Calling all poets – do you know about SoundCloud?
Poetry is to be heard. At the moment we are perhaps on the brink of a revolution. Unlike bards of old who had to travel the roads to disperse their words, and who were eventually finished off by the power of print, poets of the digital age now have an opportunity to create a new audio tradition.
I’m not sure, but I think that SoundCloud in the next few years could expand with an explosion of heard poetry.
If you are a poet and like to speak and hear poetry then I suggest you consider putting your voice on SoundCloud.
What’s SoundCloud? Well, it is a virtual place where musicians get to share their work. Audio files are large and difficult to share by email, so an easy way of sharing such files was created by the SoundClouders. And there’s nothing stopping poets, or anyone, projecting sounds to fatten that cloud.
I’m putting up Digitally Produced Audio Poetry, but there’s also good old fashioned clearly delivered poetry with nothing other than the presence of voice. There’s not a huge amount of good stuff on SoundCloud as yet, but hopefully more poets will cotton on to The Cloud as somewhere virtual for their sounds to soar.
During my SoundCloud surfing I met a poet called Philip Larkin, sending stuff up into The Cloud from Hull. Now, if you can resist, don’t click this link: http://soundcloud.com/philiplarkin
- The Creative Web: Is SoundCloud the YouTube of Audio? (readwriteweb.com)
- Post-Pivot, SoundCloud Reaches Three Million Users (techcrunch.com)
- SoundCloud (avc.com)