Juan Diaz is an instrumentalist from Santiago, Chile and now based in Oslo, Norway. Inspired by the likes of Philip Glass, Miles Davis and Chick Corea, Juan creates a variety of music, from folk music to traditional jazz and electronica.
He writes that he “wants to create random electronic/acoustic beauty without the barriers of genre and style restrictions.”
"Sunny Sunday Blues Jam" is a jazz blues improvisation featuring piano. It’s a sunny, simple song that will delight you.
Songs For a Setting Sun is the musical project of Danny McGavock from Boulder, Colorado. Influenced by The White Stripes and Bob Dylan, hear his indie alternative rock in “Arsony Dreams,” a catchy, laid-back number.
Andy Carter is a musician from Helston, England who has recorded music since March 2011. He’s a multi-talented musician, playing keyboard, banjo guitar, and of course, the flute–both the side-blown flute and the Shakuhachi which is a traditional Japanese bamboo flute.
Enjoy his easy-listening instrumental tracks like “Just relax,” featuring great guitar and drums that flow nicely and melodically.
Louise Bruce is an indie acoustic singer-songwriter from Australia. “I write about my experiences and feelings, as well as what I observe in other people’s lives,” she writes.
Hear Louise’s beautiful vocals in the heartfelt song “Half Light.”
Louise also has found great connections and feedback through others in the SoundCloud community: “Thanks to all the musicians out there who are listening to my songs and giving me your positive feedback, as well as inspiring me with your own beautiful sounds. What an amazing music community SoundCloud has turned out to be.”
Teddy Garcia is a singer-songwriter who was born in West Africa, lived in Scotland and Australia and traveled extensively through North America. He’s now based in the South of France in Céret. "The blues is where I feel most at home," he says.
Hear his excellent guitar playing and singing in the jazz-influenced composition, “Bluesville by the Sea” which he says is meant to be a “kind of ‘boy meets girl and they drown their sorrows together’ song. The monologue-in-a-bar format is a well worn one, think Sinatra’s “One More for the Road”, Tom Waits’s, “I Hope I Don’t Fall in Love with You.”
Martin is the artist behind Green Fingers Music from Wicklow, Ireland. “Tessa’s Lullaby” is a sweet guitar and ukulele track written for his daughter Tess and dedicated to his well-loved cat, Freddie who passed in April.
Hear the stunning slide playing in the blues guitar track, “Krumville” by New York-based musician Chris Lane. A comment on the track by SoundClouder Cathrinta describes it best: “A piece like this brings me into the vastness of the desert and of the soul.”
Eve Belle is a singer-songwriter from Donegal, Ireland with a beautiful voice. “Too Young to Feel This Old” is an acoustic song with a lovely melody and harmony. The track pairs well with a cup of coffee so sit back and enjoy.
Six String Woody is a blues guitarist from Greenville, South Carolina. He plays everything from latin to acloustic blues.
"Bulldog Blues" is a great collaboration between Six String Woody and Berlin-based singer Gundi who provides some powerful, passionate vocals in German. It’s a catchy number that would be the perfect soundtrack to a road trip. As Woody says, “This is a perfect example of music being the universal language!”
+Ping is an electronic pop music producer who creates tracks that are live mixed with spontaneously played original sounds that he creates. They’re catchy and reminiscent of old video games. Get a taste of it and an impressive bass line in the track, “EXIT THE TIXE.”
Jack Morefield is a guitarist from Boston. He’s been playing music all his life but it wasn’t until March 2012 when his wife gifted him an iPad that he got into music apps like Garageband to start more seriously experimenting with loops and grid editing. He now relies on Logic to create longer pieces with his guitar work. “Now my little guitar riffs almost became songs, and I have not gotten a good night’s sleep since,” he writes.
"Embers" is a beautiful guitar soundscape inspired by the sight of burning embers of a campfire.
Music is important to Jack for many reasons. He writes, “…the main one is that now, because of technology, I am able to make these compositions I have been hearing my whole life all on my own, which I never dreamed possible. I cannot believe that we can do on our computers and hand held devices more than any money could buy in a studio even 15 years ago so, I am slowly turning from a musician who had to prattle on - guitar wise- to a composer of soundscapes….to me that is very fulfilling.”
On Thursday of this week, we’ll be shutting down the option to go back to the Classic view of SoundCloud. We appreciate that this change is one that some of you would rather we not make, but to enable us to focus our energies on creating a more unified SoundCloud experience, it’s a necessary step.
There are an incredible number of complex engineering issues involved in running two SoundClouds at a global scale. As we’ve grown, the difficulties of keeping both sites stable and communicating with each other have also grown. With this transition, we are choosing to build for the future in a newer, more stable code base over maintaining aging code.
More than a year ago, we launched Next SoundCloud. At this point, many of the features from Classic SoundCloud have been moved over or relaunched, including Upload, Messages, and Stats. We are committed to improving existing features and are constantly developing new ways for people to discover music and audio and to connect artists with their audience.
Our dedication to the SoundCloud community remains our core value, right where it’s been since we launched back in 2008. We can’t emphasize enough how grateful we are for your passion and dedication as members of the SoundCloud community. You’ve been an integral part of making SoundCloud what it is today and you inspire us. We’re looking forward to everything that comes next.
Schloss Mirabell is the project of Florina Speth from Berlin, Germany. She studied cello and piano at a young age. Currently, she’s working in the field of neurorehabilitation “where she developed multimodal feedback instruments, kinematic music and camera-based motion capturing sonification,” she writes.
"Her personal research fields bridges explorative experimental media arts with science to get inspired output for technical solutions in neurological rehabilitation systems as in music perception and music performance."
Now that’s inspiring. ”Little its shell” is a minimalist, ambient electronic piece that sounds like it could be a soundtrack for a mystery movie.
Renee is a musician from Ottawa, Canada and has an inspiring story. She writes, “When I was six I was identified with a severe to profound hearing loss and started wearing hearing aids. At the same age I started learning to play piano. This led to a lifelong passion that was not limited by hearing loss, in fact I believe my musical training over the years has enhanced my creative ability and to hear with more than just my ears. I hear with my heart and soul and my compositions and improvisations reflect a kind of hearing that comes from within. I gravitate towards clean melodic lines that are emotional and heartfelt.”
"Talk to Me" is a minimalist piece featuring a simple piano and drum loop track with an uplifting bridge.
MACRIMA is the musical project of Maria Träg-Engerer from Erlangen, Germany. She writes and produces modern classical soundtrack and film music pieces.
“When I compose, I try to create pieces with heart. It is always a magical journey for me and it finally ends, when the music flows from the bottom of my soul into my fingers and in my head.”
"Honingfarbener Frühlingsmond" translates to honey-colored spring moon in German. It’s a beautiful composition perfect for spring. Maria says it best herself, "The nights in spring are so magical… the beautiful honey moon in the dark blue sky… thousands of flowery scents in the air…"
Simon Glyden is an indie folk singer-songwriter from Sudbury, Britain. You can hear the influences of his favorite songwriters Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Cole Porter in his music, like in “Hey Dad (white rabbit).”
Wake to Now is a post-rock, instrumental band based in Vermont.
"Time Between Lives" is a composition with lovely melodies that make it a peaceful, atmospheric track to relax or meditate to. You’ll feel warm and cozy instantly while pondering the mysteries of the universe.
No Mates Ensemble is the musical project of Mat Ward from Hobart, Australia. His inspirations range from 20th century composers to 70’s funk to Frank Zappa. He creates music he calls “DIY Modern Classical.” ”I like woodwinds and can guarantee that there is too much percussion on almost everything I do,” he writes.
"Spider Race" is a fun track featuring woodwind and brass quintet, piano and drums, inspired by avant-garde composer John Zorn.
"It is impossible to put into words some of the extraordinary music i have come across on SoundCloud; such talent and willingness to share is a gift i cherish. Thank you to all, especially those that take the time to critique my stuff or explain and discuss their own work."
Bruce Haines is a beginner composer from Atlanta, Georgia. He writes, “Music has always been a passion - to create from a finite number of notes a unique and one-of-a-kind sound is a gift that I never tire of. Everyone who writes or creates music provides the world with little miracles that can be enjoyed forever. I’m only an amateur composer, but I hope something in my tracks touches you…comments always welcomed….”
"The Lingering Stillness" is a thoughtfully written piano piece with lovely harmonies.
Franto Kormanak is a composer from Bratislava, Slovakia. Hear his diverse styles of composing like “Mystery House,” a piano composition that Franto improvised to learn how to work with building mystery in a composition.
Sofia Deville is a singer and pianist from Sweden whose lyrics are like poetry and music is soulful, haunting and atmospheric. Her listeners have noted that she sounds similar to Tori Amos or Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins.