#SoundCloud #guestblog #audiobio

Watching a music site become about more than music


Earlier this week I guestblogged over at soundcloud.com about the site’s ongoing audiobio(graphy) project: “Hello Heroes: Audiobiography #4: Auto-Podcast, Song-Navelgazing, Clown Memories, and More.” I highly encourage people to record one.

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.

In the process I singled out four great recent entries, including a guy who does a podcast about himself (“There are lots of shows about famous people,”he says. “This is a show about the rest of us.”) and a woman who thought about her earliest sound memories and came up with clowns.

The audiobio(graphy) project grew out of the SoundCloud Heroes program, which I am happy to have been invited to participate in. The SoundCloud-wide audiobio(graphy) project was the impetus for the 60th Disquiet Junto project.

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