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Ben 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.

SoundCloud Voices this week takes a look at how news organisation Al Jazeera have been using SoundCloud this week to cover the Russian Elections.  Taking place on March 4th, Al Jazeera reporter Christopher True has been in Moscow leading up to the date covering the build up, getting a sense of the thoughts and feelings of the public.  Some of this coverage has been done using SoundCloud’s iPhone app which has been used to interview the Russian public on their thoughts on Putin and generally on the presidential election.   Some of these recordings took place earlier this week at a demonstration against Putin and for free and fair elections.  Protesters joined hands and formed, approximately, a 16km long chain along the Garden Ring in central Moscow.  Chris was able to interview some of the protesters simply by recording with the SoundCloud app  and said “I  found the application very easy to use, I think also it’s less intrusive than a dictaphone so people are more relaxed in talking.”.  You can read the full report by Chris True on the Al Jazeera web site.

Take a listen to this interview with Alexander and Ilyia who took part in the human chain on Sunday.

Or Ekaterina who also was part of the protests.

Al Jazeera have also been making use of the ability to plot location within the SoundCloud iPhone app.  We have the ability to plot audio to maps so over the next week you should follow Al Jazeera’s Russian Elections map which will be showcasing all the audio that Chris has recorded on location.

Go over to the Al Jazeera site to take a deeper look, but to give you an idea, it looks a little like this:

Since the protests on Sunday, Chris has continued to interview the Moscow public.  Here’s a couple more interviews for you to listen to!  It’s great to hear a wide demographic of people of different ages and professions giving their opinions!

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 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 take a look a highly admired and awarded journalist Anthony Shadid who sadly died last week.  An American of Lebanese decent, Anthony won the pulitzer prize twice for his exceptional coverage of the U.S occupation of Iraq and introduced a wide audience of people to the events in the Middle East.  He reported on Libya, Tunisia, Iraq and Lebanon to name a few countries he worked.  He sadly died of an asthma attack while covering the confilct in Syria.  The following recordings are a collection of recordings of Anthony himself, retrospectives and tributes.

First up is Democracy Now’s retrospective piece on Anthony.  It’s an amazing listen, you can hear past interviews with him where, for example, he recollects him and his team were kidnapped in Libya.  Take a listen to hear that story and more below.

Then there is the International Center for Journalists, a non profit organisation which promotes quality journalism, posted an old recording from Anthony speaking at an event in 2010 about the media’s role in covering the Middle East.  He recounts some incredible events from his time working for the Washington Post in Baghdad.

And finally radio station KCRW were able to speak to Anthony’s colleague at the New York Times (another publication he worked at), Susan Chira.  She recalls Anthony’s character and some of his incredible stories in Syria and Iraq.  Take a listen below.

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.

David Storytelling with SoundCloud

Many of you may know the App Gallery as the best place to find new apps to create and promote sounds.  You may know some of the music focused apps such as BandPage by RootMusic or Presonus Studio One, but more and more focus on spoken word and storytelling.  These apps make it easier than ever before to let your audience listen in.

New to audio editing?  Don’t need all the effects in music making software to get your point across? Hindenburg Journalist is the app for you – it is a simple to use and streamlined audio editor made for journalists.  Packed with all the features needed to assemble a good radio show and without all the effects and ad-ons needed for music production,  it’s the best way to get started in podcasting.  When you’re finished editing,  export directly to SoundCloud.

SpeakerText offers quick and inexpensive transcription for any SoundCloud sound you share with it.  The amazing thing about SpeakerText isn’t the transcription though,  it’s their CaptionBox that really makes the app stand out. Embedded directly below the SoundCloud player, it highlights each word as it’s being spoken.  You can also jump to any part of the recording by clicking on text you want to hear.  Neat, huh?

Storify is an app that allows you to curate the best of social media to tell a story, letting visitors get the whole picture, as it happened.  Drag and drop media into Storify and then embed the whole post anywhere on the web. ABC’s Dan Patterson uses Storify and SoundCloud to chronicle Occupy Wall Street . Find out exactly how you can make the most of storify here.

So what are you waiting for?  Try some of the easy-to-use tools out there to help you record, edit, transcribe and share your stories with SoundCloud and the world!