Monthly Archives: July 2012

David Call-For-Entries For 2012 Fellowship Ends, Selection Begins

Wow, what a ride!

Last Friday, the call-for-entries for the 2012 SoundCloud Community Fellowship ended. A total of 184 proposals for sound creation projects have been submitted from all corners of the world: Kenya, Indonesia, Taipei, Australia, Lebanon, France, UK, South Korea, Germany and the United States.

It’s been truly inspiring to listen to all the proposals and to hear how the Fellowship has unlocked various forms of creativity using sound. We’re humbled to have you as candidates for a Fellowship and we thank you for submitting your idea. Here are the 184 project proposals:

What’s next you ask? Well, tomorrow we will hand over the project proposals to our amazing panel of judges who will take a few days to assess your project ideas before we announce the final selection here on the blog on August 15.

David Sound+: Social

In this new guest blogging series “Sound +”, Laura Haapio-Kirk will discuss why sound is important and what it means to different professionals in various “sound-focused” industries. This week, her focus is on “Sound + Social”.

This post takes a look at the social nature of sound – how it connects and communicates. I hope to open up the subject rather than attempt to provide a conclusion, by inviting the opinions of people involved in sound in various ways. First up is the final instalment of the Sound Series videos featuring our lovely sound experts including Moby, Imogen Heap and Tim Exile amongst others. Take a look at the previous videos on the effects of sound and technology.

Social Sound from SoundCloud on Vimeo.

Have you ever heard a smile? Our ears are finely tuned to pick up social and emotional cues from others, according to research conducted by Portsmouth University. They found that a significant number of participants were able to identify not only a smile, but the degree of the smile just by hearing someone talk without seeing them. Are emoticons enough to convey such social signals in online text or would the web be more social if we could hear each other better?

Not only do we read social signals in sound, but our social networks can be influenced by preferences for certain types of sound. A shared fondness for Latvian tango can mean instant friendship for some. The networks that revolve around sound, especially amongst musicians, are often close and supportive – demonstrated well by the SoundCloud community. A project that explores these networks is Record and Ride, a five-month cycling tour of Europe tracing connections between artists and making recordings along the way. Niko found time to record an update from a hostel in Croatia, talking us through some of the highlights and his thoughts on social sound. More on the project here and check out some of the wonderful recordings on his profile.

I also caught up with Ariel Elkin from The Music Hackspace, London – a place for artists, innovators, and entrepreneurs passionate about music and technology. Check out some of their sounds here. Their weekly meetups are focused on finding novel ways to work with sound. Is sound inherently social? Drawing on his experiences, Ariel discusses this and more in the following clip.

Comparing the experience of sound with the other senses, it appears that one of sound’s unique properties is how it envelops us in a soundscape that stretches beyond our visual perspective, making us aware of people and things we don’t necessarily see. I can be sitting on a train staring out of the window but be fully aware of the social setting just by listening. However I can also choose to limit social interaction and immerse myself in a personal bubble via my iPod. So it seems that sound is not only key to our sociality, but we use it to actively control and sometimes limit our social world. Sound is intrinsically linked to social life and perhaps as our online interactions become ever more sophisticated, sound will have a bigger part to play.

David Tea(m) Time with Karolina Juryga

It is Friday again, that means it is time for our weekly employee interview series that we have dubbed “Tea(m) Time”! Today, help us welcome Karolina Juryga to our team in Berlin!

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

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Poland. I moved to Berlin 2001 and started my economic studies. Then I fell in love with the city… and here I am! It’s been eleven years! So some people say I am Berlinerin now!

How did you get introduced to SoundCloud?

I started using SoundCloud a few years ago and found it very fresh and friendly! I found the job offer on the SoundCloud site while listening to my favourite tunes. I love the idea of SoundCloud and the interaction of music & creativity. It sounds to me like a perfect combination!

What do you do at SoundCloud?

I joined the finance team. I do the monthly accounting and take care of the financial issues.

What is your favorite sound?

I love the sound of the summer rain… So here you go:

What sound do you hate?

I really hate the sound of my alarm clock in the morning.

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

Optimistic, wearing glasses, love my mac!

What’s your favorite word?

It’s a german one: großartig! If you use it everything sounds better!

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

It’s awesome! I love the cultural diversity. I love the fact that people working here simply love what they are doing! Everyone is so passionate about working here. It’s great feeling to be a part of it!

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

Winter sports! I love snowboarding, skiing and I became keen on waterskiing and wakeboarding recently. I think everyone should try this. It’s an extreme fun! I also love music!

What are your favorite sounds on the cloud & why?

I like many kinds of music and there are way too many, but all my favorite sounds have something in common: they make me feel good! Here are two of my favorites!

Do you have any fun facts or interesting stories you would like to share?

I used to play cello at the age of 9 which was bigger then me.

Thanks so much for the interview Karolina!! Check out more Tea(m) Time interviews and apply for a job at SoundCloud.com/Jobs.