David Community Fellowship: Organic City Sounds by Evan Tenenbaum

After posting an update from our other Fellows, today we’re also thrilled to be welcoming a fifth Community Fellow to the program. Everybody, please say Hi to Evan Tenenbaum from Portland, Oregon.

Who am I?

My name is Evan Tenenbaum, and I love sound.

I am very proud to be a SoundCloud Community Fellow, and I’m quite excited to share my passion for audio with the world. I recently graduated from a small liberal arts college here in Portland, Oregon. Since then I’ve been ‘following my bliss’ (as a recent interviewee so aptly put it), and I think I’ve found that bliss here amongst these other amazing projects.

For the past year, I’ve been working at a community radio station in Portland, as well as producing freelance pieces for various radio organizations.

I was raised with a love of radio, and have always been drawn to telling stories in sound. I feel most fulfilled when I manage to capture a sliver of the human experience in audio.

I crave those moments of listening that cause your neck-hair to stand up on end.

About my Project:


Through Organic City Sounds, I hope to portray an honest and colorful portrait of this city I call home. With a city motto of “Keep Portland Weird!”, our town is full of great characters and stories.

Every week I’ll bring you an audio portrait of Portland. It may be a personal story, a collection of interviews on a subject, or a piece of sound art. You can expect to hear an eclectic collection of voices, sounds, and stories throughout my project. Some may intrigue you, others may repulse you, but hopefully they will all give you a sense of my little corner of the world.

Get involved!

Is your city weird too? Probably! I’d love to hear other portraits from around the world. Whether it’s a great story, a colorful person, or a growing trend, if you have an audio portrait you’d like featured on the site, just shoot me an email, or upload some audio straight to my DropBox! Also, be sure to follow my on twitter @PDXCitySounds.

You can check out my first Portland Portrait here. Thanks to this man, as of today I’ve quit my day job to follow my dreams:

Portland Portrait #1 by Organic City Sounds

And here are some Raw Sounds from Portland:

First Portland Portrait: Dreaming in the City of Roses

Second Portland Portrait: Food Cart Culture

Meet the other Fellows:

Alex Stiver and United Sounds

Katie Needs and Sounds Of My City

Eduardo Lipe and the Without Walls Project