Monthly Archives: November 2011

Edward Found Sounds: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood

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!

This week I cut through the sounds of the SoundCloud forest to hear the noises of the elements that keep us alive, trees! We use wood in various different ways and each use has it’s own distinctive sounds. The shouts of timber from afar as a tree falls from its home or the sounds of DIY as you hammer and saw your plank of wood in to whatever you wish!

Here’s the sounds of user Daigoro hard at work in Hungary with the wood choppers.

Daigoro recorded this sound using a Binaural ECM, meaning you will be hearing this as you would have at the origin of sound, due to the special arrangement of the recording equipment. Every chop as hard hitting as the last!

One of the most grueling tasks of the winter is collecting wood for the fire, sawing through, back and forth, to provide us our warmth in the cold months.The user CameronMusic, who is trained in audio post production collects sound effects and puts them on his SoundCloud account with a Creative Commons license for any one to use.

TIIIIMBER!

Here’s a great recording taken by The Recordist, of a rotten cotton wood tree falling in his back yard. This sound is such a great reminder of the strengths of mother nature, (reminding me I would never want to get in the way of it).

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

Jami SoundCloud Local: Toulouse

Picture taken by Nicolas Fleuré, found on Wikipedia.

For this week’s SoundCloud Local, we are visiting Toulouse, in southern France. Let’s see what we can find…

K12

K12 is a 23 year old musician who moved to Toulouse 2 years ago.  His productions are heavy combinations of electro and dubstep.  Take a listen below:

soundcloud.com/k12

Patrick Duvignacq

For something decidedly more chilled, check out Patrick Duvignacq.  The six piece band mix together all kinds of instrumentation, from synths, banjos and saxophones, to Ribabs and Lotars, resulting in an eclectic mix of genres.

soundcloud.com/patrick-duvignacq

Ethnicalvibes

Taking the multi-cultural mix even further, is Ethnicalvibes, combining the sounds of sitars and tablas with drum machines and synths.

soundcloud.com/ethnicalvibes

Bim Bam Prod

A post about France wouldn’t be complete without some French rap.  Bim Bam Prod are a crew of rappers, dancers, DJ’s, beatmakers, graffiti artists, all working together.

soundcloud.com/bim-bam-prod

Saåad

Finally, we have Saåad, who makes dark, distorted drone music, full of atmosphere.

soundcloud.com/saaadnotes

Check out citysounds.fm for more from Toulouse.  If you’re in the city or area, feel free to join the SoundCloud Local: Toulouse group and submit your tracks. And don’t forget to keep an eye on Meetup.com for any events coming your way.

Ben SoundCloud Voices

SoundCloud Voices is a weekly Community feature focusing on new 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.

The SoundCloud community is very much an international one and this is also very true for the radio stations using the site, which is the topic of this weeks voices post. We have three great stations using SoundCloud from the U.K, Germany and Africa. Their names – WADR (West African Democracy Radio), SWR3 (Südwestrundfunk) and XFM.

The West African Democracy Radio station call themselves “La Radio pour la dialogue”, or promoting dialogue.  They are a trans territorial station set up to facilitate development information between and among countries in West Africa, including Mauritania, Chad and Cameroon.  In the station’s first phase, it targeted mainly the Mano River Union (MRU) countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.  The station then uses SoundCloud for the sharing and distribution of their audio on their website and Facebook, take a look at how they are using our new HTML5 player on their site WADR.org and the brilliant open source platform Newscoop by Source Fabric which enabled them to build the site and has SoundCloud integration!

Next up is Germany’s SWR3 who are part of Sudwestrundfunk, a public broadcasting company in the south west of German.  Based in Stuttgart, Baden-Baden and Mainz SWR3 is the pop and contemporary culture station with a focus on the ages 14-39.  They have just started using SoundCloud for their comedy show “Fragen Sie Kretschmann”.  Take a listen below and visit their Facebook page where they share these snippets on a regular basis!

And finally there is London’s XFM radio station.  Comedian Danny Wallace hosts the XFM Breakfast Show these days and has been posting interviews, jokes and small regular items to his Facebook page using SoundCloud.  Take a listen to his latest interview with Ricky Gervais below!

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.