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Jane Meet Brooklyn SoundCloud Hero: Heidi Harris

SoundCloud Heroes are inspirational leaders who bring people together around sound by cultivating and engaging unique communities.

SoundCloud Heroes are SoundCloud ambassadors who fuel their leadership, passion and creativity to bring the community closer together. If you need a refresher, meet our first 10 SoundCloud Heroes. For the rest of the week, we’ll be introducing our newest Heroes on the blog who will help us unmute the web.

Today, let’s meet Heidi Harris from Brooklyn, NY who plays more instruments than we can count on our fingers. She has been widely involved in community collaborations and has aspirations to create a SoundCloud collaboration album featuring members from all over the world! She and Tea Leigh will join forces to lead the NYC Heroes contingent, so New Yorkers–if you’ve got some ideas, give Heidi and Tea a shout!

Quick Facts:
Name: Heidi Harris
SoundCloud: Heidi Harris
Location: Brooklyn, New York

What do you do? How do you use SoundCloud in your life?
I’m a self taught musician focusing on a variety of styles. In my works, I use traditional and non-traditional sound sources. I play clarinet, harmonica, Portuguese guitar, classical guitar, piano, ukulele, melodica, synthesizer, electric cello, theremin, various percussions, and other instruments – electronic and acoustic. I attended the Institute of Audio Research in New York, focusing on the process of recording and producing and went on to record several self released albums.

I use SoundCloud as a platform to share works in progress, get feedback, post finished works and collaborate as much as possible. SoundCloud has become such a valuable tool to me. I can work with just about any kind of artist who’s out there and since I always enjoy trying new things with sound, it tends to be such a great and rewarding learning experience every time!

What are your aspirations for the SoundCloud community in your city?
The idea I have for the SoundCloud community is to create a full length global SoundCloud collaboration album. This album could be created by hosting a series of meetup events in New York for SoundClouders interested in contributing while also gathering submissions from all over the world for the skeleton tracks that New York SoundClouders could then record onto at the meetups. The goal would be to have enough meetups to eventually record a full length collaboration album, one that’s created primarily in New York but will also showcase sounds from all over the world!

What is your favorite place in the city and why?
My favorite place in the city has very recently become DUMBO  (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) partly because it’s within walking distance from me but mostly because you can stand by the water and look over at Manhattan from Brooklyn, complete with a dreamy carousel, a park and a huge bridge above your head! The people and sounds that wander around this place are fantastic, too and there is always something new happening somewhere close by if you poke around enough.

What is your favorite sound and why?
My favorite sound is the crackle that comes from an old record. It takes time for a record to develop a good crackle. The character of this sound has a history to it, plus I just love it! Its always so soothing and interesting to my ears.

Where else can we find you on the web?

Artist profile on Inner Ocean Records 

Jane Meet NYC SoundCloud Hero: Chas Wagner

SoundCloud NYC Hero, Chas Wagner is a big fan of sports, tech and audio. He uses SoundCloud to combine those three passions by hosting a podcast on Big East college basketball. One of his goals as a SoundCloud Hero is to share the sounds, culture, news of the different boroughs in New York City on SoundCloud, so NYC friends: help get involved with Chas!

What do you do? How do you use SoundCloud in your life?
I’m currently working on a startup of my own, building a sports website to let fans share and connect around their favorite sports memories. Being a first-time entrepreneur, I’ve made all the rookie mistakes, but have been making good progress the last few months. I’m also interviewing with early stage NYC startups for biz dev positions to gain more experience and help keep the lights on at my crouton-sized East Village apartment.

More importantly, I use SoundCloud for all sorts of cool stuff. I get my geek on by tuning in to Robert Scoble, Fred Wilson’s MBAMondays and The Next Web for my tech fix; then, listen to John Legend, The Foo Fighters and several up-and-coming musicians. Lastly, I produce a college basketball podcast called SixOvertimes, which covers Big East basketball and we’re looking to do big things with the Dropbox feature to better interact with fans.

What are your aspirations for the SoundCloud community in your city?
SoundCloud World Domination. Since we’re looking at it from a city level, I really want SoundCloud to make it happen at a hyperlocal level. Because each borough has its eclectic mix of diverse neighborhoods, I’d like every hood to have its own voice and presence on SoundCloud. From learning more about local businesses, politicians and the best dive bars, the SoundCloud community will gain a better understanding of New York City and be inspired to record their own local stories.

Also, I want to bring more comedians to SoundCloud. Selfishly, I love to laugh (don’t we all) and there are so many funny people in NYC, so, let’s get them using the big orange button

What is your favorite place in the city and why?
Anywhere with Calexico crack sauce. I’m definitely a food truck snob and these three brothers from LA have mastered the art of Mexican street food. Without fail, I always get the carnes asada quesadillas with cheddar, Monterey jack and their secret chipotle “crack” sauce. If I keep going five days a week to their Madison Square Park location, maybe, just maybe they will fill me in on the crack sauce recipe. Oh, and kudos to them, they opened their first sit-down restaurants in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Red Hook. 

What is your favorite sound and why?
As for naturally occurring, it has to be the sweet sound of the basketball net after dropping a nice shot. I don’t hear this as often in my personal hoops game anymore, as I’ve lost that elusive smooth jumper, but I love hearing it from a Ray Allen or Kobe Bryant shot. 

Other great ones are Sean Connery and Liev Schrieber’s (HBO Sports narrator) voices. The dudes speak with such conviction that I would believe them if they told me the New York Mets are the best baseball team in NY.

Where else can we find you on the web?

Interested in being a SoundCloud Hero, too?
Read more about the program and where we’re searching for our next Heroes!

David Community Fellowship: The NYC Nomad by Ed Casabian

Please join us and welcome our fifth Community Fellow Ed Casabian in this guest post and learn about his Fellowship project and the ways you can get involved.

Who am I?

My name is Ed Casabian, and I’m excited to be a SoundCloud Community Fellow. For the past 15 months I have been the NYC Nomad, which is a project / social experiment in which I live in a different neighborhood, with different people, every week. So far I’ve stayed in 41 neighborhoods in New York City across the five boroughs. I like to give my hosts a chance to use me as an excuse to visit new places in their own neighborhood, and share what it is that they love about the city with me. I’ve always loved traveling, but its been a very unique experience to travel in my own city.

I’ve gained a variety of perspectives during my project both through the people I meet and the places I stay. I’ve stayed with people ranging from the age of 11 months to 80 years old and my commute has included every subway line (there are 22), the bus, a boat, my foldable bike, and walking. I think New York City is a place best seen by many different perspectives, and these perspectives are a lot of what I’ve been searching for throughout my experience.

My Fellowship:

Perhaps the most fascinating thing about my project is all the different people I meet. In fact, I found out about SoundCloud through someone I stayed with during my third week of this project.

For my fellowship, each week I will search for and interview the most interesting person in the neighborhood I’m living in. Here is a recording I captured with 94 year old Bernie in my most recent neighborhood of Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan. He’s lived there since 1949.

An Interview with 94 Year Old Bernie in Stuy Town by thenycnomad

Get Involved!

Even if I am nomadic and moving every week, there is no way I can capture all of the unique stories cities have to offer. So please contribute with an interview using the record feature of the SoundCloud apps for iPhone or Android. It can be the owner of a local business, a friend, or someone who you’ve always wanted to talk to but never had a reason to. And it doesn’t have to be in New York City. I think New Yorkers are some of the most interesting people in the world, but there are stories across the United States and the rest of the world waiting to be told.

To contribute, you can check my Tumblr blog for more information or easily submit to the SoundCloud group City Stories. Please follow me on Twitter @thenycnomad (also look for hashtag #citystories) and like my Facebook page.

Thanks, and I hope to see you in your neighborhood! Oh and check out Betabeat who just published a story about my Fellowship.

Meet the other Fellows:

Alex Stiver and United Sounds

Evan Tenenbaum: Organic City Sounds

Katie Needs and Sounds Of My City

Eduardo Lipe and the Without Walls Project