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Hands up: who speaks Bosnian, Hungarian or Farsi/Persian?  United Sounds needs your help!
So, here’s the dealio:
The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a landmark document about the human rights that affect every person on this planet. We think that’s an important message to shine a spotlight on, so the United Sounds project is sourcing audio recordings of as many of the 370 translations as possible.  But, to succeed: we need YOUR sounds!
Can you, or someone you know, take 15 minutes to make an important contribution to the project? Step-by-step instructions here:
http://www.soundcloud.com/groups/united_sounds/dropbox
To show our appreciation: every contributor to the project is entered into a draw, happening later this month, for some SoundCloud swag.  Great cause + your great sounds = potential for some SoundCloud gear?  Now that’s an awesome equation.  
We’ll check in next week with updates but, in the meantime: follow United Sounds on Twitter , or listen to the growing collection of recordings on the Group page! 

Hands up: who speaks BosnianHungarian or Farsi/Persian?  United Sounds needs your help!

So, here’s the dealio:

The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a landmark document about the human rights that affect every person on this planet. We think that’s an important message to shine a spotlight on, so the United Sounds project is sourcing audio recordings of as many of the 370 translations as possible.  But, to succeed: we need YOUR sounds!

Can you, or someone you know, take 15 minutes to make an important contribution to the project? Step-by-step instructions here:

http://www.soundcloud.com/groups/united_sounds/dropbox

To show our appreciation: every contributor to the project is entered into a draw, happening later this month, for some SoundCloud swag.  Great cause + your great sounds = potential for some SoundCloud gear?  Now that’s an awesome equation.  

We’ll check in next week with updates but, in the meantime: follow United Sounds on Twitter , or listen to the growing collection of recordings on the Group page

Worldwide Wednesday

United Sounds has a lot to celebrate: submitted from all corners of the world, we’ve released 46 full recordings of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights!
Wanna get in on the action yourself?  From Hungarian to Albanian to Lao, there are a lot more languages that we’re still looking for. And, to sweeten the deal, add your sounds to the project and your name will be put in a draw for a swag bag of SoundCloud amazingness later this month. WIN-WIN.
Interested yet?  Learn how to participate here!
http://www.soundcloud.com/groups/united_sounds/dropbox
In the meantime: we want to share the sounds with YOU!  Below are all of the linked recordings, listed alphabetically (and giving a nod of thanks to all of the project participants via their SoundCloud handles).  Give ‘em a listen, leave some comments, make your own recording.  Hey, maybe even play around with the sounds – if there were a United Sounds remix we’d even consider breaking out some running man moves! 

Worldwide Wednesday

United Sounds has a lot to celebrate: submitted from all corners of the world, we’ve released 46 full recordings of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights!

Wanna get in on the action yourself?  From Hungarian to Albanian to Lao, there are a lot more languages that we’re still looking for. And, to sweeten the deal, add your sounds to the project and your name will be put in a draw for a swag bag of SoundCloud amazingness later this month. WIN-WIN.

Interested yet?  Learn how to participate here!

http://www.soundcloud.com/groups/united_sounds/dropbox

In the meantime: we want to share the sounds with YOU!  Below are all of the linked recordings, listed alphabetically (and giving a nod of thanks to all of the project participants via their SoundCloud handles).  Give ‘em a listen, leave some comments, make your own recording.  Hey, maybe even play around with the sounds – if there were a United Sounds remix we’d even consider breaking out some running man moves! 

david-noel:

Alex from Toronto is one of our Community Fellows, her project is called United Sounds.

She’s working on building the largest collection of audio recordings of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. There are 370+ different translations of the document and Alex encourages people from around the world to record a version in their own language. To date, she collected 47 different versions from various people around the world (including Sanskrit!)

While every recording and language has its own special touch, the actual people and stories behind the individuals recording these versions are even more special.

Listen to Alex sharing some of the stories in this voice message. It gave me goosebumps and proved to me that the internet can be a magical place. 

Reblogged 2 years ago from david-noel

Afrikaans, Welsh and Hungarian speakers - United Sounds is looking for you!
United Sounds continues to need your help to source as many audio recordings of the 370 translations of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as possible.  As a document that outlines the rights that impact every person on the planet, the UDHR is an important message for *everyone*.  We’re specifically looking to add Afrikaans, Welsh and Hungarian to the project this week, but would also love contributions from any and every language!  Can you, or someone you know, help us to spread the message of universal human rights?
British author Angela Carter wrote that “language is power, life, and the instrument of culture, the instrument of domination and liberation”.  SoundClouders are well-positioned to add their sounds, their language and their power to the human rights discussion.  It takes 15 minutes to make an important contribution, and step-by-step instructions to participate are outlined here:
http://www.soundcloud.com/groups/united_sounds/dropbox
We’ll check in next week.  In the meantime, though, don’t miss out on the United Sounds action on Twitter and, if you’re not yet a member of our group, join here and stay in the loop with the project on SoundCloud!

Afrikaans, Welsh and Hungarian speakers - United Sounds is looking for you!

United Sounds continues to need your help to source as many audio recordings of the 370 translations of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as possible.  As a document that outlines the rights that impact every person on the planet, the UDHR is an important message for *everyone*.  We’re specifically looking to add Afrikaans, Welsh and Hungarian to the project this week, but would also love contributions from any and every language!  Can you, or someone you know, help us to spread the message of universal human rights?

British author Angela Carter wrote that “language is power, life, and the instrument of culture, the instrument of domination and liberation”.  SoundClouders are well-positioned to add their sounds, their language and their power to the human rights discussion.  It takes 15 minutes to make an important contribution, and step-by-step instructions to participate are outlined here:

http://www.soundcloud.com/groups/united_sounds/dropbox

We’ll check in next week.  In the meantime, though, don’t miss out on the United Sounds action on Twitter and, if you’re not yet a member of our group, join here and stay in the loop with the project on SoundCloud!

United Sounds Still Needs You!

WelshYiddish and Persian/Farsi speakers – halp!  We need your linguistic skillz! 

United Sounds is still at it: looking for your help in sourcing as many audio recordings as we can of the 370 translations of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  The UDHR is a central document detailing the human rights that affect every person on the planet, and we think that’s an important message to shine a spotlight on using the sounds of languages from around the world.

Can you, or someone you know, help us out?  Take 15 minutes and head to the project dropbox where the step-by-step instructions to participate are outlined: 

http://www.soundcloud.com/groups/united_sounds/dropbox

We’ll check in next week with updates but, if you just can’t wait: follow United Sounds updates on Twitter, or listen to the growing collection of recordings on the Group page!

Ukrainian, Welsh, Indonesian? Yiddish and Swedish, too! United Sounds needs ‘em all!

We’re still at it: looking for your help in sourcing as many audio recordings of the 370+ translations of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights as we can.  This week the spotlight falls on Ukrainian, Welsh, Indonesian, Yiddish and Swedish!  Can you help us out?

Recordings are at the core of United Sounds' success, and it only takes 15 minutes to get involved.  If you speak a language that's not one of the 5 we're profiling this week - check the list of languages we already have in the “read more” here - don’t let that keep you from getting involved…we’d love you to participate, too!

A favourite quote is Ralph Waldo Emerson's “nothing great was every achieved without enthusiasm”.  So, let's seize that spirit and enthusiastically head to the United Sounds dropbox to collectively contribute our sounds to something great: an archive that makes a statement on the universality of human rights.  The steps to participate are here:

http://www.soundcloud.com/groups/united_sounds/dropbox

Big cheers and polite golf claps to those who have already participated!  From the last batch of languages we received great submissions from SoundClouders in Estonian (from ‘haldjas’), Serbian (from ‘stereochemistrymusic’) and Hindi (from ‘shardul6’).  

These tracks will be released soon!  In the meantime: remember to check for project developments on Twitter, and to listen to the latest recordings up on the United Sounds group page!  

world maps / Liz / CC BY 2.0

Estonian! Serbian! Romanian! Hindi! Swedish!  
(can you tell we’re excited?) Speak one of them? Leads? Read on!
This week United Sounds is on the lookout for Estonian, Serbian, Romanian, Hindi and Swedish speakers to add to the audio archive of recordings of the important Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)!  
We’ve got a good collection of recordings started from all corners of the globe, but now we need YOUR participation…not only to help the list of submissions grow, but also to help spread the message of universal human rights in as many of the 370+ translations of the UDHR as possible!
Recordings are at the core of United Sounds’ success.  It only takes 15 minutes to get involved and to make an important contribution.  If you speak a language that’s not one of the 5 we’re profiling this week - check the list of languages we already have in the “read more” here - don’t let that keep you from getting involved; we’d love your participation, too!
So, let’s go all in: warm up those vocal chords, press record, and submit the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights in your language here:
http://www.soundcloud.com/groups/united_sounds/dropbox
Before we forget: from last week’s list of languages we got amazing submissions from SoundClouders Raimonas Stasiukonis and Stasys D.!  Straight from the small Baltic nation we got not one, but TWO, Lithuanian submissions.
Until next week: stay tuned, follow project developments on Twitter, listen to project recordings and comment on the group page!
Globe balls / jason wilson / CC BY 2.0

Estonian! Serbian! Romanian! Hindi! Swedish! 

(can you tell we’re excited?) Speak one of them? Leads? Read on!

This week United Sounds is on the lookout for Estonian, Serbian, Romanian, Hindi and Swedish speakers to add to the audio archive of recordings of the important Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)!  

We’ve got a good collection of recordings started from all corners of the globe, but now we need YOUR participation…not only to help the list of submissions grow, but also to help spread the message of universal human rights in as many of the 370+ translations of the UDHR as possible!

Recordings are at the core of United Sounds’ success.  It only takes 15 minutes to get involved and to make an important contribution.  If you speak a language that’s not one of the 5 we’re profiling this week - check the list of languages we already have in the “read more” here - don’t let that keep you from getting involved; we’d love your participation, too!

So, let’s go all in: warm up those vocal chords, press record, and submit the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights in your language here:

http://www.soundcloud.com/groups/united_sounds/dropbox

Before we forget: from last week’s list of languages we got amazing submissions from SoundClouders Raimonas Stasiukonis and Stasys D.!  Straight from the small Baltic nation we got not one, but TWO, Lithuanian submissions.

Until next week: stay tuned, follow project developments on Twitter, listen to project recordings and comment on the group page!

Globe balls / jason wilson / CC BY 2.0

Calling all Lithuanian, Welsh and Norwegian speakers!  And, while we’re at it: Persian/Farsi and Hungarian speakers, too!  Can YOU help us out?
This week United Sounds is looking for Lithuanian, Welsh, Norwegian, Persian/Farsi, and Hungarian speakers!
But first, a thought-starter to set the mood… a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady of the United States and the first chairperson of the preliminary United Nations Commission on Human Rights:

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin?  In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world.  Yet they are the world of the individual person […] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.  Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world." 

Decades later, these words capture the spirit of the United Sounds project.  It’s with YOUR individual contribution that we’re continuing to archive audio recordings of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in as many languages as possible, and to build a project with large-scale impact.  
We’ve got a diverse selection of submissions already up, but can you help us out by recording your own reading?  
Recordings are at the core of United Sounds’ success.  It only takes 15 minutes to get involved and to make an important contribution.  If you speak a language that’s not one of the 5 we’re profiling this week - check the list of languages we already have in the “read more” here - we’d love you to participate, too!  
In a few easy steps, record the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights in your language here:
http://www.soundcloud.com/groups/united_sounds/dropbox
And, hey: virtual applause and many thanks to SoundClouders who responded to our search for languages last week!
- ‘Una-Minh Caomhanach' submitted Irish (Gaelic)
- ‘Kyokow' contributed Japanese
- and we got doubly lucky with Russian, submitted by both ‘pavlentij' and 'Tigran.Oganezov’
Look for these tracks soon but, for now: follow project developments on Twitter, listen to the project recordings on the group page, and check back next Monday to see how this week’s round-up of languages went!
(Photo via Globes / Jayel Aheram / CC BY 2.0)

Calling all Lithuanian, Welsh and Norwegian speakers!  And, while we’re at it: Persian/Farsi and Hungarian speakers, too!  Can YOU help us out?

This week United Sounds is looking for Lithuanian, Welsh, Norwegian, Persian/Farsi, and Hungarian speakers!

But first, a thought-starter to set the mood… a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady of the United States and the first chairperson of the preliminary United Nations Commission on Human Rights:

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin?  In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world.  Yet they are the world of the individual person […] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.  Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world." 

Decades later, these words capture the spirit of the United Sounds project.  It’s with YOUR individual contribution that we’re continuing to archive audio recordings of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in as many languages as possible, and to build a project with large-scale impact.  

We’ve got a diverse selection of submissions already up, but can you help us out by recording your own reading?  

Recordings are at the core of United Sounds’ success.  It only takes 15 minutes to get involved and to make an important contribution.  If you speak a language that’s not one of the 5 we’re profiling this week - check the list of languages we already have in the “read more” here - we’d love you to participate, too!  

In a few easy steps, record the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights in your language here:

http://www.soundcloud.com/groups/united_sounds/dropbox

And, hey: virtual applause and many thanks to SoundClouders who responded to our search for languages last week!

- ‘Una-Minh Caomhanach' submitted Irish (Gaelic)

- ‘Kyokow' contributed Japanese

- and we got doubly lucky with Russian, submitted by both ‘pavlentij' and 'Tigran.Oganezov

Look for these tracks soon but, for now: follow project developments on Twitter, listen to the project recordings on the group page, and check back next Monday to see how this week’s round-up of languages went!

(Photo via Globes / Jayel Aheram / CC BY 2.0)