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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

The Carter Family Project

We're recording every single song the Carter Family ever cut. In order. One per day. In one or two takes. And we've got to get it done during naptime. [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Jul 13, 2011 - 12 comments

Public Transport EP

My solo dreampop and shoegaze act, Public Transport, has just released a debut EP on Gothenburg, Sweden's 23 Seconds Netlabel!

To quote one blogger, "Imagine if Washed Out had used My Bloody Valentine as his source material". Enjoy! [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Jun 29, 2011 - 3 comments

Learn to play by ear online.

So I was looking to improve my aural skills, and instead of doing some ear training ended up creating this site with excercises.
posted by victorclebens on Jun 23, 2011 - 6 comments

GoodListnr

GoodListnr is sortof like a chatroom with a playlist. People can upload music and add it to the queue, and the tracks get played in order, and everyone listens to the same thing at the same time. [more inside]
posted by memebake on Jun 17, 2011 - 21 comments

ShortWaveMusic 2011: United Arab Emirates

My documentary radio project, ShortWaveMusic [prev], has gone global! This is a new short video documenting the 2011 season, filmed on location throughout the United Arab Emirates in October 2010. (Future editions will include Ghana, Indonesia, and Ethiopia. Prior seasons were recorded in Ibiza and Bulgaria.) [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jun 14, 2011 - 2 comments

Outpost Nine internet radio

Outpost Nine is an eclectic radio station hosted at loudcaster.com. It broadcasts 24/7 but I do a live show Sunday nights at 9pm EST (giving you a couple of says warning). This week's theme is songs about nighttime. [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves on Jun 11, 2011 - 1 comment

hearhere.org

Automagically create audio/video playlists of upcoming shows & whatever else. Basically, a mashup of eventful.com and youtube that creates playlists so you can see/here what artists are coming (plus a simple text search). [more inside]
posted by zazerr on May 24, 2011 - 4 comments

Dustys Discover Internet!

My band the Dustys have a new website to showcase the songs we've been recording for the past year (instead of touring). We'll be releasing a new video and song every few weeks. We're especially excited about the video for Blueberry, which we shot in Montana with a cast of many!
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 18, 2011 - 1 comment

Bullet in a Quiver

Just self-released my debut LP, Bullet in a Quiver, and thought that fellow MeFites might appreciate it! It's a completely DIY affair, recorded at home in Minneapolis and in the Harvard Lampoon's semi-secret castle headquarters while it was drained of people for spring break. It's a sort of a concept album about cats, hues, prime numbers, alien invasion, and subprime lending, so if you are interested any of those things, however vaguely, by all means, check it out and pass it along! It is free, so ⌘C/⌘V away.
posted by DNAshwood on May 10, 2011 - 2 comments

Lifelong EP

My solo project, Vapor Lanes, released an EP yesterday on the netlabel BFW Recordings. It's been described by various folks as "intense, grainy electronica" with "destroyed but beautiful shoegazey synths," like a "corroded M83."
posted by naju on May 3, 2011 - 9 comments

Melodic Expectation

Every week day, I post a link and a little write-up to a free album, single, or EP. By free, I mean a recording posted by the artist or their label that is available for instant download, pay-what-you-want download, or we'll-email-you-a-link download. (I research enough to be sure the download is legitimate and working at time of post.) Genres are all over the place but include electronic, ambient, indie rock, pop, chiptune, etc. Want to fill your mp3-playing-device for free? Do it here.
posted by sleeping bear on Apr 25, 2011 - 2 comments

Godspeed You! Black President

A site that throws together Godspeed You Black Emperor and a pitched-down Barack Obama. Sounds like the nervewracking end to a long night in the Situation Room, with only a bottle of scotch, some childhood memories, and the nuclear launch codes for company. [more inside]
posted by so_necessary on Apr 15, 2011 - 3 comments

The Electric Lightsaber Orchestra

My friend Matthew and I started coming up with music acts that ought to exist in the Star Wars universe. Before you know it, we had an entire imaginary music festival. And a poster. And a domain to host the poster. I think we got a little carried away. Anyway, if you've ever dreamed of seeing Darth Cab for Cutie share a stage with Kessel Run-DMC, then Tatunes is the festival for you.
posted by yankeefog on Apr 14, 2011 - 4 comments

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