Monthly Archives: January 2012

Edward Found Sounds | It’s the sound of the underground

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!

No, no. This weeks Found Sounds isn’t all about Girls Aloud’s phenomenal number one hit Sound of the Underground, it’s about the different subway sounds in cities around the world.

First off, our home town Berlin. Berlin has a unique underground system consisting of both the U-Bahn and the S-Bahn. These sounds are iconic to Berlin, musician Paul Kalkbrenner even created a song for the film Berlin Calling using these sounds.

Can you hear the difference?

The oldest underground system in the world is London’s, opened in 1863, that’s pretty impressive! Things have changed a bit since then, but the sound of London’s underground is still very recognizable. With cockney train conductors and the infamous automated lady station announcer, shut your eyes and imagine you’re arriving into the heart of London at Waterloo Station.

Not to be forgotten is the city with the most underground stations and the longest amount of track, that is, the New York City Subway! Next stop, Union Square.

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

David Thank You – 10 Million Times

When we started SoundCloud a few years ago, we had the vision of enabling people to create and share sound more easily and collaboratively.

Today, we’re more than thrilled to extend ten million Thank You’s to our 10 million registered SoundClouders.

Ten million is not just a number to us, it is proof that we’re not alone on our mission to unmute the web and it gives us goosebumps to know that more than ten million people from around the world have been finding value in SoundCloud in many different ways. As of today:

  • Sound is mobile: Over 5 million official SoundCloud apps have been downloaded
  • Sound is developing: Over 10,000 apps being developed on SoundCloud’s open platform. Recent additions include integrations with professional music creation software Pro Tools and Cakewalk.
  • Sound is more than music: Over 3.3 million different tags show the breadth of sounds on SoundCloud, which now includes everything from journalists & bloggers (Robert Scoble, Mike Butcher), to publishing (Penguin Books UK), to education (Stanford).

Please join us to celebrate this huge milestone with us by listening to a ‘Story Wheel’, in which our co-founders Alex & Eric reflect on SoundCloud’s journey so far. Simply click the image below to access the Story Wheel.

Oh, and if you’d like to create your own Story Wheel to tell a story behind your Instagram photos, it all starts here.

Thanks, all. You rock.

Jane Fun Friday: Meet Amir Shaikh

Amir is a business developer who has joined the Platform team in San Francisco. He’s an East Coast native who has an unashamed love for Fresca and all things tech. This week please help me welcome Amir Shaikh to the team in San Francisco!

Hello! Thanks for doing this interview! Can you introduce yourself?

Sure thing! I’m Amir Shaikh, recent east coast transplant to San Francisco. I’ve been in Boston for the past few years doing my undergrad at Boston College and moved to SF the week after I graduated. Things that I love include tacos, great stories, new music, and fresca.

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

I work on the Platform team as a Business Developer. That means I connect with developers who are interested in integrating SoundCloud features (like sharing) directly into their apps, help them through the integration process, and manage their relationship with SoundCloud. I also work with the entire Platform team to make sure we have the best possible resources for our awesome developer community.

You are working from the San Francisco office is that correct? What do you love most about San Fran?

Yup! San Francisco is the city of beautiful views. When you first get here the hills can be a bit daunting until you realize how often you’re stopping to admire the scenery. After that, from the tech scene to the food scene, I think people here live with passion in a way I’ve never seen before. It’s absolutely inspiring.

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

I first came across SoundCloud when a friend posted a track on Facebook. Obviously the big orange play button and the waveform were standouts, but the timed comments blew me away. It was one of those rare ideas that was absolutely brilliant and completely accessible at the same time. I knew it was something special.

What are your favourite Sounds on the cloud?

Always a tough question, but recently I came across a German label called City Slang that I’m absolutely loving. These two tracks are the tops right now.

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

This goes back to what I said about San Francisco, but I’ve always loved that idea of living a life of passion. Everyone I’ve met at SoundClould is working on something they genuinely care about, is nurturing incredible hobbies outside of their jobs, and are always striving to find more ways they can better both themselves and SoundCloud. It’s a rare energy to be around and I feel super lucky to be part of it. Also the ping pong table 5 feet away from my desk is a nice perk.

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

I have a pretty unique way of sitting on the floor. It looks indian style at first glance but you sit with one leg on top of the other instead of crossed together. It looks totally natural but most people have a really tough time doing it. Also I’ve moved 7 times in my life, hoping to hangout in the Bay Area for a bit longer than my usual.

Where can we find you on the interwebz?

http://soundcloud.com/amir
http://twitter.com/amirshake

Sweet! Thanks Amir!