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 we’re taking a quick look at the world of publishing and audio books.  Namely Penguin Books, Alan Partridge and Faber Books who are all using SoundCloud to promote their lastest releases, podcasting and more.

Firstly Penguin Books have been using SoundCloud for a variety of projects and uses.  For their audio book catalogue, for their Penguin Podcasts which they post on Facebook and now they have just started releasing audio book trailers!  If it works for film why not for audio huh?  Take a listen to the trailer for Jussi Adler-Olsen’s “Disgrace” below, and take a listen to the Penguin SoundCloud profile for more podcasts and audio book snippets.

Next up is Alan Partridge.  The comical, and yes fictional, DJ from Norwich has released a book and an audio book.  As part of the promotion Alan shared some photos of his life and added commentaries for you to hear.  Take a listen to them below or take a look at the post on Facebook which harnesses the SoundCloud Premiere app to make “an audio visual slideshow”.

And finally we have Faber Books. Like Penguin, the guys at Faber have a podcast ,regularly upload audio book snippets and even post interviews with authors and the like. Take a listen to this interview with comedian Stewart Lee who released a book called “If you prefer a milder comedian, please ask for one” which tries to break down the art of being a comedian and comedy writing.  You should also listen to this Liz Lochhead’s contribution to ‘Jubilee Lines’, Carol Ann Duffy’s anthology of poems marking 60 years of the Queen’s reign. It’s a poem about 1966, capturing the age of Vidal Sasson, Mary Quant and emerging feminism. With a poem for each of the years of the Queen’s reign, Jubilee Lines offers both a unique portrayal of the times in which we have lived, and an essential portrait of today.  Take a look at this site 60 years 60 poems site that was created in conjunction with this audio – pretty awesome stuff.

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