Monthly Archives: April 2012

Jane Meet Boston SoundCloud Hero: Tea Leigh

After profiling our first five SoundCloud Heroes, we will continue to profile the next set of five who joined us at our SoundCloud Community Heroes Summit in San Francisco this past weekend on April 6-8. Read our recap here.

Tea Leigh is a musician and writes music reviews for an art collective called Acres. As the SoundCloud Hero for Boston, she is interested in interacting with all kinds of Boston SoundClouders to discover, share and create new sounds together. She will be organizing the Global Meetup Day in Boston on May 17 so get in touch!

What do you do? How do you use SoundCloud in your life?
I am a musician and I use sound as a tool to reach other people and connect with other sound makers. I use SoundCloud to share music but to also find people to relate to and strike up conversation with. I prefer to use it as a way to connect to people rather than just promote my work. I also use it to find musicians to review for the blog I write for.

What are your aspirations for the SoundCloud community in your city?
To really form some sense of community on the ground here. To get people to come to monthly meet ups, form shows and events around showcasing these people, and to get peoples story out about why sound is important to them.

What is your favorite place in the city and why?
It’s hard to pick just one place because there are so many good places. One of my favourites is the T, even though it’s horribly loud, the conversations you hear from there are the best. I would also have to say the roofs of the buildings here, from up there it’s so easy to be objective about sound.

What is your favorite sound and why?
My favourite sound is the sound cars make when they drive on wet streets. It’s just this calming sound to me. It reminds me of early fall or late spring, the kind of that moment when things start to change.

Where else can we find you on the web?
You can find me on the web on Twitter: @100teas
On Facebook if you just type in Tea Leigh and obviously on SoundCloud
and also in Google. Type me in! (:

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.

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.