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Brendan SoundCloud Creator Profile: Colonel Chris Hadfield


When Canadian astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield was as far from home as a human can get, he used SoundCloud to share the sounds of the International Space Station and connect with everyone back on Earth.

During six months in orbit, including three as the Commander of the International Space Station, Hadfield documented the sounds of his daily life – things like Spacewalk Pressure Equalization, Spacesuit Bleed and Shutdown, and many of the ambient noises from inside the space station. Occasionally, he also recorded folk songs (he’s a longtime musician).

Now back on earth, Colonel Hadfield was gracious enough to take some time out of his busy retirement to answers a few questions for us. Hear him talk further about the noisiest and quietest places on the space station, what landing back on earth was like, and how he was able to get a guitar into space:

“So much of what we know and what we think and what we feel and what we remember is affiliated with how it all sounded,” Hadfield says. We couldn’t agree more.

You can hear some of the sounds the Colonel recorded in space in the below set:


Image Source: NASA

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.

SoundCloud Voices this week takes a look at the wide variety of radio shows that CBC have been uploading to their Radio One account. As the public station for Canada, with Radio One being the news and information channel, you can count on their being some interesting spoken word content. Here’s a break down of some of the main shows they have been sharing.

Firstly we have Ideas, hosted by Paul Kennedy. As a show that describes it itself as a radio program on contemporary thought, you know you can expect some interesting topics, such as philosophy, science, music, religion and history. Here’s a recent show about Bees.

Next up is Q. Hosted by Jian Ghomeshi, it’s the national arts magazine show for CBC and is also syndicated all over the U.S by the guys at Public Radio International. You can expect celebrities and figures in the entertainment industry, yet they still encourage topics and conversations on broader topics such as politics, business, sports and music. Take a listen to this show featuring Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe.

If you like technology and Culture then Spark should be your show de choix. Hosted by Nora Young, it’s quite a unique show as the team encourages the audience to send in suggestions for the show, write on the blog, and even record interviews which they use on the show. You could even use SoundCloud for that!

CBC’s also have a magazine show called Day 6 which looks into an eclectic mix of the week’s stories. Host Brent Bambury brings the audience, opinionated columnists, provocative guests and humorous takes on the stories people are talking about. Take a listen to Saturday’s show which deals with the following intriguing topics – Hate Music, Olympic Mascot Creator, Food on Mars and Kidnapping Celebrities on Egyptian Reality TV to name a few.

There are so many more shows to listen to on the CBC account, such as Writers & Company, As It Happens, Babel and The Current. So start following the CBC Radio One account for your regular spoken word goodness!

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.

SoundCloud SoundCloud Local: Halifax

Photo taken by archer10 (Dennis), found on Flickr

To one of the Maritime provinces of Canada, we’re stopping by a smaller city today for SoundCloud Local. This week, we’re focusing on Halifax, Canada, and checking out what they have in store for us!

Christina Martin
Folk singer-songwriter Christina Martin has been on an extensive musical journey for nearly a decade now. Not only did she record her debut album in Austin, Texas, but she’s also opened for Wilco in the past! She’s a frequent performer in the café/bar circuit in Halifax. Don’t forget to follow her on the ‘Cloud!


Long Long Long
Long Long Long is an experimental guitar surf pop band from Halifax! A listen to them will make you imagine you’re on the beaches of California (or wherever you prefer to surf). They’ve had five releases in total and you can hear some highlights from each one below!


Chad Hatcher
Roots & Folk pop singer-songwriter, Chad Hatcher, likes to blend elements of Blues, R&B, Soul, & Reggae with some Hip Hop influence. His music has the ability to appeal to every demographic. To hear what this Halifax-based singer is all about, click the link or listen to the grey player.


Natasha Duchene
Looking for a range of genres? Here are some abstract field recordings from SoundCloud user, Natasha Duchene. She also has some piano-based jazzy tracks with vocals. From sound art to emotional piano melodies, Natasha’s SoundCloud page is a great listen no matter what you’re feeling.


It’s about time we had some metal, right? Amir doesn’t just stick to one genre though, he also makes hip hop and electronic music as well. Fun fact: he has time-lapse footage of contrails (or chemtrails, whichever you prefer), which is very cool — you can watch it here!


Looking for more? Check out more tracks from Halifax: citysounds.fm/halifax

If you’re in Halifax, please join the SoundCloud Local group and submit your tracks!

The next Global Meetup Day is happening on May 25th! Check out Meetup.com to see if there’s one scheduled in your area yet. If not, start your own! Halifax, Canada: here’s yours!

Check out all our SoundCloud Local features to see if your area has been featured yet.