Monthly Archives: March 2011

Marie This Week in Tumblr: SongKick, SXSW, Said.fm and more

Hopefully everyone had a great weekend! This is what went on last week at the SoundCloud Tumblr blog:

Monday

Tuesday

  • Our friends at Gobbler are searching for more beta testers. It’s a really cool app that lets you manage, share and backup music projects from popular apps like Live, Logic and Pro Tools. Their latest version brought forthreally nice SoundCloud integration.

Wednesday

  • Lee Martin’s most recent installment in the series of open-source apps is called Premiere. It does what it says: lets you create a beautiful single page to present an album stream for the release of your new record.
  • Check out how great our new SongKick integration looks in action on Curt Smith’s SoundCloud page. He’s using it to show off his intimate residency next month in Los Angeles — cool!

Thursday

Friday

  • In the picture above, spot SoundCloud co-founder and CTO Eric and an artist known today as Robyn. Found them?
  • SXSW in Austin, TX is one of the premiere events for labels to showcase their upcoming artists. We thought we’d turn the tables and showcase some of the folks behind the scenes, and one of the many types of users on our platform. We spoke with Karen Piper over at Radar Maker about how she likes using SoundCloud, and some of the features she finds most helpful. Check it out!
  • Music and the web – we love both of them right? Well the podcast curators Said.fm are running a listening night called Radio Box and they want to hear your story! Read their blog post for more details, or go straight to their Drop Box!

Check out what’s happening on our Tumblr blog this week!

David This Week’s SoundClouders of the Day

Every weekday we highlight an extraordinary SoundCloud user with our SoundClouder of the Day feature. Here are the fantastic users we really liked this week:

Olivier Z’Berg
Switzerland-born, NYC-based pianist and composer. Does a lot of classic jazz, including sometimes blue piano music.

soundcloud.com/olivier-zberg
@olivierzberg

WHITEHOTLIGHT
Madison, Wisconsin. Started by members Aaron and Ty back in 2009. Very atmospheric electronic music, blending ambient with beats and vocals.

soundcloud.com/whitehotlight
@whitehotlight

Cyra Morgan
A New York artist. Shares acoustic versions of her song ideas, along with remixes and collaborations.

soundcloud.com/cyramorgan

Biscuitheaven
Rock band from Manchester. A project that took place in a farm house in where they could jam and record without restrictions or interference from the outside world.

soundcloud.com/biscuitheaven
@Biscuitheaven


Don’t forget you to check out all of our SoundClouders of the Day so far. Enjoy the weekend, everybody!

Marie Fun Friday: Meet the Ops Team

Meet the guys who work behind the scenes and keep SoundCloud running! From left to right, our Ops (Operations) Team is comprised of Erik Bartels, Frederic Jaeckel and Jake Maizel. Learn more about them below:

Hello Ops, how are you?

Frederic: I’m sleeping well, so I’m good.

What does the Ops team do?

Frederic: We’re up if the ‘Cloud is pouring, cleaning servers, checking out healthiness of the infrastructure and plan new stuff to make SoundCloud more awesome.
Erik: Building bits, moving bits and fixing bits.
Jake: I make fun of these guys for constantly talking about coffee and kindles.

Where are you guys from?

Frederic: Erik and Jake are from San Francisco and I’m from Berlin.
Erik: And very happy to finally be in Berlin!

Any favourite tracks on SoundCloud right now?

Frederic: I browse the ‘Cloud every day and I start the day by having a shower to the new awesomeness coming into my daily activity stream :)
Erik: Tracks that Gerd has been putting out, live tracks by Reagenz and some of Nicolas Jaar’s new tracks on CircusCompany. And, I’m enjoying this at the moment:

Pois – Bitter Jam [ citymouse mix ]

Jake: Depends who I am drinking with ;) electronic in most cases. Also, this.

Are any of you musicians yourself? Play any instruments?

Frederic: I myself play around with Ableton live and just have fun with sounds. I’m not dedicated to specific instruments but I truly love music.
Erik: Been DJing for 18 years and hoping to get around to producing soon. I play the shakuhachi and kalimba but as a complete novice.
Jake: I am a recovering record buyer with a collection of over 10K vinyls. Too bad they are back in SF still.

What’s the best part about working in the SoundCloud office?

Frederic: The team is definitely what comes above everything, the awesome office space and that you can manage your time like you want and still get all the important stuff done.
Erik: Great product, creative atmosphere, and never dull.
Jake: I’d say the amazing roof top view is pretty awesome. That and the terrace.

Fun facts, please!

Frederic: I’m addicted to TV series and can’t spend a week without watching the usual: How I met your mother, The Big Bang Theory and a huge pile of more series.
Erik: Besides working 14+ years in the internet industry, I was a ski patroller and a bicycle messenger. In 1996, I won the Cycle Messenger World Champion in the fixed gear category.
Jake: I drove an old Volvo sports car off of a cliff in the middle of nowhere in Mendocino County, flipped it twice and landed it in a tree. I opened the door and fell down the cliff and then had to walk 9 miles to the nearest phone. Good times.

Wow, glad to hear you made it out safe, Jake! And thanks, guys!


Say hello to Frederic on Twitter and SoundCloud! And remember to think of these guys while browsing the ‘Cloud.