Monthly Archives: June 2012

David Tea(m) Time with Tiago Loureiro

Today, please help me welcome Tiago Loureiro to the SoundCloud team in Berlin in this weeks edition of Tea(m) Time!

Hi there! Thanks for the interview- can you say “hi” to everyone in your native language?
Olá !

How many languages do you speak?
Hmmm… Portuguese, English, Spanish and Estonian… hopefully German soon as well :)

How did you get introduced to SoundCloud?
A little over a year ago I was trying to learn how to play the guitar online (by the way, I am using , he is just awesome). In some parts of the training, he wants you to guess the names of the chords that he is playing and he used SoundCloud to upload his music! I thought those waveforms looked soooo cool so I had to investigate where they came from and one year later here I am!

What is your role at SoundCloud?
I’m a Backend developer.

What is your favorite sound?
Depends on the mood but the range is wide! I was very much into trance (Tiësto, Paul van Dyk, etc..) but now I tend to go for Jack Johnson or some more laid back kind of music… if I need to code, trance still gets me focused.

What sound do you hate?
I still can’t get around to enjoy psy-trance nor drum n bass.

If you had 3 words to describe yourself, what would they be?
Backpacker, open-minded, calm.

How is it working at such an International and diverse office?
Simply awesome! For more details, you really have to join ;)

When you are not working, what do you love to do? What are you passionate about?
Traveling! Most of my free time (and money!) goes into traveling! There’s something about going around with a backpack and not knowing where you are going sleep, what the next city/country is going to be. If I am not traveling, then you can probably find me either: watching a movie at home, playing football, having a beer with friends at the pub or trying to improve my guitar skills.

Why should someone apply to SoundCloud?
The people! The product! The atmosphere in the office is just awesome, it’s great to be at ‘work’. It’s amazing how long people stay at work without even noticing…

Thanks so much for the great interview! Where can we find you on the interwebs?

Twitter: @loureiro_tiago
Soundcloud: tiagoloureiro-1

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.

This week we’re taking a quick look at the world of publishing and audio books.  Namely Penguin Books, Alan Partridge and Faber Books who are all using SoundCloud to promote their lastest releases, podcasting and more.

Firstly Penguin Books have been using SoundCloud for a variety of projects and uses.  For their audio book catalogue, for their Penguin Podcasts which they post on Facebook and now they have just started releasing audio book trailers!  If it works for film why not for audio huh?  Take a listen to the trailer for Jussi Adler-Olsen’s “Disgrace” below, and take a listen to the Penguin SoundCloud profile for more podcasts and audio book snippets.

Next up is Alan Partridge.  The comical, and yes fictional, DJ from Norwich has released a book and an audio book.  As part of the promotion Alan shared some photos of his life and added commentaries for you to hear.  Take a listen to them below or take a look at the post on Facebook which harnesses the SoundCloud Premiere app to make “an audio visual slideshow”.

And finally we have Faber Books. Like Penguin, the guys at Faber have a podcast ,regularly upload audio book snippets and even post interviews with authors and the like. Take a listen to this interview with comedian Stewart Lee who released a book called “If you prefer a milder comedian, please ask for one” which tries to break down the art of being a comedian and comedy writing.  You should also listen to this Liz Lochhead’s contribution to ‘Jubilee Lines’, Carol Ann Duffy’s anthology of poems marking 60 years of the Queen’s reign. It’s a poem about 1966, capturing the age of Vidal Sasson, Mary Quant and emerging feminism. With a poem for each of the years of the Queen’s reign, Jubilee Lines offers both a unique portrayal of the times in which we have lived, and an essential portrait of today.  Take a look at this site 60 years 60 poems site that was created in conjunction with this audio – pretty awesome stuff.

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.

David Sound +: Technology

In this new guest blogging series “Sound +”, Laura Haapio-Kirk will discuss why sound is important and what it means to different professionals in various “sound-focused” industries. This week, her focus is on “Sound + Technology”.

Advances in technology have completely changed the way that we create and consume sound. You only have to look at the wealth of talent on SoundCloud to see that sound is now truly a medium of expression for all. Everyone carries a microphone in their pocket in the form of their mobile and editing software is more accessible than ever.

Sound creators have an almost overwhelming array of new technology to work with. Björk’s Biophilia tour was packed with covetable technology, including the Reactable (pictured) – a tangible music maker controlled by moving objects on its surface. But it is not only experienced musicians that benefit from technological innovation. Currently in pre-production, the gTar with its light-up fretboard and iPhone dock can be picked up and played by anyone regardless of experience. In this second installment of the Sound Series videos we ask sound experts including Moby, Imogen Heap and Julian Treasure about their relationships with technology.

Sound Series: Technology from SoundCloud on Vimeo.

A fascinating form of sound technology that has been about for over 100 years but has recently experienced a resurgence is binaural recording. Sounds are recorded using microphones arranged so as to produce 3D renderings of a soundscape. Listening to a binaural recording immerses you in an environment built of sound. Jon McLeod is a London-based playwright and sound designer whose most recent play, titled ‘Organs of Little Apparent Importance’, puts the audience inside the head of the main character. Listen to Jon talk about binaural recording and how it can add a new dimension to theatre. The clip is accompanied by binaural sounds recorded by Jon and a trailer for the play. If you have ever been to an English seaside town you may recognise some of the distinctive soundscapes! Headphones recommended for the true binaural experience.

I recently went to Music Hack Paris, organised by the Google Cultural Institute and Joshfire. It was an intense weekend of hacking, jamming and impressive innovation! One of the participants, Bruno Verbrugghe, was there with a new invention called the Dualo – an accordion-like instrument designed with a completely new key layout to make learning and playing music easier. Here is Bruno discussing the instrument and how technology can free us from traditional constraints.

I also spoke with Nicholas Charriere about his project – a fun app for musical collaboration with friends called Friendly Loops. Hear more about the project and how technology and sound bring people together.

This is an exciting time to be working with sound simply because of the sheer amount of innovation in technology. There’s no excuse not to share your own sounds on SoundCloud!

Thanks to all interviewed! Also to Steren Giannini at Joshfire and other participants of Music Hack Paris whose sounds are featured.