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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.

 

You’ve probably noticed that here at SoundCloud we’re all about building community. Not only is our amazing community growing every day, but we’re also thrilled to be a part of the larger global audio-community.

As avid listeners ourselves, it brings us a great amount of pride to be working with some of the biggest and most popular audio producers in the world. We’re very proud to be working with highly respected networks such as  The BBC, Radio France, NPR, PRI, and APM.

When it comes to working with our partners, we strive to be more than a simple audio-player. We’re constantly collaborating with them, working together to spread amazing listening-experiences across the web.

 

As much fun as we have working with these established networks, we also place a great deal of importance on supporting the next generation of audio producers. That’s why we get especially excited when working with folks like National Public Radio’s Intern Edition!

Not only do NPR’s interns play an important role in the production of the network’s major programs, but they also hone their skills by producing their own content. All that hard work gets published on their site, as well as presented to the NPR staff during a premier presentation at the end of each semester.

Listen to one of their recent pieces here:

 

These young producers are inheriting quite a different industry than the generation before them. The line between producer and listener is quickly disappearing, allowing anyone passionate about voice, sound, and storytelling to broadcast their experience to the entire world.

In fact, this week National Public Radio is encouraging audiophiles everywhere to submit the sounds of their cities using SoundCloud!

 

You can record your sounds using SoundCloud’s mobile app. Here’s some instructions: 

1. Go to a place where you can hear your favorite sound and start recording.

2. Say your full name slowly and clearly. Then: “The sound of (YOUR CITY NAME) is (NAME OF SOUND).”
For example: “My name is John Smith. The sound of Columbus, Ohio, is the lunch-time crowd at the deli on my street.”

If you stumble, just pause, take a take breath, and try again.

3. Record the sound for at least 60 seconds.

4. Give it a listen (with headphones if possible) and make sure it came out clearly. Feel free to try it out a few times and then choose your best take.

5. Upload the file to Soundcloud and put the tag #nprcities in the title!

Here an example of one sound that was just submitted yesterday!

 

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.

This week on SoundCloud Voices we’re exploring the changing world of radio. More than ever before, evolving technologies are encouraging radio networks, newsrooms, and producers to experiment with new ways of gathering stories and spreading sound. Reporters and producers can now find subjects, conduct interviews, and collect audio from around the world more easily than ever. And whether broadcasters are engaging listeners in their homes, their cars, or on their phones, radio is no longer defined by the range of physical radio-waves.

 

We’ll start off in Spain, where the RadioDays Europe conference wrapped up last week in Barcelona. The conference brought together public and commercial radio folk from all over Europe. And as proof that radio transmissions know no borders, one of the conference’s keynote speakers was a decidedly American voice.

Listen to This American Life’s Ira Glass address the RadioDays Europe Conference 2012:

 

Leaving Barcelona we’ll travel to Austin, TX where the Integrated Media Association conference took place a few weeks ago. Focusing on all things digital in U.S. public media, iMA 2012 hosted a wealth of excellent panel discussions. Many of SoundCloud’s partners were there, including Public Radio International, American Public Media, The Association of Independents in Radio and KQED! These included NPR President Gary Knell’s first address to the public radio industry, as well as a keynote address from public media innovator and Public Radio Exchange’s CEO Jake Shapiro.

You can browse through many of the panels below:

 

And while we’re focused on the evolving face of public radio, we also wanted to highlight a very exciting radio project in the final rounds of a Kickstarter campaignRadio Ambulante will be the first Spanish-language radio program of its kind. Spearheaded by author Daniel Alarcón, the program promises to push the boundaries of storytelling in a similar vein of This American Life, Snap Judgment and RadioLab. For any lucky Spanish speakers out there – this one’s for you. And for those of us lacking in the language department, what better incentive to start learning!

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.