Monthly Archives: April 2012

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.

Another week another SoundCloud Voices. In fact it’s almost been a year since this series started! This week we take a look at some radio producers working on some interesting side projects and just generally leveraging SoundCloud to distribute their work to the web.  Please meet Scott Bliss, Jody Avirgan and Gerry Hadden.

Firstly European correspondent for The World (also on SoundCloud here) Gerry Hadden has just released a new book entitled Never the Hope Itself: Love and Ghosts in Latin America and Haiti.  It is a critically acclaimed memoir of his years covering Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean for National Public Radio, from 2000 to 2004.  He’s been using SoundCloud to post audio excerpts of the audio CD that comes with a signed copy of the book as a premium gift when you pledge to your local public radio station this spring. So take a listen and also get donating to your local public radio!  Take a listen to the following excerpt:

Next up is Scott Bliss an independent radio producer from Pittsburgh, who likes to tell stories about people.  Whether you are a violin maker, a blogger, or a Londoner with a particularly intriguing story, Scott wants to tell it.  Using his SoundCloud account to archive his work, there’s plenty of stories and interviews here that are well worth a listen.  Take a listen to the incredibly interesting story of the Londoner Joyce Vincent who was found dead in her flat.  She had been discovered approximately 2 years after her death.  Who was she?

And finally we have Jody Avirgan, a producer on WNYC in New York.  He has been using SoundCloud for a really interesting new side project called “Ask Roulette”.  Ask Roulette is a live conversation series which Jody hosts where strangers ask each other questions on stage. You show up with a question you want to ask a stranger, then you get randomly called on stage to answer a question and then ask yours. Essentially it’s a story telling game show!  Sounds fun, check out and take a listen to one of the excerpts from a recent show, which starts with the question “Who is the last person you kissed?”.

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 The SoundCloud Community Heroes Summit

We spent this past weekend with our first 9 of 10 SoundCloud Community Heroes in the San Francisco office. We had a blast. Let’s start with the beginning:

Back in February we called for your applications to become a SoundCloud Hero in your city. With the Heroes program, we’re building a network of local ambassadors who want to help us on our mission to unmute the web. After selecting the first set of five and bringing on board the next set of five, we flew the group to San Francisco to spend the weekend with us and to dive into SoundCloud’s history, future and the different ways they will help us on our mission. We had tons of fun, which also included some impromptu collaborations at our final dinner on Saturday night. It was great having the chance to spend time with community members from all parts of the US.

Let’s listen to the Heroes introduce themselves after we wrapped up the Summit. We will be introducing the newest five heroes this week and the next on the blog so be on the lookout for that:

We covered quite a few topics and one of the highlights was seeing the Heroes define the program’s Guiding Principle. It was a fascinating session and great to feel the incredible amount of energy, dedication, passion and engagement our Heroes showed throughout the day. Here’s the SoundCloud Heroes Guiding Principle, spoken by our Heroes and edited by Matt, Los Angeles SoundCloud Hero:

And here are some snapshots from the weekend.

Thank you, Heroes, for making this weekend an amazing one.


David Connect Around Sound: Save The Date For SoundCloud’s Global Meetup Day on May 17th

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!

Global Meetup Days in the past have seen thousands of SoundClouders meet and connect in real life in hundreds of locations around the world. It’s truly inspiring to be a part of and we’ve heard some amazing stories emerging from these meetups.

So let’s take things to the next level and make this the best Global Meetup Day to date! Trust us, it’s going to be a special one. We can’t share all the details just yet but let us say that you’d want to either be the organizer of a meetup or attend once there’s a meetup confirmed in your city.

Save the date for May 17th, 2012 for an extra special, not to be missed SoundCloud Global Meetup Day! Meet up with like-minded Clouders in your city to connect over sound, create collaborative recordings, run your own sound scavenger hunt, record spoken word or do a million other creative things together (the sky’s the limit!). Let’s show the world that the SoundCloud community is the largest community of sound creators on the planet!

How to organize?

  1. First check whether there’s already a meetup scheduled close to you. If there isn’t, you can easily create one, check this step-by-step guide to learn how to set up your meetup.
  2. Find a venue, you’ll want somewhere that enables you to communicate and collaborate to create sounds together. This can be a studio, office, your living room, a bar, it’s your choice! Just make sure there’s access to the web so you can create and share from there.
  3. Once you have committed to your venue & established a meetup, email us at meetups [at] soundcloud [dot] com to request swag.
  4. Promote your meetup on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter and invite your friends to join. We can help you promote your meetup through our channels and every registered meetup will get some meetup swag for their event.

How to participate?

  1. Find an event going on in your city by searching our page and click “Count me in”
  2. Help spread the word, tell your friends about it on Facebook, tweet about it, do whatever you can!
  3. Get inspired and join other SoundClouders and connect over sound by creating something cool: express it via song, interview friends and collect opinions, share sounds that mean something to you…whatever you do, it’s going to be cool!

So, set a reminder in your calendar for May 17th and get talking, we can’t wait to hear what you’ve got to show us. For our part, we’ll be hosting a meetup in Berlin, London and San Francisco. We’ll let you know what cool things are going on at meetups around the world on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook, so keep a lookout so you can join in!