Yearly Archives: 2011

Edward Found Sounds: Give a little whistle

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!

 

 

We use this sound to communicate with animals and catch peoples attention. It is also a sound created naturally by the world around us. The sounds of whistling can be beautiful, like the whistles of a lark in the morning, or they can be shrill and frightening and act as a sign of warning.

Imagine waking up in the Norwegian woods with the sounds of bird song around you, I can’t imagine anything more blissful. What a great example of how beautiful the sounds of whistling can be.

In Tansania whistling is used every day as a form of communication between human and animal. The Masai tribe who live alongside large animals learn to respect one another and co-exist. They use whistles to communicate with their most important possesion, cattle. This whistle is one of a Masai shepherd trained to guide the cattle from the big animals.

One place where noise is forbidden, let alone whistling, is in a library. The user Punctuated has gone ahead and broken these rules anyway, but what a wonderful whistle he has…

We’d love to hear what you’ve got too. Can you wolf whistle, or are you proud of the skills you’ve got? Well share them with us on our Community Team dropbox.

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

David Fun Friday: Meet Jami Welch

Jami is an artist who used SoundCloud before he was hired, he loves finding great electronic music and ends up in hospitals way too often. This week please help me welcome Jami Welch to the team in Berlin!

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

Hey! No worries, thanks for having me, doing pretty good thanks, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good.

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

I’m originally from London, but did most of my growing up a couple of hours out of town, in Surrey. I love it in Berlin, there’s always things going on (very much unlike where I grew up), but things are never in a rush, you can really take things in at your own pace. I worked at SoundCloud last summer for 3 months interning, but now I’m back full time and have been back for about two months so far.

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

I’m one of the ever growing community team, so I spend my day assisting users and helping them get excited about what SoundCloud and it’s community has to offer them. It’s great working at the Berlin HQ, especially now that community team is big enough to necessitate sitting round the donut of power, (though sometimes the beanbags are needed after a big lunch). It’s brilliant feeling part of such a big friendly team too, total family vibes.

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

I started using SoundCloud about three years to share my music, and used it quite a bit at uni to share works in progress with friends. My favourite thing is the timed comments, it really opened up really interesting ways to interact with recordings, and get discussions going.

What are your favourite Sounds on the cloud?

Right now I’m really enjoying this song by NZCA/LINES, I love how the vocals overlap, it starts of quite stark and ends up really hypnotic. Some of the synth lines also remind me of super early hot chip, which is awesome.

Also, this Andy Stott EP is one of the best things to hit my ears in a long time:

And I’ve recently become a Radiolab convert. I’d not heard of the show before, but since they joined SoundCloud I’m always looking forward to the next show. The topics are so broad, and some super specialist, but they are always so fascinating, and fun.

Can you give us a few reasons why it is great working at SoundCloud?

It’s so refreshing being part of a company working towards making something better, rather than trying to flog stuff, or just steadily tick over, which I experienced at previous jobs. Everyone here seems to be believe in the company and it’s goals, which makes working towards them much more exciting.

Plus, because of all the crazy technical stuff that goes on, I’m constantly being exposed to loads of new things I’d never even heard of before. Before I came here I had no idea how much goes into a site like this, it’s mind-boggling.

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

I already told you about the bacon/nose story (see: Audio Interview), so I’ll try and think of something else (weirdly also hospital related):

When I was about 4, I somehow made it on to the BBC hospital drama Casualty, playing a boy who accidentally ate his dad’s weed. Of course the father couldn’t admit to this, so had to lie and say that I took sleeping pills and hilarity ensued.

I didn’t have any lines, just had to act a bit dopey.

Where can we find you on the interwebz?

(Probably way too many places, but hej)

http://soundcloud.com/seams
http://twitter.com/iamseams
http://seamsmusic.com
http://jameswelch.tumblr.com

Thanks for the great interview Jami – remember to say “Ahn-young ha sae yo” (Hello in Korean) to him in the comments!!

Marie VFS Scholarship Challenge: We have a winner!

We asked everyone out there to vote for the best candidate of the SoundCloud and Vancouver Film School’s Full Scholarship Challenge, and based on the eligible votes received, we now have a winner! Yay!

Let’s give a big congratulations to Gordon McGladdery! Hear how Gordon felt about winning below:

Here’s his winning submission as well, the sound of “An Imaginary Animal Being Born”:

All ten finalists were great, but Gordon’s submission was chosen by you as the best. Gordon will now be joining Vancouver Film School’s Sound Design for Visual Media program.

Thanks to everyone out there for participating, and stay connected to VFS by following them on SoundCloud.

Interested in finding out more about the Sound Design for Visual Media program? Click here!