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Jami Creator Clubhouse, Signing Off

Wow, Austin, thank you! We’re still catching our breath after two jam-packed days celebrating with the community at the SoundCloud Creator Clubhouse.

We kicked off by welcoming Tumblr and SoundCloud community members to a joint meetup. We hosted performances by established and emerging SoundCloud artists and podcasters.

And Snoop Lion even dropped by to premiere his new film, Birds of a Feather, about his collaboration with Polish pop star Iza Lach. Snoop and Iza started making music together after he came across her tunes on SoundCloud; less than a year later, they’d co-produced 160 songs.

SoundCloud Pro user singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh took to the mic at the SoundCloud/Tumblr community meetup.

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Mitzi’s smooth electro disco was a perfect accompaniment to the lakeside sunset.

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While violin riffs by Barnaby Saints added unique flavour to the Grammy Amplifier Showcase.

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We had a packed house at 4 PM for Red Bull Sound Select pick Cherub, with a unique, stripped-back take on their usual electro-pop sound.

There were live comedy performances, featuring Chris Hardwick of The Nerdist who spoke with Rooster Teeth as well as Earwolf, creators and producers of hilarious comedy shows.

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The line was around the block to catch Island Def Jam’s The-Dream, while Usher and Snoop Lion watched from the decks.

SoundCloud’s CTO Eric Wahlforss announced the launch of our new Pro accounts. Afterwards, he talked all about it with SoundCloud Chicago Hero Jaime Black.

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Thanks to Feedmagnet, we were able to keep up with all the #creatorclubhouse buzz.

We were also excited for everyone to experience our collaborations with local artists, who experimented with sound as a design tool.

Creator Clubhouse art directors Public School created a living waveform from 5000 feet of paracord.

And Houndstooth Studio built a lighting installation that responded to the sound system and a midi controller in the crowd.

Big thanks goes out to all of our partners who worked with us to make the Clubhouse Austin’s unofficial creative hub for two days last week. But our biggest thanks goes out to you, the community, for creating so much that’s worth celebrating. We loved meeting all of you who made it down to the Clubhouse last week. Hope to see even more of you in Austin next year!

Dave Barbecue, bands and SXSW sounds

Wow, Austin took our breath away, I think we’re just about recovered. So much awesome stuff happened that we thought we’d better write them all down and share with you. If you were at SXSW, we’d love to hear your stories too.

First up… bands. So many bands and so much good music. And it wasn’t just about blagging our way into the Foo Fighters VIP to catch Dave Grohl play through the new album, it was also about the 2000+ plus acts that all made their way to Austin to showcase at the official (and unofficial) parties. We did our research and found that over 400 of these bands had SoundCloud accounts, so we got busy asking them to add their music to Paper Garden’s SXSW Showcase group. Listen to the results…


SXSW 2011 Showcasing bands!

But it wasn’t just music we were looking forward to. It was also the SXSW sounds. We reached out via Twitter to ask for willing SXSW Sound Ambassadors to fill up our interactive sound map of Austin. Our Sound Ambassadors (and one VC) managed to capture everything from elevator pitches, to interviews, to street noise, to buskers, to drunken conversations in bars. Go check it all out on the map.

We also teamed up with Billboard and Blue Microphones who used our map widgets to create their own special sound maps to great effect! If you’d like to do something similar then get in touch.

Last but not least I wanted to leave you with a few bonus tracks that involve our very own Alexander Ljung. First up go and check out one of many podcasts of panel recordings that are being uploaded by Hittin Interactive, one of which is actually one of Alex’s panels entitled ‘Selling Services To Musicians‘.

And to finish off check out this spontaneous remix of Alex talking about Austin’s world famous barbecue.

Alex’ Austin BBQ by Jackplug

David Create & Share (Even) More Easily

Just insane – uhm – just in time for SXSW, we’re releasing a couple of awesome new features to SoundCloud. And this time we have updates all across the board, making it even easier for you to share the sounds you’ve created. Let’s hear what the Weatherman has lined up for you:

On the menu for you today we have:

1. Login with Facebook

This one probably doesn’t need too much of an introduction as we’re sure you’ve seen and used it before for other services. SoundCloud now supports the ability to sign up or log in using your Facebook credentials. For people you’re sharing your sounds with, this will make it easier and more streamlined for them to sign up for a SoundCloud account in order to leave a comment on one of your tracks or add it to their favorites. Sign up and log in are currently only possible on the web version but we’ll be following up by enabling this in our mobile apps and any third-party app using a SoundCloud connection very soon.

2. SoundCloud Apps: Android, iPhone and Desktop

Head over to the app stores to update because we’ve refreshed all our apps: besides many bug fixes and streaming improvements, these are the new additions:

Android & iPhone: both apps now let you check in to Foursquare when uploading a new recording. Also, browse through followers and followings for any user profile to find more great SoundClouders

Android: post and view comments, share to Twitter & Facebook and via email, choose from two nifty widgets for your homescreen

Desktop: improved playlist creation, share private tracks via email, public tracks to your networks, drag & drop urls into the app

3. SoundCloud Mobile

Today, we’re also launching a mobile version of the site for other smartphones and tablets. When on your web-enabled mobile phone, head over to http://m.soundcloud.com to see the mobile version of SoundCloud in action. This first version allows you to play and find tracks, explore users and browse tags with plenty more functionality on its way. Pretty neat.

4. Songkick integration

And last but not least, with this Songkick integration, we’re making it easy for performers to add upcoming tour dates to their SoundCloud account. To enable Songkick on your profile, paste the url to your Songkick artist account in the You On The Web section of your account settings and three of your upcoming performances will be displayed on your profile.

So that’s it for today – make sure to check back as we’ll be posting a set of more detailed blog posts about the features we announced today right here on the blog starting next week.

In the meantime, if you’re headed to Austin for SXSW, safe travels and happy arrivals. And finally – as always – let us know what you think in the comments, you know we love your feedback.