Monthly Archives: August 2012

David SoundCloud Speaks #4 – Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Earlier this year, we introduced our new audio series ‘SoundCloud Speaks‘, where we take an in-depth look into stories from the ‘cloud, and the users behind them. Today, we’re happy to present our fourth installment.

 

In this episode, we went to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (the largest Arts & Culture festival in the world) and spoke to artists, comedians, performers and sound lovers who use sound to express and promote themselves. For more information about the Edinburgh Fringe Festival please check out edfringe.com.

You can also check out some great audio from the festival and our wrap post via our blog.

SoundCloud Speaks‘ is your show, so let us know what you’d like to hear. If you have a story you’d like to tell, a question you’d like answered, or want to recommend a friend’s sounds for us to share, get in touch by either leaving a comment.

You can hear all previous episodes here.

Thanks again for listening, hope you enjoy!

(For more spoken word, check out our blog series ‘SoundCloud Voices’)

Jane Community Fellows: Road to the Royal Mile, Here Be Monsters, Pop Up Archive, The Appreciation Engine, Detroit Mobile Audio Tour

After announcing this year’s final 15 SoundCloud Community Fellows last week, we’ve introduced their first project tracks this week. We’re excited to be welcoming such brilliant folks whose projects showcase the breadth and uniqueness of sound.

The last five of the 15 Fellows to introduce today will dive into the largest arts and culture festival in the world, audio archiving, the sound of appreciation, facing our demons, and a mobile tour of Detroit, MI!

Road to the Royal Mile

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest performing arts festival in the world. Who to cover it than Hayden Cohen, a performance artist who will share stories from performers, attendees along the Royal Mile.

Follow along at:
http://www.haydencohen.co.uk/
Twitter: @Haydencohen
Facebook: http://facebook.com/haydencohen

Here Be Monsters

“The Podcast About the Unknown.” Jeff Emtman explores the uncharted territories of the mind to confront the unknown. His first episode “Prisoner’s Cinema” is the phenomena of when an individual spends large amounts of time in the dark. What are the images the mind creates in this phenomena?

Follow along at:
http://radio.jeffemtman.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/HereBeMonstersRadio 

Pop Up Archive

Anne Wootton and Bailey Smith want to help independent producers preserve and archive the audio content still left in shoeboxes to dusty drives.

Follow along at:
popuparchive.org
Twitter: @popuparchive

The Appreciation Engine

Who doesn’t appreciate a message of appreciation? Stephanie Dub’s project will help all of us record and share our messages of appreciation to others easily.

Follow along at:
theappreciationengine.org
Twitter: @Stephdub

Detroit Mobile Audio Tour


Laura Herberg is collaborating with local tour organizations to create an audio guide of Detroit attractions accessible using a phone! Take her poll to decide which 5 Detroit sites should be part of the Audio Tour. Her project may inspire you to do the same in your city!

Follow along at:
http://detroitmobileaudiotour.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @DetAudioTour
@HerIcebergRadio

Check back here for all the first introductions from the Fellows. From now until the end of the October, we’ll be sharing all their project updates. Fellows will also be reporting back their own personal experiences of this journey. We hope you join them in unmuting the web!

David Tea(m) Time with Mathilde Menusier

It is Friday again, that means it is time for our weekly employee interview series that we have dubbed “Tea(m) Time”! Today, help us welcome Mathilde Menusier to our team in Berlin!

Hi there! How do you say “hi” in your native language?

Depending on the friend I greet, I would say “Salut !”, “Coucou !” or just “Yo !” (with a space between the word and “!” in French.)

Where are you from?

I’m from France, but my years spent in London and New York City have shaped me the most.

What do you do at SoundCloud? What’s your role?

I work within the Community Team. We are doing our best to make people delighted – with their SoundCloud experience, at least!

What is your favorite sound?

I like surrounding sounds a lot. In New York, I like the police and ambulances sirens, the ice cream van music, the skate boards of the kids in my street, the MTA announcements in the Subway… In Berlin, I like waking up to birds singing, hearing my next door neighbour playing the piano, and the bike bells you hear everywhere in the streets! I also love my cat’s mumbling (she talks a lot!) and the sound of silence.

What sound do you hate?

Trains slowing down.

What’s your favorite word (in any language)?

“OK”, it’s so universal and easy!

How is it working at such an International and diverse office?

It is like this:

If you could say that you are passionate about anything, what would it be?

I am passionate about music, film, art, friendships… I love traveling, cats, documentaries, and tiramisù, too.

Why do you like sounds?

Subconsciously, they add some texture – intensity, nostalgia, sensuality, lightness, melancholy, etc. – to your impressions.

What do you like most about Berlin?

After the oppression of blasé Paris, the expensiveness of drizzling London and extreme effervescence of fiery NY, Berlin feels like a restful, inspiring and invigorating walk where you get to focus on your life again whilst sipping a cup of green tea at the terrace of a
café.

What are your favorite sounds on the cloud?

My favourites are many and they always change, but for now i’m quite found of:

Do you have any fun facts or interesting stories you would like to share?

I have tons of interesting stories from my 8 years of TV Journalism, but I’m writing them down in a script right now…

Twitter: @ghlys
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/mathilde/favorites
Please send me your sounds of Manhattan to http://soundcloud.com/mathilde/dropbox and get my eternal gratitude.