Monthly Archives: April 2012

David Fun Friday: Meet Emma Rugg

Emma is one of the newest members of our Community team, she is from Australia & has lived in Denmark, Mexico & for the past few years, Germany! Meet her below & say hi in the comments!

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

Hi!

You are from the land down under, right? How did you end up in Berlin?

Pretty randomly. I hopped on a train a few years ago and haven’t looked back!

How did you get introduced to SoundCloud?

A couple of years ago a friend sent me the link to his track on the ‘Cloud, and it really struck a chord with me when I noticed I could find track IDs through the timed comments. It’s such a relief to bury those: “you know that song, it’s like ‘daaa baa baa’, with drums?” conversations.

What is your favorite sound?

The opening of a can. It’s audible refreshment.

and Jai Paul is always nice to listen to.

What sound do you hate?

Chewing. I even hate listening to myself chew, which is pretty inconvenient.

If you had 3 words to describe yourself, what would they be?

Where’s my phone?

What’s your favorite German word?

Begeistert. It means ‘excited’, but I think it sounds so much more exciting than ‘excited’.

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

It’s great! Being surrounded by so many diverse skills sets is really inspiring, and a good reminder of how diverse SoundCloud’s users are. Plus it’s the perfect place to carry out some in-depth cultural studies, like whether or not the mint flavour of American Girl Scout Cookies is really that much better than the coconut…

Why do you think someone should apply to SoundCloud?

Because we get to eat excellent pizza and play ping pong in the basement! Not to mention the opportunity to help shape the future of sound… that’s pretty cool, right?

What do you like most about Berlin?

There’s a guy who often walks around my neighbourhood dressed as a medieval knight and no one bats an eyelid. I love that.

What are your favorite sounds on the cloud?

Damn, that’s like choosing my favourite jelly belly flavour. There are way. too. many. Right now I’m listening to a lot of Alle Farben mixes, but there will always be a special place in my heart for cringey Italo Disco. The kitchen table will hate me forever, but it was hands-down my musical highlight of 2011.

Thanks for the great interview Emma! You can find her on the web below:

Twitter: @ammerugg
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/emmarugger

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.

Happy Anniversary! Today, SoundCloud Voices turns 1. For the past year, we’ve featured Community members who create spoken word content…this week  we take a trip back to the good old fashioned podcast – of the entertainment variety. We’ve got two great comedy podcasts for you and a great new film review podcast. Allow us to introduce Super Ego, Penn Jillette’s Penn’s Sunday School and The Empire Film Podcast.

First up is Mr Penn Jillette’s comedy talk podcast entitled Penn’s Sunday School. Penn is an illusionist, comedian, musician and author. You might recognise him from Futurama, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, or Sabrina the Teenage Witch, too name only a few of his appearances. The podcast is part of Adam Carolla’s ACE Broadcasting network and also features co host Michael Goudeau. The concept of the show is discussing the news of the week but often drifts into anecdotes and stories such as, featured in the podcast below, Penn’s clash with magician David Copperfield.  It’s an excellent out and out talk podcast full of jokes and funny stories. Take a listen.

Next up is Empire Magazine’s Film Podcast. As the biggest film magazine expect the latest views, reviews, stories and news on the upcoming films. They even have great guests on the show such as actor Guy Pearce and director Mike Newell, features in the podcast below. Having just started just over 4 weeks ago, the podcast has already had great reception and lots of listens.  Take a listen too!

And last by no means least comedy podcast Super Ego. Described as such – Profiles In Self-Obsession. Improvised, analyzed and brought to you by Drs. Jeremy Carter, PhD and Matt Gourley, PyT with Resident Specialists Mark McConville and Jeff Crocker.  In short the show is an improvisational, character based sketch podcast.  Each episode takes a look at a a particular psychological disorder in the form of a case study.  It features brilliant guests such as Greg Proops, Patton Oswalt, Drew Carey and Paul F Tompkins to name a few.  Take a listen to March’s episode below!

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.

David SoundCloud Global Meetup Day May 17th: Get Involved!

As many of you might already have heard, May 17th is our 4th annual Global Meetup Day! We want to see you there!

Sound brings people together. Sound forms connections and sound breaks down barriers. SoundClouders are spread all over the globe and that’s what makes this community of sound creators so amazing and unique. You’re the best and you should celebrate yourself on May 17th when it’s time for another SoundCloud Global Meetup Day. Save the date!

 Still wondering how to get involved? It is simple!

  1. Find your #scmeetup in your city here: Meetup.com/SoundCloud - if you do not find one there, you can create one (here is some info on how to do that)!
  2. Sign up for the meetup using Twitter, Facebook or creating a Meetup profile.
  3. Help plan or promote your meetup! You can use Facebook, Twitter or your blog to promote the meetup in your city. Remember to use the hashtag #scmeetup when you can.

Some notable Meetups that are being planned so far:

 United States – hosted by SoundCloud Heroes:

San FranciscoAustinBostonSeattleLos AngelesSyracuseChicago

Worldwide:

IstanbulBerlinSalt Lake CityTokyoHong KongSingaporeTorontoMadridPerthBuenos Aires & so many more cities!!

So, will we see you on May 17th? Let us know in the comments or tweet us (@SoundCloud) using the hashtag #scmeetup & we will broadcast your Meetup!

If you have any questions or want to know more how you can get involved please feel free to email meetups [at] soundcloud [dot] com !