Digital Playground #2: Soundcloud as annotated audio

Digital Playground #2: Soundcloud as annotated audio

Continuing to play with digital storytelling tools… This time, SoundCloud. It’s designed for sharing music, and that’s how I encountered it. But I’ve been thinking about other uses for the timed commenting feature, which lets you link your comment to any second of the track you choose. Many comments on tracks are pretty, well, boring: “sick beats!” “nice one m8” etc. But I wonder about the potential of the timed comment as a storytelling tool. A type of annotation for audio on the web, where the online audio isn’t just delivered differently from old-school radio but also has an added interactive or explanatory dimension. Some possibilities: tag an interview clip, with a link to the person’s website, or the raw interview tag dated information with a link to updated information if the service supported it, tag a verbal description to a picture or map So I gave it a go, uploading one of my recent stories (albeit a longish one, 7+ minutes) about crowd-sourcing money for scientific research in the recent #SciFund Challenge. I added some comments with updates on how much money the projects received, and links to learn more. Does it work? I’d love to hear from you. As a radio addict, I’m not sure it does. I usually listen when I’m on the go (not at the screen) so I’m not sure I’d get much out of my favourite shows annotating their stuff. Maybe I’d want to see it on shorter pieces? On a topic I’m researching? Something educational? Hmm…. Don’t get me wrong, I have huge appreciation for the power and intimacy of radio (in whatever delivery...
Digital Playground: Storifying Hot Dog Day

Digital Playground: Storifying Hot Dog Day

I’m going to experiment with some new-to-me digital storytelling tools, and post the results. Experiment number one is a learning exercise with Storify—a tool that Openfile, CBC Community and many others use well all the time. I’d never tried it, so wanted to practice on something low-key before trying it on breaking news. Happy to report it’s very easy. So here, curated tweets from CBC Vancouver’s Hot Dog Day. Which many, without irony, call the best day of the year at CBC. [View the story “Hot Dog Day, and the fans go wild.” on Storify] Hot Dog Day, and the fans go wild. Every June, volunteers at CBC Vancouver entice employees away from our cubicles for free hotdogs, chips, veggies and conversation. Even those who generally eschew processed meat learn to love CBC’s Hot Dog Day. Storified by Lisa Johnson · Sat, Jun 23 2012 11:38:46 The anticipation builds… Hot Dog Day this Wednesday! @daveshumkaLisa Christiansen Best day on #CBC calendar RT @LisachristCBC: Hot Dog Day this Wednesday! @daveshumkaKaren Tankard …until the big day. This may not fit what you imagine about public broadcasters, but CBCers get really excited about hot dog day. It’s today.Lisa Johnson IT’S FREE HOT DOG DAY AT WORK! #NotaEuphemism http://pic.twitter.com/goJ07yWXAndree Lau Hoping my colleagues here at CBC take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of Hot Dog DayRoss Bragg I saw a man with 3 hot dogs! #hotdogdayAndree Lau It’s true. Hot dog day has made us giddy around here.Stephen Quinn It’s not all joy, though. Gravity and mustard can be a tricky combination.  Eating hot dogs around coworkers is awkward enough, I...