Click on your question to jump to the answer.
- What is the Society for Spontaneous Singing?
- How does the group work?
- Is there an email list for announcements?
- How long has the group been around?
- Why isn’t my track showing up in the SSS group?
- Should I provide any additional information?
- Do I need to participate every week?
- What is “vocal improvisation”?
- How can I communicate with other SSS singers off of Soundcloud?
- What if I have more questions?
Q: What is the Society for Spontaneous Singing?
A: The SSS is a group based on Soundcloud where singers respond to weekly prompts to improvise and share their music.
Q: How does the group work?
A: A project is announced each Thursday morning. It can be sung and uploaded all weekend, until midnight on Monday. You upload your track to your Soundcloud account. Then you post it to the SSS group (click the “Add to group” button below your track’s waveform, and select the SSS group). It helps if you include the week’s tag (eg: vox001-threeminutes) with the track.
Q: Is there an email list for announcements?
A: Yes—and you can subscribe by filling out the “Weekly Prompts” form to the right—or by clicking here.
Q: How can I communicate with other SSS singers?
You can leave them comments on Soundcloud; share and discuss on our Facebook group; or mention our Twitter account (@singthisplease). Or—if you sing rather loud—they might just hear you through the air!
Q: How long has the group been around?
A: The first project began in January 2015, and the series has continued weekly since then.
Q: Why isn’t my track showing up in the SSS group?
A: Read the second question and follow those directions. If that doesn’t work, get in touch with the group’s co-founders, Amado Ohland or Jascha Hoffman.
Q: Should I provide any additional information?
A: Yes, you are welcome to include a short description of your creative process.
Q: Do I need to participate every week?
A: By no means! Sing as often as works for you. No need to contribute every week. Just jump in whenever you can.
Q: What is “vocal improvisation”?
A: When you read a piece of sheet music or memorize a song, you know, to a greater or lesser extent, what is going to happen, and when, and how. When you improvise, you are reacting to what is happening in the moment, without a prior plan.
Even the most free of improvisations has some sort of structure underlying it. This project will explore some structures that have been developed for solo, choral, or a cappella vocal improvisation. No prior knowledge is be required. We will explain as we go along.