Monthly Archives: January 2009

SoundCloud Music Means Prizes

News has been reaching us of some really exciting contests going on in the Cloud at the moment. It’s great to see lots of users being creative with their SoundCloud players and dropboxes. And for budding producers and SoundCloud users it means the chance to win some fantastic prizes!

Get Physical have a fantastic new concept album due out on 6th February called Final Song #01. It might sound a bit morbid but the album is a collection of records that the artists would like to be played at their funeral or hear before they die: the track that is so important to them it should be played for eternity. And they’re letting SoundCloud users join in the fun. Have you produced a song that you’d like to hear before you die? If so, upload it to the Final Song dropbox and if your track is selected you’ll win some great prizes!

Roll Records have really gone all out and are offering the chance to win a 20” iMac by remixing Reead. Who doesn’t want to win a 20” iMac? Make sure you check out this competition that Roll Records is running in association with DJDownload. Closing date for entries to their dropbox is 15th February.

The Dandy Warhols are also making use of SoundCloud for their remix competition. We only just found out about this one so there’s not much time left to enter a remix. But check out all the stems and more information on their SoundCloud page or get them right here:

Compost are offering you the chance to rework ‘Aurevoir’ a track taken from Alif Tree’s second album ‘Clockwork’ available spring 2009. Prizes include a full release of the remix on Compost Records, a free SoundCloud Pro account and a delightfully put together care-package with 50 vinyls or CD’s picked out from the Compost vaults. The deadline for remix submissions is Sunday 15th March, so get over to Compost’s page and get busy!

If you’re using SoundCloud in a really interesting way then we’d love to hear about it.

Eric SoundCloud Is Back Online And Faster

sunstartupessentialsFirst, let us give you the good news: SoundCloud is back up on a monster server setup based on a bunch of state-of-the-art Sun servers hosted by London-based hosting experts EveryCity. Also big thanks to Sun Startup Essentials for helping out. Performance is a lot better now.

everycityIt’s been a long and sweaty day for all of us at the SoundCloud office, with a totally non-excusable downtime extending over 12 hours. The downtime was mainly caused by the disks of our main database server completely giving up right in the middle of things as we were migrating to the new data center. This essentially killed our old server setup. So there was nothing else to do but to look forward and move on, as fast as humanly possible. The good news is we made it in a day.

But the downtime is of course far from acceptable. For those of you with PRO accounts who experienced problems during the day, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We will compensate you for any inconvenience it might have caused you. Also, we’re taking action and will make sure there’s better failover handling in the setup, and add more monitoring and warning systems in the near future.

Hopefully this should never happen again.

Now we hope you will enjoy the new, faster SoundCloud!

Eric Downtime and Moving To a New Datacenter

We’re experiencing some unexpected downtime on since around 8am CET this morning. This has not been planned downtime, and so it’s indeed very unfortunate. The error happened as we were making final preparations for the move to a new and much more powerful datacenter in London. We hope that it will be resolved by 5pm today at the latest. No data has been lost.

Over the past weeks our development team has been working hard on making soundcloud faster. A big part of that project has been preparing for the move to a new datacenter. The team has done a very good job on optimizing the site, but the big speed bottleneck has proven to be in the current server setup.

By 6pm today this should all change and SoundCloud will be back up again, faster than it ever was.

The SoundCloud Team