The goal for this song was to pay homage to Japanese alt-band SUPERCAR.
I tried to imagine what Duran Duran's "Notorious" would sound like if it were originally written by Japanese funk band Zoobombs.
My entry into this month's challenge is actually something I'd set out to do a while back. My variation on the four chords are: D Am Bb G. [more inside]
A few weeks back, I bought an acoustic-electric guitar. I want to go back to the songs where I faked guitar parts and replace them with real ones. I posted this cover of The System's "Don't Disturb This Groove" a long time ago. This new version changes the strumming style enough to necessitate the addition of a bass part. [more inside]
For this month's challenge, I offer a song about hating being loved. [more inside]
I've been acquiring a number of sample libraries in the past year, and this track makes use of some of them. It has Indonesian gamelan, Japanese taiko, Indian tabla and orchestral strings. [more inside]
Just in time for Election Day, an anthem for the politically conservative. [more inside]
Previously. This mix replaces some of the sampled guitar parts with real guitars, and the piano is played live. Once again I'm using Guitar Rig 3 LE for post-processing. The drones are still Reason samples. The drums were replaced with Battery 4. Same vocal track.
I recently bought a new computer, which allows me to use Guitar Rig 3 LE that came bundled with Cakewalk SONAR without taxing my CPU. So I re-recorded one of my songs with actual guitars. [more inside]
So that you're not left hanging after the conclusion of the third movement, here's the finale of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, programmed in SONAR with the Miroslav Philharmonk library.
A few weeks ago I bought Miroslav Philharmonik, an orchestral sample library, and to test it out, I programmed the third and fourth movements of the Beethoven Fifth in SONAR. Here's the third movement. I'll post the fourth tomorrow.
Here's a precocious ditty dating back to the late '80s. I must have been 16 or 17 when I wrote it. I was under the influence of Sting and Swing Out Sister at the time, and I was also starting to learn about classical music. [more inside]
I sang in the college choir, and one semester, we performed this selection from Benjamin Britten's War Requiem. One day, I pictured a tremolo guitar replacing the orchestra. [more inside]
umbú and I were born pretty close to each other, since this song was also #1 on the week I was born. For some reason, I pictured my version performed by some weird mix of Geinoh Yamashirogumi and Tokyo Jihen. [more inside]
My covers of Linda Ronstadt and Gabby Pahinui bookend this third generation cover of "Hello Stranger". (I used the Elliman cover as reference.) [more inside]
I wanted to write a song with no minor chords, which would be easy to do if I stuck to I-IV-V. I didn't really stick to I-IV-V. [more inside]
I don't like the movie The Piano, but I do like Michael Nyman's soundtrack. I usually program all my music with a sequencer, so this is my first attempt to capture myself live. [more inside]
Programmed, recorded and edited today. This song appears on Robin Holcomb's self-titled album from 1990. It's got some odd key changes and a lot of clashing notes. [more inside]
I posted the second movement of Barber's quartet previously. Here's the first movement. [more inside]
Another personal homework assignment to prepare for writing a string quartet -- this time, it's Samuel Barber's String Quartet, Op. 11. The second movement was extracted to become Barber's one-hit wonder, the Adagio for Strings. [more inside]
I wanted to experiment with multitracked vocals, so I turned "The Fool" from In the Aeroplane Over the Sea into a choral work. I probably could have done more with rhythm and vocal percussive effects, but I did this is as a practice run for another song, which also included four-part harmonies.
I've been in a string quartet frame of mind for the last few weeks. The abrupt end is intentional. Not sure why.
As a personal homework assignment to prepare for writing a string quartet, I've been programming scores of various 20th Century string quartets into Cakewalk SONAR. Here's a recording of Fratres by Arvo Pärt. [more inside]
I wanted to hear a post-rock band cover Roberta Flack. [more inside]
I posted this track before, but that mix is a bit outdated. So I'm offering it up again for the first song challenge. [more inside]
I tried to picture Alice in Chains covering Janet Jackson, but it sounds more like T-Rex by way of Power Station. [more inside]
Yes, I already contributed something to the two-chord challenge, but that doesn't mean it's the only song I've done with only two chords. This track uses Fm and G.
Finally -- a MeFiMusic Challenge I can do! Or rather have done. I actually posted this song before, but I've since gone back and cleaned up the EQ and gated some of the noise from the vocal. The two chords used are D and E.
I'm neither a jazz writer nor a jazz singer, but that didn't stop me from trying. It's part of an album I'm gradually releasing online. [more inside]
The first time I posted this song, I put barely any effects processing at all -- just limiting to make it audible. Now I've gone back and put in EQ, reverb, gating and some compression. Same song, different mixing. Compare and contrast.
A cover of The System's "Don't Disturb This Groove". I tried to picture how Samamidon would have done it.
I was flipping through an old binder of songs I wrote in high school and came across this instrumental. I saw some potential there and decided to record it. Twenty years ago, it was supposed to be a fusion thing, along the lines of Hiroshima. I opted for something a bit harder instead.
Strings, drums, two chords and lyrics vaguely inspired by the '80s TV show "The Equalizer". Also, big rip-off of Craig Armstrong.
Another song done in a jazz-pop style, this one inspired a little bit more by ACO than Basia. The ending chord is meant to segue into "Imprint".
I took a piano piece I wrote two years ago for National Solo Album Month and arranged it for string quartet. Then I used the Orkester Library in Reason to record it. I was heavily under the influence of Michael Nyman at the time, although this one feels much more like Philip Glass. [more inside]
The first version of this song was written back in the late '80s and was some sort of power ballad. Twenty years later, I took the main chord progression and turned it into an ultra-commercial '90s alt-pop song instead.
I wrote this song around 1992 or 1993, wanting it to be a guitar song even though I hadn't really picked up the instrument. I re-recorded it recently, using a lot of the original arrangement from my cassette demo, and it's not working for me. So I'd like some feedback. [more inside]
Another cover of a Japanese band, this time from SUPERCAR. (Previously.) This arrangement mimics the version on the album Futurama. [more inside]
A late-night experiment in three-part harmony, which isn't a good idea since I'm not much of a singer, if the warbly low notes are any indication. It's an even worse idea when it's a cover of a song performed by Hajime Chitose, who really can sing. [more inside]
I pretty much stole the first two chords and arrangement of this song from a Japanese indie band called Dr.StrangeLove. To mitigate that theft, I did the chorus in the style of BBMak.
I threatened to do so, and I have -- a song I wrote when I was around 15 or 16 years old, in the '80s jazz-pop vein of Basia, Sade and Hiroshima. Although I think it's actually more inspired by Tears for Fears. [more inside]
I think I was chanelling Peter Schilling's "Major Tom" when I wrote the music. I know I was under the influence of Brian Greene's The Elegant Universe when I wrote the lyrics. [more inside]
Well, I'm taking the plunge and releasing a CD. Short-run, nothing too fancy. I already posted the fourth track of this EP, enigmatics, a long time ago, so here's the second track. A Metafilter Music exclusive!
A dialogue between an unhinged robot and a dismissive human. [more inside]
The first time I presented this piece, I had not yet explored the Orkester library in Reason. After I found some very convincing solo strings, I re-recorded the first movement of this string quartet. [more inside]
As with "Untold Demons", this song dates back to the late '80s and was extensively reworked (read: rewritten) in 2006. Duran Duran was a big influence on me back then, so for the update, I tried to imagine a Duran Duran song without Nick Rhodes. [more inside]
This first time I presented this song, I made a drastic edit to the melody that turned out to be unsuccessful. Also, my singing sucked. [more inside]
Back in the late '80s, I challeneged myself to write a song in a style I usually dislike. Soul II Soul's "Back to Life" and "Keep On Movin'" were all over the radio back then, so I used them as a model. [more inside]
I unearthed the very first song I wrote in 1986 and flinched at all the clueless chord progressions my 14-year-old self used. But I could sense some potential behind a few of the ideas. So I reworked it extensively and brought out more of the subliminal inspiration that went into: mid-'80s Heart. [more inside]
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