Good news if you want to use Gmail, Google Docs or Calendar in offline mode. Gmail starts today, the rest are coming this week. It looks like Apple could soon detect problems with your iPhone over the air. The US Department of Justice is stepping in with the AT&T/T-Mobile merger.
25 seconds of tennis from the Nadal v. Golubev match at last night’s US Open. Apart from the sheer size of the stadium, I was struck by the immense quiet. Being able to hear the players talk and grunt, hearing their sneakers squeak around the court, their rackets hit the ground, the ball hit the net, sharing their play with thousands of other people, filling the stadium with an immense, buzzing silence, was a truly interesting experience.
Dylan Ratigan, who had been using his SoundCloud account in a great way for sharing recordings and sounds, just found another great way to make use of audio: responding to emails he gets using audio. He calls this Dylan’s Inbox and it’s very cool.
Ms. Dynamite is set to release her brand new single ‘Neva Soft’, produced by Labrinth, on 4th September. She wants to see what kind of skills her fans have! To enter the competition, download the 30 second instrumental of ‘Neva Soft’ and put your own freestyle over it!
The winner will receieve an Olympus LS-20M camera, a pro SoundCloud account for a year, and a personal message from Ms. Dynamite herself!
Fancy getting your tracks released on Beatport? In partnership with Pyramind and SoundCloud, the next TestPress event begins September 29th, each event features a different 3-person panel of accomplished DJ’s and producers. Submit your tracks before the 22nd of September and after being screened by the Test Press Committee, the best tracks will then played live for the panel and audience, with the chance to be released on Beatport!
Check out the winners from previous TestPress events and the first EP out soon exclusively on Beatport in the player above before CLICKING HERE to head over to the contest page!
Tickets Cheap at Massey Hall - Submitted by Mr. Tunes
Hello all! I hope you’re having a great week so far. Yesterday I moved out of my Toronto apartment back up north to Aurora (an interim stop on my upcoming journey to Berlin) - it was a busy busy day!
Today we have a quick sound bite taken by Mr. Tunes (Elliott), who previously shared his sounds from Bathurst Station. This one was taken at Massey Hall back in February when the Wayne Shorter Quartet was playing. A familiar sound at any concert, this captures a scalper heckling the passers-by. As Elliott says, “that guys is relentless!”
He totally is. Can’t stop won’t stop selling tickets cheap! Oh man! This totally reminds me of the time in first year university (so, basically almost exactly 6 years to the day…holy crap) and I went down to Massey Hall to try and scalp Sigur Ros tickets. It was a successful mission, and the guy sold it to us at face value! What a great concert.
Thanks for sharing, Elliott! I hope to hear more of your sounds soon!!!
Have a great Wednesday everyone! Remember to keep your recorders handy and send any fun captures my way! Submit HERE or HERE!
SoundClouder Of The Day | Yusuke Tsutsumi | Hokori
Based in Japan, Yusuke Tsutsumi is our SoundClouder of the Day today. His music is electronic with some hints of rock and classical. The track above is a nice example, and there’s plenty more over on SoundCloud!
Acclaimed New Jersey producer !llmind has united with NY based, boutique marketing consortium Diamond Music Group, for the ‘I Vs. I’ Remix Contest! This challenging undertaking is calling on producers from around the globe to remix 11 tracks from the previously released and highly notable ‘I Vs. I’ album from Fortlive.
Check out all the available stems in the player above before heading to the contest here: CLICK. to win prizes from BeatTips, FludWatches, DJ Booth, NodFactor, Orisue, SoundCloud, XLNAudio, AlkotaBeats and more!
I had a great week (well 10 days, due to Irene) in the Mitte neighborhood of Berlin and met the SoundCloud community team and many others at the company. It’s a great, international group of people and I’m excited to be a part of the company.
Around the streets of Berlin, I captured some street music and sounds that will remind me of this experience. This track is one I really enjoyed while crossing over the bridge and looking at the Berliner Dom (Cathedral).
I also found a new favorite park. If you ever make it to Berlin, you have to check out the sounds of Mauer Park on a Sunday. In the meantime, you can listen to the set below.
nice. a shift in perspective recorded by alexanderljung. thanks to alex’s vision for soundcloud - closing gaps, connecting dots, sharing in a way that’s empowering is as easy as hitting record. get after it!
Here are a few little snippets of AWESOME for you to check out…
Firstly, London rockers Morning Parade are using SoundCloud not only to give fans a taste of their music, but to invite them to exclusive gigs too! Check out the invite below from the band themselves and follow them at soundcloud.com/morningparade to keep up with all their awesome tracks!
Next up, music blog Property Of Zack let us in for a real treat by showing that they are using SoundCloud for their exclusive streams! Not only are they making great use of SoundCloud on their website, but their SoundCloud profile looks neat and is a great hub for exciting new music! Follow them at soundcloud.com/propertyofzack
Last but not least, check out soundcloud.com/thefuneralsuits for some sweet listening this week. These guys are somewhere between the ambience of The Cure, the poppier end of the Klaxons, and the oddball electronics of Yeasayer, and they’re big fans of SoundCloud!
Hey everyone, pay attention! Who has heard about Memolane? This social media aggregation tool is one of our new favorite things, allowing you to capture all of your great memories from photos, music, video, tweets, status updates and blogs, collect them into stories and share them across the web.
If you head to youneedme.edsheeran.com you can delve into the meaning behind each verse of the track, which explains Ed’s personal journey over the past four years by exploring his Memolane. These include photos of his hometown, maps of his route to London, gig listings for the 300 shows he played in 1 year, collaborations with his peers, never before seen video footage of early shows, personal interactions with his fans and more!
Ed has given us a beautiful example of how, by combining Memolane and SoundCloud, anyone can easily add context and meaning to their sound creations by adding their SoundCloud Waveform Player with relevant content from other platforms. Try it for yourself!
This week in SoundCloud we will recap all the SC news that took place last week on our Tumblr! Topics including - Headliner.fm, remix contests on SoundCloud, the NYC Nomad, Russel Brand, the bad weather and Natalie’s birthday!
For the most interesting person this week, here is Ray Tempus, author of the “15 Point Guide to Peeing in the City.” I caught up with him outside Gramercy Park a couple of weeks ago where he was selling his $2 guides.
This guide isn’t just New York City folks, its universal. I picked up a copy, and I’m not the only one. He’s sold nearly 80,000.
Ray is a trip and worth the listen. He calls himself “Fred Flintstone in the age of George Jetson.”
I’m thankful to hear that the hurricane wasn’t as bad as expected. I even got a few extra days in Berlin out of of it! I’ll be in Carroll Gardens starting Wednesday, and looking for people to interview there.
Chilean students march on a rainy day - Submitted by Panzedrako
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. I’m really excited to share today’s sounds and announce the final giveaway winner!
Panzerdrako submitted a recording from Santiago, Chile of the student protests that are going on there which he captured on his old Sony Walkman. If you haven’t been reading about the marches/protests in Chile, what’s basically going on are a series of student-led protests which began in June, with the end goal of these being education reform. According to Wikipedia, the Confederation of Chilean Student Federations (CONFECH) are demanding,
Increased state support for public universities, which currently finance their activities mostly through tuition
More equitable admissions process to prestigious universities, with less emphasis on standardized testing
New system of scholarships to provide free education (not loans) to poor and working-class students; reduction of interest rates from their current 5.8%
Creation of a government agency to apply the law against profit in higher education and prosecute those universities that are allegedly using loopholes to profit. The students oppose direct (fellowship and voucher) and indirect government aid (government-backed loans) to for-profit schools.
A more serious accreditation process to improve quality and end indirect state support for poor quality institutions
Creation of an “intercultural university” that meets the unique demands of Mapuche students
Repeal of laws forbidding student participation in university governance
Right on! I think it’s really inspiring what these students are doing and I hope they attain the reforms they are looking for. The front of the University of Chile, which is occupied by the students, reads “The fight is for the whole society. Everybody for free education”.
Check out the Wikipedia article HERE, and a great article via the BBC HERE.
Thanks so much for sharing your sounds with me Panzer! And congrats on your prize - I’ll have it in the mail in the next couple of days! I hope to hear more of your sounds soon :)
It’s Post-Irene Sunday here on the East Coast. I hope everyone here kept safe during the rather windy and rainy conditions. So here’s something to look forward to, the weekly recap! So this week was all about user submissions as I featured the two of the first submissions I have received. On Monday I featured Jeff’s sounds from Athens Square Park in Astoria. A rousing rendition of Cascada is always a great way to get your work week going. On Wednesday we went across the pond with Peter as he showed us the power and potential behind public art through an excerpt of the “Hopes and Fears” Project. I’ve enjoyed receiving these submissions and would like to remind all of you that you can always send me sounds, just check out the Participate page for more information! The more, the merrier. For this week, expect recordings to come a little later in the week than usual from me. I’m in Pennsylvania for the time being, and won’t be in the city until later this week. Until then enjoy the maps of Astoria and England below!
A group of four of us met up at Nurse Bettie for a burlesque show. It’s a fun place on the LES and was busy on a Wednesday night.
Don’t take flash photography like I did (mistakenly). You’ll get yelled at by the MC in front of the whole bar. Luckily I didn’t capture the full interaction in this SoundCloud, but you can here a piece of it :) She says, “here’s a little tip. you, right there with the flash.”
The power behind art is undeniable. When you’re in a museum there’s that specific painting that just makes you drop everything and just look. When you’re on the street there’s always that one piece of street art that makes you stop and think, even if its for 30 seconds. Art also has the power to heal and communicate a powerful story. Today’s recording is another user submission, Peter Snelling from the UK. Peter is a producer who’s mission is to give voices to those that usually go unheard. He does this through various art and creative projects, one of them being the “Hopes and Fear Project”. In the project teenagers talk about what their hopes and fears are striking some funny, powerful, and inspiring stories. At the end of the project the teenagers went on to create print art work and exhibited to their community at the Exeter Pheonix. Their stories were also told over the radio Phonic FM. The recording featured today is from a young girl Bea, who battled leukemia. Powerful story but one that should be heard. I would like to thank the users that have submitted material thus far in the project and would like to remind all of you, you can submit material as well. Just click on the Participate page to get all of the details!
Thunderstorm on Strathcona Ave, 1984 - Submitted by Colman Jones
Happy Friday, all! I hope you’ve had a great week, and are all ready for the weekend. Kind of sad that it’s the last summer weekend :(
Today’s sounds come from Colman Jones, who I featured last week, back with more vintage Toronto audio! Lucky for Colman, he has also won one of my follower appreciation swag-bags! Congrats!!! Check your SoundCloud inbox for more info, Colman :)
So, along the same vein as yesterday’s storm sounds, today we’ll listen to a great quality, 11 minute recording of a thunderstorm taken on Strathcona Ave (just off the Danforth in the east end) in 1984.
Colman says, “Wednesday night’s storm in Toronto was unbelievable, and brought to mind another storm decades ago, recorded from the front porch of a house on Strathcona Avenue, in full stereo!”
So wicked! These vintage recordings are the coolest thing! I love listening to storms. Let’s consider this one today’s Moment of Zen, shall we?
Fun fact: This audio was used in one of Colman’s compositions called In the Rain. Listen to it here (click through this post to stream the audio):
Thanks again for sharing, Colman! And congrats on your win! Expect your swag-bag in the mail very soon :)
I hope you all have a great weekend! I am having a huge birthday party tonight (at Swiss Chalet woop woop!) and then a nice weekend of packing up my apartment and trying to get out as much as I can. There are a lot of great events happening this weekend like BuskerFest, FanExpo and the CNE! Click here for a listing!
I have one more swag-bag left! I hope to hear some submissions this weekend so I can give it away on Monday! So keep your recorders handy, people! Submit your sounds HERE or HERE to win!
SoundClouder Of The Day | Jessica Mary York | My Name
Here’s Jessica Mary York! She’s 20 and just finished recording an EP! Two songs from the EP are up and running on her SoundCloud, and she has many more tracks for you to hear as well. Listen to “My Name” (off her EP) above.
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 that SoundCloud is great for Public Relations? Rather than sending people to an ugly third-party download site, SoundCloud lets your listeners stream the track immediately — which means that tastemakers trying to listen won’t have to take extra steps to do so. You can also make the track available for download via the player, or a standalone URL.
“SoundCloud is an essential cornerstone of all our PR campaigns. It’s a fantastic platform for sharing music and is adaptable to all our requirements. We use it both as an open promotional channel for our artists - using their embeddable players and album streaming widgets - and as a secure platform for privately-sharing confidential music files. It’s an invaluable resource to us as a digital PR and marketing agency.”
This week we welcome Kristina Weise to the SoundCloud team! She will be joining us at our San Francisco office! Please say “hi”, listen to her audio message and read more on the blog !
Here are some notable mentions from her interview:
Do you have any fun facts you can tell us about? I have a feeling you might be a beard connoisseur? Is that right?
Correct! I am the co-founder of Build-a-Beard along with the amazing Alex Aizenberg. Build-a-Beard recognizes those who display a commitment to the excellence of facial hair growing whether fully maintained, trimmed daily, or free flowing. We embrace beards, ‘staches, goatee styles, flavor savors, soul patches, chin straps, muttonchops, and any form of facial fuzz creativity. It’s been a blast… from organizing a Brooklyn Beard Ball to help raise money for RightRides to being invited onto Frightened Rabbit’s tour bus for an interview – it’s incredible what a little facial hair can do. We’ve been featured in The New York Post, NBC New York, and Social Nerdia amongst other outlets.
Sounds from last night’s storm - Wednesday, August 24
My fellow Torontonians/Southern Ontarians will agree - last night’s storm was crazy! So much thunder and insane lightning! It was definitely a great show, but it got a bit dicey at some points, so my roommates and I would flee indoors.
This captures one of those instances. You can hear us marveling at the crazy lightning, and then freaking out and running inside. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I stopped the recording before a HUGE lightning struck and we all screamed realllly loud and hid for a while. That would have been a fun recording.
Anyways! Here is my take on last night’s crazy storm via audio. I tried my hardest to get a photo, but to no avail. Here is a great photo that picturenarrative took and uploaded to BlogTO’s Flickr pool.