Monthly Archives: September 2009

David Gearing up for Music Hack Day in Berlin – Are you ready?

We sure hope so because we are. Everything seems to be in place and the feedback has been phenomenal. Tomorrow night, we’ll be welcoming close to a hundred hackers and company representatives from all around Europe and even Boston.

Here’s a quick round-up:

  • Location: Radialsystem V, Studio B&C, Holzmarktstr. 33. The Berlin. Gmaps link.
  • Click here for timings and a tentative schedule.

We would like to thank all of our great sponsors for helping us making this possible. Without them, it would have been impossible to realize this in such a short time. Your support is much appreciated, we mean it:

We’re super-excited about the weekend and can’t wait to see you all there. To those of you who can’t make it to Berlin this time: don’t worry, looks like there will be more Hack Days all around the world: Boston, Amsterdam, NYC. Even Mumbai is in the talks. Keep an eye out for updates.

Let’s do this!

Photo credit: Ben Matthew Reyes via Flickr

David Interview time with Henrik @Lenberg

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It’s been a while since our last teamster interview so we thought to share the news with you today about our latest addition to the team. Henrik joins the rest of the gang. Read on…

  • Welcome to the team, Henrik! Could you tell us how you fell in love with computers & technology in general and how you ended up moving to Berlin to join SoundCloud?

Thanks, I’m really excited to be here! The short version is that I bought Cubase to learn about music production when I was about sixteen. Music and technology have always been my main interests (alongside sports) and I fell in love with the idea of combining them. I got into professional sound engineering and radio production but eventually felt like doing something different and began studying.

Engineering physics was totally boring but I specialized in interaction design which is a really interesting subject. I did my thesis work at Propellerhead Software and stayed there to work with the beta testing of Record. It was a great experience and I learned a lot about the music technology industry and software development in general.

I had met Eric and Alex through university so I used to pop by the SoundCloud office whenever I was visiting Berlin. Applying for this job was a natural decision since I had plans to move to Berlin and really like the SoundCloud spirit. I knew I wanted to keep working with music and technology and this job also gives me the opportunity to learn more about the web.

  • How have you been enjoying Berlin so far and what do you think is so special about Berlin?

It’s been a lot more work and a lot less clubbing this time, but I’m really looking forward to start building a new life here and see the city from that perspective. Berlin has a special atmosphere and I think it’s the most interesting city in Europe right now, at least for people like me. I believe it will continue to evolve in interesting ways and it’s great to be part of that.

  • Tell us a little bit more about what you’re working on right now.

I’m getting everything in place for setting up new partnerships and also making sure all ongoing projects run smoothly. It will be very interesting to see how we can improve the musical web by integrating applications and services with SoundCloud.

  • What sort of music do you like? What are your favorite artists?

I mainly listen to electronic music, especially when I work, but I also like pop and hip hop. Here are some artists to give you a better feeling for what I like at the moment: Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Mathias Kaden, Intrusion, Burial, Junior Boys, Empire of the Sun, Bon Iver, and Gang Starr. Perhaps I should also mention that I was a fan of Eric’s (Forss) album Soulhack before I got to know him.

Thanks!

Dave Topping the 'Tech Media Top 100'

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The title of this post might sound like a bit of a tongue twister but we’re super excited to have topped The Guardian’s Tech Media Top 100, a list of companies that were picked by a panel of experts and judges for their innovation and creativity over the past year. We made it straight in a number two, amongst our friends Moo.com and Spotify in the top 10.

Lists are just lists, of course, but it’s always a great thrill when our hard work is recognised so publicly. Second only to the thrill we get when we see all the amazing ways that you’re all using the SoundCloud platform. And meanwhile we’re busy building some amazing new features (and a few surprise ones) that we hope to unleash in the Autumn.

See the full Top 100 listing

Read the full press release