Monthly Archives: April 2012

Jane Meet Los Angeles SoundCloud Hero: Will Coley

After profiling our first set of SoundCloud Heroes, we continue our profiles of our newest SoundCloud Heroes who joined us at our SoundCloud Community Heroes Summit in San Francisco last weekend on April 6-8. Read our recap here.

Will Coley is an activist who has lived in LA for six years and a transplant originally from North Carolina. He helps non-profits use audio and other social tools to promote social justice. He’s helped numerous folks get started with SoundCloud to do so. Come out to the Global Meetup Day in Los Angeles on May 17!

What do you do? How do you use SoundCloud in your life?
I help nonprofit organizations and foundations with their social media content strategies. As a consultant, I figure out how to use digital tools to promote social justice and progressive movements. I’m big on using audio for the projects I’m involved in. I use SoundCloud for podcasting like documenting live community events and for my own radio storytelling.

What are your aspirations for the SoundCloud community in your city?
I’m really interested in meeting other SoundClouders and helping them connect with each other at meetups, skill-shares or listening events. I know there are lots of good stories in this big city: folks making great music or podcasts and using audio to build community. I’d also like to help musicians and podcasters collaborate in creating even more SoundCloud content: from artist interviews to scoring radio stories or podcasts.

What is your favorite place in the city and why?
I love the outdoors near LA (the beach, mountains and desert) but since they’re mostly outside the city limits, I guess I have to choose something else. I also like what’s temporary in LA: unique street scenes that Angelenos create outside their cars: the CicLAvia bicycle festival, the West Hollywood Halloween carnival, massive marches and demonstrations for immigrant rights and other causes, and even the spaces that street vendors and taco trucks create.

What is your favorite sound and why?
Besides the sound of rain (which is rare in LA), I love the call of freight trains rumbling in the distance. It seems like such a “out West” sound to me. I also have to admit that when I’m at Costco, I like eavesdropping on conversations of my fellow shoppers. You can hear a dozen different languages in the refrigerated area alone.

Where else can we find you on the web?
My website/blog is Aquifer Media
Twitter: @willcoley
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/williamcoley
I’m also on the Public Radio Exchange: http://www.prx.org/users/137403-willcoley

Anything else?
Check out examples of organizations that I helped get started with SoundCloud:
Detention Watch Network http://soundcloud.com/detentionwatch
Eastside LA Netsquared http://soundcloud.com/n2la
Freedom from Fear Awards http://soundcloud.com/fffaward
Los Angeles Media Reform Group http://soundcloud.com/lamrg
NDLON’s podcasting http://soundcloud.com/ndlon-habla
Rights Working Group http://soundcloud.com/rightsworking

Interested in being part of this growing network of SoundCloud Heroes?
Read the program details here and apply at the link at the bottom of the post.

Jane Meet Los Angeles SoundCloud Hero: Matthew Flynn

After profiling our first set of SoundCloud Heroes, we continue our profiles of our newest SoundCloud Heroes who joined us at our SoundCloud Community Heroes Summit in San Francisco last weekend on April 6-8. Read our recap here.

Matthew Flynn is a musician who goes by the moniker Shifty Teeth. As the Los Angeles SoundCloud Hero, he is interested in creating a central hub for LA SoundClouders to seek inspiration, networking and support. Fun fact: He and Boston SoundCloud Hero Tea Leigh had been in contact online on SoundCloud prior to meeting at the Heroes Summit last weekend. Come out to the Global Meetup Day in Los Angeles on May 17!

What do you do? How do you use SoundCloud in your life?
I am a musician based out of Santa Monica, CA, drifting between folk and electronic music, and at times trying to marry the two. SoundCloud has provided me the opportunity to collaborate with people all over the US and the rest of the world. I have recently become akin to pressing the REC button on my SoundCloud iPhone app to document found sounds.

SoundCloud is a huge part of why I am still pursuing music, mostly due to the other artist’s I have pulled inspiration from and the positive feedback and growing support I have received.

What are your aspirations for the SoundCloud community in your city?
This city is full of talented and creative people of all walks. I think it is important to establish a hub for people to look to for support, collaboration, inspiration, or networking. I find people are overwhelmed by the city at times and I want to help provide the venues, resources, and networking that can lead to some unique and powerful growth. I am also really excited for what I am going to learn throughout this process from the people I meet.

In a nutshell, I just want to be part of something different and special and to help foster some new relationships in the SoundCloud Los Angeles Community.

What is your favorite place in the city and why?
A few of my favorite’s include any part of a bike ride to the beach, Barnsdall Art Park (potential SoundCloud event venue), and my bed after a long week of work. Anywhere I can slow down and relax is high on my favorite’s list.

What is your favorite sound and why?
Crickets and an open window in the summer. Drowned out ambience when I leave my headphones on after a song or album ends. Nice harmonies. The list goes on and on but the common thread is a sound that is familiar and comfortable.

Where else can we find you on the web?
www.shiftyteeth.com
@shiftyteeth
www.facebook.com/shiftyteeth

Interested in being part of this growing network of SoundCloud Heroes?
Read the program details here and apply at the link at the bottom of the post.

Jane Meet Seattle SoundCloud Hero: Alison Doyle

After profiling our first set of SoundCloud Heroes, we continue our profiles of our newest SoundCloud Heroes who joined us at our SoundCloud Community Heroes Summit in San Francisco last weekend on April 6-8. Read our recap here.

Alison Doyle is a composer who works in the tech industry in Seattle. She creates her own piano compositions but also uses the mobile app to record just about everything, from her compositions to found sounds. She will be organizing the Global Meetup Day in Seattle on May 17 so get in touch!

What do you do? How do you use SoundCloud in your life?
I work in downtown Seattle for a consulting firm in the tech industry. Outside of work, I write and record my own piano compositions which typically consist of random sounds I’ve recorded around the Pacific Northwest (though lately, as far as Richmond,VA and San Francisco). I’ve used SoundCloud for so many things; it’s a place to keep all of my music and find new music. The iPhone app has made recording literally anything possible. I’ve recorded piano sketches, pets being cute (woof/meow!), trains, planes, coyote howls, EVERYTHING. It’s also a makeshift directory of fellow music makers. I’m a big fan of a lot of the groups people have created. It’s the most accessible music + sound networking website (and in my opinion, the most artist friendly).

What are your aspirations for the SoundCloud community in your city?
I’d like people to rethink the way they use and appreciate sound. Ambiance, whether visual or audio, is important and I don’t think a lot of people realize that. Dabbling in sound art is also a way for people who have no musical training to make music. A lot of the folks on SoundCloud are extremely encouraging and it has a very large community feel. I’d like to see Seattle take on this philosophy within the city itself and become a hub for cross-genre collaborations. Seattle is already a large networking and tech friendly place filled with creative types, so it only makes sense. The SoundCloud community in Seattle should be (and could be) diverse and open to any demographic. Limiting it to one style of ________________, defeats the purpose of connecting and collaborating.

What is your favorite place in the city and why?
Simple- anywhere with a spanning view of mountains and water! I don’t like feeling landlocked and the ability to see miles and miles beyond the very place you’re standing is something I could never do in the South or the Mid-West. Seattle, for as much hype as it gets for being dreary and dismal, is actually a gorgeous city (when you can see it). Being near water is also an opportunity to record all sorts of sounds.

What is your favorite sound and why?
I can’t pick just one but around 2 am, I can hear the trains in Georgetown, planes flying, sea lions barking, and sometimes coyotes howling (or screaming in some cases). These sounds are usually accompanied by cars speeding down wet streets. I’m not sure why it’s my favorite as it sometimes disrupts my REM cycle but I could never fall asleep to no sound at all.

Where else can we find you on the web?
I’m pretty much everywhere:

facebook.com/slowyouroll

twitter.com/cascadiansounds
last.fm/user/slowyouroll
flickr.com/photos/slowyouroll
http://slowyouroll.tumblr.com/
http://www.linkedin.com/in/alisonedoyle
alison-doyle.com
instagram: blackcascades

and of course soundcloud.com/alliedee

Interested in being part of this growing network of SoundCloud Heroes?
Read the program details here and apply at the link at the bottom of the post.