Monthly Archives: July 2012

Emma Found Sounds: Tropicana

Whether you’re working, studying, or casually surfing the web, kick back and join us for a virtual vacation to the tropics.

Jay Okubo captures a monsoonal mood:

AustralianNatureSounds introduces us to the birds of the rainforest:

And ronjogid washes our worries away at sea:

Evan Selection Panel announced for SoundCloud Fellowship

One of our favorite things here at SoundCloud is working with folks who are experienced, knowledgeable and passionate about the world of sound. Through our Fellowship program, we’re hoping to support some truly mind-blowing audio projects, so it seems only right that we ask true experts in the community to help us choose this year’s Fellows.

Today, we’re thrilled to announce the panel of judges who will help choose our 2012 Fellowships!

Soraya Darabi is a New York City based entrepreneur, working on a new initiative.  She is a co-founder of Foodspotting and sits on the Notables Board of Carnegie Hall.

Julie Shapiro, artistic director of the Third Coast Audio Festival, the country’s biggest showcase of audio feature and documentary work.

Lea Thau, The Peabody award-winning creator of The Moth Radio Hour and the new hit radio show Strangers

Steve Angello of the world-renowned Swedish House Mafia

Producer Shea Shackelford  representing AIR (the Association of Independents in Radio)

Corey Ford of The Public Media Accelerator, a new incubator for public-service media focused start-ups

Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital officer of Columbia University

Tyler Moody, Vice President of  CNN Radio

Nuala McGovern, Presenter of the BBC World Service’s Newsday

The crew from NPR and PRX’s Snap Judgment

We’ve also had some questions regarding what type of support the fellowship program will provide. We value your time, effort, and experience as creators and want to help you succeed however we can. In addition to the support of our amazing community, the program will also offer some financial support (up to $5,000). You can find more information about all of this in the project-submission guide.

David Tea(m) Time with Moritz Königsbüscher

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

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

Moin Moin!

Where are you from?

I am from Hamburg, Germany, but I grew up close to the Ruhrpott. So I still consider myself as a “Pottkind”.

What do you do at SoundCloud? What’s your role?

I am the product manager in charge of payments.  I also make sure that our community team has all the tools available to make dealing with payment processes as easy as possible.

We thank you for that Moritz :). Can you tell us what your favorite sound is? 

My favorite sound is that of the Queen Mary 2 blowing her fog horns when leaving or entering Hamburg. These horns are loud and sometimes go odd in the middle of the night! Here is a sound I recorded of the horn blasts:

What sound don’t you particularly enjoy?

That sound when you come back from holidays and hear that your water tap is running.

Oh, that is certainly a bad sound! If you had 3 words to describe yourself, what would they be?

Tall, slightly bearded.

Amazing! What’s your favorite word (in any language)?

Dennoch (German). Translation: (nevertheless, however, anyhow)

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

Big fun! The smart folks here always help setting the right perspective.

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

I am actually passionate about creating things which other people love.

Why do you think someone should apply to SoundCloud?

To make the next big internet thing happen. Seriously!

Why do you like sounds? 

I think that music, or sound in a broader way, is a most basic means of communication. It sets and changes moods. What would life be without sounds anyways?

What do you like most about Berlin?

Berlin is such a vivid place. It´s international, it has so many different places to go and check out. For me it´s a city which happens outside most of the time, so many people on the streets. Berlin is all about its people. Quite a colorful mix.

What are your favorite sounds on the cloud & why?

The Sunpilots: The Piper´s Mirror

and Nicolas Jaar.

I heard of Nicolas Jaar through a SoundCloud addict (Hello Anita!), and instantly liked his music. If electronic music, then like this: smart, creative and versatile.

So Moritz, do you have any fun facts that you would like to share?

When I had my 13th birthday, I was flown to school by helicopter together with Rudi Carell, a famous Dutch showmaster.

Very cool! Where can we find you on the internetz?

Twitter: @Mr_Mo
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/mr_mo
Personal site : facebook.com/HamburgPixx