Monthly Archives: October 2011

SoundCloud SoundCloud Local: Osaka

Picture taken by RichInMN, found on Flickr

Thanks to everyone who voted for the SoundCloud Local City this week! The city that won was Osaka, Japan — and nice choice, everyone! There are a great amount of talented SoundClouders hanging about in Osaka and capturing/creating some cool sounds. Check ’em out!

Kazuki Uchida
Born in 1986 in Osaka, Kazuki is a music composer and performer. He’s into electro acoustics and also, taking photographs to go along with his relaxing tracks. You can check out his Tumblr here to see these images and listen to his tracks at the same time. Of course, all his tracks are located below for your ears’ convenience.

As a child, Scott (also known as The Outsider) preferred to stay inside and watch animated TV shows. When he became a teenager, he started listening to punk rock, industrial, acid and other electronic music, unlike the rest of his classmates, so he called himself The Outsider. Hear what he’s created below!

Yamadub is a sound designer based in Osaka. He creates music and sound effects for games, cartoons, television commercials, soundscapes, and the list goes on. He likes to perform live with a variety of electronic instruments as well, especially hardware synthesizers. Have a listen to what he has in store.

You Ninomiya
Yuji Ninomiya, otherwise known as You Ninomiya, enjoys uploading experimental and classical music to the ‘Cloud, and he’s creating some sort of soundtrack. We don’t have any details on it but you can hear bits and pieces of this below in the grey player — so far, it sounds pretty good!

deebers soundlab
Deebers Soundlab was created earlier this year and focuses on improvisations and structured arrangements of music. They can be described as indie alternative, and at times, ambient. They’re hoping for a reaction out of you, and if they get one, let them know — it’ll make them happy.

And if you want more, head over here.

Are you based in Osaka? If so, please contribute to the group on SoundCloud here.

Like always, we’re encouraging you to keep an eye on to see if a SoundCloud meetup is coming your way, and if there isn’t, feel free to start your own!

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 are passing by the radio world and the land of producers. There are some great radio producers using SoundCloud, some of whom make their own podcasts. The following three are some of the best out there and deserve their recognition in this week’s SoundCloud Voices.

1. Roman Mars and 99% Invisible – Roman Mars is a radio producer and reporter and works for everybody. Having worked for the likes of KALW and PRX, 99% Invisible is a absolutely brilliant podcast about design, architecture and the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world. Take a listen to the latest episode on the sound of sport.

2. Benjamen Walker and Too Much Information – maker of the Big Ideas podcast for the Guardian and a regular on WFMU Too Much Information is Ben’s podcast where in a world where everyone overshares the truth 140 characters at a time, telling tales might be the most honest thing you can do. Here’s his latest episode:

3. Erin Gleeson and Let’s Be Self Sufficient – works at WYPR in Baltimore Erin’s podcast Lets Be Self Sufficient looks at people leaping bravely (or blindly) into a new project or idea. In other words looking at people taking matters into their own hands. Take a listen to her latest, and utterly brilliant, episode focussing on musician Dan Deacon who was forced to complete one of his tours using the Greyhound Bus.

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.

Edward Found Sounds: Hustle, Bustle Market Sounds

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!
‘Pound your banana, two pound your pear’ is what I would hear every weekend as a kid, wandering around the local outdoor markets picking up groceries with my parents. In England the market is filled with cries from cockney stallholders trying to grab your attention, and be the ones to sell you your pound of bananas. London Survey Sounds caught a great clip of a bustling British market from the streets of Romford. Romford market traders’ cries by London Sound Survey

London Sound Survey have collected 800 recordings from in and around London, to represent London life, past and present.

You can hear a real difference when you travel to a market in another country. The stallholders in Spain are much more relaxed, not trying to haggle and barter with you like in London. Listen to the sounds of a Spanish outdoor market in Oviedo courtesy of Oscar de Avila.

OUTDOOR MARKET 01 by Oscar de Ávila

Photo by Bryce Edwards

In Marrakech, Morocco, they host one of the craziest markets known to man. In the centre of the city at Jemaa el-Fnaa, you will find stalls to buy your groceries, fix your car, buy your furniture, buy a snake….the list goes on! SoundCloud user radiozumbido has captured the sound of standing in the centre of Jemaa el-Fnaa when this market is going on, it sounds like pure mayhem.

Djemaa Elfna Square – Marrakech/Morocco by radiozumbido

The market was and still is a way of life for many people. The sounds that come along with them can characterize a nation, each unique to its own.

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