Monthly Archives: August 2012

Jane Follow the Fellows #1: Here Be Monsters, NightBus Radio, Life Advice Radio & More

This year’s SoundCloud Community Fellows have been busy kicking off their projects, so we wanted to share a recap of what some of them have been cooking up so far this week. Stay tuned for future recaps every Friday, and join the group to hear of ongoing track updates!

Here Be Monsters
Jeff Emtman’s podcast is all about facing the fears and demons that hide in the corners of our mind. Read more of how his podcast came to be in this Boulder Weekly feature here. His latest episodes range from exploring “entopic phenomena” to uncovering the historical reactions to the unknown.

Road to the Royal Mile
Hayden Cohen shares the stories and interviews with folks along the Royal Mile at the largest arts and culture festival in the world: Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Have a listen to his first interviews below.

NightBus Radio
Traveling by Greyhound bus in the US, Jack Kennedy shares his latest adventures in Nashville, TN and Asheville, NC. Want him to visit? Send him a sound and he might come to record you! Want more? Read his feature on Wired here.

The Appreciation Engine
The Appreciation Engine website is in the works but you can sign up to be notified when it’s live here. Drop a timed comment below and share with Stephanie Dub how sharing appreciation has an effect on others’ lives and your own.

 Life Advice Radio
Jake De Grazia’s audio life advice column this week is about advising how to “fix” quite a distinct laugh. Want to hear it and the solution? Listen below.

From Hear to There
Nadia Wilson is “the lady on the NY subway with the big glasses and a microphone.” Hear the latest from her audio ethnography of the NYC Subway: a symphony and “the worst feeling in the world.”

The Truth
Jonathan Mitchell shares passages from Machine Man, a novel about a man who slowly transform himself into a machine, along with a conversation with an amputee who is building mechanical body parts.

Sound School
Laura’s first submissions were from a Berklee College of Music professor who shared how sped up polyrhythms create harmonics.

Give the rest of her recap a read and a listen here.

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 may or may not know that SoundCloud’s head office is based in Berlin.  With staff moving from all over the world to Berlin there is always the topic of learning German.  Luckily we can all learn a little easier now that Deutsche Welle’s Learn German podcasts are on SoundCloud!  So if you ever wanted to get to grips with basic vocabulary, listen to the news in German at a slower pace, or get your ‘word of the week’, then this podcast is your route to German fluency! Or at least a step in the right direction!

Firstly, Wort der Woche, or ‘Word of the Week’. Up your vocab game here!

Want to listen to the news in German, but can’t keep up with the standard speed of a news reporter? Then Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten might help. It’s Deutsche Welle’s news read in German, but at slower.

Another of the Deutsche Welle’s podcast modules is Alltagsdeutsch – audio features on every day topics out of Germany. For example, why your Opa and Oma (Grandpa and Grandma) would start using Facebook.

There’s plenty of other content on the account so start following Deutsche Welle – Learn German and get a regular stream of the audio good stuff.

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.

Jane Hello Heroes: Collaborations

Hello Heroes is a guest blog series by the SoundCloud Heroes. Heroes Ben Z and Monica collaborated to share this post on…collaborations! Have any tips or suggestions about collaborations, add them in the comments!

What unites 20 million users from around the world, each with their own personalities, backgrounds, and languages? It is the one language we all know and speak: sound. Before any of us even knew a language, we used sound to communicate and make sense of our world. We became adept at giving sounds meaning and using them to express our needs and desires, including the desire for connectedness.

We are still using sound for that same purpose to create connections on SoundCloud. Within seconds, we can send our sounds to the far ends of the Earth and receive an immediate response in return. This makes collaborations possible and enjoyable, and that is why those of us in the SoundCloud Heroes program have been so enthusiastic about collaborating with you!


We’d like to share a few of our recent collaborations and the lessons we’ve taken from them with you. We hope that they both inspire and assist you in beginning your own collaborative adventures!

Two of my latest collaborations have taken place with two very different people from two very different places: Iran and Japan. The first is with EleWara from Tokyo, Japan. The second is with SoundClouder Mashoud Tehrani from Iran.

Ben Z.

I have collaborated with over a hundred people using SoundCloud! It is amazing what you can do when you intentionally reach out to others. Recently, I finished a full-length album with producer and fellow SoundClouder Dejection, who lives in Darmstadt, Germany. We used SoundCloud’s amazing features to connect, share files, find guest artists, and fulfill our desire to connect with people globally. Here is a sample from that project and the process by which we connected to create an album together.

Currently, I am in the process of creating a collaborative hip hop song meant to inspire youth around the world. This track is a collaboration between myself, Chicago emcee Roberto Rivera, and Ugandan emcee/b-boy Abramz. All three of us have a passion for engaging, inspiring, and encouraging youth through hip hop.

We hope that reading and hearing about our experiences inspires you to link up with other SoundClouders and collaborate! So go identify potential collaborators and build a creative bridge that spans hundreds or thousands of miles. If you missed the August collaborations theme A Road Trip of Sounds, there’s still time to submit and yours can be featured.