Have any of you used SoundCloud in a special, cool way? In other words, do you have any awesome collaboration stories? Funny tales? Or have you used SoundCloud in a certain way that has changed your life or someone else’s?
If you have a cool story, do tell! You can submit ithere! Remember to leave your SoundCloud username and other additional links that back up your story. :)
The entire social aspect is powerful in ways I think many people have yet to appreciate. Who you follow and who follow affect how you listen to and discover new music and artists. Soundcloud has put me in contact with tons of amazing music and musicians that I would not have known about before.
The kind of support I get from the SoundCloud community makes me want to write and release more music.
Logic Pro and ITCH/virtualdj pretty much do the job when it comes to production and playing, but there’s a bunch of handy tools I couldn’t live without. I picked five:
SoundCloud — I think this is somewhat self-evident. MySpace always felt a bit unconventional for me, because instead of collecting friends (I do that on Facebook and Twitter) I wanted to focus on distributing music. Enter SoundCloud, a dead-simple and beautiful way to move music from me to my listeners but also to people I work with on a daily basis. I especially love the ability to replace audio files once uploaded, so the link to the song stays the same and I don’t lose all the statistics data. When music is the main focus, it’s easier to get acquainted with the producers and musicians behind the songs. I’ve met some amazing people in Helsinki with whom we share the same passion for electronic music.
Beatport — Buying music is a breeze with iTunes, but I believe the process should be somewhat fun when one spends the amounts of money DJ’s generally spend (or should spend) in new tracks monthly or even weekly. Beatport gives excellent tools to following labels, artists and genres and offers exclusive releases, DJ charts and mixes. Even if you’re not a DJ, you should check it out. You can even choose the download format you want your tracks in. Bonus points for the brilliant iPhone app.
BandCamp — Humming was released on iTunes but none of my other tracks probably ever will. BandCamp is so far the most elegant way to distribute music I’ve ever ran into and we’re sticking with it.
Facebook — This might come as a surprise, but integrating SoundCloud with my Facebook page was a smart move: weekly plays went up +1000%. We did the same thing with Big Muff’s profile back when I was still involved in his management, the numbers weren’t as big but the trend was the same.
Think — Think is an application for Mac OS X that helps you to focus on one application at a time. I usually also turn Airport off when I’m working, and Think does the rest.
If you have a list of essential tools in mind, I’d be delighted if you’d share it with me. Drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org!
“I go on a lot about SoundCloud on here, but lets face it – a million plus users can’t really be wrong, they are one the best and most musician friendly online services out there and getting better all the time.”—SoundCloud & Dropbox in one post, we like that too. Thank you, Audio Silver Lining!
Hot damn!! 5 pages of remixes?!?!? Amazing. Mega big shouts to everyone who programmed/played/mpc-ed/logic-ed/ableton-ed/protool-ed the hell out of those stems and submitted a remix. Kudos. This is the first time I’ve done something like this, and am so stoked you all had fun and got loose with it. Some killer flips from Ben/Ozonian, Kevin Sokolniki(first in!), Paulo, Drew Lizon and Ayce, Simius-too many to mention, really. I love how you guys took this and completely ran in all sorts of new directions with it. Inspiring, really; I haven’t had this much fun listening to one of my own songs in forever. And the remix that got the most votes is……Paolo Palazzo!
From the blog post they just published, includes an extensive interview with our own Parker Higgins, who was a driving force behind the CC integration. Thanks again, Parker.
SoundCloud has long been a preeminent destination for creators looking to share and distribute music and audio online. From the beginning SoundCloud has supported CC-licensing options – today they launched a slew of new features that bolster this integration broadly, with a particular impact on those looking for CC-licensed music.
Alpha-ville, London’s new organisation dedicated to digital arts and culture, announced its annual festival: Alpha-ville 2010, introducing the theme - Visionary Cities (17-18 September 2010). The Festival will fill two days with groundbreaking live music and visual performances including advanced electronic music, live cinema, interactive media installations, 3D visual performances, a moving image competition and a screening programme.
For the full festival programme and more information head on over to their website and also check out some podcasts from the artists performing at the Alpha-ville Soundcloud.