Yearly Archives: 2012

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.

SoundCloud Voices this week introduces you to a whole world of comedians to listen to. Every weeks there are hours and hours and hours of comedy created and upload to the cloud, so here’s a little overview of some of these comedians and comedy podcasts. You should read our blog from a month back to find out about the All Things Comedy Podcast Network too!

First up Mr Russell Brand has been uploading all kinds of archive content from his days as a radio host. Before it all went a little crazy for him due to some ‘dangerous’ comments on the air, Russell had a regular radio show. Here are some brilliant excerpts from the show with the likes of Karl Pilkington and Richard Dawkins.

Part of the All Things Comedy Network is the brilliant Laugh Spin. Laugh Spin is a one stop platform for all comedy news, reviews, videos, audio and more. If you want to know whats going on in the comedy industry, this is the place. And their podcast is just that, a review of all that’s going on in comedy land. Take a listen.

Next up is comedian Jo Koy, a regular guest on Chelsea Lately and with a special on Comedy Central under his belt, he’s a comedian going places. One of which is a podcast which he lives streams and then uses SoundCloud. Take a listen to his latest show.

And finally Mr Scott Capurro, who has been using the SoundCloud app for over a year now. Scott’s recordings are fascinating, and sometimes explicit, insight into the working comedian. It’s great to hear the other side of the comedy world and the ups and downs. Follow him and listen to what essentially is his audio diary!

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.

David Sounds, Safety and the Community: An Update

As sound creators, we encourage you to share your sounds with your fans, friends and fellow collaborators. For this to work well we’ve learnt that it’s best for the community to all agree on a set of guidelines which will encourage healthy sharing.

Thanks for your feedback and input over the past months. We’ve listened to your thoughts and have worked hard on building systems that will ensure that SoundCloud remains an environment where you can engage in meaningful, relevant and sustainable interactions with other members.

We recently rolled out an update to our community safety features:

1. We implemented a series of measures to prevent spam in comments and messaging.

We heard that you don’t want to see comments or messages like this anymore!

2. You can now easily report suspicious comments and messages.

3. We updated privacy settings to give you more control over your messaging settings.

4. We implemented measures to encourage genuine followings.

Get inspired by some of the best practices we’ve seen applied by community members who were able to build meaningful connections whilst growing their community:

We want to make sure that the SoundCloud community remains a safe, fun and creative place for sound creators, enthusiasts and fans alike. We know that getting the word out and sharing sounds is an important part of your creative process and we hope these updated measures help everyone in our community. Tell us your thoughts on the updates in the comments, and if you face any problems get in touch with us on our help center.

Thank you!

Jane Celebrating our 2012 SoundCloud Community Fellows

The SoundCloud Community Fellowship is an opportunity for individuals to showcase their creativity with sound over the course of three months. This year’s Fellowship concludes today. We wanted to say congratulations and thanks to our Fellows for being part of this journey, and to our great community for listening and engaging.

So, how did we get here? After our announcement in July, we received a whopping 184 proposals from across the globe. We were truly moved by your enthusiasm. From there, we had a wonderful panel of honorary judges select our 15 final 2012 SoundCloud Community Fellows.

Say hello to:

These unique projects were made alive by a diverse group of people: professional radio producers, independent producers, students, musicians and more. Most importantly, these individuals used sound as a creative medium to share their stories and the stories of others, to touch upon the range of human emotions we experience.

Noteworthy publications from Social Times to Nieman Journalism LabWired, Hypebot, Betabeat, Media Bistro’s Fishbowl LA and more also helped push our Fellows’ ambitious projects to a wider audience.

To our dearest 2012 SoundCloud Community Fellows:

We were honored that you made the active decision to apply to be part of the Fellowship this year. The hard work, dedication and stellar work we’ve seen (and especially heard!) have been great to share with our community and beyond. Most importantly, you are leaders in demonstrating limitless possibilities for creativity with sound. To celebrate, we’ve worked on a montage to pay tribute to all your hard work.

Upon reflecting on this year’s Fellowship, Fellows shared their own learnings and highlights throughout the Fellowship as well as advice if you’re interested in pursuing a project related to sound.

We hope these projects will inspire you to try new things in your life, whether they’re with sound or not. Opportunities are there. We look forward to next year’s Fellowship and hope to meet the next bunch that loves sound as much as we do.