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Old Blue Witch

I have been working on the new Fit and the Conniptions album for a loooooong time. [more inside]
posted by motty on May 6, 2017 - 0 comments

Lofi Hero

In hopes of supplementing my income while looking for work, I decided to release (via Bandcamp) a collection of recent lofi recordings I've been producing to wile away the stressful lonely hours since my divorce when I'm coping with separation anxiety over my kids and the stress of my recent personal financial crisis. "Lofi Hero" collects one-offs, demos, and various spontaneous rough recordings I captured on my mobile phone while developing songs for a larger studio effort with other collaborators that I hope to be able to release later this year or early next, depending on what the challenges of my financial hardship and other responsibilities permit. [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman on Apr 26, 2017 - 1 comment

Themes for a Lost City

a 25-minute EP of harsh, occasionally listenable ambient drone. [more inside]
posted by lmfsilva on Mar 20, 2017 - 5 comments

Amen break for half an hour at 99.9% 100 %, and 100.1% speed

In The Air Tonight drum fill for 1 hour 10 minutes except it's tripled and one is played .1% faster and one is played .1% slower got a good reception when it got posted to the Blue a few days back, so I did the same thing with the Amen Break. I think it works.
posted by The Horse You Rode In On on Mar 3, 2017 - 3 comments

Ten years of instrument-a-day

Every February, I try to make a new musical instrument (in the loosest-possible sense) every day of the month. Nearly all of them are documented in photos and/or video. I just finished the tenth year of instrument-a-day. [more inside]
posted by moonmilk on Mar 1, 2017 - 0 comments

Crowd-sourcing image classifications for the physics of the Caribbean steelpan

I have used a TV holography system equipped with a high-speed camera to capture the motion of waves on a Caribbean steelpan (also called a steel drum) at over 10,000 frames per second. The movies that come out of the measurements are really interesting to watch, because they show the build up of energy in the different notes of the steelpan. What we need is help in classifying the images, because this is something that cannot easily be done algorithmically right now. We would love to have people who are interested in science, music, or especially the science of music come help us out!
posted by achmorrison on Feb 14, 2017 - 0 comments

Super Whippy

The band I'm in - Cultural Amnesia - have just released an album of instrumentals called Super Whippy. Stylistically all over the place - from pseudo-movie-music to progtronica to electronica with all sorts of peculiar stop-offs on the way. There's also a video for one of the tracks: Prod Butt Prod.
posted by Grangousier on Feb 7, 2017 - 0 comments

Transona Five Deluxe Remaster

23 years ago I was in a band in North Texas named Transona Five. [more inside]
posted by Annika Cicada on Feb 6, 2017 - 3 comments

Marching Solidarity Songs

I keep talking about songs to sing at protests, right? Well, here's a list of things that more or less seem to go over well, which I am currently curating and tweaking to hit the songs that seem to be most useful for the most people marching today. I'm aiming to keep this list relatively lean at under 50 songs so that it's a little easier to find something that works at any given moment, because existing lists seem sort of bloated and hard to organize. Works best if you have a paid version of Spotify that can use the "up next" feature to pick and choose what gets played when, and also maybe a portable bluetooth speaker. [more inside]
posted by sciatrix on Feb 1, 2017 - 8 comments

Resistor

An eclectic mix with a creamy center of acid techno in response to the inauguration. Music to inspire and enrage. [more inside]
posted by jonnay on Jan 20, 2017 - 0 comments

Cavalcade of Wonder Podcast

The only music podcast hosted by a person using text to speech. [more inside]
posted by wheelieman on Jan 7, 2017 - 6 comments

Jingle Rock Bell music video

I figured it might be nice if there were a video for this holiday classic, and thought maybe you'd think so too. [more inside]
posted by nickmark on Dec 23, 2016 - 7 comments

Travels With Brindle

As many of you know, I play the ukulele. I got a public performance license for the MBTA this year and set a goal to play at all 63 of the T stations with performers' areas between now and 28 May 2017. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 on Dec 12, 2016 - 1 comment

Mike’s Holiday Song Advent Calendar

So I decided to make a list of Advent Calendar of Holiday Songs on Tumblr but then I found a silly web app where I could create my own and now I'm sharing it to give a little joy to 2016 maybe. [more inside]
posted by MCMikeNamara on Dec 2, 2016 - 1 comment

Cultural Amnesia - Laments

Autumnal, melancholic E.P. from Cultural Amnesia, at Bleak, Bandcamp and all four tracks on YouTube - I, II, III and IV
posted by Grangousier on Dec 1, 2016 - 0 comments

MusicMessages!

MusicMessages! is a collaborative step sequencer for the iMessage App Store (iPhone, iPad). Using the simple and (hopefully) intuitive interface, you can punch in a few chords or a percussion line and send the message off to your friends, who can then make their own changes and send it back. Five instrument layers and over 40 MIDI instruments are available to use. Bonus: if you have an iPhone 7, the note buttons respond to pressure and "pop" like bubble wrap with the help of the Taptic engine!
posted by archagon on Nov 30, 2016 - 1 comment

Crown Prince Of Rabbits

My first book of poetry is being published by a small press. I drew the cover art, and then decided that I should also record myself reading every single poem. (Remember this AskMe?) But I didn't want a simple audiobook. So I composed and recorded original music for every single poem in the book and posted the resulting mega-album to Bandcamp. Then I made a little microsite for the entire project.
posted by eustacescrubb on Nov 29, 2016 - 0 comments

Hive Mind Playlists

Magically translate AskMe song recommendations into Spotify playlists (it takes a minute or two). [more inside]
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? on Nov 27, 2016 - 5 comments

Touch Bar Piano

Have a new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar? Wish it had a really tiny fiddly two-octave keyboard? Then this is the program for you! Fully polyphonic, choice of all 128 sounds from the General Midi orchestra. Here's a demo video.
posted by grahamparks on Nov 26, 2016 - 0 comments

Nine Views of the Ordinaires: A radio documentary

For one fleeting moment in the summer of 1989, college radio, MTV, classic rock, and the avant-garde intersected when The Ordinaires, a nine-piece orchestral art-rock band from New York City, summoned the ghosts of ‘70s stadium-rock bombast with an infamous cover tune. And after a decade surviving near-death experiences and religious condemnation, the band was about to face its most formidable obstacle: itself. This is the story of a time and a place never to be repeated, in which an unlikely group of people made a most unusual noise. These are Nine Views of the Ordinaires. (59m) [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Nov 8, 2016 - 0 comments

Halloween Radio Special: The Gallows Ballads Project

I've mentioned The Gallows Ballads Project on Metafilter previously. These sheets were sold at public hangings in Victorian London, and each contains a set of verses describing the condemned man's crime and punishment. Now, I've made an hour-long radio documentary on the project, which London's Resonance FM put out as a Halloween Special last night. In the programme, I tell the true crime stories behind eight of the goriest ballad sheets I've collected and play some great new performances of these century-old songs by modern musicians like The Jetsonics, Pete Morton and Elsa "Bride of Frankenstein" Lanchester. I think you'll like it.
posted by Paul Slade on Nov 1, 2016 - 0 comments

Vapor Lanes - Hieratic Teen

I've just released a full-length album with the label Usonian Records, digitally and on limited edition 12" vinyl. Here's what they have to say: "To our ears, Hieratic Teen sounds something like the record you'd get if you locked someone in a boiler room for 10 years with only My Bloody Valentine's Loveless to listen to, then let them out, gave them an assortment of synthesizers, and told them to score Logan's Run. But far from being a purely aesthetic exercise, within the fuzzy, sonic beauty of the record's half-broken, warbling synth melodies, distortions, hissing, and undulating, analog depths; an unmistakable human feeling is being communicated. And it keeps pulling us back in." [more inside]
posted by naju on Oct 11, 2016 - 0 comments

Trailer for my electric cello show, The Gaps Between

This is a 1 minute trailer for my short story/cello/electronica show. I'd be interested if people wanted to know more after seeing it.
posted by Sebmojo on Sep 29, 2016 - 0 comments

Guided By Voices song title bot (@favoriteGBVsong)

My first Twitter bot project! I trained a Markov chain generator on ~2500 Guided By Voices / Robert Pollard song & record titles, and set it loose to generate fairly believable GBV song names. Song titles from the wonderful Guided By Voices Database.
posted by yukonho on Sep 13, 2016 - 0 comments

Doctor Who Fan Orchestra

I'm one of hundreds of musicians and singers who are part of the "Doctor Who Fan Orchestra", a virtual orchestra where each person records their own parts. Everything is organised and assembled by Stephen Willis, who deserves most of the credit, aided by a small group of volunteers. The rest of us just make music. Linked is our latest piece ("Donna's Suite"), but there are nine previous ones to listen to. [more inside]
posted by easternblot on Sep 5, 2016 - 3 comments

Agile Business Practices

New E.P. from Cultural Amnesia. Two accompanying videos - Core Values, which is track one of the E.P. , and a slightly perplexing [introductory keynote video].2
posted by Grangousier on Aug 21, 2016 - 1 comment

CPI - Density

I have released a new album centered around my favourite sounds presented as dense sound fields. The results range from ambient to noise to abstract, with source material like field recordings, noise, and classical music. [more inside]
posted by Theta States on Aug 19, 2016 - 1 comment

Media/digital literacy, with snarky puppets.

An update on what we've been up to at The Media Show, including an interview with the head of punk label Kill Rock Stars and arguing with a puppet version of Richard Stallman. [more inside]
posted by gusandrews on Aug 16, 2016 - 0 comments

Philip Random's All Vinyl Countdown + Apocalypse

Philip Random’s All Vinyl Countdown and Apocalypse (aka the 1,111 Greatest Records You Probably Haven’t Already Heard) is the rather extensive playlist (with links) of a series of Randophonic radio programs which were broadcast from 2011 through 2013 c/o CITR.FM.101.9. As the name suggests, it's a countdown of a lot of great, odd, generally not well known pop-rock-psyche-funk-dance-country-western-world-noise-whatever music (1965-2001). [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Aug 5, 2016 - 5 comments

I miss the summer of 2009-2011

2009–2011 was the eternal summer of balearic pop and chillwave and escapism. Come take a dive with me into the short-lived indie/balearic/chillwave/dreampop/garage bubble of the recent past, with this 40-track youtube playlist.
posted by naju on Jul 19, 2016 - 0 comments

@RandomDuets

Every few hours, this Twitterbot picks two random artists, then pairs them up with a random song to cover. The result is a randomly generated duet that doesn't exist...but totally should.
posted by Ian A.T. on Jul 1, 2016 - 0 comments

What Happened to Country Music?

I analyzed 50 years of country music lyrics to show how much they've changed.
posted by neat graffitist on May 1, 2016 - 0 comments

Hurt (NIN Fat Angus cover)

In the spirit of #keepmefiweird, an old cover I did of Nine Inch Nails' Hurt, guest starring an Amiga 500 (well, WinUAE, as I couldn't get my own running) on vocals. Why? Considering the tone of the song, I decided to go the exact opposite direction of Johnny Cash. It's a machine almost doing an almost Shatneresque take on a painful, regretful song. (Also: you see that spike at the end? It's loud. You've been warned)
posted by lmfsilva on Apr 30, 2016 - 12 comments

AMERICANA : A New Grunge Pop Musical

Radical creative collective Hungry Bitches Productions (who I am super pleased to write for) are currently selling tickets for a three day concert run of our new musical, Americana. It's showing in Theatre Royal Stratford East, London, and to promote the show, we have released a music video (linked above) and a single from the show (on spotify). If you live in London, please have a look and see if you want to come along. If you live elsewhere in the world, please enjoy some cool free music.
posted by emperor.seamus on Mar 28, 2016 - 0 comments

Greater Boston: an audio drama podcast

My husband and I play the music for this speculative fiction audio drama, in collaboration with a crew of local writers and voices. The story is set in Boston and on the T, but involves an assortment of highly fictional plot arcs (cryptozoology, secession of the Red Line to form an independent municipality, etc). Given the T setting, the idea was to have the soundtrack music sound like buskers such as you'd encounter at the T stops. This is your chance to hear "Charlie on the MTA" performed on Irish concertina.
posted by aimedwander on Mar 22, 2016 - 0 comments

Implanted Memories

AKA An Exploration of Korg M1 and Wavestation Sounds. A somewhat old /odd project of mine, where I mess around with VST versions of those two machines without any further effects, instruments or samples. 7 track, 24 minute EP, name your price (free without strings attached) [more inside]
posted by lmfsilva on Mar 20, 2016 - 0 comments

The Smoking Moon

The Smoking Moon is an album by Toby Vok, with an accompanying science fiction novelisation by Ted Vaaak. All available for the great price of free (or more, if you so desire). [more inside]
posted by dng on Mar 14, 2016 - 0 comments

Reverend Honeybeard

A year ago, in the course of taking a writing course from the inimitable Shira E, I found myself assigned with making music as well as writing poetry. I bought a MIDI keyboard and some software and taught myself how to use Ableton Live, Logic, and a host of iOS music apps. The assignment included posting the music I made, and I felt shy about posting under my name, so I created a musical alter-ego, Reverend Honeybeard. After the class ended, the Good Reverend seemed to want to live on and soon was making an experimental/electronic/ambient album, posting in his oblique way to Twitter and Tumblr and now composing/recording and uploading 1 song a day every day for the month of March 2016.
posted by eustacescrubb on Mar 4, 2016 - 3 comments

Music, Retro-gaming and Elsewhat Blog

VGR2016 is an ongoing 5-way blog envisioned as half a way for a bunch of UK-based friends to keep up, half an excuse to replay and review old video games, and half World Domination. The third half is the charm. We also feature both Music and Opinions.
posted by comealongpole on Mar 3, 2016 - 1 comment

Economic Justice & Abuse in the Music Industry

A deep dive into how abuse by higher ups in the music industry is both an economic and social issue, and how our perceptions of those in power can bias us against supporting victims. It touches on two recent cases of shady and sexually abusive behavior from two record label heads (Calvin Johnson of K Records, Michael Gira of Swans) and the #freekesha movement. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Feb 26, 2016 - 1 comment

Killer Songs (radio doc): Billy Bragg, Dave Alvin, Laura Cantrell & others discuss their favourite murder ballads.

I spent much of 2015 interviewing musicians for my new book Unprepared To Die: America’s Greatest Murder Ballads & The True Crime Stories That Inspired Them. Now I’ve used the audio from those interviews to make an hour-long radio guide to these gory, facinating songs. Contributors include Billy Bragg, The Bad Seeds’ Mick Harvey, Dave Alvin, The Kingston Trio’s Bob Shane, Laura Cantrell, Jon Langford of The Mekons, Ralph Stanley and his son Ralph II. Resonance FM here in London gave the show its first airing last week, and has now archived it for your listening pleasure on this Mixcloud page. [more inside]
posted by Paul Slade on Feb 1, 2016 - 5 comments

I made a guitar

I built a solid body electric guitar from scratch and wrote a rather long, detailed account of the process. Only partly a how-to, I wrote about what was required, what I learned, mistakes I made, and what I'd do different next time. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jan 29, 2016 - 3 comments

Composer's Sketchpad

Composer's Sketchpad is an iPad sequencer-ish app for quickly jotting down musical ideas. In brief, the app presents you with a giant pannable and zoomable canvas that you can draw musical notes on. I wanted to create a modern take on sheet music, but without any of the legacy limitations; as a result, you can start each note at any time and bend it to any pitch, giving you the ability sketch out expressive solos and complex rhythms with no extra effort. (You can also turn on time or pitch snapping if you like.) Navigation, editing, and playback are carefully designed to be as frictionless as possible, and over 100 different instruments (as well as a percussion set) are available. Your music is saved automatically without any limit on the total number of sketches. Apple Pencil supported! [more inside]
posted by archagon on Jan 11, 2016 - 5 comments

Big Bad Bosses - Power Overwhelming

Watch out! Listen! BAD GUYS FROM VIDEO GAMES somehow joined up to form a 90s boy band. I just wrote, composed, arranged, and produced their entire debut album. In Big Bad Bosses - Power Overwhelming, caricatures of Bowser, Ganondorf, Sephiroth, and Dr. Eggman sing honest, soulful songs about how even their terrifying fury can't protect them from the big questions in life. It's been #1 on the iTunes comedy charts for a week, and I couldn't wait to post it to MeFi Projects! [more inside]
posted by jake on Jan 1, 2016 - 3 comments

Chrindie 95: A collection of essays about a seminal year in Christian indie rock.

1995 was also an incredibly important year for the scene we've come to call “Chrindie,” for Christian indie rock. Much has been written about the weird world of contemporary Christian music, but whatever you think it is ,  you’d be surprised by how many genuinely great Chrindie records were released twenty years ago. [more inside]
posted by sleeping bear on Dec 23, 2015 - 0 comments

Wonderful Christmastheme: Collaborative Christmas album

Wonderful Christmastheme is an album of Christmas music by members of Theme Music, a Facebook group in which there is a theme posted every two weeks, and members of the group -- who range from professional musicians to non-musicians singing into their phones -- perform songs that fit the theme. It turns out quite a few Themesters like Christmas music. [more inside]
posted by litlnemo on Dec 22, 2015 - 3 comments

Bad Meditation and Still Hungry

Cultural Amnesia is group I've been in since 1980. We just released an album of new material (Bad Meditation) and released for download an EP that came out a few years ago of tracks from the early 80s (Still Hungry). And there are videos. And we redesigned the ancient website. [more inside]
posted by Grangousier on Dec 14, 2015 - 0 comments

Hammerfest

After ten years, more or less, since putting together an album of my music, I've spent six months polishing off a new one, and so I've taken on a new name - Hammerfest by Milford Progress Association is up on Bandcamp. Give it a spin if you like warm noisy ambient drone. Find it on your favourite streaming service soon.
posted by Jimbob on Nov 24, 2015 - 2 comments

Scoring Lyrical Clichés with N-Grams

The first in a series of posts on my band website about using n-grams to score songs and albums on their use of lyrical clichés. In this post I am testing out the concept to see if it has any legs. Future posts in the series will get into rating a single lyricist over their career. [more inside]
posted by thetruthisjustalie on Oct 23, 2015 - 5 comments

"An old dad, a young mom"

'Opposites' features 12 musical interpretations of a somehow-biographical song that I wrote together with my daughter.
2 years ago, when my daughter was 4 years old, we started composing little 'songs' together. Since then, we wrote nearly 50 songs, and published one book.

Here are 2 other musical pages: 4 songs as played by Douglas Haines, and 4 songs read in sign language by Koli Cutler.
More than half of our songs had been put to music by musicians from around the world, some of them in multiple styles.

These are parts of the One A Day Project I started when she was born.
There are many similar pages inside.

Today is Adora's 6th birthday. Happy birthday, dear Adora.
posted by growabrain on Oct 18, 2015 - 1 comment

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