SoundCloud Heroes are inspirational leaders who bring people together around sound by cultivating and engaging unique communities.
SoundCloud Heroes are SoundCloud ambassadors who fuel their leadership, passion and creativity to bring the community closer together. If you need a refresher, meet our first 10 SoundCloud Heroes. For the rest of the week, we’ll be introducing our newest Heroes on the blog who will help us unmute the web.
Today, let’s meet Heidi Harris from Brooklyn, NY who plays more instruments than we can count on our fingers. She has been widely involved in community collaborations and has aspirations to create a SoundCloud collaboration album featuring members from all over the world! She and Tea Leigh will join forces to lead the NYC Heroes contingent, so New Yorkers–if you’ve got some ideas, give Heidi and Tea a shout!
Name: Heidi Harris
SoundCloud: Heidi Harris
Location: Brooklyn, New York
What do you do? How do you use SoundCloud in your life?
I’m a self taught musician focusing on a variety of styles. In my works, I use traditional and non-traditional sound sources. I play clarinet, harmonica, Portuguese guitar, classical guitar, piano, ukulele, melodica, synthesizer, electric cello, theremin, various percussions, and other instruments – electronic and acoustic. I attended the Institute of Audio Research in New York, focusing on the process of recording and producing and went on to record several self released albums.
I use SoundCloud as a platform to share works in progress, get feedback, post finished works and collaborate as much as possible. SoundCloud has become such a valuable tool to me. I can work with just about any kind of artist who’s out there and since I always enjoy trying new things with sound, it tends to be such a great and rewarding learning experience every time!
What are your aspirations for the SoundCloud community in your city?
The idea I have for the SoundCloud community is to create a full length global SoundCloud collaboration album. This album could be created by hosting a series of meetup events in New York for SoundClouders interested in contributing while also gathering submissions from all over the world for the skeleton tracks that New York SoundClouders could then record onto at the meetups. The goal would be to have enough meetups to eventually record a full length collaboration album, one that’s created primarily in New York but will also showcase sounds from all over the world!
What is your favorite place in the city and why?
My favorite place in the city has very recently become DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) partly because it’s within walking distance from me but mostly because you can stand by the water and look over at Manhattan from Brooklyn, complete with a dreamy carousel, a park and a huge bridge above your head! The people and sounds that wander around this place are fantastic, too and there is always something new happening somewhere close by if you poke around enough.
What is your favorite sound and why?
My favorite sound is the crackle that comes from an old record. It takes time for a record to develop a good crackle. The character of this sound has a history to it, plus I just love it! Its always so soothing and interesting to my ears.
Where else can we find you on the web?