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Jane Audiobiography Round-up #6: Thank you for participating!

This is a guest post by SoundCloud Hero and musician Jared Brickman of One Hello World, based in Syracuse, New York. Follow and connect with the SoundCloud Heroes to find out more about community projects, collaborations and more.

On behalf of the SoundCloud Heroes, thanks to all the SoundClouders who took the time to tell the world (or show the world, for those of you who chose music and noise over verbiage) about who they are and what they do. With nearly 300 submissions, the #audiobio SoundCloud tag is now home to a fascinating cross-section of the community’s creators. And though our weekly roundups may be coming to a close for now, the indelible tag will always be there. Let’s continue to grow SoundCloud’s collection of sonic self-portrayals.

Here are some selections from the latest collection to get you inspired.

Though audiobios are all about distinct human existences, WildAmbience’s audiobio is all about capturing “the silence from the noise of human activity.”

Imagine sitting by a fire in the forest, having a conversation with Kai Altair, an artist who loves community and coming together through sound.

Praverb an emcee from Northern Virginia shares how he uses SoundCloud to connect with the global community. “I love the global unification that occurs through sound. I love the uplifting emotional experience that happens when I’m down. I love discovering music the same way I love being found.”

As diverse as SoundCloud’s genre-scape is, so to is the geography of its creators. Hailing from the UK, J Active delivers dynamic prose regarding his sonic philosophy.

We still welcome you to share your audiobiography: record a 90 second spoken and/or music trope and upload it with the #audiobio tag. Press play on other creators’ introductions and discover new opportunities to listen, collaborate and get inspired.

Jane Hello Heroes: Audiobiography #5: Musical soundscapes, community storytelling and more

This is a guest post by SoundCloud Hero and singer-songwriter Zefora, who is based in Portland, Oregon. Follow and connect with the SoundCloud Heroes to find out more about community projects, collaborations and more.

This past week was a diverse, creative week for the Audiobiography project. We had submissions in French, Norwegian, German and English with poetry, music, and stories galore.

Here are some highlights from this week’s set:

Bill Kirton took a fictional heroine to SoHo for dinner. She’s been dead for 160+ years. Mystery, murder, a good guy with a cellar…and his prisoners. A policeman standing on a coffee table, wearing a dress. 

Meet Ändy from Hamburg, Germany. “I’ve been born in the early 50s last century in Germany. I’m a post Rock’n Roller. Grown up with stuff like the Beatles, the Stones, the Kinks and many others from the very first beginnings.”

Alisa DelTufo hails from North Bennington, Vermont, in the US to talk about her organization, Threshold Collaborative, which uses story gathering and other community engagement techniques to work towards effective community change.

Skye Milan found a way to incorporate sounds from his everyday life around the house with some dramatic dialogue between himself and his sons to create a musical soundscape that reveals more about himself than words.  From the sound of keys to ice cubes in a glass bowl, percussive elements create this unique Audiobio.

D. Murali, from Chennai, India, was a staffer at a print newspaper until a whistle-blowing incident caused his abrupt exit for speaking out against gender and racial prejudice within the organization. Hear the inspiring story that makes his Audiobio.

Keep the unique Audiobios coming. See all past recaps here. If you have uploaded one and it’s not here, send us a message at @SoundCloudHeroes. We’ll be sure to include it in the next set. We still want to hear more until the end of this month, so share your Audiobiography and have your voice heard, too. Remember to give it the “audiobio” tag to help us find it. Find out how to get involved at http://blog.soundcloud.com/2013/02/06/audiobiography.

Jane Hello Heroes: Audiobiography #4: Auto-podcast, song-navelgazing, clown memories, and more

This is a guest post by SoundCloud Hero and music critic/organizer Marc Weidenbaum, who is based in San Francisco, California. Follow and connect with the SoundCloud Heroes to find out more about community projects, collaborations and more.

When we set out to create the #Audiobio project, the goal was to connect listeners with the musicians and sound creators they listen to. Anyone who has had a phone call, or met up face to face with someone they had only previously corresponded with online knows the power that hearing someone’s voice can have — not just at that moment, but in all subsequent communications between them.

The idea of #audiobio is that by hearing the voices of the people whose music and sound we admire, we’ll have a deeper sense of connection to them when we hear more of their work in the future — not just because of what they say (the story of their lives, the goals of their art, and so forth) but how they say it: their voice, their intonation, their temperament.

Audiobiographies will be shared every week so post yours to be featured. All languages are welcome to participate. You can find translations of how to get involved in more than 8 languages here. Here’s round-up #4 from this past week. See all past recaps here.

These are some choice entries from new #audiobio posts this past week:

Dave Pickering (of London, England) was a natural for the #audiobio project because his podcast is an ongoing spoken-word exploration of who he is and of the people who know him. “There are lots of shows about famous people,” he says. “This is a show about the rest of us.” His entry was made entirely out of material from his podcast, which is pretty meta.

Liz Massey (of Glendale, California, in the United States) talked about why she’s a self-described “full-on audio geek,” and she traces her love of sound back to her mother’s storytelling. Warning, if you suffer from coulrophobia (fear of clowns), listen at your own risk.

Peter Lehndorff (of Hampden, Massachusetts, in the United States) wrote a witty little ditty about himself and his music: “I tell stories with my songs / about the stuff I see / Some of it is made-up crap / Some is about me.”

Bidoche Musique (aka Joe Fleury of Fribourg, Switzerland) recorded a psychedelic, echo-laden, and artfully opaque message: “spoken word, sound array / gotta tell the world about the dangers in play.”

If you have uploaded one and it’s not here, we’d love to hear it. Message us at @SoundCloudHeroes. We still want to hear more so share your Audiobiography and have your voice heard too. Remember to give it the “audiobio” tag to help us find it. Get involved at http://blog.soundcloud.com/2013/02/06/audiobiography/