Monthly Archives: July 2011

SoundCloud SoundCloud Local: Istanbul

Photo taken by PS_pause, found on Flickr

SoundCloud Local this week is going in for a closer listen to some SoundCloud users based in the largest city in Turkey. Below, check out five extremely talented users from the city, Istanbul.

Dogac Yavuz, otherwise known as Polimat, composes soundtracks for games and much more. He has some very cool compositions and you can hear most of them below. Go on and follow him over on SoundCloud to catch his updates! You can also follow what he’s up to over on his Twitter account.

Murat Esmer
Murat Esmer is a soundtrack and cinematic musician. After being in various musical projects playing bass guitar and drums, he started his own musical career making ambient and electronic tracks. He’s also continuing his own path with experimental projects, original video art and soundtrack scores.

Yasin Yavuz
Yasin Yavuz is another composer, producer, and sound designer living in Istanbul. He likes to produce for film scores, and classical/electronic music. And he has his own symphonic orchestra in his own studio ;) He’s so far released two albums: one called Epic Journey and the other Action Drums:Trailer Percussion!

Music producer from and based in Istanbul, Sarp Yilmaz likes to do things like producing electronic “high time” records and such! He’s into cats and punk rock, and if you’re looking for a heavy bass, you’ve found the right set to listen to below. Have a listen to Sarp!

Can Kazaz
Here’s another SoundCloud user born and raised in Istanbul! His name’s Uluğ Can Kazaz and he started playing the keyboard at the age of 5! In high school, he concentrated on computer based music production, starting with hip-hop! He produced some beats, gained lots of attention and the rest is below!

Don’t forget that we also had two SoundClouder of the Day alumni from Istanbul who go by the names of Planet King and Ordinary Breakfast!

There’s lots more where this came from too! Check out

If you’re in Istanbul, join the SoundCloud Local group and submit your tracks!

And everyone! Check out to see if a SoundCloud meetup is coming your way and feel free to start your own if not! Take a look at our SoundCloud Local features to see if your area has been spotlighted!

David Community Fellowship: Sounds Of My City By Katie Needs

This is a guest post by one of the SoundCloud Community Fellows, Katie Needs.

I pay attention to the sounds in my environment with the same focus and awareness that I use to listen to music. The act of focusing on that moment, that place and time, leads me to hear that place differently, to understand it in new ways.” – Andra McCartney

Who am I?

Hi everyone! My name is Katie, and I’m very excited to be a part of SoundCloud’s first class of Community Fellows!

I am a proud Canadian, born and raised just north of Toronto. I moved to the big city 6 years ago to study at the University of Toronto, where I did my Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master’s in Information. I care a lot about information literacy and global literacy issues, and recently traveled to Guatemala with Librarians Without Borders to work at a not-for-profit school where we helped re-organize and establish great programs for their new library. I also love food – cooking, baking, eating, and blogging about it – music (all sorts), and traveling. In fact I love traveling so much that I’m moving to Berlin in September!

For a while now, it has been a big goal of mine to get out and explore the parts of Toronto that I’ve never visited during my time here. If you didn’t already know, Toronto is the largest city in Canada, it houses over 2.5 million people residing in over 240 distinct neighborhoods, with about 90 of them found in the Downtown area. With that much sprawl it’s no wonder I haven’t seen it all!

As I started exploring, I began noticing the sounds around me. I began to think that maybe instead of focusing my attention only on the “Kodak moments” – and don’t get me wrong, I take a lot of photos – perhaps using the SoundCloud mobile app to isolate and feature my “sonic experiences” would be another really cool way to map and document my Toronto travels. And thus, the Sounds of My City project was born!

My Fellowship project:

Sounds of My City is basically a collaborative, community-oriented exploration of the many sounds found in and around Toronto. An audio ethnography, if you will. With so many distinct neighbourhoods to visit in the Downtown area alone, Toronto provides the perfect environment to explore, experience and record the sounds that define and make each one familiar and unique. Especially in the summertime, with all the great and culturally diverse events and festivals that happen almost every day!  The thing is, I don’t want to do this alone.

So, why not engage with my fellow Torontonians, and encourage them to collect sounds from their adventures, daily commutes, or neighbourhoods? The best part about Toronto is that it is different things for different people – the idea of my Toronto really resonates – and I think that’s what can make this project really interesting! As such, I’m calling on my fellow citizens, and even visitors to the city to help me out! I want us to capture the best, most unique, and even worst parts of Toronto’s sonic landscape, collaboratively. I hope that you’ll join me in acoustically mapping our great city, and that together we can get out and explore Toronto and document all its wonderful heritage, culture, voices and eccentricities, one sound at a time.

The best part about this project, I think, is that it’s got a global reach, too! Every city, town, backyard across the world has its own unique acoustic ecology! What does your city sound like?

Get involved!

So, do you want to participate? It’s easy! You can check the Sounds of My City blog for more information, or, if you are all ready to share you sounds with me – click “Submit” on the project blog over on Tumblr, or drop your sounds directly into the Sounds of My City group on SoundCloud. You can also follow the project on Twitter @soundsofmycity!

I hope that you’ll join me and share the sounds of your city! Oh and here are a few of my favorites from the Sounds of My City project below:

Trippiest busker by katieneeds

This busker presents himself at the most random times during the days and years, and it always catches me off guard. I’ve heard this sound at various intersections around the University of Toronto area for the past 6 years now, and I have never seen the person who is actually playing this instrument (and what is it?! A zither, maybe?). It’s totally bizarre and awesome.
Waves at Wards Island by katieneeds

This is a recording of the waves at Ward’s Island Beach, on the Toronto Islands. It was a great day outside, the water wasn’t totally freezing, and a nice group of strangers fashioned a coal oven right in the sand and brought enough dough and toppings to make 40 fresh pizzas to share! The best summer day, hands down.
Old City Hall bells, 4:45pm by michelle.t.davies

A great user-submitted sound, this one is a snapshot of the bells at Old City Hall at around 4:45 pm on a Wednesday. You can hear the Queen streetcar passing by, the iconic chimes of the bells, and then Michelle exclaiming her satisfaction with her recording,”…nice”. Nice.

David The Community Fellowship Program: Meet Our Fellows And Their Projects

“Good ideas are common – what’s uncommon are people who’ll work hard enough to bring them about” — Ashleigh Brilliant

Today, we’re thrilled to announce the start of our Community Fellowship Program that will feature members of the community who are bringing good ideas to life. We share the enthusiasm of people who believe in the power of sounds to express themselves, find meaning in the world around them and connect people. That’s why we’re helping to support the projects they are passionate about.

In this post, we’re inviting you to meet and learn about the first 4 of 6 Fellows of our first Fellowship class.

Sounds Of My City:

Katie Needs (pictured right) from Toronto is working on a project called Sounds Of My City (follow her Tumblr and Twitter), a collaborative, community-oriented exploration of Toronto’s many sounds. The main goal of the project is to create a collective audio archive of Toronto – a sound map of the little corners, big streets, distinct neighborhoods, parks, landmarks, events and festivals that make up Toronto’s soundscape. Want to get involved? Share the sounds of your city with Katie below. In Katie’s words:

Follow the Sounds Of My City project:

Participate: submit the sounds of your city

United Sounds:

Our second Fellow is Alex Stiver (also from Toronto and pictured left) and her project United Sounds (on Twitter). The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) outlines the rights to which people around the world are entitled. In over 370 languages, the UDHR is the most widely translated text in THE WORLD! Pretty cool. Alex will encourage as many audio recordings of the Declaration representing as many translations as possible. Varied sounds, same important message, all stored in one accessible place on SoundCloud. From Abkhaz to Zulu, these recordings we will bring the UDHR to life through the sounds and the stories of people around the world. We cannot wait. If you speak one of the many languages, make sure to message Alex through SoundCloud. In Alex’s words:

Follow the United Sounds project:

Participate: Record the UDHR in your language

Without Walls:

Ever wondered how people interact with public art installments in the streets of New York City? That’s a question our third Fellow Eduardo Lipe (in the middle) is trying to answer in a project called The Without Walls Project.

For the next three months Eddie will be documenting public art spaces, big and small, in all of Manhattan and some of Queens and Brooklyn. In addition, he’ll be heading out to other cities along the East Coast to add a little bit of non-NYC flavor and on a weekly basis he’ll be making maps for each of the neighborhoods documented and bringing them to life thanks to ThingLink. In Eddie’s words:

Follow the Without Walls project:


The Silk Road In Stereo:

And last but not least: what does 10,000 km across the world’s largest landmass sound like? Follow our fourth Fellow Kara van Malssen (not pictured) and her project The Silk Road In Stereo on an audio exploration across Europe, Central Asia, and Mongolia. The journey along the ancient Silk Road – through countries including Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan – will be dedicated to collecting the sounds of the diverse landscape, she’ll capture as much of the soundscape as possible – markets,  conversations, performances, bazaars, traffic, nature, and anything else that comes across our recorders. The result will be a series of carefully curated audio pieces presented on SoundCloud and

Follow The Silk Road In Stereo project:


Whoa, that’s quite an amazing set of projects by our very first generation of Community Fellows. We’ll keep you posted about the progress as the projects progress so watch this space often.

Do you have an amazing project that would qualify for a Fellowship? Pitch your idea in the comments for a chance to get selected as an official Community Fellow.