Monthly Archives: March 2012

David Wave Raid Through the Weekend!

Ever wanted to “play” a SoundCloud track? Well, now’s your chance!

Head over to Wave Raid, input a SoundCloud track URL of your choosing, and quest to find those timed comments!

Who’s going to get the highest score on Lazyitis’ Super Morrissey Bros? Let us know and have a great weekend! :-)

David Fun Friday: Meet Sebastian Razola

Today help me welcome to the team in Berlin, Sebastian Razola!

Hi there! Thanks for the interview- can you tell us how to say “hi” in your native language?

Sure thing! Hej.

I see from your “hello” that you are from Sweden! So are a lot of people that work at SoundCloud. I heard you were at the first SoundCloud opening party – how was that? And how were you introduced to SoundCloud?

Yep, correct. A friend of mine, now colleague, was invited and asked if I wanted to join. The party was on the rooftop terrace of the old office and the weather was spectacular. Let’s just say it was a pretty good first visit to Berlin.

You are fairly new to Berlin but I see that you are pretty active on Foursquare checking out new places all the time, what do you love most about Berlin so far?

I love exploring food scenes so it’s really exciting to be in a new city and to discover new places every week. I’m also starting to realize that spring comes early here compared to Stockholm. WIN!

Back to SoundCloud, what is your role?

In a tweet: I’m a Product Manager mainly looking after and thinking about our App Gallery and Developer Pages.

What is your favorite sound?

Nothing beats a good laugh. It’s so insanely contagious.

What sound do you hate?

Any noise when I’m trying to sleep.

What’s your favorite word to say? 

Tricky one. I really don’t know. But, if I was from California I’m pretty sure my answer would be ‘awesome’.

Rad! How is it working at such an International and diverse office?

It’s great. But, to be honest I don’t think about it too much. For me it’s as a company with many smart, nerdy and awesome people. Everyone just happen to come from all over the world.

If you could say that you are passionate about anything, what would it be?

Beautiful and usable products and nice weather.

Why do you think someone should apply to SoundCloud?

For me three big factors was:

  • Having an impact. I wanted to be a part of something that affect people’s everyday life.
  • I believe in what we’re doing. I think sound is such a big part of our lives.
  • I wanted to work with really smart people.

If that makes you tick, APPLY!

What are your favorite sounds on the cloud?

Here are some recent favorites:

Great! Can you let us know where to find you online?

Twitter:  @razola
Soundcloud: razola

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.

This week on SoundCloud we take a look at two very interesting podcasts, who are also use the power of SoundCloud for competitions, Pulse of the Planet and Third Coast Festival.  Both make brilliant, and very different, podcasts but also are currently using SoundCloud to receive submissions for their competitions.

First up is Pulse of the Planet.  As a podcast the show posts a 2 minute sound portrait of Planet Earth each weekday, tracking the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide, blending interviews with extraordinary natural sound.  Take a listen to their 5000th episode as an example.

They are currently running a competition to have your own sounds of the planet on the show by submitting your sounds to their drop box on SoundCloud.  They are looking for descriptions or actual audio clips that define your place on the globe. Click on their drop-box to record yourself talking about the sounds of spring where you are — or, upload recordings of the sounds themselves. The best descriptions and found sounds will be featured in a future episode of the show!  Here’s an example of a submission they have had so far.

Another great podcast is by the creators of the Third Coast Festival.  Based out of Chicago, TC curates sound-rich audio stories from around the world and shares them with as many ears as possible – on the radio, on the Internet, and at public listening events all over the place.  They also create their own podcast, take a listen to their latest episode here:

Aside from their podcast and event hosting, they also create competitions.  Their latest competition is using the power of SoundCloud to source and manage the submissions.  Name the Short Doc Competition, Third Coast are looking for people to submit a 2 minute documentary with the following guidelines.

1. Must be 2-3 minutes

2. Must feature 2 of your neighbours

3. Must have a colour in the title

4. Must contain 3 consecutive seconds of narrative silence

Winners get a trip to Chicago for the festival in October.  So get creating!  You have until April 3oth to submit. Go to the competition site to learn more and submit - http://thirdcoast.herokuapp.com/.  Here’s an example of a submission:

If you are interested in trying out SoundCloud as a spoken word podcast platform, you can sign up for via this form. Successful candidates will be emailed with further details.