Twenty-five days. Thousands of shows. Performers from pretty much every country in the world. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s biggest arts festival, and we’re psyched to be a part of it as a sponsor of the 2013 festival.
We had an amazing time at Fringe last year meeting all kinds of audio creators. Now we’re going back for another round: we’ll be heading to the Royal Mile next week, from August 7th – 12th. If you’ll be in town, look for the SoundCloud Shack (yes, it’s our favorite shade of orange) near the cathedral. We’ll be hosting pop-up performances, product demos, handing out treats, and more. We’re excited to meet you.
Can’t make it to Edinburgh? No problem. Follow the Fringe on SoundCloud to hear all kinds of audio & music performers who will be at the festival. And check back here, and on Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram, to catch what’s happening on the ground.
The jokes are on us: this is a big week for comedy on SoundCloud.
First, we’re pleased to announce that we’re launching a slate of five new comedy Pro Partners. Our new Pro Partners follow in the footsteps of The Nerdist and Kevin Smith’s SModCO, who’ve been with us since we launched Pro at South By Southwest.
Who’s in the new crew? There’s Earwolf, a comedy network featuring top celebrity guests from the stand-up world and beyond. The Bugle, starring John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman, the transatlantic region’s leading bi-continental satirical double-act. The comedian-owned All Things Comedy Network. Laughspin, a weekly comedy news and feature wrap-up, straight out of New Jersey. And Splitsider, which gathers up some of the best comedy podcasts out there for your listening pleasure.
That’s just the beginning of the hilarity: we’re also excited to say that Comedy Central has now joined us as a new partner on SoundCloud. Hear what they’re serving up.
And if you prefer to tell your own jokes, we have good news for you, too. We’re all about making it possible for anyone to create and share audio, which is why we have one more collaboration to tell you about: we’re also partnering with the BBC for BBC Radio’s New Comedy Award, a nationwide search to find the best new stand-up talent in the UK. Upload your entry and make the world LOL.
When you think of audio books, you’re going to think of Audible. Audible are at the forefront of audio book distribution world wide and we’re now proud to welcome Audible Studios to SoundCloud! Why not start following them and get the latest updates on releases from their catalogue. Every day at their state-of-the-art studios, Audible Studios play host to the most talented performers, from Simon Vance to Kate Winslet and Katherine Kellgren to Colin Firth, narrating dozens of stories. They’ve been using SoundCloud to promote their latest releases on their popular Facebook page. For example the latest The Great Gatsby release narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal, which has even been getting lots of attention over on Huffington Post. Visit their Facebook page to listen to samples from the book or listen to the entire set below!
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. 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.