Monthly Archives: April 2012

SoundCloud 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.

Happy Anniversary! Today, SoundCloud Voices turns 1. For the past year, we’ve featured Community members who create spoken word content…this week  we take a trip back to the good old fashioned podcast – of the entertainment variety. We’ve got two great comedy podcasts for you and a great new film review podcast. Allow us to introduce Super Ego, Penn Jillette’s Penn’s Sunday School and The Empire Film Podcast.

First up is Mr Penn Jillette’s comedy talk podcast entitled Penn’s Sunday School. Penn is an illusionist, comedian, musician and author. You might recognise him from Futurama, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, or Sabrina the Teenage Witch, too name only a few of his appearances. The podcast is part of Adam Carolla’s ACE Broadcasting network and also features co host Michael Goudeau. The concept of the show is discussing the news of the week but often drifts into anecdotes and stories such as, featured in the podcast below, Penn’s clash with magician David Copperfield.  It’s an excellent out and out talk podcast full of jokes and funny stories. Take a listen.

Next up is Empire Magazine’s Film Podcast. As the biggest film magazine expect the latest views, reviews, stories and news on the upcoming films. They even have great guests on the show such as actor Guy Pearce and director Mike Newell, features in the podcast below. Having just started just over 4 weeks ago, the podcast has already had great reception and lots of listens.  Take a listen too!

And last by no means least comedy podcast Super Ego. Described as such – Profiles In Self-Obsession. Improvised, analyzed and brought to you by Drs. Jeremy Carter, PhD and Matt Gourley, PyT with Resident Specialists Mark McConville and Jeff Crocker.  In short the show is an improvisational, character based sketch podcast.  Each episode takes a look at a a particular psychological disorder in the form of a case study.  It features brilliant guests such as Greg Proops, Patton Oswalt, Drew Carey and Paul F Tompkins to name a few.  Take a listen to March’s episode 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 SoundCloud Global Meetup Day May 17th: Get Involved!

As many of you might already have heard, May 17th is our 4th annual Global Meetup Day! We want to see you there!

Sound brings people together. Sound forms connections and sound breaks down barriers. SoundClouders are spread all over the globe and that’s what makes this community of sound creators so amazing and unique. You’re the best and you should celebrate yourself on May 17th when it’s time for another SoundCloud Global Meetup Day. Save the date!

 Still wondering how to get involved? It is simple!

  1. Find your #scmeetup in your city here: Meetup.com/SoundCloud – if you do not find one there, you can create one (here is some info on how to do that)!
  2. Sign up for the meetup using Twitter, Facebook or creating a Meetup profile.
  3. Help plan or promote your meetup! You can use Facebook, Twitter or your blog to promote the meetup in your city. Remember to use the hashtag #scmeetup when you can.

Some notable Meetups that are being planned so far:

 United States – hosted by SoundCloud Heroes:

San FranciscoAustinBostonSeattleLos AngelesSyracuseChicago

Worldwide:

IstanbulBerlinSalt Lake CityTokyoHong KongSingaporeTorontoMadridPerthBuenos Aires & so many more cities!!

So, will we see you on May 17th? Let us know in the comments or tweet us (@SoundCloud) using the hashtag #scmeetup & we will broadcast your Meetup!

If you have any questions or want to know more how you can get involved please feel free to email meetups [at] soundcloud [dot] com !

SoundCloud 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.