on April 6-8. Read our recap here.

Will Coley is an activist who has lived in LA for six years and a transplant originally from North Carolina. He helps non-profits use audio and other social tools to promote social justice. He’s helped numerous folks get started with SoundCloud to do so. Come out to the Global Meetup Day in Los Angeles on May 17!

What do you do? How do you use SoundCloud in your life?
I help nonprofit organizations and foundations with their social media content strategies. As a consultant, I figure out how to use digital tools to promote social justice and progressive movements. I’m big on using audio for the projects I’m involved in. I use SoundCloud for podcasting like documenting live community events and for my own radio storytelling.

What are your aspirations for the SoundCloud community in your city?
I’m really interested in meeting other SoundClouders and helping them connect with each other at meetups, skill-shares or listening events. I know there are lots of good stories in this big city: folks making great music or podcasts and using audio to build community. I’d also like to help musicians and podcasters collaborate in creating even more SoundCloud content: from artist interviews to scoring radio stories or podcasts.

What is your favorite place in the city and why?
I love the outdoors near LA (the beach, mountains and desert) but since they’re mostly outside the city limits, I guess I have to choose something else. I also like what’s temporary in LA: unique street scenes that Angelenos create outside their cars: the CicLAvia bicycle festival, the West Hollywood Halloween carnival, massive marches and demonstrations for immigrant rights and other causes, and even the spaces that street vendors and taco trucks create.

What is your favorite sound and why?
Besides the sound of rain (which is rare in LA), I love the call of freight trains rumbling in the distance. It seems like such a “out West” sound to me. I also have to admit that when I’m at Costco, I like eavesdropping on conversations of my fellow shoppers. You can hear a dozen different languages in the refrigerated area alone.

Where else can we find you on the web?
My website/blog is Aquifer Media
Twitter: @willcoley
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/williamcoley
I’m also on the Public Radio Exchange: http://www.prx.org/users/137403-willcoley

Anything else?
Check out examples of organizations that I helped get started with SoundCloud:
Detention Watch Network http://soundcloud.com/detentionwatch
Eastside LA Netsquared http://soundcloud.com/n2la
Freedom from Fear Awards http://soundcloud.com/fffaward
Los Angeles Media Reform Group http://soundcloud.com/lamrg
NDLON’s podcasting http://soundcloud.com/ndlon-habla
Rights Working Group http://soundcloud.com/rightsworking

Interested in being part of this growing network of SoundCloud Heroes?
Read the program details here and apply at the link at the bottom of the post.

Jane Meet Los Angeles SoundCloud Hero: Matthew Flynn

After profiling our first set of SoundCloud Heroes, we continue our profiles of our newest SoundCloud Heroes who joined us at our SoundCloud Community Heroes Summit in San Francisco last weekend on April 6-8. Read our recap here.

Matthew Flynn is a musician who goes by the moniker Shifty Teeth. As the Los Angeles SoundCloud Hero, he is interested in creating a central hub for LA SoundClouders to seek inspiration, networking and support. Fun fact: He and Boston SoundCloud Hero Tea Leigh had been in contact online on SoundCloud prior to meeting at the Heroes Summit last weekend. Come out to the Global Meetup Day in Los Angeles on May 17!

What do you do? How do you use SoundCloud in your life?
I am a musician based out of Santa Monica, CA, drifting between folk and electronic music, and at times trying to marry the two. SoundCloud has provided me the opportunity to collaborate with people all over the US and the rest of the world. I have recently become akin to pressing the REC button on my SoundCloud iPhone app to document found sounds.

SoundCloud is a huge part of why I am still pursuing music, mostly due to the other artist’s I have pulled inspiration from and the positive feedback and growing support I have received.

What are your aspirations for the SoundCloud community in your city?
This city is full of talented and creative people of all walks. I think it is important to establish a hub for people to look to for support, collaboration, inspiration, or networking. I find people are overwhelmed by the city at times and I want to help provide the venues, resources, and networking that can lead to some unique and powerful growth. I am also really excited for what I am going to learn throughout this process from the people I meet.

In a nutshell, I just want to be part of something different and special and to help foster some new relationships in the SoundCloud Los Angeles Community.

What is your favorite place in the city and why?
A few of my favorite’s include any part of a bike ride to the beach, Barnsdall Art Park (potential SoundCloud event venue), and my bed after a long week of work. Anywhere I can slow down and relax is high on my favorite’s list.

What is your favorite sound and why?
Crickets and an open window in the summer. Drowned out ambience when I leave my headphones on after a song or album ends. Nice harmonies. The list goes on and on but the common thread is a sound that is familiar and comfortable.

Where else can we find you on the web?
www.shiftyteeth.com
@shiftyteeth
www.facebook.com/shiftyteeth

Interested in being part of this growing network of SoundCloud Heroes?
Read the program details here and apply at the link at the bottom of the post.