Monthly Archives: July 2011

David Found Sounds: Gone batty

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!

Everybody knows some weird facts about bats: they’re mammals that fly, they’re awake during the night, and they see with their ears. It might be that last fact that attracts field recorders to the creepy critters, who are known to live in large (and sometimes loud) groups. This isn’t the first time we’ve featured a bat during Found Sounds — in fact, the very first installment had a great one — but this week we’re taking an in-depth look into our furry flying friends.

Our first bat sound today comes from the great New Zealand-based field recorder Tim Prebble. He turned his Sound Devices 722 and a pair of Sennheiser MKH70 mics on a “flying fox” while in Samoa. He’s written a bit about the recording experience on his blog, which is worth reading if you like what you hear!

FLYING FOXES Savaii by timprebble


 

If you’re into that particular fruit bat sound, there’s plenty more where it came from! SoundPlusDesign got a few recordings of a very large group of the very excited “megabats” while in Liberia. In his blog post description he gives some insight into how to excite such a group. Sounds like something I don’t want to try myself.

FruitBats Excited by SoundPlusDesign


 

One thing about these recordings is that it can be hard to pick out the bat voices and the sounds they make. That’s why Alexis Jung ran these next bat sounds through a pitch shifter a few times. Check the timed comments for an explanation of the different pitch levels, and hear the bats become more and more distinct!

Bats ultrasound by Alexis Jung


 

The final sound is one of the more striking ones on SoundCloud: a colony of 1.5 million bats under a bridge in Austin, Texas, recorded binaurally by BinauralAirwaves. Definitely throw on a pair of headphones for this sound, and get a load of the sense of echo-y space under the bridge!

1.5 million large bat colony under bridge in Austin, Texas by BinauralAirwaves

photo: Smile for the Camera / Matt Reinbold / CC BY-SA

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

David Fun Friday: Meet Alice Regester

For this Fun Friday, please help me say a hardy hello to Alice Regester! Read her interview below and say “hey” to her in the comments!

Hey Alice! How are you doing?

Hello! Extremely well thank you – the sun is shining in London, which makes a pleasant change and I’m still excited from seeing the Pet Shop Boys and Take That in concert last night (no cheeky comments please…I was fulfilling a teenage dream).

Can you tell us what your role at SoundCloud is?

Well I look after the PR for SoundCloud, but unlike most of the people you chat to for Fun Friday, I actually run a PR and social media marketing agency, so SoundCloud is our lovely client.

I’ve been working closely with the team since October last year and feel very much part of the family. Although I’m not based in the London HQ, our office is just round the corner, also on ‘Silicon Roundabout’. The vibe is so exciting and motivating at the moment, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

Where are you originally from and what are your favorite things about living in London?

I grew up in Cambridge and then moved to London after University. I love the diversity, culture and pace of London; there’s always something to do, see and get excited about. I lived in Sydney for five years and as much as the beach lifestyle suits me, it was too far away from the action, my family and friends in the end.

How did you get introduced to SoundCloud and what do you love most about it?

I used to be the PR director at MySpace and one of the friends I made there knows Alex really well, so put us in touch. There are so many things I love about SoundCloud – the people, the ambition, the vision; how it’s enabling people to connect with and create sound in ways that haven’t been possible before. I love that people are now beginning to capture and share sound in the way they’re used to with text, photos and videos and SoundCloud is the driving force behind that.

What are your favorite Sounds on the cloud?

My favourite band on SoundCloud is MyTigerMyTiming, which might be slightly biased as I work with Seb, one of the members! Their new single Endless Summer is out on 1st August, so I may as well give them a plug here:

I saw recently that someone is trying to collect different heartbeats, of which there are supposedly 70. They haven’t got too far yet, but I like the concept…

Can you give us a few reasons why it is awesome to work at SoundCloud?

How could it not be awesome to work for the fastest-growing sound platform on the planet?! The people are passionate and supportive, the vibe is exciting and very ‘start-up’ even though the company’s quickly expanding, and Alex and Eric are so cool and inspiring that it makes anyone want to jump aboard and join them for the ride!

Finally, do you have any fun facts about yourself that you would like to share?

I love scuba diving and once dove with 40 Grey Nurse Sharks –they look like jaws, but won’t actually hurt you…it was amazing! And I’m a qualified masseuse.

Woo woo! Cool! Thanks for the interview Alice, follow her on the interwebz below :)

SoundCloud – http://soundcloud.com/regestrami

Twitter – @regestrami

Website – http://33seconds.co

David Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Become Sound Ambassadors!

We’re extremely happy to announce that SoundCloud will be heading to bonnie Scotland for Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the start of this amazing month of comedy and performing arts.

We’re supporting this amazing festival by creating a “Sounds of Fringe” map and audio stream which you can check out by clicking this link:

http://soundsoffringe.com/

If you live in Edinburgh, we’d love for you to get involved! We’re looking for any locals or people attending the festival to be Sounds of Fringe ambassadors! Using the SoundCloud record app on iPhone and Android you’ll capture the sounds, the jokes, the chit chat, banter, do interviews, review shows, make audio messages, whatever you want! Then simply tag the location, add a picture and get involved in this awesome sound map our brilliant developers created last week.

You’ll be in good company – there will be loads of comedians,  and performers posting audio too!  Sounds good? The most enthusiastic ambassadors will get an upgraded account and some free swag – tshirts, stickers and badges.

Please click here to apply, the deadline is July 29th. Selected applicants will be contacted and, if possible, we will arrange a time to meet you in Edinburgh!

Let’s do it!