Monthly Archives: June 2012

Emma Found Sounds: beat, bang, build

Found Sounds is a SoundCloud community feature focusing on some of the most weird and wonderful sounds that can be found on SoundCloud.

building up

If a construction team parked itself outside your bedroom window, you’d be forgiven for gluing your earlobes together and pulling your sheets over your head. But while construction sounds can be abrasive, they also reveal some magic in the every day. This week we’re showcasing the most raw sounds of a city, alongside others that highlight beauty in the banging.

Ever wondered how modern cranes communicate with ancient ruins? Kitchen Sink Sounds captures the conversation, in all its messy madness.

Schneider TM arranges Berlin’s most organic sounds to draw a connection between construction and electronic music – beat by beat, brick by brick.

Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger have gone a step further, meshing construction sounds with the city at large. Planes, trains and hammers form an urban orchestra, giving today’s industrialized city a voice.

So next time you see a fluorescent vest, a crane, or a bunch of bricks in motion, stop and open your ears – they just might have a story to share.

Jane Tea(m) Time with Melissa Wong

Please give a warm welcome to Melissa Wong who joins SoundCloud’s Community Team in San Francisco. Hailing originally from San Diego and with a background in food, she engages with the community every day as a Community Support Specialist and is running SoundCloud’s first food program. Say hello!

Hi! Thanks for doing this interview! Can you introduce yourself?
Hey there! Thanks for taking the time to get to know me a little better. I have been working at SoundCloud for just over 6 weeks and have been loving every minute of it! I’m originally from San Diego but moved up to the Bay Area to complete my undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. Having created my own Interdisciplinary Studies major about technology and interpersonal relationships, I am delighted that I now get to engage with an online community everyday!

Can you take a minute and let us know what you do at SoundCloud?
I am proud to be the first Community Support Specialist in San Francisco. There’s a high chance that if you write into the SoundCloud help center and receive a response during waking Pacific Standard Time, it will be from me!

You are working from the San Francisco office is that correct? What do you love most about San Fran?
Hmmm…I’ve never been good at picking favorites. I will say that, after living in San Francisco, I will never be able to live in a flat place again. The terrain here is not only breathtaking but is reflective of the people that live here: varied. I love that I live in a place where I can drive an hour and be in wine country, at the beach, hiking in the woods; that I live in a place where freelance street vendors, designers, programmers, panhandlers, dog walkers, and food lovers co-exist so seamlessly.

This is a question I always love asking – How did you get introduced to the ‘Cloud?
After working in the Bay Area food scene for several years, I thought it was time to delve into the sister industry of the Bay Area: tech startups. But I wasn’t looking to just work at any startup, I was looking for a company profile and mission that really matched my interests and values and SoundCloud just kept coming back to me as the company that embodied all that I loved and respected about how an online platform can make everyone’s lives brighter.

And this is an easy one – What are your favorite things about working at SoundCloud so far?
Although there are many standout reasons to want to work at SoundCloud, including having headquarters in Berlin and a genuine support for employees to engage in non-work related learning, I think the people are really what make this job amazing. From my lovely co-workers in the SF office, to the awesome Community team in Berlin, to the passionate and appreciative users I get to interact with every day–the people in the SoundCloud community are what make my job so fulfilling.

At the moment, what are your favorite sounds on the ‘Cloud?
I’ve been listening to M. Ward’s new album “Wasteland Companion” on repeat this Spring.

Recent favorite is alt-J’s “An Awesome Wave”.

Lastly, do you have any fun facts you can tell us about?
I am currently heading up the food program at the San Francisco office. Growing up as a picky eater (who didn’t eat fruit or vegetables!), my parents would never have imagined that I would make gastronomic decisions for other people….

Where can we find you on the Interwebs?
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/mellin
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/melissa_wong

Evan 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.

Ray Bradbury

1920-2012

“I don’t need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me.”

Today we’re remembering the great American Science Fiction writer Ray Bradbury. Bradbury’s work inspired writers, artists, musicians and even scientists. He’s often been credited with bringing modern Science Fiction literature into the mainstream, and his work has been adapted into television shows, movies, and even radio dramas. Ever forward-thinking, Bradbury imagined some real-world inventions years before they were built, including earbuds and wireless headphones!

 

Bradbury died on June 6, 2012 at the age of 91. The timing of his death led some to point out that he passed away on the same day as the rare transit of Venus. Quite fitting for someone so enthralled by our ever-expanding universe.

 

Below, we’ve collected a number of tributes to the man who inspired a generation of readers, writers, and thinkers. Here’s to you, Ray. Your passion and creativity will be sorely missed.

 

Here’s a clip from The PBS News Hour giving an overview of the life and work of Bradbury:

 

Yesterday, Studio 360 posted an interview with Ray Bradbury in which he describes the process of writing the screenplay for “Moby Dick”, and the challenges he faced:

 

And finally, Science Fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson remembers Bradbury and his enduring influence, on The Takeaway:

 

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