SoundClouder Of The Day | Daniel Michael aka Project 52 | The One I Adore
Every day for the past 232 days we’ve nominated a member of the Community for SoundClouder Of The Day. In this Community feature also known as #SCOTD, we spotlight an exceptional SoundClouder and post them on our Twitter and Facebook profiles and today, we’re starting to also post them to Tumblr. Meet Daniel Michael who’s dedicated to writing and recording a song each week of 2011.
Hello everyone, and happy Friday! No post yesterday because I had to go back to my hometown for a marathon dentist appointment. I thought of taking some “Sounds from the Dentist Chair”, but it probably would have been too gruesome, all that drilling…
Anyways! Time for something completely different and unique and awesome. Let’s focus our ears on Los Angeles, California (Century City, to be exact) and listen to a user-submitted sound from Bill Harrington of the Urban Electronic Music group. This field recording was captured at the entrance to a Century City parking lot, and the way that it was created is very cool! Bill explains,
“A stereo mic was set to the side of a metal plate all cars had to pass as they were entering or exiting. Sections were recorded and looped in real time. No editing or other modifications were done to this recording”.
Wicked! This makes me want to learn a lot more about sound engineering/editing.
Check out more of his field recordings below (you can click through the post if you’re reading this on the Tumblr dashboard to use the embedded SoundCloud player).
Thank you so much for collaborating with me, Bill, and sharing some sounds from your city! You’re super accomplished and I’m very humbled and grateful that you contributed to my fellowship project (Mr. Harrington worked for Frank Zappa, among other really amazing things)!
To participate in the Sounds of My City project, click here or here and submit your sounds! There are lots of great things happening in Toronto this weekend, including Caribana (I’m boycotting this Scotiabank nonsense), so I hope you can get the chance to check it out!
"April is the cruellest month…" In a rare recording from 1933, T.S. Eliot reads an extract from The Waste Land. Part of The Waste Land app for iPad, now available to download in the App Store: http://bit.ly/kJATn3
SoundCloud Voices is a weekly Community feature focusing on new spoken word creators found on SoundCloud. It might be a podcast, radio show, audio book, interview, audio messages, a poem, anything! Keep an eye out every Thursday for a new post.
This week our featured SoundCloud Voices peeps all have one thing in common - talking about film. Take a listen to the following podcasters and their take on the cinematic world!
First up is Cinephile Spoilers hosted by Safi and Rich up in Calgary. The guys like to talk about the latest films, and do not shy away from spoilers! Take a listen to the latest pod where they go back and talk about the new Batman movies and also Captain America.
And if you want to dive further into the independent film world, then take a listen to Cinemad magazine’s podcast. Cinemad covers the true edge of cinema, from avant garde masters and outsider artists to pure independent filmmakers and Hollywood between the lines.
If you are interested in trying out SoundCloud as a spoken word podcast platform we are currently running a beta program which you can sign up for via this form. Successful candidates will be emailed with further details.
Another rain clip. Tampa Bay is supposedly the lightning capital of North America. I say supposedly not because I doubt the title, but because I’m too busy (read: lazy) to verify it. At any rate, this is another clip of a storm recorded on my back porch. If you want to get right to the fireworks, skip to the :30 mark (about two-thirds of the way through) and you’ll hear that wonderful thunder.
Wow that is one serious thunderstorm. And in Florida of all places. Weren’t you guys supposed to have the best weather of all times?
"I passed 50,000 plays in total, so an average of a little bit less than 1,000 plays a week. Which is good, because before I was on SoundCloud I was getting no plays a week. I’m happy, thank you SoundCloud."
To celebrate the launch of his new record label, Don’t Play, TC is offering producers the chance to remix ‘Burning Starlight’ ft. MC Dread. Not only will the winning entry receive a release on Don’t Play, but the winner will get their hands on some amazing prizes from Ableton, Novation, Chemical Records, ourselves here at Soundcloud and Loopmasters!
All genres will be accepted, bonus points will be awarded for originality, quality of production and using your own style to create something fresh and new. The winning entry will receive a release on Don’t Play plus…
• A copy of Ableton Suite 8! • A Novation Launchpad USB Midi Controller! • A Soundcloud Pro account! • Five Loopmasters Artist Series sample DVDs!
Download the parts to Joey Negro & Gramophonedzie featuring Shea Soul smash club track “No Sugar” and remix the track in whichever style you like, once it’s finished, upload it to the PSL SoundCloud Dropbox!
The Future Music and Computer Music teams will then pick a shortlist of ten finalists who’ll be judged by Joey Negro and a panel of producers and experts on the final day of Producer Sessions Live 2011.
The lucky winner announced on the day will then not only walk away with admiration and respect of our resident producers, but also a prize booty worth over £3,000!
(Click through on Tumblr Dashboard to see all the illustrations!)
Last week I decided to take a stroll on the High Line Park. Now the High Line is one of my favorites places to go to in the city. One of the reasons I’m attracted to it is the location. It borders the Hudson River which makes for a great view on nice days. Another reason is the entire idea behind the park. The High Line is built on what used to be abandoned elevated railway tracks. After years of fundraising and building the southern half of the park opened to the public in 2009. This summer another portion of the park was just opened to the public. There are also a lot of great art initiatives on and around the park. The Whitney Museum is building a downtown building just by the High Line and regularly commission public art works to build up hype for the project. The actual organization that runs the High Line, Friends of the High Line, regularly put art for public consummation on the actual park.
On my trip last week I found a couple of art works on and around the park. The first major one being a sculpture by KAWS at the foot of the Standard Hotel (West 13th St. & Washington St.).
Photo Credit: ARTCO
KAWS started out as a graffiti artist tagging images in his native Jersey City and since then has become an international sensation. His sculpture “Companion” is on view thru October. When I went to record I meant to pick a spot right by the foot of the sculpture but was eventually chased out by a team of photographers shooting some fashion editorial. Typical. So I took charge and went up to the High Line where there’s a seat area that overlooks the KAWS sculpture. That day the wind was whipping, which was a good thing since it was such a hot day! There were people taking a break from work, tourists taking a break from their day, and people just strolling by enjoy a lazy summer afternoon. Take a listen:
After I cooled off for a bit I continued to walk the park. It was a rather slow afternoon on the park, which I don’t mind. Weekends can be a bit of hassle as its filled with tourists. As I was walking up the park I came across a sculpture of oddly shaped birdhouses on wires.
Photo Credit: Sarah Sze
The installation is a work by contemporary artist Sarah Sze (Between West 20th St. & West 21st St on the High Line). The great thing about the installation was that it also acts within in nature. Birds, butterflies and more interacts with art work. Pretty cool! The majority of the park goers thought so as well as many of them decided to stop and take multiple pictures of the installation.
As I continued to walk up the park I noticed a giant black canvas on the roof of a building off of the High Line. This ended up being my favorite find of the trip, mainly because it wasn’t commissioned by the High Line.
Photo Credit: Coburn Projects
I didn’t recognize the name of the artist but I should have once I did a Google search. The work is by Jordan Betten who is the founder of Lost Art, a leather couture brand that has outfitted major artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Steven Tyler, and more. He started to create art work in 2005. His work off of the High Line is simply called “High Lines” (Between 27th St. and 28th St. on the High Line). I loved this one mainly because of the interactions between parks goers. Everyone stopped and talked about the art, you can even hear a French family talk about it in my recording! Check out the sounds for both Sarah and Jordan below:
I had to end my adventuring pretty early due to how hot it was getting and unfortunately I wasn’t able to get more sounds last week due to the blistering heat! Mother Nature sure can hand us a heavy hand to say the least. Wondering where I’ll be heading to next? Stay tuned…
Every day we pull one clip from the show to use in the on-air promo on WNYC. On Soundcloud we’ll post a longer version. Today’s clip is of personal finance expert Beth Kobliner, who offers a little context on the debt ceiling debate.
“I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water.”—
Soundwalk from Parkdale to Sunnyside Beach - Saturday, July 23
I was going to post a roundup of sounds collected on Friday night at Beaches Jazz Fest, but then I watched this amazing video about R. Murray Schafer and soundwalks and I had to edit my schedule. The jist of the video is basically what this site is all about: listen to your surroundings, the sounds of your city, and you’ll experience it differently. (Click through this post to watch the video if you’re on the Tumblr dashboard).
So, for your listening pleasure I give you: a soundwalk from Parkdale to Sunnyside Beach. I went to check out the Roncesvalles reopening this weekend, but unfortunately arrived as things fizzled out. I was very happy to see all the new trees and the awesome new bike lanes, though! So I just kept walking, and ended up at the intersections of King St, Queen St, and Roncesvalles. An impromptu rock jam began near the pedestrian bridge which crosses over the Gardiner, so I decided to walk across it. And then I found myself at the lake! So it’s a really neat walk, from the city, to the busy highway, all the way down to the end of things. Let’s call this today’s Moment of Zen.
SoundCloud Spotted: M83, Scarub, Royce Da 5'9", Burning Spear, MIA and more!
SoundCloud Spotted is our weekly roundup of the most interesting uses of SoundCloud out on the interwebz. Here you can find all you’ll ever need to know about super cool apps, SoundCloud exclusives and new and exciting SoundClouders!
First up this week we have two rad uses of SoundCloud from dream popper Anthony Gonzales aka M83…
Here’s a lesson in taking online audio presence one step further with a sweet E-mail/Facebook/Tweet for download supported by a SoundCloud Artwork player on the official M83 website, through to an alternate presence using our new Labs project Social Unlock to offer up a Tweet for a track exchange! Yum!
…and last but not least this week we have a slick looking customised Waveform from one half of rap duo Bad Meets Evil, Royca Da 5’9”.
The masterminds behind this beauty are using a customised black SoundCloud embed for this splash page to promote the new Royca Da 5’9” release “Success Is Certain.”
Like what you see? Check out how to hack the SoundCloud player here.
Well ladies and gentlemen it’s come to that time in the evening when we thank you for coming, ask you to finish up your drinks and recommend some kick-ass SoundClouders to follow and some rad music to listen to!
Grammy award winner and Reggae legend Burning Spear is all over SoundCloud right now, he’s even embedding players on his website! burningspear.net
Electro-rapper MIA has posted a heartfelt song on SoundCloud dedicated to the late Amy Winehouse, titled quite simply, "27".
Every day we pull one clip from the show to use in the on-air promo on WNYC. On Soundcloud we’ll post a longer version. Today’s clip is of Politico’s Ben Smith, predicting what happens if the US doesn’t actually raise the debt ceiling by the August 2nd deadline.
We had to share this audio: A harrowing tale of a man who played dead to survive the Norway shooting attacks. He tells us his story, and we also hear listener responses on the challenges of multiculturalism.
We’re still looking for a couple more Sounds of Fringe ambassadors! If you LOVE SoundCloud, you’re heading to the festival and you’d like to get your hands on some rad SoundCloud goodies (who doesn’t love free T-Shirts, right?) then get involved!
Last week we introduced you to our weekly audio update pertaining to all the news that goes on within and around our wonderful Community. This week we have changed the name of our weekly recap and I have a special guest host, Edward our fabulous community intern here to help me tell you what happened this week in SoundCloud!
Listen to our recap via Tumblrs’ rad SoundCloud integration and check out the links on our Community Team profile!
Interview with Cass & John from the Brewery Market, Sunday July 24
Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. I definitely took full advantage of the wonderful weather and attended a few of the great events which took place in Toronto - Beaches Jazz Festival, Roncesvalles reopening, and the Brewery Market at Wychwood Barns featuring Cameron’s. Fun was had AND no sunburns! Success.
I’d like to start this week off by showcasing the Brewery Market, because it’s my new favourite thing. A fantastic idea that organizers Cass and John, who were kind enough to chat with me for a few minutes, came up with to bring better beer to the neighbourhood and engage their community! Smart.
The market takes place on Sundays (there will be 11 Brewery Markets in total) at Wychwood Barns at Christie & St. Clair W, between 1-5 pm. The Wychwood Barns were originally a streetcar maintenance facility built in 1913, but the space was more recently converted into a community centre which contains housing for artists, a public green space, a greenhouse, a farmer’s market, beach volleyball courts, and office space for many local community organizations. The place is now known as Artscape Wychwood Barns, and I think it’s a great re-use of an otherwise useless heritage building.
The public green space in the Barns is known as The Stop, which, according to their website, is a “sustainable food production and education centre, which houses a state-of-the-art greenhouse, food systems education programs, a sheltered garden, a community bake oven and compost demonstration centre”. Pretty incredible. The Stop provides pizza to complement the craft beer served each week, baked fresh in their outdoor pizza oven. So delicious!
Basically the whole operation is Toronto’s local, community based answer to a Bavarian Beer Garden, and it’s awesome. Listen to the interview above, click for more information about the Brewery Market, follow the event series on Twitter @brewmarket, and be sure to check it out when it returns on August 14th!
PS: Enjoy the middle of the interview when John so graciously offers to buy me a beer, and I get nervous and act like Leslie Knope (Parks & Recreation Season 2, Ep. 4) on a practice date (Ann: What’s your niece’s name? Leslie: Torple. What? I don’t know. That’s not a name. I don’t have a niece. My niece’s name is Stephanie?)…yeah.
Fun fact: This may have been the second time in my entire life that anyone has offered to buy me a beer. The first time it was my uncle, and I was just as awkward.
TechCrunch’s Mike Butcher randomly bumped into Michelle Phelan, lead singer of Paris-based Carosel. They got to talk about SoundCloud and Michelle mentioned she loves using SoundCloud for her music, which by the way, is amazing. Give Carosel a spin on SoundCloud:
Every Friday we are going to share a new tip that you may not have already known about how to use SoundCloud and in turn we hope this will improve your experience.
Did you know SoundCloud is a great platform for comedians to promote their content and themselves on the web? If you make podcasts you can distribute them easily to your social networks, embed on your own site and push to iTunes. And with our record capabilities there are all kinds of ways to create some spontaneous content or interact with fans!
Take podcast Mike and Tom Eat Snacks for example. They use SoundCloud to submit to iTunes but also embed on their site and promote via their social networks. Pretty rad!
Check out this spoken word podcast from the peeps at BAMM.tv in San Francisco!
In our third installment of Musical Yearbook, Brock Alter, Zach Ryan, and Phil Lang read essays describing various aspects of their current relationship with music. Ryan’s essay gives an inside look at what it’s like (and the work that goes into) being in a band trying to make a name for itself. Alter analyzes the pros and cons of being a “headphone shut-in.” Lang speaks of a recent reaction to “The Boy In The Bubble” while in Northern Minnesota.
The previous Musical Yearbook essays have addressed 8th Grade and the transition between high school and college. Our last segment in the project will analyze our relationship with music in 4th grade.
We are looking for outside contributors to Musical Yearbook! Feel free to submit your own essays from these points in life to firstname.lastname@example.org. If selected, we will add your essays to the blog (http://blog.bamm.tv) or record your own reading of the essays.