Monthly Archives: September 2012

David Tea(m) Time with Luke Leighfield

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 Luke Leighfield to our team in Berlin!

On Thursday afternoon Luke and I chatted about his SoundCloud story, why he loves Berlin and what his favorite sounds are! Hear his full interview below and continue scrolling for his favorite sounds.

Specifics: Luke Leighfield, Community Support Specialist, originally from England

Fun Fact: Started using SoundCloud in 2009

Likes: Movies, reading books, eating kebabs, passionate about – justice issues, cats, memes, GIFS

Favorite tour stops: Berlin, Germany, Sweden

Does not like: Reggae

Favorite thing about SoundCloud: Nice people, fresh fruit, tempting beer

 Here are some of Luke’s favorite sounds:

You can follow Luke on the Internetz here: http://soundcloud.com/lukeleighfield

If you want to join Luke in Berlin or SF and get your own Tea(m) Time, check out our job openings here!

Jane Follow the Fellows: Share your knowledge, listen and learn with Sound School

This week’s Follow the Fellows guest blog post is by Laura Haapio-Kirk whose project, Sound School, is one of the 2012 SoundCloud Community Fellows.

For thousands of years, we have used sound to create rhythms, songs, stories and all kinds of magic. Passed on from person to person, knowledge of how to work with sound has often been limited to having access to the right people. Now that we are so connected online, we are in a better position than ever to learn from each other and from the artists we admire.

Sound School is on its way to becoming a home for educational content on sound, fuelled by the massive skill and talent of the SoundCloud community. For example a professor from Berklee College of Music had the idea to start a set of musical terms explained through sound. Have a listen and upload your own favourite musical term, expressed as creatively as you like!

People are also sharing knowledge on different aspects of sound technology. Help us get this off the ground, so if you have a specific technology tip, please share it and help others out! If you feel like your advice requires screenshots, share a link to them in the timed comments at the relevant moment. Simple!

Sound School is also actively seeking collaboration with educational institutions and are excited to be partnering with the SAE Institute. Their instructors are in the process of recording their “Sound Advice” series which will be a collection of tips and advice based on questions that keep coming up in class. How awesome!

In terms of inspiration, nothing beats hearing from people who are working every day with sound. We want to know things like how you got to where you are now, how you found your style, what goes behind the song writing process, and your biggest lessons so far. The SoundCloud Heroes have given us a wonderful start by sharing their experiences, as you will hear below. Now we need you to share yours!

A new topic we’re working on is ‘Designs for Sound School’. Do you have an idea for how sound education can be improved? A piece of technology that would make a great teaching tool? An opinion on how we should approach sound education? Ideas big and small, we want to hear them all! Those with the best ideas will be invited to come and talk about them at the Sound School event happening in the coming months. This promises to be a wonderful evening where you will get to meet other SoundClouders and share your knowledge and passion for sound in person!

For more ideas on how you can contribute to Sound School, check us out our Tumblr, Facebook, Google+ and follow us on Twitter.

Jane Follow the Fellows #2: Working Now, The Truth, From Hear to There & more

SoundCloud Community Fellows have been continuing to provide the latest on their projects. Here’s last week’s recap. We promise you when we say there will be something you will love. These projects will pique your curiosity and inspiration. Hear from some of their latest:

Working Now – The latest submissions of stories about the working lives of people today. From a figure model to a bus driver, get to know these individuals.

The Truth
Election-related horror episodes? Surely! Jonathan Mitchell serves up some spooky “movies for your ears,” like his latest episode That’s Democracy.

Random Tape
Rewind the tape with David Weinberg as he shares where he was when Barack Obama first became President of the United States here.

Here Be Monsters
Jeff’s latest podcast is a story about a lesson in gift-giving to an ex-commando ex-boyfriend in Istanbul, Turkey. Listen to the rest of his episodes here.

From Hear to There
Nadia Wilson is “the lady on the NY subway with the big glasses and a microphone.” She meets a violinist who has played in the subway for 30 years.

Road to the Royal Mile
Hayden Cohen shares the stories and interviews with folks along the Royal Mile at the largest arts and culture festival in the world: Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Meet the comedians and entertainers he’s gotten a chance to chat with.

NightBus Radio
Live vicariously through Jack’s adventures in the Carolinas (mmm, pickled rabbit ears included). His latest stop is in Chicago. Follow along on his adventures and tune into some new tunes that will make up his new album here.

Tiny Spark
Is an unqualified volunteer better than no volunteer at all? Amy Costello explores in her latest episode of Tiny Spark.

Pop Up Archive
The ladies of Pop Up Archive guest blogged about why archiving is important. Nikki Silva of the Kitchen Sisters share more on that as well below.

And that’s a wrap for this week! The Fellows are also on Pinterest. Follow them here.