I am longtime MeFiMusic contributor. Here are some music videos to tracks that I have posted over the years. Full list and links inside. [more inside]
Hey MetaFilter, I have put together an 'album' of short covers I recorded between 2009 and 2011. Most of them I have posted to Music MetaFilter in the past, but I thought it would be fun to wrap them together a bit and hopefully it will inspire me to record more again. Includes guitar, bowed banjo, pump organ, harmonica, piano, whistling etc. [more inside]
I'm looking for feedback on a guitar learning website I've been working on. First of all, it turns guitar tabs you find on the internet into music. Second, it's a general scratchpad for playing around with chords or scales and learning the fretboard. Third, you can share music and lessons with your friends. [more inside]
A freeform podcast that's influenced by WFMU/Henry Rollins/John Peel/John Schaefer and often celebrates "new music," the avant-garde, and underheard and/or underappreciated sounds from around the world.
Last year I acted in a video for the first single by Mutation, a new band spearheaded by Ginger Wildheart and featuring contributions from Shane Embury (Napalm Death), Hawk Eyes, Exit International, Mark E. Smith, Jon Poole, Paul Catten, Tom Spencer, Merzbow, Rich Jones, Dom Lawson and many more.
Well, it’s taken me over a year to do it, but I’ve now managed to persuade modern rock, folk and blues musicians to record all 16 of the genuine Victorian gallows ballads which I started researching back in 2011 (Projects previously). You’ll find a Soundcloud set compiling the whole "album" linked above, and details of the individual songs below. Each track is a collaboration across more than 100 years, as singers and bands from Britain, America and Australia add their own music to the original 19th century lyrics. Each track's Soundcloud entry has a link taking you to the true story behind that particular ballad. [more inside]
A new album about love, heartbreak, fractals, and the crystalline moss of self-replicators that blankets this planet. [more inside]
I recorded a 6-song EP through much of 2012. Struggling to define it, I guess I'd come up with "ambitious garage rock." I guess this is music that draws equally from the Flaming Lips and Guided By Voices, maybe? Not really. But that's a start. Lots of guitars and Korg Kaossilator. Songs can be streamed or downloaded at the URL above; if SoundCloud's more your thing, you can stream most of the album (except for a Bowie cover) there.
Free Music Archive and Creative Commons want to dethrone one of the most notoriously copyrighted songs in the world. [more inside]
This is probably as honest as I’ll ever be about what I’m trying to accomplish with my podcast, Raging Titter Radio. I have always had a lot of thoughts and I’m often overwhelmed by them. Since I was a kid, I imagined my thoughts as balloons, too many comic books I suppose. Anyway, I try to chase them down and grab them before they float away forever. The easiest way to hang onto them is to tie the strings together. If I can tie enough balloons together, I can float away. That’s Raging Titter Radio. Oh and there’s always a top notch indie band playing a great song that's thematically relevant. [more inside]
I posted some of the early demos for my third record to Metafilter Music and then took forever finishing it. But it's done now! Done and in my past! Pay what you want (including zero dollars) on my website, stream it on Spotify/Rdio or grab it on iTunes, the choice is literally yours.
A generative music system that reroutes your keystrokes into a synthesizer before sending them back to what you're writing. Supports multiple instruments & scales, and aims for scriptable composition backends.
This is a video about a math camp in Maseno, Kenya, that I've helped coordinate for the last two years. The idea is to give secondary school students a new perspective on mathematics, and expose teachers to activity-based teaching methods. We're aiming to get across the idea that math is about the concepts rather than the drills, understanding rather than mindless computation, beauty rather than grades. The video runs about 13 minutes, but there's a catchy song at the beginning to rope you in and get the idea across more quickly. Finally, there's a blog post here outlining a bit of the work we've been up to this year. [more inside]
The Harvey Girls, the band of melissa may and I, have a new album out. [more inside]
I decided to put together a little video in support of the petition against the UK badger cull. [more inside]
I directed and edited a music video for musician Kim Boekbinder for the song "Gypsy" off her The Impossible Girl album. Metafilter gets a shout-out!
Last year I was asked to help Seattle band Klover Jane make a music video. [more inside]
So, earlier this year my friend Steve called me up and asked if I wanted to write some music for this secret film project he was doing, but everything had to be done in a couple days and kept secret. I was all, "Yeahh!" [more inside]
Samvada (currently free in the app store) turns your iPhone/iPad into a set of sympathetic strings, tuned to the notes of a raga. Designed for practicing and performing Indian Classical music, Samvada is also fun to use for everyone - it turns everything the microphone picks up into tuneful sound.
A site for my new band. The design is old skool, but the meat of the project is the 7 hours-worth of recordings on the "Listen" page. [more inside]
PlanetSlade's been writing about Murder Ballads for quite some time now (previously 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Now I've placed the site's first book-length offering on the Kindle store, where you'll find it at the link above. If by any chance you'd like to buy a copy, that would make me very happy. Robert Wilhelm at Murder By Gaslight called the book "very impressive", and the crime scene's local paper rated it "truly a fascinating read". British readers should go to this Amazon.co.uk page instead.
Randophonic is a blog for a music-based radio show that airs weekly (most weeks anyway) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, Vancouver, Canada (University of British Columbia). Podcast links are easily accessible via the site. Since November-2011, Randophonic's main focus has been the All Vinyl Countdown + Apocalypse (the 1,111 Greatest Records You Probably Haven't Heard), as selected by Philip Random over ten years ago (and then he disappeared). Lately, the countdown just passed its midway point. Also, as I've just passed my 4th Anniversary as a numbered MeFite, the timing feels right to finally share this project. [more inside]
I made a music video envisioning Mitt Romney as a rapper named R Money who likes to rap about how wealthy he is. There is an interesting synchronicity between some aspects of hip hop culture and wealthy media figures like Donald Trump and Mitt Romney that make for a funny juxtaposition, I think. [more inside]
I've been working with some professional audio engineers the past few months getting recordings of live performances in full, mastering them, and putting them out on demand in high quality 256KB AAC. The concerts are a mix of Canadiana, jazz, rock, blues, classical quartets and more, all featuring leaders in their field. [more inside]
With this compilation, the challenge was for musicians to create drone versions of Top 40 pop songs. The word 'drone' was to be interpreted by each artist as they saw fit. The results are varied, interesting, and pretty damn good. Pop drone psychic energy. (Yes, "Call Me Maybe" is in here.) [more inside]
This is my third attempt at making a music video. This one was shot and edited in 24hrs. ! Made for British band 'The One' which consists of talented vocalist Emeson Nwolie and Fair Oh's drummer Joe Ryan.
The Dirty Sock Funtime Band Show Nominated for “Best Kids’ Band for 2006″ by Time Out NY Kids Nominated for “Best New Band” by Children’s Music Web Awards “Don’t let the wigs and bright clothes fool you: The Dirty Sock Funtime Band is the closest thing to arena rock that the New York kids’ music scene has got. Its hyperactive stage show and loud, anthemlike harmonies come in part from Mike Messer’s theatrical background and from Stephen Jacobs’s love of seminal funksters Parliament-Funkadelic. Says Jacobs, ‘We want to give kids their first rock & roll experience. I had to wait until I saw Prince!’” [more inside]
After help from mefites on several questions, including this one, I have created a video for the first single on my new record. It was a lot of fun, and I would rather kill myself than ever do it again, but I think it came out well for a novice working with free software.
A weekly podcast about music fandom, talking about what we like, what we don't like, and—most importantly—why. [more inside]
30 hours of music, interviews, articles, and commentary on WHRB 95.3 FM, streaming on the web at whrb.org. [more inside]
I run an organization here in town called Research Club. We’re in the middle of our biggest project yet — the Portland Passport Project. For the next stage, we've talked to all the amazing groups that we've worked with here in Portland and put together a calendar of their events happening between May 15 and July 21. The goal is to create a broader context where you can encounter as many different branches of Portland culture as possible. [more inside]
Soundtap Madness is a contest we launched two weeks ago in order to promote independent radio and raise awareness of the Soundtap project (which you may remember from previous posts). Soundtap was started by three roommates and college radio DJs who love non-commercial radio. Our goal is to make it easier to explore the great shows out there, and to bring together the various independent radio communities around the world. [more inside]
Today marks the official publication of my new young adult novel GIFT, a multimedia ebook featuring original music, art -- and a playable Minecraft map of the world of the book. [more inside]
Unheard of music produced by myself. The elucidation of unreal character spheres. Rudimentary to placate then advanced to renovate
I've made another music video (last one posted on projects here) with Joe Ryan, the drummer from Fair Oh's , I hope you all enjoy it!
This winter, we invited John Roderick of Seattle band The Long Winters and the Roderick on the Line podcast over for a potluck dinner. He played a few songs, told some stories, and ate all of the food. A few of those moments have been put together into a video collection called "More Than Shapes," named for a song and a story from that evening. [more inside]
I made EnjoyNewMusic.com to share my classical music findings from Spotify, Mog and Grooveshark (with links), as well as from my own CD collection. I'm particularly interested in unusual transcriptions and arrangements, jazz and rock re-workings of classical music, forgotten and obscure compositions, as well as essential classic recordings. My writing style is short, down-to-earth and pithy. The most recent entry is a comprehensive examination of noteworthy recordings of Bach's Chaconne, which I hope MeFites will particularly enjoy.
Sometimes we respond to things – a film, a piece of music, a book, a painting, a photograph – with a mysterious, instantaneous yes. But what is it about any given piece of art that resonates so deeply? This is our* attempt to make sense of our reactions. [more inside]
Listen to and submit personal renditions of memorable video game themes. I've had some contributions by the fine people at Mefight Club. You can submit something elaborate [this version of the SMB3 airship theme] or simple [Contra, Stage 1]. [more inside]
Every year I spend the month of February making a new musical instrument (or vaguely musical-instrument-like-thing) every day of the month. I'm up to Day 7 of Year 5. I document each instrument on the blog, and often try to share all the construction details, plans, and so forth. The instruments-a-day range in ambition from banging a trash can with a stick to a complete working violin, depending on the time, energy, and inspiration I have each day. Some of the things I've made have been fun for a few days; some are complete garbage; and some have actually been used in performances around the world, by me and by real musicians! Although the blog posts often have more details, the flickr collection is a nice way to get an overview of the project.
Every week in 2012 I'm going to pick a song, at random or by request, post the video for that song, and write a short story inspired by it. [more inside]
I wrote the original soundtrack to Christine Love's Analogue: A Hate Story, a game about "transhumanism, traditional marriage, loneliness, and cosplay," among other things.
Audio Grains is dedicated to interesting Music Technology. Providing in-depth information and commentary topics ranging from equipment, software, audio theory, techniques and research. While leaning heavily on the technology side, we will also bring you music which uses technology in more interesting and creative ways. [more inside]
A short film documenting my recent trip across the Republic of Mali to record indigenous and regional music. After the kidnappings and murder in Timbuktu in December 2011, I had forfeited all plans to go to the northern half of the country ... until the day I was piled into a 4x4, completely unplanned, and swept away to Timbuktu as the personal guest of a Malian gendarme. This film documents my early work in Mali ... and the utterly unique experiences that awaited me in Timbuktu. [more inside]
A new E.P named after the iron-cyanide hue once employed widely as the blue in blueprints which was subsequently commandeered by twin white nationalist preteen starlets who later renounced their views and affirmed a belief in the benefits of cultural diversity and smoking pot. [more inside]
A concept album and graphic novel by long-lost 90s music legend and occasional children's author Toby Vok.
This was a song I recorded with some of my friends back in Davis, California; the visuals are a 30-minute drive from Maseno to Kisumu in western Kenya, compressed into three minutes. And those Kenyan roads are nerve-wracking even before compression....
A look at the strange history of the Los Angeles neighborhood known as Hollywood, written from inside a building on Cherokee where the Go-Go's formed. [more inside]
Live coding is the changing of rules while they are followed. You can do it without computers, but in general it involves one or more programmers writing code on the fly, to make live music or video for a watching or dancing audience. Alternatively, live coding can be a participatory experience, possibly in collaboration with others. [more inside]