For most of the members of the SoundCloud community, this weekend probably passed like most others — going forward through time. For more then 40 others, though, the weekend was going backwards. And now that it’s over, we’re really excited to announce the winners of last weekend’s “reverse”-themed Sound Bites contest! Reverse effects can be subtle or obvious, jarring or soothing, straightforward or intricate. We were lucky enough to get some of every single kind in this weekend’s competition, so picking just three was tough. But we said there were going to be winners, and so there will be winners — and they’re great ones!
The first place winner and recipient of a SoundCloud Premium upgrade and a SoundCloud swag pack is Johnny Ripper of Lille, France. Johnny’s submission is all piano: the harmony chords are played in reverse, and the melody notes are played forwards. It’s a beautiful combination of sounds, and a great track to win the second Sound Bites competition!
Next, our two runners up, whose excellent submissions earned them each a SoundCloud swag pack, and major props from the judges! First, we’ve got twobob, who along with SoundCloud user Special Kay on vocals, (singing backwards, no less!) has put together a pretty amazing track. Give it a listen!
Our final winner was Calopteryx, of Murmansk, Russia. Not only did he make a great sounding track, he also performed some computer magic to embed the logo of the contest — a reversed SoundCloud cloud — into the frequency spectrum of the track itself! If you’ve never witnessed that kind of effect before, it’s sort of something you have to see to believe. Excellent work!
A huge thanks again to every single entrant. It was so much fun to listen to all of the amazing submissions, and I can really recommend checking out all of these crazy backwards noises. Stay tuned for Sound Bites #3 coming soon!