Happy World Radio Day! Sponsored by UNESCO, WRD is an occasion to celebrate radio as a medium, and we’re super excited to be joining in the festivities that are going on all around the globe.
Hear UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon kick things off with his very personal message about the role that radio played in his young life: ‘Radio helped open my eyes and ears to the world.”
Radio’s evolved rapidly in the digital age: it continues to reach worldwide audiences and help people to stay informed, to connect with each other, to be entertained. And radio can also save lives: even in the most extreme circumstances, it often remains one of the few ways for people to stay in touch with the rest of the world, and for journalists to share important stories.
WRD is truly international. Check out this jingle from Lesotho:
This message from WRD spokesperson and UNESCO Artist for Peace, Danilo Perez:
Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood talking about children’s radio:
And go back in time with this vintage broadcast from Radio Prague:
That’s just a start: there’s so much more to hear. Follow World Radio Day to hear all of the truly amazing radio that UNESCO is sharing from all over the globe today, right in your stream.
Ableton has long been the number one choice for musicians, whether for songwriting, making beats, remixing or live performances. At SoundCloud, we know that many of you depend upon it, indeed many of our team members use it on a regular basis privately (and it’s even been used in a masterclass or two!). It’s therefore with great pleasure to announce that SoundCloud and Ableton, two great Berlin audio companies, have teamed up to give our communities something unprecedented and very, very awesome.
The news? Ableton now comes with SoundCloud sharing baked in – yes, upload straight to SoundCloud. To celebrate, SoundCloud is offering Ableton users 5 months of SoundCloud Pro, for free. You can find the details here. So what does the SoundCloud community get? Ableton has been generous enough to offer the entire SoundCloud community a free copy of Live Lite 8 so that everyone can get started making their own sounds.
(Our free Live Lite offer was only available until the 31st of May, 2012. You can however check out Ableton’s 30 day trial at http://www.ableton.com/free-trial )
And that’s not all – come May there will be a competition to compose a sound with parts from M83, Junior Boys and Nosaj Thing. Of course, you’ll need Ableton with SoundCloud to enter, so make sure to update your copy of Ableton to get SoundCloud sharing and if you don’t have it yet, claim your copy today!
What happens when two creative communities join forces? They create The Vibe which lets you turn your favorite SoundCloud sound into a 3D-printed iPhone case.
Listen to Shapeways’ Community Manager Ana and I talk about The Vibe at SXSW in Austin last week:
Want to touch the first sound you ever created? Want to carry your child’s first words around with you every day? No matter which sound you care about most, The Vibe by Shapeways lets you keep it in your pocket *and* protect your iPhone at the same time. Pretty rad.