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.
SoundCloud Voices this week takes a look at how news organisation Al Jazeera have been using SoundCloud this week to cover the Russian Elections. Taking place on March 4th, Al Jazeera reporter Christopher True has been in Moscow leading up to the date covering the build up, getting a sense of the thoughts and feelings of the public. Some of this coverage has been done using SoundCloud’s iPhone app which has been used to interview the Russian public on their thoughts on Putin and generally on the presidential election. Some of these recordings took place earlier this week at a demonstration against Putin and for free and fair elections. Protesters joined hands and formed, approximately, a 16km long chain along the Garden Ring in central Moscow. Chris was able to interview some of the protesters simply by recording with the SoundCloud app and said “I found the application very easy to use, I think also it’s less intrusive than a dictaphone so people are more relaxed in talking.”. You can read the full report by Chris True on the Al Jazeera web site.
Take a listen to this interview with Alexander and Ilyia who took part in the human chain on Sunday.
Or Ekaterina who also was part of the protests.
Al Jazeera have also been making use of the ability to plot location within the SoundCloud iPhone app. We have the ability to plot audio to maps so over the next week you should follow Al Jazeera’s Russian Elections map which will be showcasing all the audio that Chris has recorded on location.
Go over to the Al Jazeera site to take a deeper look, but to give you an idea, it looks a little like this:
Since the protests on Sunday, Chris has continued to interview the Moscow public. Here’s a couple more interviews for you to listen to! It’s great to hear a wide demographic of people of different ages and professions giving their opinions!
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