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David Sound Bites #3 winners, and announcing Sound Bites #4!

Last month was Global Meet Up day: hundreds of you participated all around the world, and you might have even seen some of the highlights we posted. In Berlin we did something special an audio scavenger hunt. And not only did everybody who participated have a great time, but we kept the fun rolling by bundling up all the samples and using them two weeks ago in the third Sound Bites competition. We got some pretty incredible entries: seriously, every single submission is totally awesome and creative. But it’s not a contest without winners, so without further ado, here are our top three!

The first place winner and recipient of a SoundCloud Premium upgrade and a SoundCloud swag pack is Liam Cooke of Dublin, Ireland. Naturally some of the scavenged sounds in Berlin included spoken German, and Liam managed to cut it up and mix it around enough that it sounds like a totally alien language. Great work, and great use of the samples.

 

Renilreb (Sound Bites) by Nova Solus

Each of our two runners up get swag packs with SoundCloud t-shirts and stickers. And of course, bragging rights and the eternal jealousy of their friends. We’ve got Adi Chase of the UK, whose glitchy “Street Music” uses a bunch of the recorded sounds in a fun and interesting way.

Our final winner is Vinay Sudera‘s track “Retro/Future Clash”. Using so many of the samples as percussive elements was certainly a cool trick — check out the ticket machine sound — and of course it didn’t hurt to have the word “SoundCloud” in the lyrics so often :). Great work, and an altogether great track.

A huge thanks again to every single entrant. It was so much fun to listen to all of the amazing submissions, and I can really recommend checking out the rest of them.


Sound Bites #4

But now that we’ve got that wrapped up, it’s time to look at Sound Bites #4! This time around, the challenge is speaking in tongues.

All submissions have to include vocals (or something that resembles vocals) but they must speak some language not known by humans :). As always, you can submit a musical track, or any other kind of sound — a monologue, a poem, a soundscape — and submissions will be rewarded for creativity! As a recap, here are the rules:

  • the recording should be something completely original, created, recorded, written by you
  • you should make it all between Friday, June 17 and Monday, June 20 at 10 pm CEST
  • it should be under three minutes long
  • please put the words “Sound Bites” in the title of the track
  • for the fine print, check out our Sound Bites Terms & Conditions

As with previous Sound Bites contests, we’ll be giving a Premium upgrade to the big winner, and exclusive swag packs to two runners up!

So submit your entries to the Sound Bites #4 group by June 20 at 10pm CEST using the DropBox below.

Enter your sounds here!

David Sound Bites #3 – Scavenger samples

Welcome to the latest edition of Sound Bites, the weekend long contest to create sounds along some theme for the chance to win SoundCloud upgrades and swag. For those who haven’t played along yet, the idea is we give you an image, a video, a sound, or some other bit of inspiration, and you’ve got the weekend to create something.

You can make a song, a field recording, a spoken poem, or whatever kind of sound you want, and submit it to our Sound Bites group for the competition. The only rules are:

  • the recording should be something completely original, created, recorded, written by you
  • you should make it all between Friday, June 3 and Monday, June 6 at 10 pm CEST
  • it should be under three minutes long
  • please put the words “Sound Bites” in the title of the track
  • for the fine print, check out our Sound Bites Terms & Conditions

Many of you participated in all different kinds of events last week for the SoundCloud Global Meetup Day and we had a real fun celebration and sound scavenger hunt here in Berlin! So this time around, the Sound Bites challenge is to use the recordings from that scavenger hunt as samples in your submission. We’ve picked out some of our favorite samples below, but you can find all 80+ here.

Sound Bites #3 samples by SoundCloud Community Team

There’s no limit on how much or how little has to be included, but we’ll be looking to reward creative submissions! Make sure “Sound Bites” is in the title, and submit away.

We’ll go through them, and announce the winner on our blog this Wednesday, June 8. Deadline for submissions is Monday, June 6 at 10pm CEST.

Now get to making some sounds! We here at Team SoundCloud will pick a winner, who will receive

  • a Premium upgrade to their SoundCloud account
  • and a SoundCloud t-shirt swag pack.

Two runners-up will also receive t-shirt swag packs! Submit your tracks with the DropBox here.

Enter Sound Bites #3!

Looking forward to hearing all of your submissions. Good luck!

David Sound Bites #2 winners!

For most of the members of the SoundCloud community, this weekend probably passed like most others — going forward through time. For more then 40 others, though, the weekend was going backwards. And now that it’s over, we’re really excited to announce the winners of last weekend’s “reverse”-themed Sound Bites contest! Reverse effects can be subtle or obvious, jarring or soothing, straightforward or intricate. We were lucky enough to get some of every single kind in this weekend’s competition, so picking just three was tough. But we said there were going to be winners, and so there will be winners — and they’re great ones!

The first place winner and recipient of a SoundCloud Premium upgrade and a SoundCloud swag pack is Johnny Ripper of Lille, France. Johnny’s submission is all piano: the harmony chords are played in reverse, and the melody notes are played forwards. It’s a beautiful combination of sounds, and a great track to win the second Sound Bites competition!

 

blanktone (sound bites) by johnny_ripper

Next, our two runners up, whose excellent submissions earned them each a SoundCloud swag pack, and major props from the judges! First, we’ve got twobob, who along with SoundCloud user Special Kay on vocals, (singing backwards, no less!) has put together a pretty amazing track. Give it a listen!

Everything is backwards Feat Special Kay (Sound Bites) by q(O_o)b░ Twobob ░֟(x_●)֟

Our final winner was Calopteryx, of Murmansk, Russia. Not only did he make a great sounding track, he also performed some computer magic to embed the logo of the contest — a reversed SoundCloud cloud — into the frequency spectrum of the track itself! If you’ve never witnessed that kind of effect before, it’s sort of something you have to see to believe. Excellent work!

Calopteryx – Baby Dolphin [Sound Bites #2] by Calopteryx

A huge thanks again to every single entrant. It was so much fun to listen to all of the amazing submissions, and I can really recommend checking out all of these crazy backwards noises. Stay tuned for Sound Bites #3 coming soon!