Monthly Archives: May 2012

David Global Meetup Day: In Review

Two weeks ago SoundClouders across the globe came together in their cities to connect over their love of sound! You collectively organized over 160 meetups and there were thousands of attendees who got first access to Next SoundCloud for attending the meetup. What does this mean? It is simple: you guys rock!

There were tons of amazing activities that happened on Global Meetup Day! Let’s take an adventure across the globe and revisit some highlights together starting with our SoundCloud Heroes:

Los Angeles

In LA, Will Coley and Matt Flynn (two of our SoundCloud Heroes) recorded a great podcast highlighting why people love sound. They recorded throughout the meetup that was held at a biergarten to honor SoundCloud’s German roots! Prost!


Our Syracuse hero and creator of One Hello World wrote a blog recap of their meetup and made an amazing storywheel showcasing the event.


Jaime Black, our Chicago SoundCloud hero did a great job along with the Chicago SoundCloud network to create and host GMD this year at Music Garage. Jaime created a storywheel, podcast below and there is a great video as well.


Our Boston hero Tea Leigh, recorded attendees and asked them “why do you love sound.”

San Francisco
San Francisco’s Global Meetup Day took place at Hangr 16, a local clothing and art space in the Mission district. Find out how to get involved for next events here.

Listen to SoundCloud Hero Nicole’s recording at the event to welcome meetup attendees.

Zefora, our Portland SoundCloud Hero had a meetup at the Lucky Labrador. The result of the meetup was creating a group called PDX Sound where events and updates will be posted here. In fact, they’re hosting another meetup tonight, Thursday at 7 PM at the Lucky Labrador again! Come on down.

Tim, Austin SoundCloud Hero and local Austin community came together at a cafe for a jam session. Listen to a sample of what was created below with equipment like the Maschine, AKAI and more.

Our Seattle Hero Alison organized the meetup at the Intiman Theatre, where it was an interactive discussion of how to use SoundCloud and create goals for the Seattle SoundCloud community. They also had a live webcast.


With over 200 attendees the night came alive with a special surprise demo of #nextsoundcloud by SoundCloud CEO Alexander Ljung plus a talk about community by David Noel our resident Community Evangelist.


The London Meetup took place in SoHo – Meetup attendees made their very own customized SoundCloud jackets! DIY and F-U-N! The meetup was led by power user Oliver Sadie and Purple PR.


The Singapore meetup was spearheaded by Fernando Gros, a composer/photographer and musician Marcus Wong. Alex Romualduz wrote a great recap of the event and here is a highlight:

“Graham Perkins of the Singapore Music Society takes the stage to discuss with all of us the role of SGMUSO and Music Matters in the future of the local and Asia-wide music scene in relation to the international industry. Pushing for international collaboration, he urges all musicians to work together, to create, and to support one another.”


The Oxford meetup kicked off with a live collaboration set from Digital Creatives Oxford. Performers included electronica by Jim Gwilliam, improvisation by Malcolm Atkins, Soundcloud dropbox mix using Praxis software by Neil C Smith, then joined by Malcolm Atkins again. It was a noisy night in Oxford!

Digital Creatives Oxford also wrote a great recap of their meetup here.

Around the World!

Meetup smiles in Minneapolis!

The Sao Paolo Meetup had some original beats!

Pittsburgh producer K1NGP!N presented one of his original tracks to the Pittsburgh group for SoundCloud Global Meetup Day.

Thank you!!

It’s truly amazing to see and hear what happens when members of our community get together. As always, a huge shout out to everyone who took part in May’s Global Meetup Day! Thank you for sharing your stories with us and we can’t wait to see what you create next time.

SoundCloud SoundCloud Voices

SoundCloud Voices is a weekly Community feature focusing on new 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.

Another edition of SoundCloud Voices this week, and another selection of fantastic spoken word audio for you to dive into.  This week we take a look at two fantastic podcasts distributed by radio stations – we have The State We’re In from Radio Netherlands Worldwide and Love & Radio from Chicago station WBEZ.

First up is The State We’re In.  This weekly program focuses on how we treat each other, dealing with people’s first hand stories.  It’s been given the ‘seal of approval’ by This American Life’s Ira Glass who has praised host Jonathan Groubert as one of the best interviewers he has heard.  Take a listen to the latest episode below which has had some heart warming praise from listeners – take a read of a letter sent to the TSWI office which the team posted on their Facebook wall.

Next up is the brilliant Love + Radio – the only public radio show to be tagged with the ‘explicit’ tag. Presented by Nick van der Kolk the show features in-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews with an eclectic range of subjects, from the seedy to the sublime. Get inside the mind of a rogue taxidermist. Find out what it’s like to experience a stroke firsthand. Or spend time with an artist who gives away her life savings every night. You’ve never heard anything like it before.  Take a listen to the latest episode, the first of the new season, and also a curious episode with Joanna Newsom.

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

Jane SoundCloud Heroes at Global Meetup Day

Global Meetup Day is coming up on Thursday, May 17. We’ve checked in with our SoundCloud Heroes to hear how they will be connecting around sound. If you’re based in any of these cities, come meet them and other SoundClouders! SoundCloud Heroes will help you with beta sign-ups for the Next SoundCloud as well, so don’t miss out.

As SoundCloud community ambassadors in their cities, SoundCloud Heroes will be involved with organizing other activities so stay tuned. Want to be a SoundCloud Hero? We’re picking up our search so find out how you can get involved here.

SoundCloud Hero and podcaster Jaime Black is working with Music Garage to host the meetup. Following a BBQ cookout, meetup attendees will get a chance to interact with each other and use SoundCloud apps at a dedicated station. Another room will be dedicated to a full-on jam session experience with instruments provided by Music Garage. You’re encouraged to bring your own acoustic instruments as well! Get creative with each other and upload sounds in real-time! RSVP here.

Los Angeles

Matt and Will have teamed up to organize the Los Angeles meetup at Biergarten. With Matt as a musician and Will as a podcaster, they encourage all sound enthusiasts of the Los Angeles SoundCloud community to come together. Whether you’re in Santa Monica or in the Greater LA area, stop by for some nosh and drinks. Listen to their spontaneous audio message live from Biergarten below for what to look forward to and make sure to RSVP here.

San Francisco
Nicole will host a meetup at a new local clothing and art space called Hangr 16 in the Mission. Enjoy music by local SoundClouders and meet other SoundClouders with a fun recording activity. Come and you’ll be entered into a drawing to receive a SoundCloud swag package! RSVP here.


Celebrate Boston’s sound makers. Everyone is a sound maker! SoundCloud Heroes Tea and Chas have collaborated to host the meetup at Indie Ambassador, a music tech startup in Boston. A sound recording experiment will be revealed. It’s a surprise, but you will want to take part. RSVP here and listen to Tea’s callout below.

Jared will introduce two upcoming projects for the Syracuse SoundCloud community to get involved with: a local musicians compilation and Syracuse Found Sound Collaborative–a project to capture ambient soundscapes from around the city. Learn more about this and get a free guided tour of the world-class studio, SubCat Music Studios next door. RSVP here.

Enjoy a laid-back night at the Cherrywood Coffeehouse where Austin SoundClouders will participate in a listening session. Drop Tim a track you’d like to play at the link here. RSVP to attend.


Zefora will help lead a discussion on the future of Portland SoundCloud Community events and activities. Portland SoundClouders, what are you interested in doing, hearing and sharing? Bring your ideas to share with others. RSVP here to join.


Held at the historic Intiman Playhouse, Alison has organized a night to meet and greet with other SoundClouders in the Seattle area, share ideas for future sound networking opportunities, and connect with others via sound. RSVP here!