Monthly Archives: June 2011

David Fun Friday: Meet Mark Dewings

Today, meet new Berlin SoundCloud employee Mark Dewings! But first listen to his audio message below!

Fun Friday: Meet Mark Dewings! by SoundCloud Community Team

Hej Mark! How’s things?

Wunderbar! (see that? only 6 weeks in Berlin and I’m already getting to grips with the language!)

You are brand new to the SoundCloud HQ in Berlin! Welcome! Can you tell us what your role entails and what you enjoy most about it so far?

Sure. I’m part of the marketing team working hard to let everyone know what an awesome platform SoundCloud is and communicating the amazing things we’re doing to the entire world! mwwwuhahahahah! (said stroking white cat on knee)

How was re-locating for you? What do you like most about Berlin so far?

I’m a brit but have bounced around North America for the last 8 years, mostly settling in New York. I lived in Brooklyn most recently and Berlin feels very much like Brooklyn’s twin borough. So I’m enjoying being back in Europe and exploring this uber-creative city.

How were you introduced to SoundCloud?

I’d been working in big, global ad agencies and decided to take a career break to get into music – perform, take classes, etc. It was supposed to be 18 months but half way through I was uploading some of my own music to SoundCloud and happened to click on the jobs section. Bam! I thought I’d struck gold. A job where I could bring my hobby and skills together. A few months and 4,000 miles later here I am!

What do you like most about being a part of the SoundCloud team?

There’s an energy here that is pretty unusual and very exciting. It feels like we’re creating something big that will have a lasting impact on the way people think about, create and share sound. And that’s not just some marketing spin! You can really feel it in the air (or maybe that’s the shoes that seem to have been left under my desk…).

What are your favorite sounds you have found while scouring SoundCloud?

Shameless plugs are okay, right?! My old bandmate from Brooklyn moved to Milan to set up a studio there and we’ve started to put a band together. We’re in the early stages and this is the first (mostly done live) track we’ve created. Oh, and we don’t have a band name yet, so any suggestions, let me know!

One of the best things about SoundCloud is finding lesser known artists and bands. One I discovered through this very blog is Daughter. The lead singer has such a lovely, haunting voice that I just had to go and see them live when I was last in London. Brilliant show.

Also, even though I started using SoundCloud as a musician I’ve been getting really into all the other sounds that we have on the platform. I used to be pretty obsessed by comedians Dave Gorman and Danny Wallace, so was pleased to see this guy pop up the other day…

Finally, do you have any fun facts that we should know about?

Hmm. I’ve had a lot of bizarre jobs – deli counter assistant, accountant, Spanish nightclub promoter…. I could go on and on! I also have a number of funny stories about random B-list celebrity encounters, but I’m not sure this is right place to share those…

Get in touch with me at:
Twitter: /markdewings
SoundCloud: /markdewings
www.markdewings.com

Thanks Mark! Make sure to say hello to him in the comments!

Marie SoundCloud Local: Sydney

Photo taken by bdearth, found on Flickr

Today is a very special SoundCloud Local day. Here’s a little back story:

Back in February, we teamed up with Vimeo for a Weekend Project during which Vimeo creators would use a song from SoundClouder Vanchy as the soundtrack to a video they would create over the weekend. The results were stunning and a girl from Sydney named Trixie was a runner-up for the contest. This was her video.

We stayed in touch with Trixie (she’s great!) ever since that day and when we decided to cover Sydney for this week’s SoundCloud Local, we thought “Why not ask Trixie if she’d like to get involved, meet the five SoundClouders below and capture it all with her camera?”; Trixie said “Oh yes!” and off she ran to film the video! It is nothing short of amazing and left us speechless and smiling when we first watched it:

SoundCloud Local: Sydney from Trixie Barretto on Vimeo.

Thank you so much, Trixie, for all the hard work you put into this. It is people like you who make the world (and the web) such a great place. And a huge thanks to Ben, Elizabeth, Fronz Arp, Mark and Andrew, who appeared in the video :)

So not only did we find five amazing SoundCloud users in the lovely city of Sydney but we also caught them all on camera. Learn more about each SoundClouder below!

Elizabeth Rose
Elizabeth Rose is a young electronica producer and singer-songwriter with inspiration from Fever Ray, Bat For Lashes and Björk. This 20 year-old is ready to shine and is now producing her debut EP, which she started after her self-produced demos attracted some attention. You can hear some of these demos below!

soundcloud.com/elizabethrose

Andrew Bishop
Andrew Bishop is a Sydney-based flute player! He enjoys exploring the realms of Acousmatic and Electroacoustic music and is currently studying his an MA degree. Andrew also moderates two groups on SoundCloud (Australian Experimental Music & The Flute Group). Hear his sound art below!

soundcloud.com/anbis

Fronz Arp
Fronz Arp is a solo project that’s described as “Indie Vaudeville Folk Rock Trash”. If you listen below, you’ll hear vaudevillian ukulele, strings and dramatic, seesawing melodies. His project has been compared to David Bowie, Tom Waits, Muse and Kate Bush. Interesting combination, right?

soundcloud.com/fronzarp

Soft Enerji
Soft Enerji, also known as Mark Blane, is a born again Australian with Scottish roots. Residing in Sydney with his family, he makes music during his spare time and uploads it to the ‘Cloud. You can hear the ambient electronic tracks he creates below and head on over to his SoundCloud page for more!

soundcloud.com/soft-enerji

Ben Carey
Ben Carey specializes in the performance of contemporary music. He works regularly with young composers focusing on new works for the saxophone in a variety of contexts. The tracks he uploads to SoundCloud are a mixture of his work as a performer and composer of electroacoustic music.

soundcloud.com/emeidos


If you’re looking for more music from Sydney, check out citysounds.fm/sydney

Also, users in Sydney, join the SoundCloud Local group and submit your tracks. We’d love to hear them!

To everyone who’s on the ‘Cloud, check out Meetup.com to see if a SoundCloud event is coming your way, or start your own! Check out our SoundCloud Local features to see if your city has already been featured!

David Found Sounds: Echo (echo)


Found Sounds is a SoundCloud community feature focusing on some of the most weird and wonderful sounds that can be found on SoundCloud. Count on new installments with some of our favorite sounds each Tuesday!

One of the great things about SoundCloud is how your sounds can seem to bounce around the whole web. Figuratively speaking, that is — your sound may bounce from your Facebook profile off a friend’s wall into a strangers ears for the first time, but that’s all just online. But when sounds are literally bouncing off walls, SoundCloud is there for that too. And if you don’t believe it, check out some of the great echo and reverb sounds we’ve picked out of the ‘Cloud.

Our first sound today comes from SoundCloud user David Michael. The recording of a woodpecker would be interesting enough in any acoustic setting, but the incredibly long reverb in Ferd’s Bog really bump in up to the next level. To top it off, a second woodpecker starts up at a distance, giving a real feeling of space. Give it a listen!

Woodpeckers in Ferd’s Bog by David Michael


 

The next echo sound comes from what must be one of the top echo destinations in the world. Teufelsberg, an artificial hill just outside of Berlin, is a sonic experience that’s been captured by many — even a few SoundCloud employees. But rarely is it recorded as impressively as in this sound by Richard Devine.

Field Recordings from Teufelsberg Listening Station Berlin, Germany by RichardDevine


 

Our final sound today comes from Colin Chung in Sydney, Australia. He’s run his guitar through a beautiful analog effects unit, the Roland SRE-555. Give it a listen as he runs through the settings. He says in the track description: “There is nothing digital that sounds like this or is this tweakable,” and this sound makes you believe it.

Roland SRE-555 live tweaking – analog chorus, tape echo, spring reverb and sound-on-sound by CoolColJ

That’s all for this week’s Found Sounds! Tune in next week for more crazy sounds from the ‘Cloud.