Having packed my bags for a ten-day stay in the States, I ended up on a four and a half month epic Space Nomad adventure (more details at spacekate.com). I’m finally home and embarking on another adventure.
There’s no rest for the wicked (nor the jetlagged), so I’m pleased to announce that I’m currently half way through my first day at Audioboo HQ, where I’ve accepted an exciting role, the exact title of which is yet to be decided. Basically I’ll be looking after the community, dashing about the place creating lots of interesting content and generally keeping the boys of the office in check.
Unlike most people, who are frightened of giving up stability to follow their dreams, I’m somewhat the other way round. Suffice to say that I wouldn’t take a job that I thought would be dull, and I haven’t. I’ve been using Audioboo for almost as long as it has existed and I think it’s a great tool (and great fun). In case you’re not familiar with it, Audioboo is like a cross between YouTube and Twitter, but for audio. It’s a free smartphone app that allows you to record sound on the go, tag it, add pictures, tweet it and generally share it with the world. There is also the option to upload sound from your computer, which is nice.
I’ve been using Audioboo to chronicle my mad adventures around the US, to grab interviews with amazing people (like Charlie Duke, the 10th man to walk on the moon) and do occasional news reports while on the go. Others use it to share thoughts, ideas, advice, music, traffic and travel or on the ground reports during revolutions. Audio is an extremely powerful medium and when used well can transport you to where the action is, creating images that surpass those of cameras (try this audio of the of shuttle launch I was at). I’m excited to hear about the latest developments here at Audioboo and pleased to be a part of the team going forward. There are interesting things on the horizon that I look forward to sharing with you.
If you’ve not had a play with the app I encourage you to have a go and let me know how you get on. I’ll be listening out for some of the best bits to feature and looking after the Audioboo Twitter stream too. Do let me know if you hear something or just drop me a line to say hello (the office is pretty quiet!).