Happy Monday from your friendly neighborhood Digital Learning Librarian!
Today, I have a recommendation for the musicians (and music lovers) among us–SoundCloud. Haven’t heard of SoundCloud? It’s a delightfully simple service that allows users to record and share music easily over the web. (For a quick tutorial, just watch the embedded video above.)
In a 2009 interview with Wired, Soundcloud co-founder Alex Ljung had this to say about the creation of the service:
“We (Ljung and co-founder Eric Wahlforss) both came from backgrounds connected to music, and it was just really, really annoying for us to collaborate with people on music — I mean simple collaboration, just sending tracks to other people in a private setting, getting some feedback from them, and having a conversation about that piece of music. In the same way that we’d be using Flickr for our photos, and Vimeo for our videos, we didn’t have that kind of platform for our music.” (Van Buskirk, 2009)
Sometimes the best ideas are the most simple. So, if you want to avoid the hastle of FTP utilities, file-sharing sites, and the like, try SoundCloud on for size–it’s a service by musicians for musicians and music lovers, and I think that’s why it works so well.
For me, SoundCloud is great because you can share mixes and embed them (very easily) on blogs, websites, or in e-mails. I’ll leave you with a couple of these embedded tracks. The first is a mix created by the singer of one of my favorite current bands, Dum Dum Girls:
The other is a remix of President Obama’s recently released Spotify campaign playlist by the public radio program Marketplace:
Van Buskirk, Eliot (6 July 2009). SoundCloud Threatens MySpace as Music Destination for Twitter Era. Wired. Retrieved from