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They took my MacGuffin!

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]
posted by hanoixan on Sep 4, 2012 - 2 comments

Samvada for iOS

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.
posted by iotic on Aug 29, 2012 - 6 comments

Carbon 7

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]
posted by Devils Rancher on Aug 29, 2012 - 0 comments

"Please Tell Me Where's Her Head": Pearl Bryan in song & story

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.
posted by Paul Slade on Aug 24, 2012 - 0 comments

Randophonic - a radio show's blog

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]
posted by philip-random on Aug 10, 2012 - 0 comments

R Money Music Video

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]
posted by mroben on Jul 30, 2012 - 0 comments

Banff Centre Live!

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]
posted by furtive on Jul 25, 2012 - 1 comment

Now That's What I Call Drone: Vol. 1

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]
posted by naju on Jul 24, 2012 - 9 comments

New music video

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.
posted by Saddo on Jul 20, 2012 - 3 comments

The Dirty Sock Funtime Band Show

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]
posted by lukesfarm on Jul 2, 2012 - 1 comment

Good Ache music video

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.
posted by troywestfield on Jun 4, 2012 - 0 comments

Crush On Radio

A weekly podcast about music fandom, talking about what we like, what we don't like, and—most importantly—why. [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on May 22, 2012 - 0 comments

The Kate Bush Orgy® on WHRB 95.3 FM

30 hours of music, interviews, articles, and commentary on WHRB 95.3 FM, streaming on the web at whrb.org. [more inside]
posted by Kit on May 7, 2012 - 9 comments

International Waters, an interdisciplinary meta-festival of Portland culture

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]
posted by nímwunnan on May 7, 2012 - 0 comments

Soundtap Madness

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]
posted by foraneagle2 on Mar 27, 2012 - 0 comments

GIFT -- the book, the music, the Minecraft map!

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]
posted by mothershock on Mar 26, 2012 - 4 comments

e.m-bed.de/d

A web/interactive/music video by Yung Jake. [more inside]
posted by beanstshirt on Mar 15, 2012 - 0 comments

Grinningest

Unheard of music produced by myself. The elucidation of unreal character spheres. Rudimentary to placate then advanced to renovate
posted by past on Mar 8, 2012 - 0 comments

There's nothing we can't fix

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!
posted by Saddo on Mar 8, 2012 - 0 comments

John Roderick Plays a Potluck

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]
posted by apranica on Mar 4, 2012 - 0 comments

Reviews and recommendations of classical music- from classic recordings to rare and obscure gems

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.
posted by BobsterLobster on Mar 4, 2012 - 0 comments

The Mysterious Yes

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]
posted by The Card Cheat on Feb 17, 2012 - 0 comments

Marioke - video game songs from memory

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]
posted by demiurge on Feb 16, 2012 - 1 comment

Instrument-a-day

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.
posted by moonmilk on Feb 8, 2012 - 7 comments

Fifty-two songs, Fifty-two stories

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]
posted by reynir on Feb 5, 2012 - 4 comments

Analogue: A Hate Story OST

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.
posted by speicus on Feb 2, 2012 - 0 comments

Audio Grains

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]
posted by TwoWordReview on Feb 2, 2012 - 1 comment

ShortWaveMusic 2012: Timbuktu

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]
posted by mykescipark on Jan 26, 2012 - 1 comment

Prussian Blue E.P.

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]
posted by DNAshwood on Jan 22, 2012 - 0 comments

They Came For Our Music

A concept album and graphic novel by long-lost 90s music legend and occasional children's author Toby Vok.
posted by dng on Jan 22, 2012 - 0 comments

Kenyan time-lapse music video.

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....
posted by kaibutsu on Jan 15, 2012 - 0 comments

The Ultramod Guide to Hollywood

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]
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Jan 10, 2012 - 4 comments

Writing code to make music to drink beer to

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]
posted by yaxu on Dec 28, 2011 - 0 comments

"World Made of Words"

Words and music by Eef Barzelay of Clem Snide. Video by me. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Dec 21, 2011 - 5 comments

...And The Only Prescription is More Sleighbell

My girlfriend was complaining that some of the music we'd been listening to lately wasn't Christmas music. So I devised a simple formula to make any song into a Christmas song: 1) Take any song, 2) Overlay a track of sleighbells, 3) Enjoy a newfound Christmas classic. [more inside]
posted by FreelanceBureaucrat on Dec 12, 2011 - 4 comments

Decabet - The Graphic Design of Jason Malmberg

I have been designing gig posters, record sleeves, cd covers and other assorted music ephemera since mid-2004. The pieces range from letterpress to offset and silkscreened works. This year I finally got my act together enough to compile nearly all of it into a website featuring nearly a decade's worth of work with new stuff getting produced and added all the time. [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Dec 10, 2011 - 0 comments

A Month In Music

There are 10,513 MP3s on my hard disk. According to iTunes, that’s nearly 30 days worth of music. It has taken half my life – 15 years – to build this collection but I decided to listen to them all in one go. One continuous concert, playing songs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I wanted to revist all the songs I'd once loved, and the memories and places they called up. The only choice I made was the first track. After that, the computer randomly decided what was going to play. No stopping. No skipping. No changing the volume. Music, all the time, for a whole month. The Month In Music blog charts the progress of the playback project, updated once a day with original writing and photography. So far, it's a couple of days in...
posted by Sifter on Nov 11, 2011 - 0 comments

Video for the song Contains by Cultural Amnesia

What I did: played guitar and some keyboards on the original track; made the video in Final Cut Pro X (along with Motion, Blender and Photoshop)
posted by Grangousier on Nov 9, 2011 - 1 comment

Under the Industry

A friend and I started this site to showcase (and later on, review) musicians that are either underground or independently signed. We're staying away from folksy indie-rock, but highlighting everything else we can find, from metal to rap to electronica. So far, there isn't a whole lot of music up, but as time goes on, we plan on adding a lot more.
posted by FriscoBowie on Nov 7, 2011 - 3 comments

Ain’t Nothin’ But a Blues Thang: my fRoots reviews

In July this year, I started reviewing blues CDs and similar material for fRoots, the UK's leading folk music and world music magazine. With its editor's permission, I've now posted the first four installments of this work on PlanetSlade, which covers releases by Ian Siegal, Big Head Blues Club, Pokey LaFarge, Meschiya Lake, Jack Blackman, The Lil’ Band O’ Gold and Charles Shaar Murray. More reviews will follow as my arrangement with fRoots permits.
posted by Paul Slade on Nov 1, 2011 - 0 comments

Zombie rap video from Durham, NC

My pal's music video directorial debut, featuring some friends of mine and I, recorded before, during and after the annual zombie lurch in Durham, North Carolina. It's a rap song by local hip-hop artist The Real Laww featuring Toon.
posted by jeffmshaw on Oct 31, 2011 - 0 comments

Old Music Video Projects

I was going to wait to post this kind of stuff until I had a complete project done, but I stopped making these when youTube started with the copyright algorithms a couple of years ago and haven't had the heart to continue.

These are the beginnings of two aborted projects at least two years old.

The first one took songs from a local (Bloomington, IN band) The Post's 2003 album and matched it to Apocalypse Now:
01 - Absent
02 - Even the Lighthouse Burns

The second was the Editor's 2007 album matched to different movies:
02 - Wish (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
04 - Escape (2001)

Anyway.. critiques welcome.
posted by xorry on Oct 20, 2011 - 0 comments

Dig for Fire: Art Inspired by the Pixies

In the late 1980s and early '90s, the Pixies redefined the alt-rock genre with stripped-down tunes, biting lyrics, and an unguarded attitude that inspired bands like Nirvana, Radiohead, and the Strokes, just to name a few. Black Francis, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering formed the band in Boston, but as is usually the case with music-industry vanguards, the Pixies were originally more successful overseas than in their homeland. [more inside]
posted by Lillitatiana on Sep 28, 2011 - 1 comment

Double Life

Here is a music video I made on a shoestring budget. I would like to know what you think it is about!
posted by Saddo on Sep 17, 2011 - 5 comments

You Are Not Dead: The Book, The Play, The Album, The Fridge Magnets

In 2008, Meg Holle and I released a book and an album to critical acclaim on Metafilter, Stumbleupon, and other aggregators. Since then, this demented Guide To Living combo has been downloaded over 26,000 times, including once by a Vancouver theater company who loved it enough to make it into a play, where representatives of the Fakeproject Corporation teach you how to be Not Dead. The play is going on stage at Vancouver Fringe Festival starting THIS FRIDAY, and is awesome. In honor of this honor, we've completely rebuilt this mind-altering book in online form with new life-mangling exercises, a Real Physical Book to buy, and a set of fridge magnets that will finally express your innermost thoughts, fears, and failures. [more inside]
posted by fake on Sep 6, 2011 - 8 comments

Content Content a new album by The Celebrated Workingman. (FREE)

My band is releasing our latest record for free on bandcamp today (for a limited time only!)
posted by j03 on Sep 3, 2011 - 1 comment

Pearl Bryan: The Full Story

You may not know the song covered in PlanetSlade’s latest Murder Ballads essay, but I guarantee you’ll never forget the story behind it. On February 1, 1896, Pearl’s decapitated body was found in a Kentucky orchard. She was pregnant, and she’d been struggling when the killer began cutting off her head. That head has never been found, but we do know that the murderer carried it round Cincinnati’s bars with him. The police investigation which followed used a crucial clue from Pearl’s shoes and America’s first bugged cell. There was a thriving souvenir trade surrounding the case and lynch mobs roamed the streets. Two men – one of them Pearl’s lover – eventually hanged for the crime, which inspired a ballad still sung (and danced) today. Read all about it at the link above.
posted by Paul Slade on Aug 23, 2011 - 0 comments

Tabletop - A modular, expandable music studio, designed exclusively for iPad

So my friends & I have been working on this iPad music app for the past several months & it's just now available in the App Store as of tonight! As the name suggests, it emulates the table-top gear that a DJ or producer might use. It’s an expandable modular studio where you can mix and match a variety of unique devices including samplers, mixers, effects, sequencers and etc. We've done quite a bit of iOS music app development in the past few years but this is the first app we've designed from the ground up for the iPad & so we're pretty psyched to find out what everyone thinks about it. I had an *amazing* response for the last thing I posted here (youarelisteningtolosangeles.com) so I figured this would be a great place to get some early feedback. There's plenty of demo videos & stuff available at the link so check it out and if you've got any questions, definitely let me know in the comments!
posted by idontlikewords on Jul 27, 2011 - 6 comments

Reading 33 1/3

I'm reading Continuum's 33 1/3 series, each one of which sees a different writer take on a notable album, and I'm writing a review to go with one volume each week. There's 80 currently released, and so far I've tackled Fleetwood Mac's Tusk by Rob Trucks, Richard and Linda Thompson's Shoot Out the Lights by Hayden Childs, and R.E.M.'s Murmur by J. Niimi.
posted by carbide on Jul 25, 2011 - 3 comments

Stumbling Drunk With Love for the World

Demos of a small pile of songs I've written (and a couple I haven't). Voice and ukulele, sorry to those with high-art sensibilities. A lot of these I've been playing at campfires in my community for years; some friends bugged me to record some before I move away, so here it is... The 'Flyball's Lament' track is a verbose reinterpretation of the MeFiMu classic by The Great Big Mulp. [more inside]
posted by kaibutsu on Jul 21, 2011 - 0 comments

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