Every January 1st, a new song! Since 2006 a group of us (we're not in a band) have written and recorded a song on new year's day tangentially related to something that happened the night before. Each time, we pick a different genre and hold ourselves to finish it before midnight. 6 years and 6 songs running! [more inside]
Stock trades determine the songwriting in this audiovisual presentation, translating the ups and downs of 2010 into musical notes. Using a five-note scale spanning three octaves, pitch is determined by the daily closing numbers of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Since May 2009, PlanetSlade has been bringing you the true stories behind classic murder ballads like Stagger Lee, Knoxville Girl and Hattie Carroll. The site’s latest essay details my efforts to write a fresh set of lyrics in this old tradition, describing a real 2004 murder near my home in North London. The victim was a young Somali prostitute, picked up by her killer while working the streets around King’s Cross. Her death was barely reported at the time, which is one reason I decided to try and commemorate her in song. The folk singer Pete Morton liked my first set of lyrics enough to add some music and record them for me (free download here), and Iowa’s own Scott Riley shot some YouTube footage of himself performing my second version of the song – again, with his own music. PlanetSlade previously: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Every five years, in the Bulgarian village of Koprivshtitsa, over 15,000 performers and 250,000 spectators gather to celebrate the national music and folklore of Bulgaria. This Orgy consists entirely of original recordings made on location during the 2010 festival, featuring hundreds of songs from every folkloric region of Bulgaria as well as field recordings made around the town. It will be broadcast on WHRB Cambridge, 95.3 fm, from 5 am until 11 am EST, and streamed over the web at http://whrb.org.
I've started a blog devoted to isolated tracks from songs. Really acts as a search engine for this amazing new phenomenon where you can hear recordings track by track.
I built some synths and put them in robots and now they're going to be on show at Deluxe Cafe, Kent Tce, Wellington, New Zealand for two weeks starting Monday 15th.
My buddy Doctor Pinkerton, mad scientist supreme, just released his latest album. It's fourteen tracks of genre-leaping silliness, with a comic-book style cover by yours truly. And if you can make it to the release party in New Orleans this Saturday, you can get a free comic book based on the album, too!
I have recently written a MIDI control surface app for the iPad. It currently has six layouts, consisting of combinations of piano keyboards (with pitch bender), and ribbons and XY pads, which can be configured to send different MIDI control events. It works over WiFi, talking to the open-source DSMIDIWiFi client. [more inside]
To quote myself from the page: "Most MIDI keyboards look like cheap toy spaceships from 1982. But music production is now a home activity. Here’s a keyboard you'd be proud to have around."
Best selling author Ben Hamper (Rivethead) has a vast knowledge of music. He hosts two radio shows, Soul Possession and Head For The Hills, both broadcast on community station WNMC 90.1 FM located in Traverse City, MI. Here is an archive of the streams for both shows. 'Soul Possession' is two hours of classic R&B, Funk, Soul and Blues, while 'Head For The Hills' is an hour of old Country, Hillbilly and Western music. Ben digs deep and mainly plays obscurities, B-sides and other rarities. There is also a link to listen to the streams live. I've been maintaining the site for over a year now and felt that there is enough material on it now to share with the Blue. Enjoy!
This site serves as a repository of all my recent creations, including murals, drawings, music, writings and movies. An online portfolio, if you will. [more inside]
OK Go's latest video (four guys playing with a bunch of dogs) instantly reminded me of something I might have seen in an old episode of The Monkees. I Monkee-ified the soundtrack with a fitting song and made a few adjustments to the video to achieve this result. 1966 meets 2010!
My Celtic punk band, featuring me on the electric guitar and banjolele and Coco Mault on bodhran and other drums. We play especially filthy songs that derives as much from American protopunk as from traditional Irish music. [more inside]
After discovering two amazing college radio stations in my proximity (KZSU - Stanford and KFJC - Foothills College), I began listening not only from my car but wherever I had a high speed internet connection. Thus I began a mission to identify all similarly awesome stations in the USA/Canada. The result is 77 high-quality streaming commercial-free radio stations that you can load into a convenient playlist. Surely this beats the repetitive, commercial music discovery sites out there. It has been an extremely rewarding project for me, and I hope you enjoy it too! [more inside]
Radiant City, the second album by Good Old Neon, is now available as a free download from our website in a range of formats. Tracks are published under Creative Commons, so feel free to use them in your own non-commercial works. It's electronic indie/pop/rock - Katamari meets Tango-era Fleetwood Mac, or Brian Eno jams with Yeah Yeah Yeahs after Karen O gets on the wrong plane. Something like that. [more inside]
The awesome (horror movie) blog Kindertrauma premiered a short film/music video I put together today. [more inside]
This thing converts episodes of ABC TV's music video program, rage, into excruciatingly minimalist youtube playlists.
I got an idea a while back to try and automatically "monotonize" music using the Echo Nest Remix library. This is a presentation and explanation of my initial process and some of the more interesting examples I've produced using the script I wrote. See for example Comfortably Numb as a one-chord song or Suzanne Vega's favorite note. [more inside]
A blog devoted to scenes of singing in the car (or bus, or helicopter) from TV & the movies. [more inside]
"The Last Dreams of Helene Weigel or How to Get Rid of the Feminism Once and for All" - The Voice hated us, but I love it. I, under my non-Metafilter name Tom Swirly, am playing Berthold Brecht. Four more performances at Surreal Estate in Bushwick, come and see! You can pre-purchase tickets online...
(They're not brothers.) I know squat about music, and jack squat about investing. But I'm taking every Warren Buffett letter (there are 32) and every Jimmy Buffett album (there are 32...kismet) and breaking them down on a weekly basis. And I'm investing $32,000 and writing a song a month to show what I learn. And, in general, being a jackass about it.
I teach music at an elementary school, and the students and I spent the year creating a long-form musical story, which became a CD. It's based on a folk tale from an Amazon tribe. All the music, singing and sounds are by the kids. [more inside]
A bizarre auto-mashup album I made today using Echo Nest Remix: it's a frankensteinien reconstruction of The Downward Spiral using only a few minutes of audio from the show Frasier.
SLAMVYT - Single Link Ambient Music Video YouTube. [more inside]
My band's first full length album is available for digital download. [more inside]
I occasionally make web-based quizzes for my friend's and co-workers to argue and compete over. They seem to enjoy them, perhaps you will too. How many well-known TV themes can you discern from this jumbled medley? An earlier quiz is also available.
An extreme ambient music project. [more inside]
I spent the month of February writing and recording a rock album, as part of the RPM Challenge. It's done and I'm pretty proud of what I pulled off. It's available for streaming and download on my new music site, music.joshmillard.com, and there's a bunch of album notes available on the site as well.
My new music blog and archive. I've spent the last several weeks collecting and organizing several hundred recordings I've made by myself and with others in the last fourteen years or so, and this is the result. [more inside]
I've been undertaking a series of interviews at Circle Into Square called 'Everybody Knows You're Not from Here' for about the last year. Subjects interviewed live in the Portland, OR, area and include Ian from the music blog Musicophilia and mastermind of the 1981 box set, the married duo of writer and comic artist Sara Ryan and Steve Lieber, rockers Wow & Flutter, and a dude we all know who really likes donuts. I've just started another series called 'Not Quite 20 Questions' with the inaugural interview being Kliph Scurlock, drummer for The Flaming Lips. [more inside]
As you might have guessed from the title, I'm counting down the best songs of the decade -- thanks in no small part to the enormous help many of you gave me in an AskMetafilter question several months ago. I've been posting 10 new songs every week (with embedded video for almost every song), and I'm up to #11 now. The top 10 will be gradually rolled out from Monday to Friday of next week. (There are also 100 runner-up songs in addition to the top 100.) [more inside]
This a language that uses MIDI, instead of text, as source code (it's NOT a language used to create music). I tried to allow enough flexibility that you could compose something that both sounds good and works as a program. [more inside]
I recorded an album in February (as did a few other folks), and I've put together a site to house it. There are song pages with lyrics and background (e.g.); I've scanned my notebook for the month and provided some how-I-work commentary; and there are some drawings to accompany the whole thing as well. The album is available to for listening and download from the site. Please tell all of your powerful and influential music-industry friends.