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Ben SoundCloud at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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.

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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.

Ben SoundCloud Voices – Edinburgh Festival Fringe!

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.

It’s that time of year again; starting tomorrow Edinburgh opens it’s doors for the Fringe Festival. Three weeks of performers of all shapes, sizes, genres and budgets will be flocking to Scotland to show case their performances. It you like comedy, theatre, poetry, music, cabaret, dance and more then this is the festival for you! This year we are proud to announce we have partnered up directly with Fringe enabling any performer to add sound to their performer profile. The idea behind the partnership was to empower all performers to show off what their show will be about – that can be in the shape of a short audio description, and snippet of a past show, an interview, podcast – anything audio! Take a listen below to some performers sounds and visit their Fringe profiles on EdFringe.com to see the integration in full effect!

First up take a listen to Helen Arney – a comedian, musician and scientist! A regular contributor to the BBC radio show Infinite Monkey Cage, Helen’s show is comedy stand-up, science, songs and silliness. No need for me to explain, just take a listen to below and please visit her Fringe Performer Profile for more audio!

Dracula: Sex, Sucking and Stardom was too good a title not to take a quick listen to. Last Chance Saloon, celebrated purveyors of Guilty Pleasure Theatre, revamp Bram Stoker’s Dracula with their own brand of the ridiculous to create a slick show of absurd, deft theatre comedy. Follow Jonathan Harker to Transylvania where he discovers the Count’s evil plans and love of all things showbiz. Take a listen to some samples of the show on their performer profile.

Next up, ‘imagine if Derren Brown was funny’. Well that’s what you get with comedy mind reader Doug Segal, with his show “How to read minds and influence people”. Take a listen to an interview below with Doug on a radio show where he does a little bit of mind reading, and check out his performer profile.

As part of the festival, there is also a “Free Fringe”. Dodgers Comedy are one of these shows, offering up a jam-packed hour of stand-up from the cream of Norwich’s up-and-coming comedy crop, all for free! Take a listen below and check out the rest of the audio from all the stars of the show on their profile!

Finally, amongst all the comedy, theatre and cabaret, there is also a lot of musicians performing at the festival. Death Boogie caught our attention which is a multimedia hip hop poetry musical and features the group The Might Third Rail from New York.

Join us for a Meetup at the Pear Tree on Sunday at 7pm in Edinburgh! We want to see you there, for more information RSVP via our Meetup.com event 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.

Ben We are off to Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

SoundCloud are off to Edinburgh Fringe Festival this week to spread the SoundCloud word. Never heard of Fringe Festival before? Well it’s a month long performing arts festival with all kinds of comedy, cabaret, poetry, music and more. Take a look at the site for more details: http://www.edfringe.com/

You may have seen over the last few weeks we have built a Sounds of Fringe map. We‘re looking for anyone attending the festival to use the iPhone or Android app and capture the vast variety of sounds at the festival. We’ve teamed up with a variety of comedians, venues, agents and ‘sound ambassadors’.  They will all be recording interviews, messages, back stage chat, off the cuff banter, sounds on the street and more. The SoundCloud team will also be running around Edinburgh plotting all the venues onto the map, interviewing people on the street and also having a meet up on the Saturday! Take a look at our SoundCloud Edinburgh Fringe Meet Up Facebook page and come join us!

Which comedians?

Well so far the following comedians have signed up to get involved. In no particular order….

Tiernan Douieb, Michael Legge, Martin Wolfenden, Richard Herring, Dan Tetsell, Scott Capurro, Mick Ferry, Matt Green, Helen Arney, Gemma Goggin, Stuart Goldsmith, Mark Nelson, Tom Goodliffe, Luke Wright, Kirsty Munro, Ellie Rofe, Sally-Anne Hayward, Kai Humphries, John Robins, Jason-John Whitehead, Andrew Maxwell, Dana Alexander, Sammy J, Matt Kirshen, Heath McIvor, Pete Johansson and Ian Stone.

Any more comedians out there that want to get involved? Let us know!

Which venues?

A few venues have already signed up

Podcasters

There’s a lot of podcasts going on during Fringe, here a collection of podders using SoundCloud:

  • The Gentleman’s Review – starring Martin Wolfenden, Tom Stringfellow and Andrew Wilson. The guys will be watching a lot of comedy and talking to some funny people.
  • British Comedy Guide – will be posting the Richard Herring Podcast which will be recorded live everyday at the Fringe!
  • Edinburgh Tonight – a daily chat show during Fringe, they’ll be posting short audio snippets of the guests appearing on the show
  • Fresh Air FM  – Edinburgh University’s Student Radio will be posting interviews, reviews and more throughout Fringe.
  • A Room With A Comedian – Edinburgh local Jamie Livingstone will be interviewing comedians!

Sound Ambassadors

We also have some brilliant SoundCloud Sound Ambassadors on board.  The guys will be helping capture the wonderful sounds of fringe recording anything they come across on the streets of Edinburgh.  Their contributions will be posted to the map and also they’ll be submitting the to our Edinburgh Fringe Festival Group.

If you would like to be a Sound Ambassador, we are opening up the application form again.  Take a read of our previous blog post and apply here.

If you want to get a daily dose of reviews, interviews, updates and news go to Chortle.co.uk who will be posting the best audio clip from our collection of comedians each day.  They also have the map embedded on their site, take a look here.

So over the next month we will be making some regular posts on Fringe, keeping up to date on the latest sounds created by the comedians, ambassadors and anyone else getting involved.  Thanks to Brett at Get Comedy, Caitlin Lock Impressive Digital – the brand new marketing department at Impressive, The Fix, Chortle, British Comedy Guide, Rohan at Edinburgh Festival Innovations Lab, all the comedians and agents getting involved and my Mother!