Monthly Archives: September 2011

David Fun Friday: Meet Alexander Grosse

This Friday help me welcome Alexander Grosse to the ever growing team in Berlin! Listen to and read his interview below!

Fun Friday: Meet Alexander Grosse by SoundCloud Community Team

Hi Alexander! Thank you for doing this interview with me and taking time out of your busy day. How are ya doing?

Great but already incredibly busy. I already feel like I’ve been here for months! So much great stuff to work on.

You have lived in Germany for a long time, how do you like Berlin and where are you originally from?  

I grew up near Bremen, studied in Oldenburg and spent some time in the US and in Hamburg. Then in 1997 in visited Berlin for one excessive weekend and shortly after I moved to Berlin. It is by far the best city I’ve ever lived in. Although I sometimes think about spending some time in other countries I just like Berlin too much.

Can you tell us what your your role at SoundCloud is? Also, how do you like working in the Berlin HQ ?

My role is VP Engineering, which basically means that I am responsible for all engineers. In detail this means I am responsible for hiring and scaling the teams, organization of the teams, contracts and so on. My biggest wish is that I will find the time and the mindset for coding again!

How did you get introduced to SoundCloud and what do you love most about it?

I worked at Nokia for one of the board members of SoundCloud and he introduced me to the founders Eric and Alex. I also was one of the beta users of SoundCloud, so I know it from the very early stage. Due to my DJ background I always wanted to to combine Music and IT, so SoundCloud is the perfect fit!

What are your favorite Sounds on the cloud? 

Simon Stokes is a DJ/Producer I recently discovered on SoundCloud, he is really great. And I am a big fan of Wareika (the singer is a good friend of mine).

Latest tracks by Wareika

Can you give us a few reasons why it is great working at SoundCloud?

There are so many reasons. As I mentioned before working in IT but close to music is something I always wanted. Then the team at SoundCloud is amazing, I’ve never worked in a company where people are so open to new things and so enthusiastic about their product. Another reason is that working in a company which already has a lot of users and the potential to add even more is something that I like a lot.

Finally, do you have any fun facts about yourself that you would like to share?

I once had to decide between opening a techno club or doing a MBA. In the last minute the club thing fell through and I did my MBA. It might have been the rational decision but … probably then the dark circles around my eyes would come from sleepless nights because of my kids (I have three of them)!

Techno club or an MBA? Only in Berlin! Thank you for the great interview! Remember to follow Alex on Twitter!

SoundCloud SoundCloud Local: Calgary

Photo taken by Oli-Oviyan, found on Flickr

Hey, Calgary! We’re looking at you today for SoundCloud Local. We found a diverse set of SoundCloud members here. Hear for yourself below!

Valiska is a experimental ambient, noise music project coming out of Calgary. “Through the use of synthesizers, guitars, field recordings and processing, Valiska often creates pieces that are simultaneously noisy and beautiful.” There’s some awesome stuff on their SoundCloud page already. Check it out!

Based in Calgary, Crimson is more commonly known as Cam Boyd. He’s part of a collective called TheRinseOut. This group represents forward-thinking music, art and creativity. Crimson’s music is electronic-based with lots of experimental aspects to it. Check it out for yourself below.

Animattronic has been making music for approximately 8 years now. He first started out creating computer music, then matured his sounds and moved on to cinematic tracks. If you wanted to classify his music as a specific genre though, you could put it under “steampunk electro rock”.

Obsidian Snow
Here’s a young, 19-year-old composer and musician straight out of the high, dry, and unpredictable climate of Calgary! His name is Ian and he’s been experimenting with music since he started piano lessons and now creates mostly orchestral, film music. Check out the themes he’s created below.

And, wait! Here’s more! Woulg (aka Greg D.) produces IDM, glitchy, electronic music. He’s on Outlier Recordings and is previewing his upcoming EP, “Floating longingly towards the sun”, on SoundCloud as well. You can hear some of it and the rest of his productions and creations below.

Hope we left you wanting more because there’s some over at:

And if you’re based there and we didn’t get around to featuring you, please join the group and submit some tracks.

Don’t forget: Global Meetup Day is happening on the 5th of October! Calgary, get yours started! And to everyone else, check if there’s one scheduled in your area here. If not, feel free to start your own! See if your city has been featured in SoundCloud Local yet here.

SoundCloud SoundCloud Voices

SoundCloud Voices is a new weekly Community feature focusing on spoken word creators found on SoundCloud. It might be a podcast, radio show, audio book, interview, audio messages, a poem, anything! Keep an eye out every Thursday for a new post.

This week we’re talking journalism. A while back we took a look at how SoundCloud had been used by news organisations for podcasts (read that blog post here), this time we’re taking a look at how reporters have incorporated audio into their articles. Text, images and video are often used within web posts, why not audio!? Tech Crunch editor Erick Schonfeld, european Tech Crunch editor Mike Butcher and All Things Digital tech journalist Arik Hesseldahl are prime examples of how audio can add to a post.

There’s been a lot of talk in the news of late around the Carol Bartz and the goings on at Yahoo.  Well back in June, Erick Schonfeld reported on a Yahoo annual shareholder’s meeting where a angry shareholder, Steve Landry, stood up and questioned the underperformance over the last three years.  Instead of completely transcribing this diatribe, it was posted as part of the article using SoundCloud.  You can listen to the post below and read more over at Tech Crunch.

Yahoo Sharehloder Rant by erickschonfeld

Next up Mike Butcher, editor of Tech Crunch Europe, who recently reported on how mobile technology was used during the UK riots.  As well as a very in depth report, Mike posted a three part interview with a contact who gave further insight into how Blackberry’s were used to swap information and coordinate the riots. This interview was recorded using the SoundCloud iPhone app.  Take a listen to the first part of the interview below and to read more (and to listen to more) vist the post on Tech Crunch.
Part 1 Interview about mobile use in #LondonRiots by mikebutcher

And finally, Arik Hesseldahl from All Things Digital.  Last month Arik wrote a piece entitle “Hewlett Packard’s PC Business:  What Happens Next?”, which discussed the future and plans of Hewlett-Packard’s personal computer business.  As part of the post Arik also posted a recording of CEO Leo Apotheker’s conference call with analysts  concerning HP’s decision to “explore strategic options” for its PC business, shutdown its Web OS hardware business, and acquire autonomy.
Leospeaks81811 by ahess247

As you can see with all these posts, adding audio adds another dimension of transparency to the report that text alone cannot provide, particularly when the audio is an interview from someone related to the topic.

If you are interested in trying out SoundCloud as a spoken word podcast platform we are currently running a beta program which you can sign up for via this form. Successful candidates will be emailed with further details.