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November 16

Festive Season Challenge: Pessimism/Optimism

Either bring the blues or put on your rose-tinted specs... [more inside]
posted by greenish at 3:19 AM - 0 comments

November 9

We are the challengers?

What's the next MeFi Music Challenge?
posted by pxe2000 at 7:10 AM - 3 comments

November 7

MUSIC 2000:response

Does anyone else remember Codemasters' MUSIC 2000 on the PS1? [et al] [more inside]
posted by comealongpole at 10:12 AM - 0 comments

November 6

Mixer or audio interface?

I'm ready to take the next step with regards to music production hardware, but I have no experience or knowledge with some portions of my possible setup. I would like the hivemind's advice with regards to whether I need a mixer, an audio interface, or both. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow at 11:57 AM - 2 comments

November 1

Discipline in recording; switching gears

Several questions about being a returning dabbler and going about making polished and not bad-weird music. If anyone could answer any of them, I'd be really grateful! [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock at 12:17 AM - 13 comments

September 2

Sound Card Recommendations.

I'm running Windows 7 Professional 64 and I'm looking for a decent sound card to replace the RealTek onboard audio. [more inside]
posted by metagnathous at 7:56 PM - 7 comments

August 14

August-September Music Challenge: Tunes of the Unexpected

After the well-chosen and lovely city songs, we need some chaos to balance the order. [more inside]
posted by greenish at 2:03 AM - 1 comment

August 3

Another Coursera musical offering

Fundamentals of Music Theory, offered by the University of Edinburgh, starts today (8/3/2015). [more inside]
posted by usonian at 3:58 AM - 4 comments

July 14

Amp "splitter" - plug more into one amp input

Is there such a thing that allows me to plug two things into one thing on an amp the way there is a thing that allows one to plug two headphones into one headphone slot? I keep googling things like "amp splitter" but clearly my terminology is lacking here. I want to plug in a guitar and a microphone into one input.
posted by Corduroy at 4:56 PM - 7 comments

June 24

Your Mission, If You Choose To Accept It

Request: 30 Seconds of the Mission: Impossible Theme on a single instrument. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 2:10 PM - 1 comment

June 10

MetaFilter Telephone Answering Machine Outgoing Messages

Challenge idea: Answering machine messages, like Radio Shack's! [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 7:56 PM - 5 comments

May 12

The best part of breaking up

Hi Mefites! The company I now work for hosts music competitions and gig listings on the world wide web. We've got one contest lined up right now that actually could pay well and be a pretty cool career boost too so I thought it'd be appropriate to broadcast to this community, even though it does cost money to sign up for our site (10-12$/month) So far we haven't actually had too many appropriate entries so anyone who sends one in has a decent shot at the contest picking them! [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 2:24 PM - 3 comments

May 1

May-June Music Challenge: We Built This City on Rock and Roll (/Folk/Jazz/Hip-hop/etc)

...with apologies for getting that song in your head. Or NOT because it is FREAKING AWESOME. [more inside]
posted by greenish at 2:21 AM - 28 comments

March 5

March Music Challenge: MeFiAnthems

At this time of change, let us band together in solidarity, gratitude, and general weirdness, and express ourselves in the best way we know how in this little corner of MetaFilter - via music. [more inside]
posted by greenish at 2:56 AM - 27 comments

January 9

Free classical composition online course starting next week (January 13, 2015) on Coursera

The course is "Write Like Mozart: An Introduction to Classical Music Composition", offered via the National University of Singapore. It's a 6 week course. You can take it for free, or pay Coursera for an official certificate, suitable for framing or wrapping fish. [more inside]
posted by usonian at 7:16 AM - 6 comments

December 31

Red's On Strike

After nearly ten years my band Red On Strike is calling it quits. Our singer Yvonne has been building a new career and just hasn't had time to be in a band - without her it isn't ROS, so it is time to move on. Kind of bittersweet for me, as this is my first band so I am going to really miss it. But it is also an opportunity to work on something new, which is pretty exciting. We're forming a new band with our bass player Steve and his stepson Levi on guitar with me, so if you know a drummer or vocalist in the LA area let me know. [more inside]
posted by InfidelZombie at 11:01 AM - 0 comments

December 19

January Challenge: 10-Second Sample

The January Challenge: 10-Seconds of Something [more inside]
posted by greenish at 5:37 AM - 11 comments

November 29

Writing is going somewhere, mastering sucks, help?

I am useless at mastering.. I can articulate what I want to happen, but not how. (Crappy speakers and headphones don't help.) [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 11:13 PM - 3 comments

October 23

Small Band of Rebels for Star Wars Covers

Anyone interested in collaborating on short punk/rock versions of Star Wars themes? Please hope me, Obi-Wan. [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 2:58 PM - 1 comment

October 9

Why is the world in love again? Why are we marching hand in hand?

Calling all MetaFilter musicians! The time has come to pay tribute to one of the greatest albums of all time: They Might Be Giants' Flood! [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt at 10:49 AM - 205 comments

August 15

Need Help Finding Chord Chart

My wife and I are hoping to cover Astrud Gilberto's standard/classic "Dreamer" (see All Music Guide entry here), and while I think I could probably work out the chords for myself if I ever had time, time has been in short supply and recently I've been looking unsuccessfully for sheet music or a fake book or chord charts for the song. Do any of my fellow MeFites have any tips on where I might be able to track down the chords to this classic Bossa Nova tune?
posted by saulgoodman at 11:16 AM - 3 comments

August 10

Music Challenge: Your Theme Tune

Hell's Clanging Bells - it's the August/September Music Challenge [more inside]
posted by greenish at 3:08 PM - 4 comments

June 26

Micro Budget Music Video

I thought you guys might be interested in this music video I directed for a friend's band, as I think we achieved quite a lot on almost nothing. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Sportswriters at 5:05 AM - 2 comments

April 22

Earphone Amp

Does anyone have a newish earphone amp that they like? [more inside]
posted by Danf at 12:53 PM - 5 comments

April 10

April/May Music Challenge: MetaMeta

With extremely humble apologies for the lateness, please accept this offering of the challenge for April/May, as suggested by dagosto. [more inside]
posted by greenish at 6:37 AM - 5 comments

March 31

I don't have the words.

I'm really, really struggling with writing lyrics. I agonize over them and avoid putting pen to paper, which results in incomplete song ideas. Any words of wisdom? [more inside]
posted by BlerpityBloop at 9:32 AM - 8 comments

March 12

Travelling musician lifestyle advice needed

Have any of you been travelling by yourselves as a musician/vagabond? Do you have any advice? [more inside]
posted by groklock at 11:02 AM - 11 comments

March 11

MeFi Radio pre 1.0 beta testers needed

Want to beta test out MeFi Radio, a new iOS 7.x app? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 5:00 PM - 3 comments

February 19

A glitch?

So today, I cannot get any of the recent posts to play. If I work my way down to Feb 5, they all seem to play from then and earlier. Has anyone else noticed this?
posted by Danf at 11:07 AM - 4 comments

January 22

call for scores for toy chihuahua

CALL FOR SCORES 26 beats long to be performed on Disklavier by this toy chihuahua at Qubit Machine Music festival NYC Feb 13th. [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 12:08 PM - 13 comments

January 8

January-February Challenge: Musicologize a Book

As suggested by Doleful Creature, this two-month challenge is to pick a popular book and a scene or character from that book and write a song about it. [more inside]
posted by greenish at 7:24 AM - 20 comments

December 11

Are electronic guitar tuners a thing?

Just in time for Christmas for all you guitar players.
posted by Lutoslawski at 9:20 PM - 13 comments

December 3

December Music Challenge: Seasonal Special

It would seem rude not to do a seasonally-relevant challenge at this time of year! [more inside]
posted by greenish at 4:05 AM - 0 comments

December 2

Mitt Romney's music stores not doing well...

Guitar Center and the end of big box retail
posted by flapjax at midnite at 2:54 PM - 16 comments

November 2

November Music Challenge: 60 Seconds and Under!

An idea from our dear friend Sweet Mister that's short and sweet [more inside]
posted by greenish at 3:37 AM - 11 comments

October 25

Welcome to Mario's church

The 8-bit hymnal
posted by Blasdelb at 4:33 AM - 5 comments

October 19

Trumpet For Fakers

I have a free week. I want to learn how to play the trumpet. [more inside]
posted by chococat at 10:53 AM - 6 comments

October 18

The Request Raffle: updates, remaining challenges, help needed?

Two weeks to go: what we've got so far, help people might need, and challenges still to come :) [more inside]
posted by greenish at 2:52 AM - 10 comments

September 9

Surround, 5.1, quad, whatever

Is anyone else composing specifically for surround systems? [more inside]
posted by Ardiril at 2:56 PM - 1 comment

September 1

Bowie Challenge - Wrapup!

Well folks, Sept 1 has arrived. Here's a summary of our summertime Bowie Challenge. [more inside]
posted by dubold at 2:20 AM - 15 comments

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