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Jane Hello Heroes: Collaborations

Hello Heroes is a guest blog series by the SoundCloud Heroes. Heroes Ben Z and Monica collaborated to share this post on…collaborations! Have any tips or suggestions about collaborations, add them in the comments!

What unites 20 million users from around the world, each with their own personalities, backgrounds, and languages? It is the one language we all know and speak: sound. Before any of us even knew a language, we used sound to communicate and make sense of our world. We became adept at giving sounds meaning and using them to express our needs and desires, including the desire for connectedness.

We are still using sound for that same purpose to create connections on SoundCloud. Within seconds, we can send our sounds to the far ends of the Earth and receive an immediate response in return. This makes collaborations possible and enjoyable, and that is why those of us in the SoundCloud Heroes program have been so enthusiastic about collaborating with you!

Monica

We’d like to share a few of our recent collaborations and the lessons we’ve taken from them with you. We hope that they both inspire and assist you in beginning your own collaborative adventures!

Two of my latest collaborations have taken place with two very different people from two very different places: Iran and Japan. The first is with EleWara from Tokyo, Japan. The second is with SoundClouder Mashoud Tehrani from Iran.

Ben Z.

I have collaborated with over a hundred people using SoundCloud! It is amazing what you can do when you intentionally reach out to others. Recently, I finished a full-length album with producer and fellow SoundClouder Dejection, who lives in Darmstadt, Germany. We used SoundCloud’s amazing features to connect, share files, find guest artists, and fulfill our desire to connect with people globally. Here is a sample from that project and the process by which we connected to create an album together.

Currently, I am in the process of creating a collaborative hip hop song meant to inspire youth around the world. This track is a collaboration between myself, Chicago emcee Roberto Rivera, and Ugandan emcee/b-boy Abramz. All three of us have a passion for engaging, inspiring, and encouraging youth through hip hop.

We hope that reading and hearing about our experiences inspires you to link up with other SoundClouders and collaborate! So go identify potential collaborators and build a creative bridge that spans hundreds or thousands of miles. If you missed the August collaborations theme A Road Trip of Sounds, there’s still time to submit and yours can be featured.

Jane Meet Cuyahoga Falls, OH SoundCloud Hero: Bryn Martin

SoundCloud Heroes are inspirational leaders who bring people together around sound by cultivating and engaging unique communities.

If you’ve missed it, we introduced our newest SoundCloud Heroes this past week! Last but not least, we’d like to introduce you to musician Bryn Martin, aka Bryyn. He has been an active SoundClouder for almost two years, collaborating with folks all around the world and would like to purse a boundary-pushing sound idea with your help called “Sound Font.” Curious? Listen and read on below. Take a listen to Bryn retell the journey of the release of his full-length album ‘In Shapes’ as well.

Quick Facts:
Name: Bryn Martin, aka Bryyn
SoundCloud: Bryyn
Location: Cuyahoga Falls, OH

What do you do? How do you use SoundCloud in your life?
In real life I’m a neuroscientist. To be honest, it’s really fun! You would like it. On SoundCloud, I try to act like a musician. There isn’t much difference!

What is the collaboration idea that you would like to accomplish with the SoundCloud community?
I would like to make a sound font machine! This is a machine that would turn the curves and edges of text into sounds. Imagine you have a conveyor belt, like at the grocery store, and it drags your letters under a digital camera that takes intermittent pictures. The pictures would then get converted into sounds based on taking derivatives of the letter edges. This machine could be really fun because different languages might sound different. We would have a SoundCloud widget that you could type comments into and then the comments would turn directly into a sound font track! it would be like a reverse SoundCloud widget. You would make the sounds with the comments, and people could then make their own stories!

What is your favorite place in the city and why?
In Cuyahoga Falls, there is this deep valley and it’s all green and looks like you are in the jungle without any city around!

What is your favorite sound and why?
There is a bell buoy sitting out in the Nantucket sound that is all red and it rings all day and night…even in the fog. That’s my kind of bell.

Where else can we find you on the web?
http://www.bryyn.com
http://www.neurohydrodynamics.com

Jane Meet Milwaukee, WI SoundCloud Hero: Brian Hoffer

SoundCloud Heroes are inspirational leaders who bring people together around sound by cultivating and engaging unique communities.

If you’ve missed the news, we introduced our newest SoundCloud Heroes this past week! We’re wrapping up the introductions today. Please welcome Brian Hoffer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who would like to encourage more folks in his city to use audio to share what they love about their city.

Quick Facts:
Name: Brian Hoffer
SoundCloud: Brian Hoffer
Location: Milwaukee, WI

What do you do? How do you use SoundCloud in your life?
I’m the marketing specialist for the Milwaukee Recreation Department. In my free time, I enjoy playing the piano and guitar.  I’ve written over 2,500 pop/rock songs since the age of 7. In 2011, I achieved a lifelong dream when I released my debut album, Into the Boulevard. SoundCloud has made it incredibly easy for me to share my songs with other music fans around the world.

What is the collaboration idea that you would like to accomplish with the SoundCloud community?
I think it would be fun to record and compile people’s favorite memories of growing up in the Milwaukee area, but I’m definitely open to other ideas.

What is your favorite place in the city and why?
I love the shores of Lake Michigan. There’s something about the vast expanse of open water that clears my mind and inspires me to write songs.

What is your favorite sound and why?
For me, there’s no better sound than a great pop song, especially that first listen. Sometimes, I wish I could forget all my favorite songs so I could hear them again for the first time.

Where else can we find you on the web?
www.HofferSongs.com