We just announced a remix competition for this track from Röyksopp. If you’d like to know the details about the competition, head over to our main blog to get the news. You’ll be able to download the original track (for free) as well as the raw files of the track.
We think it’s a fantastic track and are stoked our long-time users Röyksopp have chosen to work with us for the competition. We’re excited to see the results! Happy remixing everyone.
We’ve just released a little new feature that we think is pretty nice. When you look at a user’s profile you’ll see that we added a new ‘Share’ button. This will allow you to share this user’s latest tracks in chronological order (newest tracks on top) in our flash player widget.
And here is how this will look like when embedded to another site (in this case, that’s my blog but you can also embed it to the sidebar of your blog or any of your profiles or sites that allow you to add html codes).
One more little thing: you can now easily share a user’s URL (http://soundcloud.com/forss) to Facebook. Just add it to the “What’s on your mind?” field and it will post the player with the latest tracks to your Facebook stream. Have a look:
Citysounds is built on top of the SoundCloud API and makes it easy to browse through SoundCloud tracks from a specific city around the world.
Today, Henrik and David inform us about a big update they just launched and let me tell you that it’s pretty exciting. They’ve added a great set of features and we think that the current look & feel is a big improvement. So what’s new?
Show more tracks from one city: when selecting a city on the frontpage, you’ll be able to click through to the city overview page where it will show you more tracks from that city:
There is a set of new features added to each city overview page:
Browse: Listen to the latest tracks, browse through the most popular genres or just hit shuffle.
Interesting stats: San Francisco for instance has a total of 237 tracks and every week, an average of 37 new tracks are added which makes San Francisco the 10th most active city on Citysounds.fm (and SoundCloud for that matter). Currently, the most popular genres are Dubstep, House and Electro.
Share via Twitter: If you’d like to share a city on Twitter, just hit the button on the bottom right of the page. In a new window, the city and link to Citysounds are already included. and you can edit your tweet if you like. Once posted, your name will be added to the list of Listeners. Really cool!
Browse more: on a city overview page, Citysounds will show you more cities from the same country. Or just hit Random City and it will randomly choose a city for you to discover. Trust me, there is music to discover from cities you’ve probably never heard of.
Oh, one more thing: If you’re a developer and have other cool ideas like Citysounds you’d want to build, save the date: We’ll be holding a Music Hack Day in Berlin on September 21st/22nd. Stay tuned for details and make sure you block the date to join us for some music hacking. Details to follow.
How to make your music more attractive for synchronisation
This is an excerpt of a great post over at Sentric Music describing in depth how to make your music more attractive for synchronisation in TV, Adverts, Gaming, Films etc.
So what I’ve decided to do this week is show you all a selection of the Sentric Music catalogue thanks to a rather nifty little Soundcloud widget and talk you through why I personally believe they lend themselves toward synchronisation usage. A few of these tracks have actually been placed in TV programs/adverts etc, others have been seriously considered, some are being considered as I type and others are new additions that I’m yet to receive that elusive ‘right brief’ for.
Read the full post including an analysis of 11 tracks out of Sentric’s catalogue and check out how nicely they used these tracks in a SoundCloud set widget:
Another week, another blogging service integrated to the Sharing option on SoundCloud. This week’s guest: Blogger.com. Here’s your step-by-step guide to show you how easy it is to share your favorite tracks, sets and group sets to your blog hosted on Blogger.com. Let’s start by looking at the Share options where you’ll see the Blogger logo:
Now when you click it, we’ll ask you to authorize SoundCloud to connect with your Blogger account (you can always change the authorization settings in your Blogger/Google account):
By clicking Go to Authorization, you’ll be redirected to the Google page (shown below) where you simply click Grant access. Once the access was granted, we will take you back to the page on SoundCloud to continue with your post.
In the window pictured below, you’ll be able to edit your post title, add tags and write more about the track/set/group you wish to post. You can also save the post as a draft if you don’t want it to get posted immediately.
Click Post and - Ta-da - you just blogged a SoundCloud track:
Not a one groove record, SoundCloud is proud to introduce an Enter-Shikari remix contest in association with Metal Hammer for all you rock-heads. We’re pretty sure you’re familiar with the band already but if not here’s the blurb and a really nice minimix below from the band themselves…
Musically, there are still twists of Refused’s screamo punk in there, but also the everyday colloquial man-in-the-street chats of The Streets’ Mike Skinner and nods towards The Prodigy, the most pumpin’ drum & bass, the most euphoric of trance, Altern-8 and even some of the darkest of dubstep too. More than anything though their album Common Dreads is destined to unite the tribes, divide the critics and thoroughly satisfy anyone who has witnessed the mad live spectacle that is Enter Shikari.
With such a diverse set of influences we’ll be keeping a close eye on the Enter Shikari remix group for all the different versions being uploaded. And what’s even more exciting is that the winning remix will be included on a limited edition vinyl 7” with the possibility to be featured on a proper release.
SoundCloud has been steadily growing popularity within the musical blogosphere. As well as our DropBox feature, which allows music bloggers to easily receive demos & promos, we’ve noticed more and more people using SoundCloud to embed music into their posts. So we’ve been working hard to make this easier and easier for bloggers. Today’s ‘YAY!’-moment is triggered by the excitement to finally be able to announce the the full WordPress.com integration. It is now super-easy to share SoundCloud tracks & sets blogs hosted on WordPress.com. Here’s the run-down of how that works. If you look at the “Share” option of a track, set or group, you’ll see that we’ve added WordPress to the list of services we support.
Click on “WordPress” and you’ll be able to copy the shortcode to your clipboard and simply add it to the edit field of your blog:
This simple shortcode line in your Edit field…
… will turn into the good-looking SoundCloud player you all know:
We think that’s pretty nifty, don’t you think? Oh and by the way: you can also customize the appearance of your the player and have it match the design of your blog. To do so, click on “customize your player” as seen in the first screenshot above.
One more thing: if you run a self-hosted blog on WordPress, make sure to check out the updated version of the SoundCloud ShortCode Plugin over on WordPress Plugin Directory. Huge thanks go out to Raanan over at WordPress.com for making this possible.
So you think you have mad production skills? Ready to show the world your remix talents? Here’s your chance to show Grammy® nominated Producer/DJ, Jay-J (Shifted Music, Moulton Studios) what you got! Head on over to the Shifted Music Remix Contest site to read all about it. Meanwhile here’s the original track to get your ears round…
We’re excited to share the news with you about a new feature we just launched. We weren’t quite sure how to name it so we’re just going to call it “Push to other Social Networks” as it best describes what it actually does. With this new feature you can easily manage on what social networks other than SoundCloud you’d like your events (new favorites and new public tracks & sets) to get published. We currently support Twitter, MySpace and Facebook. Here it is:
Find this feature in your Extensions settings. As you can see, the variety of settings gives you full control of what you’d like to see pushed to your other social profiles. You can also customize the messages for Facebook and MySpace to give it a personal touch.
If you’re an admin of one or more Facebook Pages, the cool thing is that you can also select the pages you want your events to be pushed to from the menu highlighted below. So if you’re an artist with your own Facebook Page you can automatically push events to your personal and to your artist profile. It’s a brand-new feature that Facebook only made available a few days ago. Pretty cool, huh!
Once you’ve uploaded a track, set or have favorited a track, it will automatically show up on your social network profile. Here’s how it looks in your Facebook stream:
Hat tip to our developer Johannes who spent the last couple of days building this feature. As always, please let us know what you think in the comments.
Another great remix competition comes to the Cloud. Your chance to remix the classic anthem Ripgroove! Here’s all the info from DJDownload’s excellent Earworm blog
DJdownload.com and Skint Records are proud to announce the latest remix competition!
Double 99’s ‘Rip Groove’ anthem blazed a trail for the early UK speed garage movement, a collaboration between Tim Deluxe and graphic designer Omar Amidora it was first released on their label Ice Cream Records in 1997 before being signed to Satellite Records and reaching number 14 in the UK national singles chart, spending 6 weeks in the top 40.
A record that always defied trends and genres in clubland it continues to receive plays at clubs and festivals to this day.
In 2006 ‘Rip Groove’ was remixed by Cirez D (aka Eric Prydz) and released on Skint Records, home to Tim Deluxe as a solo artist.
Spotify, the digital music service widely tipped as a potential challenger to the dominance of iTunes, is close to securing new investment from high-profile investors, including the charitable foundation of Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing.
Spotify, pitched as a better alternative to illegal downloading, is looking to raise funds to expand in the US, building on the hype it has generated in Europe where it has attracted more than 2m users less than a year after launching in the UK and Sweden.
We’ve got another remix competition to tell you about. With what started as an ode to Prince turned summer banger, Felix Da Housecat has teamed up with Karmaloop to give you a chance to put your own touch on the track and win prizes in the process. Interested? For more information on the competition and to download the parts please visit the Karmaloop.com site. The original is really rather catchy, so we’re keen to hear what you’ll be coming up with.
And we’re excited because this is one of the first remix comps to be using the SoundCloud ‘groups’ feature. By doing so all the entries are added to the group and can then be published and embedded anywhere using its embeddable player. The player is automatically updated every time a new track is added and approved to the group. There’s already mixes rolling in… check it out below.