Monthly Archives: October 2012

Jane Follow the Fellows: Pop Up Archive: Mashups and archival trainings galore

Tomorrow, October 26 is the last day of the 2012 SoundCloud Community Fellowship. Stay tuned for a special wrap-up post tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy this guest blog post by Fellows Pop Up Archive on the latest update of the mashup contest they’re hosting to bring archiving to life, and their experience hosting an archival-training class! 

Muesli on Jaws: Mashups and archival trainings galore

When we saw the latest version of Mozilla’s PopcornMaker last week, we had to take it for a spin. The resulting mashup is based on SoundCloud Community Fellow Jake De Grazia’s Outtake: Adam on Jaws, plus some other building blocks from the ongoing Pop Up Archive 2012 Mashup Contest.

Want a free SoundCloud Pro account? It just take a few minutes to submit a mashup. For the contest (full description and rules here), we collected archival material from SoundCloud Community Fellows around three themes: Ambiance, Election Season, and Voices. We’ve heard some great submissions so far, and to give you some extra time we’ve extended the contest deadline to November 15. We’re not expecting you to sink much time on this, so don’t be afraid — get mashing!

Add your audio mashup to the Pop Up Archive 2012 Mashup Contest group for consideration in the contest. Extra points go to anyone who takes it a step further and “illustrates” their audio using Zeega or Mozilla’s PopcornMaker, like we did in the example above. They’re both super simple, and they play nice with SoundCloud. Just click the “Share” button under your SoundCloud track and use the “Link” provided as the media source. Then add timestamped maps, images, video, or just about anything you’d like.

Meanwhile, archives are popping up all over the place. We hosted our first two rounds of producer trainings on October 9th, and a third round on October 23rd. We were joined by a diverse group of producers, collectors, archivists, and oral historians — among them were the Center for Home Movies, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University, CFRC 101.9 FM Queen’s Radio, the Society for American Baseball Research, Activist Archivists, WITNESS, the Southern Oral History Program, the Directors Guild of America Visual History Program, PBS Need to Know, and Northwest Folklife. Big thanks to all the participants!

We shared tips on setting up a lightweight multimedia archive, the differences between content management systems, and archival best practices. We also talked about our work with SoundCloud, Omeka and the Internet Archive, and shared a bit about what we have planned for the next few months. If you’re feeling sad that you missed it, don’t despair! We’re recruiting candidates to beta test our system with free support, so if you’ve got a collection in need of archiving, we’d love to hear from you:

Deadline for submissions is Thursday, November 15th. We’ll pick one winner per theme, to be announced on Monday, November 26. Each winner will receive a one year SoundCloud Pro membership. Good luck!

SoundCloud Voices: Covering the Elections by Leaving the U.S.

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.

This week we’ve invited the award-winning team from PRI’s The World to share their take on covering the U.S. Presidential elections, and how they hope to engage an international audience around a seemingly national issue. If you live outside the U.S., they want to hear your voice! Read on to find out more…


Does the American President Have a Responsibility for Your Future?

by Marco Werman, Host, PRI’s The World 

We’re a radio show. But these days we live online and on your mobile device just as much as we do on-air. At heart, just like the rest of the SoundCloud community, we’re obsessed with the sound of things: people and places, arguments and dreams. And we need your help. But I’ll get to that in a moment.

First, some scene-setting: As you know, Election Day in the United States is just around the corner. So, in the days surrounding the election, we’re taking PRI’s The World on the road to examine how American presidential influence is felt, understood, and imagined by people beyond U.S. borders. While most of the world’s media will be headed stateside, we’re going in the opposite direction.

Now, maybe you’re in the United States. But maybe you’re a SoundCloud community member in Caracas or Mumbai or somewhere else. And maybe you see your own fortunes in the choice of leadership Americans are about to make. Even if you don’t have a vote, my hunch is that you’re watching the US elections very closely.

So I’m headed to London to talk to as many people as I can. Why London? Well, it’s a gateway city for perspectives from across the planet. I’ll be talking to people about a wide range of concerns: the health of the global economy; terrorism and security; the Arab Spring; and the changing role of the United States in global affairs. And I’ll be asking the people I meet to think about what an American president can or should do in today’s world. Do they see the job of a US president (and not only the current president) as a protector or as a policeman? Or do some people have little faith in the ability of American presidents to lead the world on the really big stuff, such as climate change?

I’ll meet up with London-based authors and musicians, scholars and scientists, activists and professionals, many of them immigrants, each deeply interested in the U.S. election and its outcome. And I’m going to capture the city in sound too, in all its messy glory, posting the sounds to The World’s stream here on SoundCloud.

I’ll chat with European commuters as they step off the train from France; take the pulse of London’s much-maligned banking centers; and visit Speakers’ Corner, the historic epicenter of free speech in Britain. I’ll also spend time at New Broadcasting House in central London, talking with journalists from the BBC’s dozens of language services.

But I want to hear from you, too. I want to know how you see the US presidency–the whole institution of the American presidency as it relates to the world. I want you to think more deeply than just telling me who you’d prefer as the next president, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. Instead, tell me what you think about the American presidency. How would you sum it up? How much is an American president responsible for things that go on in the world outside the United States of America?

To the point: why does the American president have a responsibility for your future, wherever you’re from? You might not have a vote, but I bet you wish you had a say.

Check out the big orange SoundCloud record button at and share your thoughts with us. Please keep it short, clean, and respectful. And, while you’re at it, follow The World on SoundCloud.

The world is watching this election. We’re listening to the world. And that includes you.

PRI’s The World is a daily one-hour radio program focused on international news and culture. Produced in Boston, it is a co-production of the BBC World Service, Public Radio International and WGBH, Boston. Follow The World on SoundCloud and at



Jane Follow the Fellows #8: Working Now, Pop Up Archive, DecodeDC, The Truth and more

Here’s this week’s round-up by the SoundCloud Community Fellows! The Fellowship concludes next week so revisit all tracks here!

Working Now
This week, the working lives of a pet detective, laundry attendant and more. Listen to them here and the full wrap-up below.

Pop Up Archive

Pop Up Archive is hosting an archive mashup contest centered on three themes — ambiance, election season and/or voices. Showcase the hidden value of archival audio by participating, and you can win a free SoundCloud Pro account! Details on how to enter at

Detroit Mobile Audio Tour

Laura and the Detroit Mobile Audio Tour team share their latest update about the launch of their mobile audio tour in Detroit next week! If you’re curious about other location-based storytelling projects, they’ve included some excellent ones worth checking out as well here!

Seven (and a half) secrets of political staging. And what could go awry, like Sarah Palin’s turkey-slaughter and when Kenny G is mistaken for Bill Clinton. Andrea Seabrook and Roman Mars of 99% Invisible team up in this very special joint episode. Congratulations to Andrea Seabrook for meeting her Kickstarter goal to fund more episode of DecodeDC. There’s still a few hours to donate if you believe in the future of news journalism, so head over here!

The Truth
“This story was inspired by a submission from listener Matthew Mercier, for our Halloween/Election crowd-sourcing experiment. It’s based on his experience as caretaker of the last home of Edgar Allan Poe, and imagines what Poe’s last living hours may have been like.”


Here’s Update #3 from the friendly folks of Guidebooks who are hard at work, combining your submitted sounds and their own musicianship.

They’re still open to receiving more sounds, so throw in your original raw sounds to their Group page.

NightBus Radio
Jack records some lovely folks who were jamming in a parking lot in Santa Fe, New Mexico. You can follow along on the Nightbus Radio adventures at

Road to the Royal Mile
Hayden Cohen’s interviews from the Royal Mile at Edinburgh Fringe Festival continue with Comedian Alexis Dubus, Creative director of theSpace venues Charles Pamment, and Playwright Robin Rice LichtigSee and hear the full set of interviews here!

Here Be Monsters
Jeff speaks with Andrew Nissenbaum, once a highly successful stock trader whose loss sparked an interest in time travel. Andrew tells his story and explains some of the achievements and hurdles yet to overcome before the 2013 Time Travelers Convention.