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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.

Ahhh summer…the time to let all your worries slip away and allow the creative juices to flow freely! In the spirit of encouraging a creative summer (and fall!), we’re super excited to announce the second annual SoundCloud Fellowship program which we just announced this week!

We’re hoping to inspire and support original, inventive, imaginative projects of all types, so don’t let the summertime heat kill your motivation...check out the proposal process and submit your ideas!

 

For this week’s Voices post, we thought we’d take a look back at a few of last year’s fellowship projects to provide you with some inspiration…

 

United Sounds

We SoundClouders are proud to be part of a global community, and no project better exemplifies that than last year’s fellowship project by Alex Stiver, United Sounds. Alex collected recordings of community members reading The UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights in their native tongue. To date, the project has collected recordings of The Declaration in more than 50 languages! This project highlighted the power of voice and the passion for collaboration within the SoundCloud community!

Check out some of the recordings submitted to the project’s SoundCloud Group:

 

Sounds of My City

Another fantastic project was Katie Needs’ Sounds of My City, in which Katie mapped Toronto in sounds she collected while rediscovering her city! The project also harnessed her fans’ passion for audio and encouraged them to explore their neighborhoods and share the sounds they collected along the way.

The NYC Nomad

Ed Casabian, aka The NYC Nomad, chose to explore his city in a slightly different way. Ed lived in over 50 neighborhoods in New York City, finding a new place to stay every single week! Along the way, Ed sought out the most interesting person in the area for an interview. Ed not only used audio to document his experience, but also as a medium to engage the communities that were hosting him.

Here’s one of my favorite pieces from Ed’s project:

So, inspired yet? We hope so! Get at us with your awesome ideas ASAP!

Fellowship applications will be accepted until Wednesday, July 25.

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.

 

Here at SoundCloud we’re all about innovation, in every sense of the word. Our community is full of creators  breaking new ground in music, spoken word, and beyond. We’re proud to help support such creative minds, and we get excited and inspired watching other organizations foster similar creativity elsewhere.

                                                                                                                               

One organization constantly working to encourage innovation in the journalistic space is the Knight Foundation. Dedicated to promoting quality journalism and innovative media, the Foundation has provided training for thousands of journalists around the world and has invested millions of dollars in supporting new journalism projects and technologies.

The Foundation is currently winding down one of their yearly Knight News Challenges. The Challenges invite innovators to submit proposals for projects aimed at changing the face of modern journalism.

 

A great example of a past Knight News Challenge finalist is Blank on Blank, a project that preserves, restores, and reshapes old, unheard interviews. The project takes hours of conversations journalist have recorded with notable figures, and reshapes the raw audio into fantastic and engaging pieces.

Here’s one interview they recovered and produced of Bono, talking about the time he spent with his father during his final days.

Blank on  Blank is currently running a campaign to collect 30 interviews in 30 days, as well as raise funding to take their amazing project even further! You can find out more and support the project on their Kickstarter page.

 

We’re also currently watching a contender in one of this year’s Knight News Challenges: The Data Show is the brain-child of veteran radio-journalist Andrea Seabrook and author/researcher Clay Johnson.

While most journalists identify interesting stories and then collect information on the issue, The Data Show will tell stories driven by data already collected, turning many conventional journalistic practices on their head.

We’re itching to hear the stories they produce, but for now you can check out Clay Johnson’s SoundCloud page to listen to interviews he’s done on data, information consumption and beyond.

Pretty cool, right? We think so too! You can find out more about all of this round’s Knight News Challenge proposals here.

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.

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.

Ray Bradbury

1920-2012

“I don’t need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me.”

Today we’re remembering the great American Science Fiction writer Ray Bradbury. Bradbury’s work inspired writers, artists, musicians and even scientists. He’s often been credited with bringing modern Science Fiction literature into the mainstream, and his work has been adapted into television shows, movies, and even radio dramas. Ever forward-thinking, Bradbury imagined some real-world inventions years before they were built, including earbuds and wireless headphones!

 

Bradbury died on June 6, 2012 at the age of 91. The timing of his death led some to point out that he passed away on the same day as the rare transit of Venus. Quite fitting for someone so enthralled by our ever-expanding universe.

 

Below, we’ve collected a number of tributes to the man who inspired a generation of readers, writers, and thinkers. Here’s to you, Ray. Your passion and creativity will be sorely missed.

 

Here’s a clip from The PBS News Hour giving an overview of the life and work of Bradbury:

 

Yesterday, Studio 360 posted an interview with Ray Bradbury in which he describes the process of writing the screenplay for “Moby Dick”, and the challenges he faced:

 

And finally, Science Fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson remembers Bradbury and his enduring influence, on The Takeaway:

 

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.