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Jane Follow the Fellows Embrace your “Data Maelstrom” with Pop Up Archive

This is a guest blog post by 2012 SoundCloud Community Fellows Pop Up Archive. Be introduced to the world of archiving!

A few week ago, to give you a glimpse of the hidden intrigue of archival audio, we put together a collection of questions from our archive. So as not to leave you hanging, this week we are proud to present answers from the archive. You’ll hear from London street food vendors, a Californian internment camp survivor, urban redevelopment workers from Philadelphia, and a Central Valley obesity prevention activist, to name a few.

We’d also like to remind you of our upcoming Archive 101 Training Workshop (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace My Complete Data Maelstrom). Here at Pop Up Archive, we’ve been devising a curriculum to introduce audio producers to the world of archiving and data standardization. You might be saying to yourself, “Really, Pop Up Archive? How are archiving and data standardization going to help me?”

Well, first of all, archiving makes it possible for you to easily find your own audio. You will never again need Spotlight to find a file:

Second, archiving makes it possible for others to find your audio. You’ve recorded a lot of amazing stuff. It doesn’t need to fester on a thumb drive — do something with it. There’s someone out there that wants to hear it, be moved by it, and reuse it.

Third, stop kvetching and find out for yourself. We’re looking for podcasters, journalists, oral historians, and content-creators. Our first training is Tuesday, October 9th, so if you want to get involved, let us know ASAP. You can register here, and/or email us at popuparchive@gmail.com. If you can’t make it on Tuesday, fear not: there’ll be more where that came from, including this handy survey to help us get acquainted with your (sometimes disparate) needs. And we’ll be making our free training materials and software plug-ins for Omeka available this fall.

Stay tuned — next week we’ll also launch our first archival audio mashup contest, using sonic building blocks from this year’s Community Fellows. If you’ve got something to say, or audio you’d like to contribute, in the spirit of SoundCloud, you can upload an audio submission to our SC Dropbox at http://soundcloud.com/popuparchive/dropbox. Yep, that’s right — you can be organized and creative at the same time. Let us help you.

Jane Follow the Fellows: Tell your problems to Life Advice Radio

This is a guest blog post by 2012 SoundCloud Community Fellow Jake de Grazia. His project, Life Advice Radio, is “what you might get if you pulled a chunk of audio out of a Christopher Guest movie and let it love and impregnate a Dear Abby column.”

Hello SoundClouders,

My name is Jake. I’m one of this year’s SoundCloud Community Fellows. I produce a podcast called Life Advice Radio for a publication called Trop. And I need some problems.

Your problems. Sent to me. Either by DropBox or phone (323 963 7753) or email (jake@tropmag.com).

The reason I want problems is that problems are the milk and potatoes that feeds the Life Advice Radio beast.

For those of you that haven’t heard it, what I do on the show is find someone with a problem (ideally one that has some kind of sound component), interview him or her about it, take the problem to the Life Advisors (the extraordinarily wise men who also happen to be the co-creators of the podcast), gather some advice, bring that advice back to the person with the problem, record that person’s reaction to the advice, and then edit everything into a story, which may or may not be true by the time I’m done editing. For example, this story is true; this story is slightly less true, though probably not in the way you think.

Anyway, again, I need your problems, in audio form, as soon as possible. I want to make a problem medley episode in which the Life Advisors attempt to solve an unwieldy number of mostly unrelated problems all at once. It is a challenge I have already posed to them, and it is a challenge they embrace.s

If you want to hear a version of this blog post, with pauses and inflections and pleasantly subtle dramatic excitement, push play below:

Jane Follow the Fellows: Practice appreciation with The Appreciation Engine

This week’s guest post is by 2012 SoundCloud Community Fellow Stephanie Dub. Her project, The Appreciation Engine, is ready. Record and share your messages of appreciation online!

Opportunity is a funny thing. We often hear that something is a “once in a lifetime opportunity,” or that “opportunities like ‘this’ don’t come around that often,” or “if only the opportunity presented itself,” but my opinion? Opportunities are everywhere. Life isn’t about waiting for the right opportunity to present itself; it’s about recognizing an opportunity for what it is. And a lot of time that recognition starts with slowing down, acting with intent, prioritizing where to focus your energy, and above all staying positive.

There are a lot of not so positive forces in the world right now, especially on the Internet. There are time sucks, status updates and a lot of mindless creation and consumption when it comes to content. And I think all of that buzz sometimes unconsciously takes us away from recognizing opportunities; opportunities to connect and see and feel what matters, what’s around us.

When I started brainstorming ideas that would eventually become The Appreciation Engine, I had two goals in mind. 1. Use media- social, online, audio, technology etc.- to create good. And 2. Provide an opportunity to spread that goodness with ease.

The most logical way for me to figure out how to meet those two goals was to start by examining my own life. What drives me to create good? What opportunities do I have to share good and positive things?

Here’s how that process went:

I’m a big believer in the universe, signs, listening to your instinct, interconnectedness, and everything that comes with all of those super high level new agey words and concepts. And as I’ve gotten older, my ability to practice all of these concepts in my life is made possible by two simple things: stopping/slowing down to recognize all of the good things happening around me, and taking the time to give thanks for the opportunity to experience them. Now, this practice is easy when I’m happy, excited, or calm. Because hey, that stuff feels good. And when I feel good, I (like many others) want to share that feeling. But it’s harder to practice those two seemingly simple steps when I’m feeling stressed, worried, or scattered. But I guess that’s the nice thing about practice, you get better at doing the hard things that produce good outcomes. Simply put, the practice of appreciation has changed my life.

And then all of a sudden it became obvious. I want to create an online tool that makes it easy to recognize an opportunity to participate in one of the most basic and important human acts of interaction – feeling and sharing appreciation.

And thus, the engine was born. My goal, my vision, is that The Appreciation Engine will provide you an easy opportunity to experience the good producing effects that feeling and sharing appreciation can offer, and use media and technological connectedness to do it (not take away from it!). After a few weeks of hunkering down to design and build (with help from a tech professional ;)!) I am excited to announce that The Appreciation Engine is now live and ready for use!

So, are you in?