Monthly Archives: March 2012

Edward Found Sounds: The Rush And The Roar of The Waterfall

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!

The sounds of nature are some of the most evocative sounds we know. These sounds can evoke fear, happiness and relaxation. This week in Found Sounds we want to concentrate on those tranquil natural sounds, taking a listen to the rush and roar of waterfalls.

These beautiful natural occurrences are formed as a stream of water meets a drop in its path. At this point in time we begin to hear a roar as the stream of water crashes into a rock bed, this sound illustrates the immense power of the natural world around us:

In colder climates, this sound may begin to slow over winter. As water sources begin to freeze, the sounds are muted from us. But, as the ice melts, the rush and roar of water falling grows and grows. The user tnewbold captured a great field recording of this:

Iceland is a country scattered in Waterfalls. One of its biggest The Skógafoss, according to legend has buried treasure in a cave behind the waterfall, from early settling Vikings. It is said that locals attempted to recover the chest years later, but lost it all bar a ring on the side of the chest during the recovery. The mysterious folklore attached to this natural wonder brings people to Iceland every year, these people hear and see this beauty:

The tranquil sounds of these natural rushes and roars are a great way to stop, relax and take an interlude in our busy life. I hope it has done this for you today.

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

Jane Fun Friday: Meet Evan Tenenbaum

Today, we’re excited to introduce Evan Tenenbaum, who joins SoundCloud’s Content Team. He was previously a radio producer in Portland and a SoundCloud Fellow, who has grown up loving radio his whole life and enjoys the great outdoors.

Hi ! Thanks for doing this interview! Can you introduce yourself?
No problemo. My name’s Evan, I work at SoundCloud…life is great.

Can you take a minute and let us know what you do at SoundCloud?
My official title is “Audio Content Manager”. I work with radio producers, networks, newsrooms, podcasters, storytellers, audiophiles. Basically anyone creating content outside of music. I introduce them to our platform and awesome community, educate them about all the great ways SoundCloud can be used, and support them as they use our tools. This is my dream job.

You are working from the San Francisco office is that correct? What do you love most about San Fran?
Yup, San Francisco is amazing. The sun, friendly people, energetic and creative communities… I can’t help but smile every morning when I wake up in this gorgeous place.

This is a question I always love asking – How did you get introduced to the ‘Cloud?
I originally started to use SoundCloud during my time working in radio. It’s a great way to store audio, privately share it with colleagues and, of course, publish it across the web. It really is (and I’m not just saying this because I work here) an amazing tool for audio-producers of all types.

And this is an easy one – What are your favorite things about working at SoundCloud so far?
Every day I’m learning something new, meeting passionate people working on exciting projects, and contributing to what I believe is a really important and powerful product. Also, my co-workers totally rock.

When you are not working, what do you love to do? What are you passionate about?
As you’ve probably guessed, I love listening to the radio, podcasts, and all types of experimental sound-projects. I also really enjoy producing audio-pieces of my own. Apart from my ears, I enjoy rock-climbing, park-chilling and raging to bass music.

At the moment, what are your favorite sounds on the ‘Cloud?
I’d have to say Love+Radio, which is an amazing, boundary-pushing show produced by Nick van der Kolk. Season 3 is around the corner!

Music-wise, I’ve been rocking a lot of Random Rab as of late. Beautiful, heavy, deep music produced right here in SF!

Lastly, do you have any fun facts you can tell us about?
Apparently, my fun fact is that I have a radio-tower tattoo…my co-workers think it’s a fun fact, but I think it’s very, very serious ;)

Where can we find you on the Interwebs?

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/EvanJTenenbaum

SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/evantenenbaum

EvanTenenbaum.com

David Get Ready for Stratus 2, BETA Starts Now!

Stratus is a jQuery powered SoundCloud player that lives at the bottom (or top) of your website or blog. In version 2, we’ve rebuilt Stratus from the ground up to include many requested features, a nicer aesthetic, and a much easier installation.

Pumped? Yeh, me too. Here’s how to participate in the BETA:

Installation

See fast installation guides for:  WordPress  Tumblr  Blogger

Installing Stratus is easy. All you need to do is add some code to the <head> section of your HTML.

First, make sure you have jQuery installed.

Next, include the main Stratus library.

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://stratus.sc/stratus.js"></script>

Finally, configure and load the Stratus plugin.

<script type="text/javascript"> $(document).ready(function(){ $stratus({ links: 'http://soundcloud.com/foofighters/sets/wasting-light' }); }); </script>

That’s it! For a list of all configuration options, go here.

Feedback

All good BETA tests require good feedback. If you’ve got a suggestion, found a bug, or deployed the player on your site: Please, let me know @leemartin or at lee@soundcloud.com. We really appreciate the help!

Thanks and happy BETA testing!