It’s back to NYC! Now this recording is a bit personal for me because of its location. The Washington Square Arch is one of the most iconic structures in Lower Manhattan. To give you a bit of history lesson the arch was originally wooden and meant to be temporary. The first arch was erected in 1889 to commemorate the centennial of George Washington’s inauguration. This wooden arch became a huge hit ultimately motivating the residents to raise money for a beautiful permanent structure. The arch that we see today, built in 1895, is a product of the City Beautiful Movement - where American cities created public spaces and structures that would rival those in European cities. The Washington Square Arch has since stood at its very spot as the gateway to Washington Square Park and the Greenwich Village.
Now, why is this personal you ask? Well the arch has become an unofficial mascot of sorts to NYU, which just happens to be my alma mater. One of the lasting images I have from my first week at college was looking at the majestic arch set against the backdrop of 5th Ave. and the row of beautiful townhouses on the north side of park. Through the years the Park and Arch became a part of the “campus” I came to know. Even though the site of the arch became commonplace I would never give up the chance to just sit by the structure and just take in the sounds on a nice spring or summer day. That’s exactly what you’ll hear in this recording. The sounds that deepened my love for good old New York.
As always I’m looking for user submissions, so check out this link to find out how you can have your sounds featured on the site!
Sneak peak :: SoundCloud Global Meetup Day 5 October 2011
Next week SoundCloud will be asking it’s community what is the meaning of sound, according to them?
All over the world SoundClouders will get together to try and express what sound means to them, in their own individual way.
We’re taking a sneak peak in to some of these cities and finding out what they have planned for the day. The meaning of sound in San Francisco seems to be technology based, whereas in London it’s all about the community as they attempt to crowdsource a track with sounds from around the ‘cloud in one day! Get a sneak peak in to next Wednesday’s Global Meetup Day over on the blog.
Justin Street joins our new San Francisco office straight from LA - he digs music blogging, partner integration and was introduced to the ‘Cloud in 2008! Listen to his “greetings” and find out more on the blog !
The Shofar is my favorite part of high holiday services. Recorded at Rodeph Shalom, Philadelphia. 2011.
This captures the breakthrough I’ve had with Soundcloud.
It’s an interesting source for new music, and I like that Sub Pop, Hardly Art, and Frenchkiss can feed me tracks there, but the real value has started showing up in the moments that people are capturing in a more opportunistic way.
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. So let’s get started shall we:
Did you know that building your own SoundCloud community is easy? All you need are a few tips! The heart of SoundCloud is its deeply engaged Community of creators who share the sounds they create with each another and the world. SoundCloud is not only about sharing sounds but also about sharing common interests, attitudes, goals and connecting with people how share your passion.
Oliver Sadie, an amazing community member has agreed to share his tips for growing your SoundCloud Community. Here are ten of his best simplified with a full list here at our Community building 101!
1. Listen closely to many sounds from many ‘Clouders.
2. If you like it, fave it, drop a note and follow.
3. Make honest, relevant, useful, encouraging comments, often.
4. Reply to your comments and messages, connect with your listeners.
5. Join like-minded groups and share your sounds.
6. Start a group with your unique theme, hunt down relevant tracks to invite contributions.
7.Thank your group contributors with a timed comment that includes the group hyperlink.
8. Share your favorite artists and tracks with your other social networks freely.
9. Consider collaborating via private track sharing.
10. Offer your own tracks for remixing and consider Creative Commons licensing.
SoundClouder Of The Day | WindWriter | Simply Very
Julie Wind (otherwise known as WindWriter) has been writing songs since she was 6 and collaborating with other SC members since joining SoundCloud! Have a listen to the wonderful voice she has above, and for more, here’s her profile link!
Apple has opened its iTunes music store across 12 more European countries. Rupert Murdoch’s The Daily is losing its tail…daily. Spotify has rolled out private mode listening..but there might be more to the story.
Let’s kick things off with an interview of today’s SoundClouder of the Day, The Awakened Soul, or Apo Malo to his friends. A prolific SoundClouder, Apo has brought us over 40 tracks in his 3 months on SoundCloud so far, including a lot of improvised piano solo work.
“I was diagnosed with an extremely rare cancer back in Feb this year, which I am still fighting. I had two operations, 4 months of chemo and have just finshed 6 weeks of radiotherapy. The only thing that has helped me through this is SoundCloud. All my uploaded tracks were written during treatment, including collaborations (‘Father Time’ - which I wrote on morning waiting for my ambulance car)with our great friend Oliver Sadie (he rocks!)”—
The most touching message I’ve ever received from a SoundCloud member. The track myristica mentions, is here. (quote posted with permission)
What an amazing community! Everyone, let’s show community member Mei some support and warm thoughts while she fights cancer.
Time for another SoundCloud Voices. This week we take a look at how radio stations have been using the platform to distribute snippets, interviews and in the case of Big FM, prank phone calls! Take a read over at the blog.
SoundClouder Of The Day | The Awakened Soul | Summer Time
We’re chilling out to The Awakened Soul’s classical tracks today. His tracks are inspired by the moments that happen around him in a land down under. First, check out “Summer Time” and then, the rest here.
It's only one week away! SoundCloud Global Meetup Day :: 5 October 2011
SoundCloud Global Meetup Day :: 5 October 2011
It’s only one week to go until our Global Meetup Day. SoundClouders around the world are gearing up for our Global Meetup Day next Wednesday. Want to know what sound means to the people of San Francisco? Dublin? New Yorkers?
Various meetup organizers around the world have been kind enough to share with us their plans for the day. Take a sneak peak and find out how to get involved on the blog!
We finally get the dates for Apple’s iPhone 5, and then shortly thereafter Apple will tell you how much money it has made in Q4. CloudFlare is solving a difficult Internet problem of IPv4 to v6 transition, and it’s doing so for free.
In association with FOEM, Kevin and Kweku Saunderson invite you to participate in a very special remix contest to be in with a chance of winning at least one release on KMS Records, a yearly SoundCloud Pro Account and 3 months Headliner.fm Pro account to blast your name out!
Put your own spin on their track “Roll On” (listen above) before December 1st.
Buskers in Paris, Ile de la Cite edition - Thursday, Sept. 22nd
Happy Wednesday, all! I hope your week has been great so far. It’s still nice and sunny in Berlin, so I’m taking advantage of the weather and exploring as much as I can.
I have another fun recording of a busker, taken during my vacation last week. I found these guys playing on a corner right behind the Notre Dame cathedral (on my way to get the most delicious Berthillon ice cream…more about that on Friday). I don’t know what it is about Sousaphones, but they get me every time. I love them and have always wanted to play one. If only my high school had a marching band…
Anyways, enjoy this quick little clip - it’s quite pleasant! This dixieland-ish trio was a great addition to the soundscape of our walk around Ile de la Cite. Oh, Paris.
Have a great day & keep your submissions coming - I love hearing them! I’ll start posting new submissions soon, once Paris Busker Week has come to a close.
These guys have really gone to town on this contest, you can download the track via Social Unlock OR you can download the vocal-only version from their dedicated contest page OR you can check out their rad SoundCloud Premiere and preview the new EP “Slow Down Gracetown” before hitting remix at the bottom of the page to get involved!
I’ll be closing out the Montreal chapter of the project this week with this recording. As I walked around downtown I stumbled upon Rue Sainte Catherine about a dozen times. The street is almost like 5th Ave, you can’t really escape it. The portion of St. Catherine I recorded around was a pretty interesting area. It reminded me a lot of St. Mark’s Pl. with tattoo parlors and an overall grungy feel to it. Additionally this section of the street was FILLED with street art. Almost everywhere I looked there was a mural, graffiti, or tagging. It was absolutely amazing. In fact, it was so good that I need to do more than just one picture to illustrate the street correctly. I’ve grown to love these recordings because they ultimately tell the story of a city or neighborhood. Through these sounds you can start to visualize how vibrant of how relaxing a place can be. In this recording you’ll hear some more French Canadian, music blaring from cars, and that bit of wind that never seems to leave me alone.
"mmmm, bacon!" The sizzling of bacon under the grill, or the sounds of your coffee machine in the morning are bound to get you right out of bed! Head on over to our blog for this weeks Found Sounds we bring to you the sounds of cooking. Switch your oven on, because after this you’re going to be craving a cheeky bite!
These dudes are the “NYC Snake Ambassadors” and were showcasing a BOA constrictor and Albino Burmese Python over the weekend. They will let you take a photo with them around your neck for a fee that seems negotiable.
Daily news coverage here. No word on if any of the 10 snakes (all living in Queens) have twitter accounts like the famous Bronx Zoo cobra.
Mike says, “People are dangerous. Snakes are not dangerous,” but I’m still not sold.
“People are dangerous. Snakes are not dangerous” — awesome!
Ever wanted to start a conversation around your music and really explain to your audience the drive or inspiration behind a song? Want to listen to their feedback and let them know where they can buy your music while they’re streaming it?
Our timed comments feature works well to pinpoint an area for discussion around a sound. Say you don’t like a certain drum fill in a song, or want to explain why you’ve added a certain sample, all you need to do is drop a comment into the blue bar underneath your waveform!
Check out two great examples of this from Lab Records signing FUTUTREPROOF and alt. metal band Japanese Voyeurs who have used the timed comments feature to link off to iTunes and Facebook and discuss poisonous gas research, wanting to be an animal, eating burgers wasted and birthday bass solos. Just the usual stuff…
It’s the beginning of the week, and we’re taking a look back on what’s been going on on SoundCloud over the past week (from 19th - 23rd September). Natalie is back with us, as we hear about Nirvana, Britney Spears, the NYC Nomad and learn about our new competition T-Shirt Tuesday.
Dum Dum Girls second LP, Only In Dreams, is out tomorrow on Sub Pop. I wasn’t a fan of their debut, but I love this track. It obviously borrows heavily from Mazzy Starr’s “Fade Into You,” but that’s fine with this child of the nineties. This chord progression was burned into my teenage soul. I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of this album.
Buskers in Paris, St. Germain edition - Sunday, September 18th
Hello everyone! I’m back after a brief hiatus and a big move across the pond. I’m now settled nicely in Berlin, after a wonderful 4 days in Paris with my mum. Very, very happy to be here - the weather has been so great so far. A lovely welcome to my new city.
The trip to Paris was obviously awesome, it’s such a pretty city. And very lively, too! And romantic…oh, I could go on and on with the adjectives. Anyways, I ate a lot and walked A LOT and recorded a bunch of fun sounds that I’d like to feature sporadically over the next week or so. After going through my archive of recordings, I noticed I have a lot of buskers (and there were lots of them). So, I think I’ll declare this week Buskers in Paris week on Sounds of My City. Cool? Cool.
Today’s recording was taken in St. Germain, just next to the church bearing the same name. They were so fun, I just had to record them. The good stuff starts about 30 seconds in. Enjoy! And if you have any fun busker recordings, or come across any great ones this week - remember to share them with me!
Remember: keep submitting your city sounds to the blog and the SoundCloud group! This blog will probably undergo a bit of a design edit in the next couple of weeks, but the main focus continues: let’s map the sounds of our great cities! Any city recordings you make during the day, on your adventures, during your commutes or outside your window - send them my way and I’ll feature them here!
In our first show we discuss what happened at Barcamp Media City, mull over what the role of universities should be in the development of journalism and introduce the first editions of our regular items, Gaffe and App of the fortnight.