Monthly Archives: September 2011

David Fun Friday: Meet Justin Street

This week, help us welcome crazy cat guy (just kidding, scroll down to his fun fact :) ) to our new office in San Francisco! First, listen to his audio message below!

Greetings by jstreet

Hey Justin, thank you for taking the time to answer these questions and do this Fun Friday interview! Hello from Berlin! How are you doing over in SF?

Hey hey! I’m doing great thanks for asking.

First, can you take a minute and let us know what you do at SoundCloud?

Sure can. I’m a Partner Integration Project Manager. I work with a lot of amazing companies out there and help them integrate the great tools and features available on the SoundCloud platform into their product. It ranges from fostering relationships with companies we want to partner with, to evangelizing our API and developer tools.

You are working from the San Francisco office that was just opened for business – how is working in the office so far and how do you like the Bay area? What do you love most about working in San Francisco?

The office is coming along nicely. It’s in a really cool part of town and will be perfect once we’re all settled. The Bay Area is an unbelievable place, redwoods, mountains, water and beaches everywhere, and a great culture. My favorite thing about working here is getting to work closely to so many innovative people and companies.

This is a question I always love asking – How did you get introduced to the ‘Cloud?

I first heard of SoundCloud back in ’08 when I worked at a different “cloud” named music company Qloud. I immediately fell in love with the design of the player, and have been following SoundCloud ever since.

And this is an easy one – What are your favorite things about working at SoundCloud so far?

Working at SoundCloud doesn’t feel like work. I get to do what I love and it’s very clear that everyone I work with is doing that same. To top it off I get to work on cool things with other companies as well. It’s a dream really.

At the moment, what are your favorite sounds on the ‘Cloud?

This is a really tough one. Here are some of the latest tunes I’ve favorited:

GAMES – No Disguise by Ford & Lopatin

Real Estate – Green Aisles by DominoRecordCo

Golden Summer by Wild Vibes

Lastly, do you have any fun facts you can tell us about?

I don’t want to sound like a crazy cat person or anything but I just moved from LA where I lived with Tiger, Cat Stevens, and Chauncey Gardiner. Only one of them wasn’t a cat… Can you guess which one?

Haha, Chauncy Gardiner? Where can we find you on the web?

Here:

twitter: http://twitter.com/jstnw
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/jstreet-1
tumblr: http://justin.st , http://glofimustdie.com

Marie SoundCloud Local: Athens

Photo taken by Titanas, found on Flickr

We asked everyone out there in the SoundCloud Community to vote for the city they would like to see featured this week for SoundCloud Local (by the way, thanks to everyone who voted), and you guys picked out the capital of Greece and one of the oldest cities in the world, Athens! συγχαρητήρια!

The Q Orchestra
It’s time to get funky with The Q Orchestra, also known as Quasamodo, or Dimitris Nassios! The tracks he has up on his SoundCloud page will make you want to move in your seat, and/or maybe will even get you out of your seat. Don’t believe it? Hear them for yourself below and head to his SoundCloud page for more.

soundcloud.com/quasamodo-aka-q-orchestra

URBANOISE
Now, chill out a bit to some experimental, improvisational, ambient tracks by Urbanoise! This project began in 2005, when two friends decided to start working together in hopes of portraying creative interaction and experimenting. Check out what this interaction and experimenting sounds like below!

soundcloud.com/urbanoise

southTechnique
Drawing electronic sounds, southTechnique is a down-tempo indie artist based in Athens. Besides the tracks he produces, he also has some very cool field recordings: one of a cricket and another of the relaxing sounds at the beach. You can hear those and his other productions in the player below.

soundcloud.com/southtechnique

zenjungle
Now, it’s time for some abstract tracks by very active SoundCloud member, zenjungle! He does many collaborations throughout the ‘Cloud, some collaborations include another Athens-based SoundClouder named Pascal.. He uses field recording samples and lots of crazy noises.

soundcloud.com/filgardel

Keep Shelly in Athens
Keep Shelly in Athens is a new, up-and-coming duo comprised of RΠЯ and Sarah P.. Their debut 12” vinyl EP, “In Love With Dusk”, was released in 2010 and they sold out of copies quickly after the release. They’re getting more and more notice, so check ‘em out while their stuff is hot!

soundcloud.com/keepshellyinathens


And that’s not all, folks! For more, check out citysounds.fm/athens

If you’re based in Athens, please join the group and submit some tracks.

Next week, SoundCloud Global Meetup Day is happening (Oct. 5th)! Athens, here’s yours! And to everyone else, check if there’s one scheduled in your area here. If not, get one going!

To see all the cities featured so far, click this link!

Ben SoundCloud Voices

SoundCloud Voices is a new weekly Community feature focusing on spoken word creators found on SoundCloud. It might be a podcast, radio show, audio book, interview, audio messages, a poem, anything! Keep an eye out every Thursday for a new post.

Having focussed on journalism last week, this week on SoundCloud Voices we’d like to take a look at how radio shows use SoundCloud to post snippets, interviews and promote their show.  First up is 92.7 Big FM Chennai in India with the host RJ Balaji.  The show, called Cross Talk, uses SoundCloud to post snippets and highlights such as prank phone calls, which they post to RJ Balaji’s Facebook page and the Cross Talk Facebook page.  Take a listen to one of the many prank calls they post below, and get commenting too!

92.7 BIG FM’s BEST OF CROSS TALK WITH BALAJI – HAPPY BDAY DOT COM!!! :p by 92.7 BIG FM BALAJI

Now over to South Africa and Cape Talk FM – Cape Town’s first ever talk radio station. Similar to Big FM Chennai they post snippets of interviews, discussions and cover all the latest pressing topics from local news, politics to euthanasia. They then post these to their twitter account.

Neighbourhood watches check-in three months on by 567 CapeTalk

And finally the Ed and Rachel show on the UK’s Heart FM station have also been using SoundCloud to post highlights of shows and push them to Facebook and embed on their site. Ever wondered how to get over a broken hear? Well here’s Ed and Rachel discussing the latest scientific discoveries on the subject.
How to get over a broken heart… by Ed and Rachel
If you are interested in trying out SoundCloud as a spoken word podcast platform we are currently running a beta program which you can sign up for via this form. Successful candidates will be emailed with further details.