Monthly Archives: October 2012

Jane Hello Heroes: Submit spooky sounds for the October community collaboration

This is a guest blog post by the SoundCloud Heroes, passionate leaders in the SoundCloud community. They want you to be part of monthly collaborations so take part and have fun!

The SoundCloud community compiled stems that reminded us of warm sweaters, hot apple cider and falling leaves. Here are some tracks SoundClouders created from those stems, with their own sounds. Be sure to check the rest here!

October’s Community Collaboration Theme: SPOOKY SOUNDS!

Photo by jomudo

Submit those spooky sound effects, musical excerpts, stories or things that go bump in the night or produce spine-tingling effects. Let’s compile the greatest Halloween hit since the “Monster Mash”.

Anybody can be a part of the SoundCloud Community Collaborations. Here’s how:

1. By October 20th, upload your stems to SoundCloud with the tag “SCC1012”.
2. Take a listen to the stems submitted by other users. Download your favorites.
3. Compile your stems into your own themed track.
4. Share your track here by October 30th. Don’t forget to credit stem creators:

We’ll post a follow up blog highlighting submissions in early November. Happy spooky sound making!

Jane Follow the Fellows #7: Tiny Spark, Working Now, Guidebooks, Nightbus Radio and more

Here’s this week’s round-up by the SoundCloud Community Fellows! Revisit all tracks here.

Tiny Spark
Amy Costello’s months-long investigation into what is seemingly a good idea: medical professionals who volunteer in international crisis zones. Have you ever volunteered in a crisis zone? What was your experience like? Check out Amy’s guest blog post and her report on PRI’s The World.

Also, a patient in Haiti who’d suffered from the work of earlier volunteer surgeons in this Thinglink image below.

Working Now
Amazing stories of a professional skateboard photographer, letters editor, jeweler and more were shared this week. Listen to them here and the full wrap-up below that also includes a few words of what the Working Now producers learned from Third Coast Conference last weekend. “Our job is to make room for a voice.”


Here’s Update #2 from the friendly folks of Guidebooks who are hard at work, combining your submitted sounds and their own musicianship.

Fun stuff, right? So, what are you waiting for? Throw in your original raw sounds to their Group page.

NightBus Radio
Jack visited the Navajo reservation and recorded this fantastic guitar solo and song by a man named Ray Stayne next to his tire repair truck on the side of the road near Leupp, AZ.

Road to the Royal Mile
Hayden Cohen’s interviews from the Royal Mile at Edinburgh Fringe Festival continue with Comedian Steve Gribbin and Ruraidh MurraySee and hear the full set of interviews here!

Here Be Monsters
Jeff interviews Captain Chris Staudinger, an experienced world traveler who visited Myanmar (Burma) in 2006, during a time of political unrest, militarization and a general mistrust of anyone American. Chris tells his story of escaping the country after he and his friends saw something that they should not have seen.

Detroit Mobile Audio Tour

Members of the Detroit Mobile Audio Tour (DMAT) team spoke with location-based storytelling rock star Krissy Clark talk at last weekend’s Third Coast Festival. Laura Herberg spoke with Clark at the festival after her presentation. Before you listen, you might want to click on this link to read about the projects Clark talked about in her presentation.

Jane Follow the Fellows: Tiny Spark investigates the business of doing good in crisis zones

This is a guest blog post by 2012 SoundCloud Community Fellow Amy Costello whose project Tiny Spark who investigates the business of doing good. Amy also contributed a report to PRI’s The World on the medical community’s attempt to learn from mistakes made in Haiti. Read it here.

It’s hard to believe my SoundCloud Fellowship is soon coming to a close! Before it does, here’s my latest podcast:

It’s a months-long investigation into a seemingly good idea: medical professionals who volunteer in international crisis zones.

Turns out, doctors and nurses who lack specialized training can actually do quite a bit of harm.

And there’s one more thing I’ve discovered during the course of my Fellowship – it’s not as weighty but it’s still important:

SoundCloud can save journalists quite a bit of cash. Since I launched Tiny Spark a year ago, I’ve spent thousands of dollars renting studios and hiring freelancers to record guest interviews. Then, a few weeks ago, I asked a Harvard doctor I wanted to interview whether she’d simply hit the Record button on SoundCloud. She sat in front of her computer in Boston while I was at mine in New York. She took out her iPhone headset, plugged it into her computer and used it as her microphone. She then hit Record, uploaded the audio to me afterwards and whoop! I had broadcast quality audio….for free!

Here’s a little sample of that interview so you can hear the quality of audio that can be achieved with Soundcloud’s record button. (It’s also a pretty harrowing piece of tape..and gives you an idea of the kind of things that went on in Haiti.)

Finally, I wanted to share with you another thing I made for free with SoundCloud and through ThingLink. A surgeon from California emailed me some photographs of patients she treated in Haiti, who’d suffered from the work of earlier volunteer surgeons. I recorded her voice with SoundCloud too, chose a few excerpts, and integrated it with Thinglink to create this interactive photo. I think there’s enormous story-telling potential here with these two platforms.