Monthly Archives: September 2011

David Found Sounds: On a Jet Plane

Found Sounds is a SoundCloud community series 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!

Airplanes are some of the biggest, noisiest machines most people come into contact with. They also provide a whole cornucopia of fun sounds to record — from the flyover sounds, to the captain’s announcements, to takeoff and landing. This week in Found Sounds we listen to a (small) fraction of some of the great airplane and airport sounds on the ‘Cloud.

Today’s first sound comes from a user with the enviable name Field Recording out of Berlin, Germany. He recorded a flyover at the Tegel Airport here in SoundCloud’s home city. Check out the wake vortex from about 50 seconds in!

Tegel Airport, Berlin – wake vortex after airplane flyover by Field Recording


Up next is an airport announcement that may sound unusual to many readers, in that it’s from Indonesia. It was captured by suara kecil, who has documented all sorts of field recordings in a collection called “Everyday Indonesia“. If you like this one, check out the rest!

Soekarno-Hatta airport by suara kecil


The final sound in this week’s Found Sounds is also the final airplane sound in many journeys — it’s the taxi music from the EasyJet flight as it’s towed up to the gate, recorded by SoundClouder citizensound.

The Sound of Easyjet as it taxis to a stop at CDG by citizensound

photo: untitled / Joshua Davis / CC BY-SA

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

David Tshirt Tuesday – Nominate Your Favorite Community Member!

The truly fascinating and inspiring thing about the SoundCloud Community is the sheer amount of mutual support and collaboration we see happening every day between SoundCloud members.

Every day, we receive messages, Tweets or emails from members pointing us to another member who they’ve found to be an exemplary, passionate and supporting member of the SoundCloud Community.

Today, we’re doing two things: 1) every Tuesday, we’ll invite you to nominate your favorite Community member and 2) we’ll pick the best nomination submitted to the Tshirt Tuesday group and both you and your nominee will receive a SoundCloud tshirt and a stack of stickers. In addition, we’ll give you and your nominee a shout out across our Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr profiles.

Sounds cool? Let’s roll! Here’s what you need to do:

1) Use the Record feature (in our mobile apps or on the group DropBox) and tell us who and why you nominate this specific member. In a timed comment, link us to the member profile and include both your Twitter handles in the description. Be creative: remember, it’s your spoken nomination that counts – we’ll pick the nicest spoken nomination for an exceptional original sound creator.

2) Submit your recording to the Tshirt Tuesday group. The deadline is every Wednesday at 12pm CET, so please make sure you submit your entries before then. We’re only accepting spoken nominations, no emails please :)

3) After the closing date, we’ll pick the nomination that we think tells the best story and will announce the winner and post the winning nomination on our Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr profiles. If your nomination is selected, we will get in touch with you and your nominee in advance (via your SoundCloud accounts) to let you know that you’ve won, but if we don’t hear back from you within 24 hours of our message, we’ll have to choose another winner.

Happy nominating and good luck! We can’t wait to hear your first nominations and learn about awesome Community members.

David Fun Friday: Meet Janine Wendel

This week please help me welcome Janine Wendel to the SoundCloud team in Berlin! Don’t forget to say “hey” to her in the comments below:

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

I am feeling very well, thank you. It was a great week :-)!

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

I have lived for five years in Berlin, but I’m originally from Bernau, a small medieval town in Brandenburg. I love Berlin because it is a great city with many different faces. I like how Berlin is very multi-cultural. It is easy for everyone to fit in here – there is a legendary party culture but if you like sports, nature and the outdoors, you are in the right place as well. At the moment I live in the north of Berlin and enjoy nature, the water and the woods yet in just a few minutes, I can be in the middle of Berlin!

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

I am an Accounting Manager at SoundCloud. I do the monthly accounting and financial statements, watch the tax law, make sure everything is going well and take care of everything financial (payments, write bills, insurance, tax authority audits, interface for controlling, contact person for the UK tax office and the German tax office, travel expenses ….).

It is awesome working in the SoundCloud office because everything is so laid back yet everyone works so incredibly hard. Also, my fellow employees are so kind and fun to work with!

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

I got recruited for SoundCloud and came knowing that this company would be different. I was excited to work in an environment of creativity, music and technology. I love working here so far!

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

I’ve said it a few times already: I like the concept and the idea of SoundCloud! I love the enthusiasm, charisma and overall attitude of the company as a whole.

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

Hmmm…here are two:

Without my contact lenses I am very blind and I have  a very happy turtle named Horst.

Thank you for the great interview Janine! If you would like to say “Hi” to her, please do so in the comments!