I have created (as per a friend's request) a cover version and video for Neil Young's After the Gold Rush. [more inside]
A song for each year of the People’s Republic of China. An attempt to distill the many diverse, fascinating currents of music in mainland China over the last 70 years into a primer, an invitation to dig deeper. From revolutionary operas and western classical to rock’n’roll, disco, punk and hip-hop — a musical history of the PRC with an eye for the regional, underground and (nefarious) foreign influences. [more inside]
The crazy, heartbreaking story of Hang on the Box, one of China's earliest all-women punk bands. Excerpted from a (forthcoming!) comic-book history of Beijing's musical underground. [more inside]
I drew a longform comic on the fascinating, intertwined story of China and reggae. Chinese Jamaican music producers helped turn reggae into a global sensation—one that would eventually reach all the way to the country their ancestors had left behind. [more inside]
My name is Fred Miller, and this is my 4th self-released album. Available at this link (website hosted on AWS S3), and iTunes, Spotify, etc. Enjoy! [more inside]
I wanted to wait until we had a sufficient pile of episodes out there to share, but ... Lost Notes is back for another season! Our exec producer/host this season is the great Jessica Hopper - one of the sharpest music writers and critics in the room. Check out the episode guide in the Extended Description. [more inside]
I released my first LP, About Faces, after several years of sometimes-intermittent writing and recording. It's about adapting to some significant changes in my partner's life trajectory and, relatedly, struggling with my own issues with emotions and vulnerability related to toxic masculinity, though the tone is mostly upbeat and positive. The genre is broadly "indie rock" but with some genre deviations and experimental and unorthodox bits to it. [more inside]
3350 days ago I posted to Metafilter Project a timelapse music video about the founding year of our little sheep farm in Vermont. Since then, the camera equipment has definitely improved ... and the videos have gotten significantly shorter.* Most importantly, the view is still awesome. [more inside]
Endarkenment is a new digital subscription periodical + web archive of contemplative writing on dark ambient music appreciation. The author is a longtime dark ambient nerd who's also writing a book (with interview quotes) about the genre. Newsletter features include deep-dive interviews, themed playlists + liner notes, and an underrated albums series. The default subscription tier is free; readers can upgrade to help support the artists and gain full access to all interviews. [more inside]
What we have here is a sequel to PlanetSlade's 2015 collection of gig-going anecdotes from the golden age of UK pub rock, punk and ska (previously on Projects). This time round, I'm covering the years from 1982 -2002, when my major obsessions included Alan Moore, The Pogues, The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow and any twanged-up country band I could find playing the bars of Nashville, Austin, San Antonio and Detroit. [more inside]
(note to mods: I posted this two months ago when it was a little baby; it is now a Whole Done Thing and I thought it might be OK to repost it as such. Feel free to slap my hand, delete, etc. if not.) A complete essay series reconsidering Evanescence's major label debut Fallen through a variety of feminist-theory lenses, because... why not. Or, from the intro post: "What I do want to do is take an album I liked, and still like, and reconsider it as the person I am now, in the world I’m forced by the dreadful circumstances of linear time to live in today." [more inside]
the title pretty much says it all
There are quite frequently posts on AskMe or MetaFilter asking for song ideas or listing songs by artist or genre or etc. [more inside]
With some help from a MeFi Ask query, I did a radio show focusing on altered states. Here's the Soundcloud file. (sorry it's not well edited as far as commercials, but you can move the slider up.)
An in-progress reconsideration of Evanescence's major debut Fallen through a variety of feminist-theory lenses, because... why not. Or, from the intro post: "What I do want to do is take an album I liked, and still like, and reconsider it as the person I am now, in the world I’m forced by the dreadful circumstances of linear time to live in today." [more inside]
Capsule reviews of supernaturally themed novelty songs.
A 4 song E.P. written and recorded between June and July 2018. A continuation of an ongoing art project exploring the ephemerality, fragmentation and invisibility of being trans and queer. [more inside]
A follow up to my last project post two years ago -- inspired by that discussion at MeFi and by this recent Washington Post article.
Using real time weather data collected in Austin, TX, I've created a piece of music that streams online. [more inside]
We've Been Had is a podcast dedicated to walking through the catalog of the band Uncle Tupelo song by song. Said walking is done by a couple of idiots from Minneapolis who have been fans of the band for a couple of decades. Discussion is erudite and ridiculous, occasionally digressing into whether a store that sells liquor and guns would get robbed a lot, or what's really going on in that Loverboy song about working for the weekend. Also, Son Volt and Wilco get brought up a lot.
Dr Poopy's Medicinal Jam is a weekly live stream of live music, running every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm UK time. Vibe leans generally towards acoustica / Americana but you never know. [more inside]
The Hip-Hop Radio Archive aims to digitize, preserve, share, and contextualize recordings of hip-hop radio from the 1980s and 1990s from commercial, college, community, and pirate stations of all sizes, telling the stories of the shows and the people that made them. [more inside]
A Eurovision Song Contest podcast made by and for Americans. We dive deep into the selection processes, songs, artists, and pageantry of Eurovision in the hopes of making our friends and listeners less baffled by what they are witnessing. Available via iTunes, for Android, on Google Play, or direct via RSS.
A daily list of news and views you can use. [more inside]
My brand-new podcast for KCRW! Wheee! Over a year in the making, it's a brand-new series devoted to “the greatest music stories never truly told.” [more inside]
In October 2015, my father and frequent Metafilter contributor Dan Fuehring (better known as Danf) died of cancer. One of his (many) great loves in life was music. You may remember him posting some of his compositions on Mefi Music. I have finally finished cataloguing, publishing and creating an online archive of his music recordings. [more inside]
"Pampa (Dansa Ere Da Setara)" is a song I wrote in Lang Belta, the Creole language spoken by the humans who live in and beyond the Asteroid Belt on the TV show The Expanse. Its a story of tough lives and hard choices in a harsh environment. The lyrics in both Belter & English. [more inside]
I thought it would be an interesting experiment to try and make films using only creative commons and public domain footage. I started by making a series of films to accompany the music of a friend and am now branching out to visually accompanying classical music. I'm trying to work out if I'm wasting my time here and would supremely love some feedback on the films I've been making.
I like to play the ukulele everyday. I know a bunch of chords but not all of them. I wanted to have a tool that searches song books based on which chords I already know, so I could discover new songs and navigate my books better. Click the chord diagrams you know, and it displays a directory of all the songs you can play with those chords. [more inside]
This music video is for the song Make Do, which is track 1 on my forthcoming debut solo electronic music album, Beat Smoothie. [more inside]
After a night of being teased for performing both the Running Man and the Roger Rabbit, I bet my wife and her friends I could make a legitimate hip-hop video and make $10 from strangers on the internet. I decided to completely commit to this bet for the sake of pride, art and the culture of hip-hop. I present to the fine folks of Metafilter......."Never Bet Your Money On Another Man's Game" [more inside]
Here's a collection of self-penned, home-recorded pop songs. All done 100% with Linux, tip to tail (a twist I hope makes them MeFi Projects-worthy). [more inside]
Faced with the bitter end of a treasured relationship, composer Heartmath was heavy with grief, lost, unmoored. Since energy can neither be destroyed nor created, only transformed from one state to another, he chose to pour his feelings into "All the light", recorded as a paean, a tribute, to honor his cherished experience and the woman he shared it with. [more inside]
Year 3 in one of my newer Christmas traditions. Almost 2 hours of music to drink Christmas Martini's to. A story in 5 chapters: Mellow, Funky, Street, Whimsical and Sleepy. Optimized for Maximum Hygge. This was also a chance for me to practice my skills as Mastering Engineer after taking a class at it. [more inside]
"Come With Me" is a new opera written, composed, and filmed by me, and sung by me and a few friends (we're all professional singers) . The opera is micro in scale, at just over 12 minutes, but is packed with full-sized drama, passion, and singing. The concept behind composing and filming "Come With Me" to post on YouTube is to present opera in the same way as other contemporary music - short, sweet, and directly to your phone or computer. [more inside]
Essays on the weirder side of country music, including peculiar covers of Country Western songs and Country songs about weird themes. [more inside]
An ongoing series of imagined albums from artist discographies.
A different theme each week! MeFite Kitteh and I co-host a Saturday-morning radio show at CFRC in Kingston, Ontario, and for over three years we've picked a weekly theme and explored it through music, in every style imaginable. I've been pushing the archives to podcast (legally, under a SOCAN 22F tariff) for a while now. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or Google Play (search for Waffles Radio)! The site also archives a summer radio fill-in/podcast on video game music and composers, Virtualosos, which ultimately wasn't sustainable.
The drawing program that I use automatically records my strokes and spits out a time-lapse video at the end. My composer friend asked me to do a drawing set to one of his songs. So I came up with different line styles and onomatopoeic words to represent the different movements in the song, and roughly timed out my blocks of drawing activity so that we'd be able to (somewhat) sync up the resulting video with the music. More of my drawings here. More of my friend's music here.
It started over 7 years ago as a 365-photo-a-day-type tumblr for my baby daughter, and it keeps propagating. Right now, the best way to see (most of) the 1,858 different artworks of Adora (with a new one coming every day) is on instagram , a massive cache of original illustrations. [more inside]
The citizen science project that was previously posted here has now become an officially launched Zooniverse project! Last February, the Steelpan Vibrations project was in pre-beta testing, but over the summer a student worked really hard to streamline the process for volunteers. Our project is attempting to better understand the complex vibrations of a Caribbean steelpan which give the instrument such a unique sound. In addition to the improved classification process we now have a regularly updated blog, an education page, and a quick video tutorial to show how you can help us out. We know there are many science and music fans here on metafilter - we would love to have you come and help us do some science with us!
Because I'm 14 going on 45, I decided to get myself a Tumblr page. I mainly just put a lot of general 1960s weirdness on it that interests me.
As the IAAF World Champions begin, a 45 minute ode to the Decathlon. For the "lead single", I made a videoclip [warning: strobes] inspired by Le vol d'Icare by Georges Schwizgebel. AND a 90s site to boot! [more inside]
A podcast and blog looking at the good, the bad, and the WTF of western movies, country songs, and that sort of thing. [more inside]
Yet another 0.999/1.000/1.001 phase music thingumy. For reasons unknown this comment popped into my mind today, and having some spare time, I did the next best thing.
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]
a 25-minute EP of harsh, occasionally listenable ambient drone. [more inside]
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.