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Jane Celebrating our 2012 SoundCloud Community Fellows

The SoundCloud Community Fellowship is an opportunity for individuals to showcase their creativity with sound over the course of three months. This year’s Fellowship concludes today. We wanted to say congratulations and thanks to our Fellows for being part of this journey, and to our great community for listening and engaging.

So, how did we get here? After our announcement in July, we received a whopping 184 proposals from across the globe. We were truly moved by your enthusiasm. From there, we had a wonderful panel of honorary judges select our 15 final 2012 SoundCloud Community Fellows.

Say hello to:

These unique projects were made alive by a diverse group of people: professional radio producers, independent producers, students, musicians and more. Most importantly, these individuals used sound as a creative medium to share their stories and the stories of others, to touch upon the range of human emotions we experience.

Noteworthy publications from Social Times to Nieman Journalism LabWired, Hypebot, Betabeat, Media Bistro’s Fishbowl LA and more also helped push our Fellows’ ambitious projects to a wider audience.

To our dearest 2012 SoundCloud Community Fellows:

We were honored that you made the active decision to apply to be part of the Fellowship this year. The hard work, dedication and stellar work we’ve seen (and especially heard!) have been great to share with our community and beyond. Most importantly, you are leaders in demonstrating limitless possibilities for creativity with sound. To celebrate, we’ve worked on a montage to pay tribute to all your hard work.

Upon reflecting on this year’s Fellowship, Fellows shared their own learnings and highlights throughout the Fellowship as well as advice if you’re interested in pursuing a project related to sound.

We hope these projects will inspire you to try new things in your life, whether they’re with sound or not. Opportunities are there. We look forward to next year’s Fellowship and hope to meet the next bunch that loves sound as much as we do.


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: popuparchive@gmail.com.

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!

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 https://blog.soundcloud.com/2012/10/16/fellows-popuparchive-mashup.

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 http://kennedykarate.wordpress.com.

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.