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David Tea(m) Time with Kat

It’s Friday again, that means it is time for our weekly employee interview series that we have dubbed “Tea(m) Time”! Today, help us welcome Kat to our team in Berlin!

Specifics: Kat, from Scotland, Community team – support specialist

Was relocating difficult?: Nope, the SoundCloud HR team made it easy!

Favorite thing about Berlin: Night clubs / Night life / Electronic music!

Favorite thing about working at SoundCloud: Meeting all the diverse individuals at the company

Favorite sound: Reverberating bass from outside a night club before you go inside

Here are some of Kat’s favorite sounds on the ‘Cloud:

“One everyone here is aware of, but Maedels With a Microphone was awesome to listen to when I was still dreaming of moving to Berlin as they capture sounds and do spoken word podcasts about this wonderful city.

My friend Krysia is a student at Glasgow School of Art and she makes amazing sounds for her sculpture pieces and installations. She’s a Berlin & electronic music enthusiast too.

And

Soundwalk Collective are a collective based in Berlin and New York, and do live, often venue specific recordings which can become temporary or permanent sound installations. My favourites, obviously, are the Berghain studies, sounds from the vibrations and resonances from areas in the club.”

If you want to join Kat in Berlin or SF and get your own Tea(m) Time, check out our job openings here!

David WE Hack

This weekend, we celebrated the inaugural company-wide hack weekend called WE Hack (Weekend Hack).

The aim of WE Hack was to spend a Friday and Saturday outside of the office to bond as a team and to learn. Listen to Hannes, who explains how WE Hack came to be:

We kicked off Friday morning with everyone pitching their hack ideas and getting their team in shape, here’s an audio snapshot with a selection of teams explaining what they’re building.

Here’s a selection of 20 hacks that were built during the weekend:

  1. Toybox: a toddler’s toy built on Arduino and Raspberry Pi able to play back custom SoundCloud sounds in reaction to the physical world.
  2. Never Ending Story (We Hack 2012 winner): the age-old kid’s game: start a story and pass it on. You just hear the last part and you create the next one. Hacking content!
  3. Soundifyificationizer: turns text into music by mapping groups of characters to MIDI notes for melody and drums.
  4. H.O.V.A: “We build a “HOVA” hovercraft and it is hovering badass! Here’s our blog
  5. StreadCloud: memefy our Chief Architect Sean Tradway. Includes voting and is powered by Redis & Clojure
  6. Ruly: R U Lost Yet gives your friends and map with audio-powered step-by-step directions
  7. Graphiz: a visualization of connections on SoundCloud
  8. Deutsch Dienstag: an English-German phrasebook. Click an English sentence to hear the German translation
  9. BunnyStall: revive the NabazTag! Take the NabaztagHackKit and build custom Applications for u Bunny!
  10. SoundCal: allows users to add SoundCloud tracks to a calendar via the artwork widget
  11. Foodbaby: a website that let’s you collect your favorite recipes via an “Eat Later” bookmarklet. Once you cooked the meal you can connect the recipe to an Instagram photo of the dish.
  12. Desmond: we ported the Android SoundCloud app to Google’s new experimental media streaming device, the Nexus Q.
  13. Day In Sound: a day in the life of a SoundClouder in 2015
  14. SoundChain: a Chinese whispers like app where you record a sound and send it to someone to continue and eventually make into a chain of sounds.
  15. TweetSpeak: allows you to speak your own tweets. Pick your best tweet, record it, and post it to Twitter.
  16. Wedoc: we documented the weekend by creating audio interviews and montages and by building wehack.sc.
  17. Lunchbox: a mobile app enabling SoundCloud staffers to meet for lunch
  18. Message In A Bottle: short message broadcasting with anonymous replies. Think of anonymous twitter.
  19. The Passion Project: gathering stories of individuals sharing their passion with the world
  20. Screen Printing Workshop: we learned how to screen print our own We Hack tshirts (thanks to our friends at Etsy Labs in Berlin!)

Visit wehack.sc to relive the weekend in reverse chronological order and see our Facebook Page for more photos of the event.

Want to be part of next year’s WE Hack: we’re hiring and you should totally join our team http://soundcloud.com/jobs

Special thanks to Betahaus for providing the We Hack location and to Prinzessinnengarten for hosting us for after-hack drinks.

Extra special thanks to the team responsible for making WE Hack a reality: Hannes, Mathilde, Tim, Nick, Lisa, Matthias, Thom and Alex.

 

Marie Tea(m) Time with Peter Bourgon

Tea(m) Time comin’ atcha! Let’s welcome Peter Bourgon to the Berlin team! Listen to his audio “hello” and check out the full interview below:

Hi there! Thanks for the interview- can you say “hi” to everyone in your native language?

Hello!

Where are you from?

I was born in Canada, but grew up in North Carolina. I guess that makes me culturally American, with the benefit of two passports.

How did you get introduced to SoundCloud?

Just surfing the web a couple years ago, I stumbled over the SoundCloud widget on some other aggregation site—maybe it was Reddit? I listened to a few sounds and was geekily impressed with the waveform player. At the time only a few content providers had embeddable widgets, and they were mostly big-name guys like YouTube, so I remember SoundCloud as being pretty bleeding-edge.

What do you do at SoundCloud?

I’m a developer, mostly working on the search and discovery features of SoundCloud right now.

What is your favorite sound?

I really dig simple electronic sounds, like pure sine waves, layered into complex pieces. There are a ton of artists who do this kind of work; one guy I like is Keith Fullerton Whitman, because he’s pretty deft at making his performances somehow… personal? (If not necessarily accessible.)

What sound do you hate?

No hate here! Well, maybe the sound of a beer bottle breaking in the bike lane.

If you had 3 words to describe yourself, what would they be?

Prudent, unconventional, & good-natured.

What’s your favorite word?

I try not to have favorites, but I’m pretty positive on “Ambivalent” these days. I used it incorrectly for almost my entire life—until a year or two ago. Since I’ve learned the correct definition, I’ve found lots of things to be ambivalent about.

If you could say that you are passionate about anything, what would it be?

Lots of little things—running, tailoring, architecture, some art theory, piano and electronic music, some philosophy. Making friends with odd meters. Oh, and systems programming, natch.

Why do you think someone should apply to SoundCloud?

SoundCloud has the great fortune of having attracted a huge group of incredibly productive, talented and downright interesting people. My colleagues are probably my favorite part of the company. If you’re really remarkably good at what you do, and you want to be around other people who can say the same thing, SoundCloud may be the place for you.

What do you like most about Berlin?

Berlin is probably the best city in the world. (No offence intended to my colleagues in other places.) I think it’s got all the best things that come with living in a true metropolis—cultural events, a good variety of food, public transportation—without many of the drawbacks. It’s not overcrowded, there are tons of parks and green spaces, there’s an incredible cycling infrastructure, it’s not super expensive (so far…). And the music scene is, for me, completely incredible.

What are your favorite sounds on the cloud & why?

I went head-over-heels last year for this album, “Felt”, by a guy called Nils Frahm. It’s full of these incredibly lush piano-ambient-electronic compositions that were totally casual and unforced, but incredibly rich and detailed once you spent some time picking them apart. It was almost stupid: I would put it on repeat for an entire weekend. I found out much later that he’s actually a Berliner. The label he’s a part of is called Erased Tapes, and they’ve (naturally) got a SoundCloud account with some great stuff. Everything they do, I’m completely on board.

Do you have any fun facts or interesting stories you would like to share?

I was once attacked by a lion in Africa. He drew blood, but I lived to tell the story.

Where can we find you online?

SoundCloud: peterbourgon