Monthly Archives: July 2011

David Fun Friday: Meet Anne Hagemann

This week please help me welcome German native Anne to the office!

Hej Anne! Wie gehts?

Hervorragend, danke.

First, welcome to the SoundCloud team in berlin! Can you tell us what your role entails and what you enjoy most about it so far?

Thank you! I am the new Office Assistant in the Berlin office. My job is to make sure that everyone here in the office has what they need to work properly. That includes things like keeping people happy with a choice of drinks and nice fresh fruit, as well as helping them with paperwork and stuff. It’s really about getting and keeping things organized.

I have a feeling you are pretty familiar with Berlin and Germany in general, where are you from?

Yup, I know Berlin quite well, although I’m not technically from Berlin. I was born in Leipzig, but have lived in or near Berlin since I was two years old. So apart from a one-year stint in New Zealand, I’ve been here pretty much my whole life.

What are your favorite things to do in Berlin?

Being a bit of rock chic, I love going to concerts. There’s a great mix of really small and bigger, more commercial venues, so you can see small alternative bands as well as big names. Also, now, in summer, pretty much everything is fun in Berlin – sitting in a park or near the Spree, hanging with friends, drinking a nice cold beer, going to open-air parties… Summer is definitely the best season in Berlin!

How were you introduced to SoundCloud?

I first went on SoundCloud about a year ago because one of my favorite band posted their new songs there. After checking out the site, I thought that SoundCloud would probably be a pretty cool place to work at. One year later, when I was looking for a new job, I was on SoundCloud again and went to the job site, actually not hoping for much. But there it was: “Office Assistant” – and here I am now :)

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

As most people in the office, I’m very passionate about music and it’s great to combine work with what you love. Also, I felt very welcome right from the start. Everyone was really friendly and open. What’s also very important to me: Even though my job isn’t the most high brow or technically difficult, I feel that the work I do is very much appreciated, and that’s just awesome – thanks you guys and gals!! :)

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

Latest tracks by Flashguns

These are Flashguns, a young English band, one of my favorite bands, and pretty much the reason why I work at SoundCloud now.

Dustin O’ Halloran – Vorleben – Compilation – 130701 by FatCat Records

Dustin O’Halloran is an American composer and pianist, signed to an English label and now living in Berlin… and he does some lovely piano music.

And in general, Fat Cat Records is a great source for music cause they’ve got a bit of everything from classic to electronic and indie rock.

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

I “suffer” from the holy trinity of non-lethal, but very annoying health ailments: lactose intolerance, an allergy against dust mites, and an underactive thyroid. But don’t worry – I’m a still very cheerful person ;)

Where can we find you on the interwebz?

I don’t have Twitter or a blog/website, but this is me on Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/kp-anne

Thanks Anne!

Marie SoundCloud Local: Bordeaux

Photo taken by _Tophee_, found on Flickr

A southwest port city in France that goes by the name of Bordeaux is our SoundCloud Local city this week. Give these SoundClouders below a “bonjour” or “salut”!

IntuitionMusique
Intuition Musique is a French duo comprised of Julie and Vincent. In September 2009, Julie and Vincent met in school. Soon after, they decided to start up their acoustic duo. Even after Julie went to Spain and Vincent headed over to Germany, these two managed to keep their music going!

soundcloud.com/intuitionmusique

Apsomessia
Founded in 2010, Apsomessia is a progressive rock group based in Bordeaux. Their intention is to create unique music. Focusing mostly on instrumental music, they do their best to evoke images primarily out of the imagination, using incredible zany and absurd stories. Hear what they have in store.

soundcloud.com/apsomessia

De Cendres
Here’s an anime-enthusiast and developer (PHP/js) who likes to fool around with “Fruity Loops” and VST effects. Check out some of his demos and other great tracks in the bright blue player below! If you like what you hear, head over to his page (also, linked below) and give him a follow.

soundcloud.com/de-cendres



Mimaniac

Looking for some tracks with some “pow” and “bang” in them? Mimaniac has some extremely energetic tunes for you to listen to. He specializes in “Tribecore” — he even claims it runs in his blood! Push the orange play button and start grooving to the crazy tracks in the player!

soundcloud.com/mimaniac



BaH-Bar

Bah-Bar is a music maker born with electricity, joy, and some trouble! He’s into cutting, mixing and shaking. Based in Bordeaux, and is a lover of neon green and elephants, you can hear some of Bah-Bar’s experimental, out-of-this-world tracks in the widget below.

soundcloud.com/bah-bar


And…here’s more from Bordeaux: citysounds.fm/bordeaux

Since there are lots of cool users in Bordeaux, we’ve created a group and hope you’ll join/submit tracks if you’re based there.

Like always, we encourage everyone to check out Meetup.com to see if a SoundCloud meetup is coming your way and feel free to start your own if not! Take a look at our SoundCloud Local features to see if your area has been spotlighted!

David Found Sounds: The Ice Cream Truck

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!

Few sounds evoke the nostalgic memories of summer as intensely as the jingle of an ice cream truck. It’s sort of the “good news” equivalent of an emergency siren, and in areas where their summer arrival is eagerly awaited, the effect is practically Pavlovian.

Today’s first ice cream truck sound is a field recording from a musician who’s pretty prominent in his own right: Oliver Chesler, aka the Horrorist. He recorded this particular ice cream truck from right out his apartment window, and says that it must be “one of the happiest sounds on the planet”. We hope you feel the same way!

Ice Cream Truck by thingstocome


 

Of course, under the right circumstances, even such a happy little sound can start to take on a sinister edge. That’s what SoundCloud user robbymarshall demonstrates with his “Creepy Ice Cream Truck” sound, recorded with the SoundCloud iPhone app. It’s hard to imagine such a spooky jingle attracting many children, but I guess it does promise ice cream in the summer!

Creepy ice cream truck on Tuesday afternoon by robbymarshall


 

Finally, we’ve got a no-nonsense jingle from a more modern electronic ice cream truck jingle, recorded in Evergreen Park by millersetha of Houston, using the Android app. Be careful while listening: it’s going to stir up an appetite for the sweet stuff.

Ice cream truck at Evergreen Park by Millersetha

photo: Fat Daddy’s Ice Cream Truck / Roadsidepictures / CC BY 2.0

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