Take a break & unwind a bit by listening to Simon Herron. He has a small collection (in this case: quality over quantity!) of relaxing acoustic sounds on SoundCloud. You can hear one above and the rest here.
Thounds is running a competition until February 8 where you can win a Fender Stratocaster or SoundCloud premium account. Record a track on Thounds, get your friends to comment and the most comments will win. Click here for more details. Good luck!
See this lovely widget here, well today we’re proud to officially announce that we are switching over our default widget to this, our HTML5 widget. We’ve had some great feedback over the past couple of months and have worked on improving the widget to make it perfect for you. Today, a few new features have been rolled out, you can now comment and like sounds directly from within the widget!
Some of you may have heard our weekly round-up podcast ‘This Week In SoundCloud’ over the last year or so. In 2012 we’re planning on doing things a little bit differently.
We’re currently working on a new series of audio posts, where we’ll go a bit more in depth into stories from the ‘cloud, shed some light on new features, and showcase some of your fantastic work! We’d love to include you all in this. As we won’t be doing these weekly, we want to move away from the name ‘This Week in SoundCloud’. If you’ve got any ideas for names then let us know, we’re open to suggestions!
Also, if you have a story you’d like to tell, a question you’d like answered, or want to recommend a friend’s sounds for us to share, get in touch by either leaving a comment here, or sending us a voice message at our dropbox.
SoundClouder of the Day | The Thyme Machine - Drive My Car
Do you ever get that urge to just get in your car and drive? Well, these guys sure do! From Lancashire in England, The Thyme Machine are today’s SoundClouder of the Day, with a mix of silliness and eccentricity, they write some great lo-fi pop songs! Don’t forget to follow them.
Today’s pick is from Patra, in Greece. 2pan specialises in slow, cinematic pieces, each centered around the piano. Subtle delays and electronic textures fade in and out, creating enveloping sound worlds.
SoundClouder of the Day | Computer Magic | Grand Junction
Computer Magic is the solo project of 22-year-old Danielle “Danz” Johnson - she resides in Brooklyn and her music is known to cause infectious dance parties at the SoundCloud office. She is our #scotd! http://soundcloud.com/computer-magic
SoundCloud Voices this week takes a look at two great interview podcasts, Bullseye with Jesse Thorn and The Gentlemens Club with Caleb Bacon. They are both great, regularly featuring interesting guests. Take a listen here and for more over on the blog.
Silk Road in Stereo: Sounds from Astrakhan and Svetlograd, Russia
We continue our recap of the Silk Road in Stereo, a 10,000km journey to the Mongol Rally that happened this past summer. The last time we checked in with Kara and the Silk Road in Stereo team, they were at a party in Nikolaev, Ukraine, enjoying the sounds of local musicians putting on a private concert.
They continued along and arrived at their next stops in Russia.
SoundClouder of the Day | Buried Redshoes | There is no place like home
Alessandro and Ferruccio are a duo from Siracusa, Italy that make up Buried Redshoes. Get lost, go on an adventure or simply lie in bed listening to their ambient, instrumental tracks. They are today’s SoundClouder of the Day, chosen by Jane from the Community Team. Listen to the rest of their tracks here.
Over here at SoundCloud we’ve been fully swept up in the Ping Pong craze. This weeks Found Sounds explores the sounds of Ping Pong from the group games at SoundCloud HQ to summer afternoons spent in the park at a Ping Pong table. Take a listen, and go play!
SoundClouder of the Day | Anders Belling | Vignette, No. 1
Based in Copenhagen, Anders Belling started making studio recordings in 2010 and has been continuing ever since. Relax a bit to the tunes today’s SoundClouder of the Day has uploaded to the ‘Cloud here.
Theophilus London is inviting musicians to remix “All Around the World” for the chance to travel to his NYC studio (flight and accommodation for the winner plus guest included) to master the track, which will be featured on his next record and win a cash prize of $3500. The winner will also receive a 1-year SoundCloud Pro account!
We’re a big fan of hearing about the different collaborations that happen on SoundCloud, especially when it’s for a good cause.
A few SoundClouders got together to collaborate on a track to raise awareness and relief for the typhoon in the Philippines last month. Hear their track called “Even Angels Cry” and click to purchase here. All proceeds will go towards relief towards recovering and aiding those in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…that is, unless you find some way to capture the moment. In SoundCloud Voices this week, we’re focusing on the tech reporters who attended the annual Consumer Electronics Show (also known as CES), and the sounds they captured there! Check out the interview by Matt Berger, of the popular US radio show MarketPlace, and hear the rest here.
This week in Found Sounds we’re naming and shaming the snorers amongst you! We take a look at the sounds of sleep, listen to Ross McGill being kept awake by a relative of his, as well as the sounds of sleeping cats and dogs! http://bit.ly/vxPnLp
SoundClouder of the Day | The Vliets | A Vessel of Cells Without an Ego, Hardly One
Each member of The Vliets gets the chance to write and compose a whole album, they then get together as a band and play together live. The self-titled debut EP is the work of Ty Bohrnstedt; it has a heavy 60’s revival feel about it and is easy to get lost in. With strong influences from Captain Beefheart and The Beatles, take a listen to their debut EP, which this track was taken from, here.
Marketplace Tech Report is reporting from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to bring you news on brand new and nifty things in tech and gadgets right on SoundCloud! Listen above or check it out here.
SoundClouder of the Day | Morten Underbjerg | The Key
How about some nice folk music to accompany you as you start your day or wind down for the evening? Based in Albertslund, Denmark, Morten is our SoundClouder of the Day. Get your foot tapping going as you listen to “The Key” and listen to the rest of his tracks here.
SoundClouder of the Day | Gwerkova | Rotten Bodies
In 2008, three people got together and created a music project called Gwerkova. They did this as entertainment for themselves at first, but it’s turned into something more now. And today, they’re our SoundClouder of the Day! Check out “Rotten Bodies” above and the rest of their sounds here.
It’s the first day of term next week for our friends at Berklee Music. Want that first day back feeling too? If you do, join before January 9th and you’ll save on course tuition fees and be able to take advantage of the free lessons you receive as a SoundCloud member. http://bit.ly/zMYQNw
More immersive soundscapes this Friday. In his own words Steve Swartz makes “Ambient sound, noise, recording experiments, etc. from deep within Detroit”. Perfect to ease you out of the week, and in to the weekend.