Monthly Archives: August 2010

Marie This week in Tumblr: August 23rd – August 27th

What time of the week is it? That’s right, it’s Tumblr recap time! As per usual, you’ll be able to find an outline below of what happened on our Tumblr blog last week.

Monday:

Tuesday:

  • Beach House released a new song from their iTune Sessions EP called “White Moon”. You can have a listen below.
  • The Count & Sinden started streaming their entire new album, Mega Mega Mega! It’s the club duo’s debut and you can hear it all below or on Domino Records’ SoundCloud page!
  • AmpKit (the iPhone app) allows you to record guitar sounds & effects straight to your iPhone. And now, you can share those sounds directly to SoundCloud! Learn more about it here.

Wednesday:

  • Oh, look! It’s SoundCloud founder/CEO, Alex Ljung! Last week, he made it into Billboard’s Top 30 Power Players Under 30. Here’s a peek of what was said…(click this link to read the entire blurb).
  • SoundCloud founder/CEO Alexander Ljung, 28, says he wants his company, which launched in 2007, to do for music files and musicians what Flickr did for photos and photographers. Given the service’s rising popularity, that’s an apt comparison. “The growth has been phenomenal,” he says. “We’ve gone from unknown to one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing audio platforms in 18 months.
  • Yay for praise! SoundCloud is one of Julius Ylitalo’s Top 5 essential online tools. Check out the nice quote below!
  • Enter SoundCloud, a dead-simple and beautiful way to move music from me to my listeners but also to people I work with on a daily basis.
  • Sentric Music, a group on SoundCloud, is a place where users can upload their tracks and get the chance to be upgraded to a Lite account. Antonio Lulić was the winner this month. Check out how he uses SoundCloud.
  • Local Natives hit up SoundCloud!
  • It’s remix time (again)! Grovesnor from Hot Chip announced his remix competition last week. The winner receives a release on Lo Recordings and a Pro account! Find out more here.
  • Got a question? Shoot! :)

Friday:

  • Our web developers now have a blog called SoundCloud Backstage. Learn what it’s like under the hood here at the ‘Cloud!
  • Do you have a cool SoundCloud story? If you do, we want to hear it. Please tell us via our Ask page on Tumblr!
  • Pay what you want for Camel Audio‘s sound library called Planet Earth. Additionally, 50% of the proceeds will go to charity! But there’s only one day left to do this so check out the library below and head on over to their site to get some tunes.

That’s all for now! Next week, we’ll have more goodies for you to listen to, find out about and in general, just enjoy!

Marie Fun Friday: Make your own music video

Have you ever thought a certain track and video would be perfect for each other? Well, now you can find out!

Thor Kell, one of the web developers here at SoundCloud, put together a fun website that auto-plays SoundCloud tracks with silenced YouTube/Vimeo videos. If you head on over to instantmusicvideo.appspot.com, you can check out the example video. Then, once you feel ready, you can make your own!

Here’s a little step-by-step on how to do this…

Step 1: Find a video

Choose any video you like! It can be funny, sad, mysterious, animated – really, whatever you want. Once you’ve figured out which video you want to use, save the video url and paste it in the text box above “enter a Vimeo or Youtube url here”. As another example, I chose an animated short film.

Step 2: Find a SoundCloud track

Now, here’s the slightly tricky part. Tip: make sure you grab a track that is around the same length as the video. Since the video I’m using is 3 minutes long, I chose Caribou’s “Found Out” to go along with it (which is a bit over 3 minutes).

Also, keep in mind what kind of “mood” you want your little music video to portray. You can pick a track that doesn’t fit at all for hilarity or choose a track that works well. Once again, it’s all up to you.

Once you’ve decided on the SoundCloud song you want, copy the track url and paste it in the box above “enter a SoundCloud track url here”.

Step 3: Make the video

Click “Get your Spike Jonez on” and voila! You have a music video!

Step 4: Show it off

Share your video! You can share it by right-clicking on “Link to this music video” (above the video text box), choose “Copy link address”, and paste that link anywhere you like on the Internet.

So what kind of music video did you come up with?

Adams How to embed SoundCloud on the new MySpace profiles

SoundCloud is a platform to host your audio and then share it across your networks wherever they may be. If you’re a musician the ability to share your tracks across all the different places where your fans engage and interact with you is essential. SoundCloud is here to help make that happen.

Recently MySpace launched their redesigned profile layouts, letting you have further choice of the content you are publishing and the form in which others experience this. Additions to their pages include a left-hand navigation, a new focus on the MySpace “Stream” where users can see recent activity, and recent comments, while sharing content. Users can also follow their friends’ Twitter, Facebook and other social networking site profiles right from the site with a new follow option.

For SoundCloud users, another addition is that they’ve simplified the process allowing you to embed other media players to your profile. So why not use your SoundCloud player?

The advantages of embedding SoundCloud players to your profile are that you can:
- get all your stats back within your SoundCloud account from your newly embedded player
- let people share your audio content back across their own networks
- choose from a range of players, including our rather aesthetically pleasing artwork players.
- add your own buy links from any place where you want to sell your music and merch from
- keep your tracks on MySpace automatically updated by embedding your SoundCloud ‘profile’ player

The process is simple, here are the steps to make this happen.

  • Opt in to the new profile type
  • Click on ‘Profile’ and go to ‘Customise Profile’

  • Click on the ‘Modules’ tab on the pop-out Editor box

  • Disable the current music player by clickling ‘Remove’ on the music player icon

  • Click ‘Add’ on the HTML Box icon

  • Copy the embed code for your player from your selected SoundCloud set/track/profile/group, then paste the embed code and hit publish. NB. your profile player will automatically update with your latest tracks
Now you have an awesome SoundCloud player on your profile! You can check out Seams’ artwork player on his profile here.
Try this out for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments below.