Hear young Africans reflect on the passing of Nelson Mandela in these clips from the Children’s Radio Foundation, a not-for-profit organization based in Cape Town, South Africa that gives young people the skills and tools to make their voices heard.
Münster, Germany based SoundClouder of the Day Bitzone records “sonic objects, soundscapes, percussion, electronics, his own voice, and other sound sources.” Painted Tubes was made using chromatically tuned plastic tubes - their sound depends on the surface that one strikes them against. In his own words, they’re “simple but really effective.”
There are many interesting looping effects going on in SoundClouder of the Day couchwaker's piano composition Wendur, but our favorite is the one where he makes a single piano note sound like it’s skidding to a stop. It’s as if the note were a ball that’s been dropped and is bouncing faster and faster. Keep an ear out.
Gregory M. Hurley makes roots and blues influenced music, often with other SoundCloud creators. Another Day Outside has a touch of Steve Winwood in the keys, but it truly starts to take off once Gregory’s slide guitar comes in. It’s a well produced and nicely recorded brief instrumental with great background percussion and a mandolin beneath everything driving the song along.
Luke Jones, today’s SoundClouder of the Day, creates instrumental soundtracks across a wide variety of styles. Voyaging is a positive and upbeat major key track with a steady beat and lovely piano melody. We can see it accompanying shots of someone in motion.
SoundClouder of the Day Pedro K says his solo project Submersus is based on years playing many kinds of instruments in different groups. Then, “the ideas start to flow, get form, and when finished, are put here [on SoundCloud], for everybody to listen, and share.” His latest instrumental Floating Dream is full of delayed guitar and floating vocal harmonies.
Brian Hayter is a singer-songwriter whose acoustic indie tunes are reminiscent of Belle & Sebastian and Sparklehorse. “Life Together” is a catchy number that makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside. With lyrics like “Let’s mend our dreams together like papier-mâché but better,” how could we not?
Ivan Black makes deep ambient compositions. One gets the impression of immense space from his songs. Spectral Lights transitions through several different sections - from a gentle but dark choral like beginning to an abrasive and aggressive noise filled conclusion. The nineteen minute track is definitely best experienced in headphones.
Sometimes we come across music on SoundCloud that is just so honest and heartfelt we can’t help but smile. Edward Woodard, aka woodywoodythewoodman, today’s SoundClouder of the Day, makes great R&B from his home studio in Arkansas. He has a wonderful voice - wistful and present. The lyric for I Wonder What It Would Have Been Like has a timeless feel to it. Enjoy.
Pianist M. Wilding, who plays under the name Penguin Fawkes, is the SoundClouder of the Day. Harmonious Dichotomy (extract part 2) begins calmly then quickly becomes a syncopated and complex jazz workout before finally tapering off into a more relaxed coda. It’s an impressive composition and performance.
SoundClouder of the Day Audraulicbrings electro vibes that feel like they were composed in Space. Silent Peripheral Motion is a chaotic and dark composition that uses unexpected harmonies and melody lines throughout its length.
Munich, Germany based SoundClouder of the Day Stephan Fischer writes in the description of his song Like A Leaf, “time for a little autumn song.” And within that frame, his piano takes on the life of a falling leaf. It’s a short and pretty composition that, like a leaf’s journey to the ground, slowly ebbs.
SoundClouder of the Day einSine makes beautifully understated orchestral ambient work. His song Ascension is definitely a sit back and relax kind of listen. So take a moment, close your eyes and drift off.
Israeli band Big Blind Special, the SoundClouders of the Day, will leave you nostalgic for the era of alternative rock. True Grit is a heavy Soundgarden-esque grunge song of driving choruses and thick-toned guitar. It nails all the production you’d expect for a band coming out of Seattle in the 90s - they even throw in a double slide solo.
Hamburg, Germany based two piece TeleFunkendescribe their song für Elise as post punk country and they’re dead on. Post punk guitar lines mix with a classic rockabilly back beat beneath a Debbie Harry like vocal performance. It’s a perfect 3 minute rock song.
We’re ending the week with a techno burner for you from Croatian SoundClouder of the Day Temporal Transmission. His track Indicator brings the bass and that high energy beat you know so well. Have a great weekend everyone.
Dresden, Germany based SoundClouder of the Day Heegoobeed makes music somewhere between dubstep and industrial. These are heavy jams driven by deep drums. Find your nearest subwoofer and give this song a spin.
this time last year i was making a soundcloud, and a twitter, and a tumblr, all in the name lorde. i had no clue what was going to happen with the music. i hoped it’d be alright.
last night, i played to a room of people whose names i worship, breathe like fine gold smoke, reverent. there is a lot of stupid shit that comes with being lucky enough to do what i do - a lot of stuff i’d rather skip, if i could - but i wouldn’t have traded last night for anything. i felt so warm in the arms of these legends who are good enough to have faith in me, weird little screwball that i am. i realize over and over every day just how lucky i am to be here. and that’s down to all of you, as well - regular people in dumb towns who make me feel so loved and strong, and whose hunger i can’t wait to satisfy with more music.
Songs like SoundClouder of the Day Atuin’sTwo Strikes (and you’re out) prove that sometimes all that’s needed is a guitar and a single compelling voice. This stark and beautifully fingerpicked folk song is simple in its construction but expresses deep emotion. It feels intimate and distinctly human.
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SoundClouder of the Day Peter Keogh plays under the name The Subversive and makes pulsing rock songs driven by steady drum tracks. His energetic song Superstar adds driving bass, doubled vocals, sporadic piano, and lots of guitar lines to the mix. It’s also great to see how active he is within the community - over 7,000 comments!
Fridays are for rocking out, right? SoundClouders of the Day Cloverhill bring some serious ’70s boogie rock vibes to their song Rollin. Everything from the heavy riff that anchors this jam to the production is vintage classic rock. Turn it up.
Berlin, Germany based SoundClouder of the Day, Ralf Reichelt, plays under the name bingzhu and composes jazz inflected new age ambient tracks. His song Wasteland is an atmospheric march that sounds perfectly suited for the opening credits of the next Bond film.
Mark Lamm, aka Lammbone, the SoundClouder of the Day, seems like a charming man. In his own words, he’s, “happy to be able to explore/create/learn about music…Presently on my own, and with the help of musicians here on SoundCloud and one or two locally, I am learning to sing, play banjo and slide guitar, compose songs and record.” It’s a process he describes as, “a challenge, enlightening and fun, frustrating and cathartic.”
We’re enjoying his quirky and unique take on folk blues and idiosyncratic banjo playing. His song “Bango and Zucchini” is a dreamscape about fishing for Zucchini in a garden. Sure to put a smile on your face.
True to his name, SoundClouder of the Day and bassist Darius Improvise's (aka Andre D) collaboration with saxophonist Henry Koek is an improvised free jazz track recorded live in Cuers, France. This intensely soulful and spare upload has atmosphere to spare.