Monthly Archives: May 2011

David Found Sounds: It’s raining rain!

Found Sounds is a SoundCloud community feature focusing on some of the most weird and wonderful sounds that can be found on SoundCloud. Count on new installments with some of our favorite sounds each Tuesday!

Summer’s right around the corner, and in many places that means not just hot weather, but thunderstorms! (We’ve certainly had our share of both today here in SoundCloud’s Berlin HQ.) In many cases, it’s a bad idea to mix your microphones with rainstorms, but if you can pull off a good recording, they sounds great — so let’s take a listen to some of the best rain sounds coming out of the ‘Cloud!

The first found sound comes to us from Turkey, where SoundCloud user Zafer Gürkan Ağırman recorded the sound of heavy rainfall for a minute and a half. The sound is great for ambiance, and he’s also chosen a permissive Creative Commons license, so if your next track needs some rain behind it, this could be the ticket!

Heavy Rain by Zafer Gürkan Ağırman


Coming up next is a sound that many may be familiar with from childhood: the rainfall, the thunder and lightning, and of course, the scared children. Recorded by Audio Field Recorder a few years back, but only uploaded to the ‘Cloud recently, this one’s an oldie but a goodie.

School Children & Thunder Claps by Audio Field Recorder


The final rain sound for the day is binaural — which means it’s time to take out those headphones! It’s a high quality recording by Matt Barnard, which means that if you close your eyes and listen, you’ll start to feel like you were there amongst the rain, wind, and thunder in Fulford Road, Scarborough.

Thunderstorm, Rain, Wind (binaural) by mattt

That’s all for this week’s Found Sounds! Tune in next week for more crazy sounds from the ‘Cloud.

photo: Ride the Lightning / Owen / CC BY-SA 2.0

David This Week in Tumblr: Kutcher, Hacks, Meetups & more

Check out all the stuff that went on at our Tumblr blog last week. It was lots and lots–quite busy! So let’s get started:



  • This time SoundCloud Spotted featured lots of artists taking your questions: All Time Low, Everything Everything, Wonderland and The Script. In addition, Flogging Molly makes use of the Social app and Sonar Festival shared audio from performing artists. For more detailed info, check out the full rundown.
  • We’ve announced several new job openings. Maybe there’s something that fits you?
  • Harry Shearer’s a user!
  • Found Sounds took on very small critters. Don’t shiver!
  • Wednesday


  • SoundCloud Voices took an educational perspective, with two of the biggest education institutions in the world – University College London and Stanford University.
  • You know you Tumblr’s got SoundCloud integration now, right?
  • Thanks Anthony for picking our app!
  • We obviously also love the bacon and narwhals community.
  • Friday


  • Exquisite amounts of severe hackage took place at MusicHackDay Berlin.

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

    David This Week’s SoundClouders of the Day

    Fridays are great! Aren’t they? It’s the day where we wrap everything up in preparation for the weekend. Why don’t you check out all of the excellent SoundClouders we highlighted this week?

    Rebecca Peake

    We started with Rebecca, who is writing and recording a new song every day for a year (!).

    David Henderson

    David is doing it all! He is a producer, composer, guitarist, controllerist and sound designer with over 35 years of experience.

    Neil Milton

    Ambient soundscapes, experimental and modern-classical music from a Neil, a Scot living in Warsaw, Poland.


    Played saxophone for decades, but just recently started venturing into making his own music. Great stuff!

    Hank & Mike

    Uplifting ‘tanzmusik’ from Germany, combining of mellow pads with four-on-the-floor beats.

    In case you might have missed any of our featured artists, feel free to check out our SoundClouders of the Day group. Have a great weekend, everybody!