Monthly Archives: March 2011

SoundCloud SoundCloud Local: Reykjavík

Photo by pocius, found on Flickr

Amidst the breathtaking scenery, the largest city in Iceland also has some SoundCloud users that will take your breath away with their music. Today, we’re admiring Reykjavík, Iceland.

Sudden Weather Change
Sudden Weather Change first got together in art school, after realizing they had the same ambitions and goals when it came to music. Now, the band is getting ready to record another album and play some shows. Make sure to follow their SoundCloud page for more updates!

This Icelandic duo loves to create and experiment with electronic music. They’re comprised of Krummi Björgvinsson, artist and singer/songwriter of the famed rock band Minus, and Halldor Björnsson, composer/producer of innumerable works of musical mastercraft. Check ’em out!

Elíza Newman
Icelandic solo singer-songwriter, Elíza, is preparing to release her second solo album. She’s also known as the former lead singer of all-girl Icelandic band Bellatrix, which was formed when she was a teen. Fun facts: she’s also trained as an Opera singer and plays the violin, guitar, ukulele and piano!

Árni Grétar, also known as Futuregrapher, is an electronic musician who is one of the leading members of the local Weirdcore scene and has been praised for his great live performances. He has released three EPs since 2009 and you can hear some of what he has produced so far below!

Originally started as a string quartet formed by four girls (Edda Rún Ólafsdóttir, Hildur Ársælsdóttir, María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir and Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir) at the Reykjavík College of Music in the late 1990s, Amiina is now a sextet after a recent masculine infusion.

Remember last summer, we had Reykjavík-based singer, Myrra Rós, join us for a SoundCloud Session! And if you’re looking for more music from Reykjavík, here you go:

For everyone in Reykjavík, join the SoundCloud Local Reykjavík group and submit your tracks!

To all SoundCloud users, check out to see if a SoundCloud event is coming your way, or start your own! Take a look at our SoundCloud Local features to see if your area has been admired yet.

SoundCloud 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 This Week in Tumblr: contributions, competitions and cookies

Welcome back! Here’s some of the things that went on at the SoundCloud Tumblr blog:

After the catastrophe that shook Japan two weeks ago, SoundClouders have been helping and paying recognition to Japan in many ways so we highlighted several of them:

  • Over 20 SoundCloud users collectively produced an album called Rising Japan. All proceeds will go to Shelter Box, an organization helping the worst affected areas in Japan. Purchase their compilation HERE with all proceeds going to Japan Red Cross.
  • Nihon Kizuna, a compilation spanning 40+ tracks featuring contributions from Hyperdub, Ninja Tune, One-Handed Music, All City and more. For more info go HERE.

Gab-Gotcha “Japan” by RZAWU

We also brought up several contests that just kicked off:

  • Husky Rescue are running a remix competition as a lead up to their Ship of Light box set. Stems packs will be released weekly here between March 22st and April 11th. To enter the and more information click here. 4 winning tracks, one for each single, will also be released as a digital EP on Catskills Records.
Cloudshaped cookies

Clouds have never looked so delicious before!

  • The London International festival of Digital Arts, Music & Culture Alpha-ville is opening it’s doors to submissions that challenge the boundaries between art, design, technology, and science. Visit their dropbox.

Don’t forget to check out what’s going on at our Tumblr blog this week!