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Ben SoundCloud Voices

SoundCloud Voices is a new weekly Community feature focusing on new spoken word creators found on SoundCloud. It might be a podcast, radio show, audio book, interview, audio messages, a poem, anything! Keep an eye out every Thursday for a new post.

We’ve got two brilliant interview podcasts for you this week, both of which have a great pedigree in the podcast world and have just started using SoundCloud in the last couple of months!  Take a listen and follow them!

First up is Public Radio International’s Bullseye which in their own words “is your guide to the good stuff in culture”.   Jesse Thorn hosts in-depth interviews with brilliant creators, culture recommendations and irreverent original comedy. Bullseye has been featured in Time, The New York Times, GQ to name a few and was formerly know as The Sound of Young America which he started in 1999 and has featured the likes of Simon Pegg, Judd Apatow, Flying Lotus, Werner Herzog, Phil Collins and Bootsy Collins to name a few.  It’s also part of the Maximum Fun podcast network which also features comedy podcast Jordan Jesse Go and Judge John Hodgman.  It’s a great podcast, featuring great guests and great cultural recommendations.  Take a listen below to his interview with Chris Lilley, writer of Summer Heights High and Angry Boys.

Next up is the slightly more adult but equally brilliant is The Gentleman’s Club with Caleb Bacon.  The Gentlemen’s Club with Caleb Bacon is a weekly interview show featuring goofy conversations with comedians, television and radio personalities, and live nude pornstars. This weekly show comes to you from Los Angeles free in MP3 each Monday. For Gentlemen, since 2009.  An by pure coincidence Caleb interviewed Mr Jesse Thorn from Bullseye in his latest episode which conveniently allows to save our blushes and not post an interview with a porn star!  Take a listen below.

If you are interested in trying out SoundCloud as a spoken word podcast platform, you can sign up for via this form. Successful candidates will be emailed with further details.

Marie Fun Friday: Meet the iOS guys

We would like you to meet the iOS team helping SoundCloud out. The team is compiled of: Gernot Poetsch, Thomas (Toto) Kollbach and Ullrich Schäfer. Learn all about them below!

From left to right: Toto, Gernot and Ullrich. Enjoying a nice day.

How’s it going these days down in the basement?

Ullrich: The basement has become a quiet place recently. It’s like the outback of the SoundCloud office. People come here to find silence and inspiration. Also the view is quite nice. The only basement on the 4th floor :)

Gernot: We still have some Dresdner Christstollen left too, and we have windows that aren’t obstructed by snow as well.

Where are you guys from?

Gernot: Originally I’m from Würzburg, then I moved to Dresden for studying (where I met Ullrich), and after a brief time in Cologne I finally arrived in Berlin.

Toto: As a small child, I lived with my grandparents close to Frankfurt am Main. The family moved to Bonn, the former capital of Germany, where I spent most of my childhood before moving to Berlin.

Ullrich: I grew up in a small village near a town called Erfurt in former East Germany. I did spend my youth on the farm of my parents. We had pigs, chickens and some fields.

What do you guys do at SoundCloud? How did it start?

Gernot: Ullrich and I joined forces and started working from the SoundCloud Office two years ago. We’ve been working on SoundCloud stuff ever since, and together with Toto, we have our own company, nxtbgthng, as well. For SoundCloud, we do the iOS App, the API wrapper and streaming Frameworks that work on both iOS and Mac OS X. The Frameworks are open source and are used by bazillions of apps out there :-)

Have any fave tracks on SoundCloud right now?

Gernot: This changes all the time. But I still like Röyksopp’s “The Alcoholic”, although I used that as my test track for the app, which probably accounts for half the listens of this track ;-)

And then of course Alex’s Geek Funk thing.

Toto: Ever since Gernot posted this, I can’t get enough of this track (and of course her SoundCloud Session too):

Also, Madeleine Bloom rocks :-)

Ullrich: I recently enjoyed the Chiptune Christmas songs:

If you could pick one (two or three) reason(s) why someone should join the SoundCloud team, what would it/they be?

Gernot: It’s a very unique experience to see a company with this momentum grow from the early days. Everyone here writes about the awesome team, and they’re right. It’s probably the most gifted bunch of people outside of some US startups.

Toto: The Soundcloud team is amazing and enjoyable to work with in every aspect. No matter who you talk to, they are all very smart, friendly and dedicated people. Also, being a young and quickly growing company the work everyone does counts a lot, so one can really make a difference. And last but not least, Berlin is probably one of the most exciting places to live and work at the moment.

Ullrich: Interesting challenges, great people and everybody should spend some time in Berlin!

Gimme some fun facts about yourselves!

Gernot: I once operated a nuclear reactor. It was at our university and at that time, it still ran without any computers but with a lot of blinking lights and those tubes with number-shaped glowing wires. It’s completely harmless except for the (hopefully) well-shielded radiation. It really looked and felt like the desk Homer Simpson sits in front of. But now it’s all fancy computer screens and not manual buttons anymore :-(

Toto: Everyone calls me Toto but my real name is (obviously) not Toto, but Thomas. My father sometimes used to call me Toto when I was a little boy, but after I started high school and my friends found out, it spiraled a bit out of control and today, even my brother calls me Toto.

Ullrich: In GDR times, we were watching western Television. On Mondays, all the kids gathered to play A-Team. I, of course, always wanted to be Murdock, the crazy helicopter pilot. After all the dreaming, I recently bought an IR-controlled chopper for the office. Now all I need is a new cap :)


Those are the wonderful guys working on the iOS stuff here at SoundCloud. Feel free to follow them on Twitter: Gernot (@gernot), Toto (@mrtoto), and Ullrich (@stigi)!

Marie Fun Friday: Meet Omid Aladini

This week’s Fun Friday interview is featuring one of our new developers, Omid Aladini! Learn more about Omid below!

What’s up?

Everything is going fine!

Where are you from?

I’m from Iran! I lived in Tehran until about two years ago then I moved to Frankfurt.

Why’d you choose Frankfurt?

I was studying machine learning related things in a computational neuroscience lab there.

How’d you end up at SoundCloud?

I knew that after graduation I would like to spend my time working with the Internet and music, so I looked for places where I could bring these two closer together, and that was SoundCloud!

And, what are you doing for SoundCloud exactly?

“Back-end developer” is the title so I work in the Architecture team.

What kind of music are you into and why?

It’s hard for me to talk in terms of music genres but I can name bands and musicians that I like. A few of them are: Pixies, David Bowie, Radiohead, Beirut, Portishead.

Here’s some other stuff:

Lail Arad – Everyone’s Moving to Berlin

Sandra Kolstad – Freudian slip

Moby – Pale Horses

What do you like about Berlin so far?

There is always something interesting to do here, like small concerts and performances.

And what do you like the most about SoundCloud so far?

The work is quite interesting and the people are amazing!

Also, it’s much easier to tell people what I do for a living now :-)

Can you give us a fun fact about yourself?

When I was born, I had two front teeth already!

Really?

Yes!


That’s our new back-end developer, Omid Aladini! Say ‘hi’ to him on Twitter @omidaladini or on SoundCloud!