Listen to our 10 most popular 2016 sound-tracks

For the first time, in 2016, the SoundCloud account for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh attracted just under 100 likes, and over 3,000 plays.

A wealth of resources

Our SoundCloud account hosts a wealth of resources. With over 200 sound tracks, this is as many opportunities to enrich your content with digital scholarship, for instance for learning and teaching.

New 2016 voices in this top 10

Three new voices made it up to the top 10 most popular tracks for the whole 2016:

  • Maddie Long, a PhD student in Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh. Maddie talks about her experience preparing for the 3-Minute-Thesis competition. Congratulations to Maddie who won the 2016 UK final of the 3-Minute-Thesis competition (12 September 2016).
  • Vladimir Alpatov, of the Russian Academy of Sciences, speaks on historical attempts to replace the Cyrillic alphabet with the Latin one.
  • Kenny Beaton discusses the Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches website. Kenny focuses in particular on tracks Calum Maclean collected himself. He also picks a couple where Calum is also the contributor rather than his usual role of being the collector.

Familiar 2016 voices

Besides, among the top 10 sound-tracks for the year 2016, we find some familiar voices. Indeed, these already featured in the top 10 for the six months from January to June 2016 :

  • Dr John MacInnes, an expert on Gaelic song and folklore, explains some superstitious beliefs in the Scottish Gaelic tradition.
  • Dr Caroline Watt tells us all about parapsychology.
  • Cailean Maclean on his uncle Calum Iain Maclean (1915-1960), a Scottish folklorist, collector, ethnographer and author.
  • Local booksellers guests of the Centre for the History of the Book discuss on the history, present, and future of the bookshop in Edinburgh.
  • Dr Sam Coombes introduces the Diasporic Trajectories seminar series. It focuses on the representations in thought, literature and art of the experiences of migrant and displaced communities.
  • Guest speaker Professor David MacFadyen (University of California, Los Angeles) offers a quick guide to the Russian web, in terms of song and music.
  • Dr Aidan McGlynn talks about his paper ‘How Pornography Works – Pornography as Undermining Propaganda and Freedom of Speech’.


Special congratulations to colleagues in Celtic and Scottish Studies, in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, in the Centre for the History of the Book, and in the Princess Dashkova Russian Centre.

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