Monthly Archives: November 2011

Ben SoundCloud Voices

SoundCloud Voices is a new 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.

This Thursday SoundCloud Voices takes a look at some unique uses of SoundCloud for politics. We have the inspiring story of Congresswoman Giffords, San Francisco mayoral candidate David Chiu and the Daily Californian posting Robert Reich’s speech at Occupy Cal at UC Berkeley.

Firstly, congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford recently posted a heartwarming audio message to her South Arizona constituents via her Facebook regarding her recovery from a terrible gun shooting back in January. She was shot in the head while meeting with her constituents at a shopping center in Northwest Tucson. Six people were killed in the shooting and 12 others, in addition to Giffords, were wounded. The response to her message has been amazing and has even garnered attention from the LA Times and the Huffington Post. We wish her the best in her recovery. Take a listen to her here:

Next up is San Francisco mayoral candidate David Chiu who used his SoundCloud dropbox to source audio from his supporters on “Why do you support David?”. The response was amazing with 40 audio recordings submitted, which he was able to easily organise and embed on to his own site.  Take a listen to a selection below and try out the sound map, plotting some of his supporters by location!  Chiu even use SoundCloud to answer questions posted to him via Twitter, so instead of trying to fit his answer into 140 characters he simply recorded with the iPhone app.  Take a look at his answers which he then posted to his Facebook.

And finally the Daily Californian recently posted a speech made by political economist and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich at Occupy Cal at UC Berkeley the other day.  He encouraged the continuation of the Occupy demonstrations and acknowledged the issues with higher education costs and the uneven distribution of wealth being the catalyst for the movement.  Take a listen to the entire speech below and read the full article including audio here.

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.

Edward Found Sounds: The Sounds of Refreshment

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!

There’s nothing more refreshing than that first beer after work on a Friday night, or cracking open a can of Coca-Cola on a hot sunny day. But what does refreshment sound like? Is it the crack of a can, the pouring of liquid in to a glass, the pop of a cork or maybe that gasp of satisfaction after your first sip!

Personally, I find nothing more refreshing than an ice cold can of coke when I’m particularly parched! For me, refreshment sounds like the crack of a can as you break the metallic seal for your first sip. Take a listen to nonsuperficialsuperearth doing just that:

For some it may be something a little more sophisticated; maybe you appreciate the fine wines of the world, or you know your malts from your bourbons. In that case sitting down and opening a fine whiskey may be your idea of refreshment, the sound of the liquid hitting and cracking blocks of ice as your pour it ‘on the rocks’.

Photo by arcticpuppy

On a Friday at the SoundCloud office you’ll hear clinking beer bottles and the cracking of cans all over the place when it hits 6PM. At the end of a hard week we like to get together and take a minute to relax, and socialize, what better way than over a beer. Here is that refreshing sound from ZYBLMNL to reminds us of the weekend.

‘Cheers!’, ‘Prost!’, ‘Salute!’, that’s all for this week’s Found Sounds! Tune in next week for more crazy sounds from the ‘Cloud.

David Fun Friday: Meet Nick Fisher

This week please help me welcome Nick to the team! An Aussie import who moved to Berlin during the winter, Nick loves Grinderman, code and chilled beats! Meet him below!

Hi! Thank you for doing this interview with me and taking time out of your busy day. How are ya doing?

Yeah, tops! I’ve been reading everyone else’s interviews over the last few months and now it’s my chance to say hello to the SoundCloud community.

How do you like Berlin and where are you originally from? How long have you been here so far?

I’m originally from Brisbane, Australia, and I moved here in September last year. Everyone thought I was a little strange for leaving a subtropical summer for the blistering cold of Berlin in the wintertime, but I actually really enjoyed it. Sure, it might’ve been the novelty of my first snow, but sliding down the hill at Mauerpark on a plastic bag is awesome fun and I’m actually looking forward to the winter which is just around the corner.

The thing I love the most about Berlin is being able to ride everywhere on my bike. It’s surprisingly easy to get anywhere you want to go and a fantastic way to get to know a city! A couple of months ago, I saw a band set up in the back of a rent-a-van playing to an audience of about 12 people on the road at Weinbergsweg!

Can you tell us what your your role at SoundCloud is? Also, how do you like working in the Berlin HQ ?

I’m working as a Front End Developer here at HQ. What I find really enjoyable about this role is how far Javascript has come and how fast it continues to develop. It’s a really exciting area to work in right now and at SoundCloud we’re doing some amazing things with it right now. Working here is great fun too, because there is so much going on. It’s fascinating to see what achievements each team has to show off at the end of the sprint, regardless of whether they’re in development, product, community or whatever! It’s hard to pin down exactly what it is, but as a famous Australian lawyer once said, “It’s the vibe”.

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

I’d vaguely known about SoundCloud for a while with meeting some of the team at conferences and user groups, but it came to my attention gradually as I started noticing more and more links to tracks linked on blogs I read and in my friends’ updates. It’s fantastic to be able to have a platform for people to publish and host their music online. Before SoundCloud, what did we have? MySpace? Bleugh.

Even beyond music, with the iOS and Android applications out now, it’s an easy way for anyone to capture sound, whether it’s dogs in the park, a busker playing Hotel California on the spoons, or your own impression of Jonsi from Sigur Ros.

What are your favorite Sounds on the cloud?

I have quite an eclectic taste in music, so usually I just load up the latest uploaded tracks and hit play! It’s a great way to find new music that you might never have listened to before. I’ve really been enjoying the artists on the Anti Records label , especially Tinariwen

and Aussie band Grinderman

The chilled beats and mashups from Handbook are also hitting the spot right now.

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

I once played in a band called “Jane Austin and the Do Anyones”. We got the name from my friends’ web-comic called “Upwardly Nubile” about 19th century romantic authors living in a flat together and playing in a band. Plus there was a guy called Squidhead. I think our biggest gig was playing in my friend’s garage to about 15 people. Sadly this was in the days before SoundCloud… who knows how huge we could have been?

Awesome! Can we find you on the interwebz?

Here’s my SoundCloud page, http://soundcloud.com/spadgos
Here’s my nerdblog where I sometimes talk about code, http://spadgos.com/