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Jane Hans Zimmer searches for the next composer on SoundCloud

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The boundless creativity and talent on SoundCloud make our community so unique. We love hearing about your stories of growth and success. We’re excited to bring you one of the most exciting opportunities to touch down on our platform.

Academy Award® winning, world renowned composer Hans Zimmer is looking for the next composer on SoundCloud to mentor and join the Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop, a joint venture between Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions, Extreme Music and Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Bleeding Fingers has been responsible for creating scores for such shows as Survivor XVIII, Mountain Men, Duck Dynasty and more.

Hans Zimmer has created an original theme called “Destiny’s Door” exclusively for this contest on SoundCloud. Recompose the track using any of the stems and your own inspiration, creativity and original work. Keep the track length to 90-120 seconds.

Submissions can be voted on by the public at http://www.hanszimmerwantsyou.com and winners will ultimately be chosen by a panel of judges who have composed music for such films as Inception, 300 and The Dark Knight Rises, including Hans Zimmer himself.

The prize includes the opportunity for full-time employment, including a full benefits package, plus the use of a fully equipped studio in a brand new state-of-the-art facility in Santa Monica, California. Three finalists will be announced on or before March 20, 2014.

Here’s how to participate:

Good luck!

Brendan Most beautiful sound in the world competition winner Marc Anderson

SoundCloudWe checked in with Marc Anderson, winner of the recent Most Beautiful Sound in the World Competition sponsored by The Sound Agency and Beautiful Now, to ask about the winning sound – a recording he calls “Dusk by the Frog Pond”, recorded on site in Kubah National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia.

“It was just by chance I came across the frog pond in Kubah National Park. It appeared to be an ideal location to record, so I set up my microphones and recorder and left them for an hour or so. The forest was pulsing with life – cicadas, frogs, birds, insects. I don’t know if I’ve heard a richer natural chorus than that afternoon in Kubah. Interestingly, one of the frog species which you can hear on the recording was only discovered in 2010.”

Marc describes himself as having, “always had a love for nature. At about the age of 14, I made birdwatching my hobby, enjoying the discovery and satisfaction that comes with seeing new species for the first time. Since then my interest has only grown and I still feel like a big kid with lots to learn.”

In addition to be a professional photographer, in recent years Marc’s become fascinated with the sounds of nature – bioacoustics: “While photography captures one dimension of nature, sound recording opens up a new world of discovery. With the excellent sound equipment available today, I love being able to capture what I feel is even more evocative and more accurate than a visual image, an audio image of a particular location and moment in time.”

You can hear more of Marc’s recordings on his SoundCloud profile, check out his new project called Nature Soundmap, and hear his interviews with Shira White of Beautiful Now and Julian Treasure of the Sound Agency, below.


Jami Hear what’s happening: new messaging

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We’re always working on ways to help you to share the music & audio that you create, as well as the new tracks that you discover. That’s why today, we’re launching a new messaging system on our web platform that makes it simpler than ever to share what you’ve heard and to talk about what you’ve been playing and loving.

Click on the envelope icon in the header to get to your messages — as you’ll see, they’re now organized by conversation. You can message other SoundCloud users from here, or from clicking on the envelope icons on their profiles.

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You can also send tracks and playlists in your messages, right from their players. It’s perfect for sharing new discoveries and giving people private previews of your works-in-progress.

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Start a new conversation on any track with the ‘Share’ button: you’ll see that there’s now a built-in ‘Message’ tab alongside the ‘Share’ and ‘Embed’. Just click to send the track privately, along with a message of your choice, to any other SoundCloud user. A super simple way to let folks hear what’s happening for you on SoundCloud. Need a little more guidance to get started? Go to the Help Center for the full lowdown.