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The Leaving of Liverpool

I had a great time collaborating with billiebee on a cover of this traditional folk song/sea shanty. The goal was to record a simple arrangement that was different from the more lively covers out there -- to borrow billiebee's phrase, a gentler version. I'm hoping our rendition highlights the lovely melody of the song. [more inside]
posted by rangefinder 1.4 on Apr 26, 2017 - 11 comments

pace

Another night and I can pick up where I left off today Another drink and I will sleep right, and the dreams will stay away I thought about what I should do now but I'd rather stay in and keep out from the cold ...you know I'd rather be alone murmurs...
posted by cicadaverse on Apr 16, 2017 - 1 comment

Thoughts in B-flat

In the past couple of weeks, I found myself going back to a piece that I'd started working on a few years ago -- probably because it's in a slower triple meter that's somewhat calming for me. This is a condensed one-minute version, featuring piano and guitar, for the 60 Seconds and Under #2 MeFi Music Challenge. [more inside]
posted by rangefinder 1.4 on Nov 23, 2016 - 3 comments

Chimes & Oatmeal

Here's my submission (finally) for the assignment I got for the Great Raffle Request Challenge a few years back. The request: "Record a song (cover or original) on an instrument you don't really know how to play." This one's for Secretariat! [more inside]
posted by rangefinder 1.4 on Nov 17, 2016 - 9 comments

A Heartbreak Cliche

I've been cranking out a lot of songs almost involuntarily lately and many of them seem to sort into a genre I think of as "Tragicomic Americana," a traditional mode of American blues, country, and folk songwriting that ruminates on heartbreaks and losses exaggerated to such dramatic extremes, the effect becomes darkly comic, like Hank Williams's "There's a Tear in my Beer," for example. Well, FWIW, here's my latest attempt to make a minor contribution to that grand tradition... [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman on Oct 6, 2016 - 0 comments

Cryptid

One of the first compositions I wrote when I bought a guitar looper, recorded in my friend's apartment last June. Anxiety, illness, helplessness.
posted by aspenkf on Oct 19, 2015 - 3 comments

Salt Water ~circa 2004

It was 2004 and I was staying with some new found friend in California, sleeping on his couch while I filled a Production Asst. for a straight-dvd-movie filming in Hollywood, Ca. He had this Digital multi-track recorder handed down to him by a friend, which he told me didn't work. It worked off a Zip drive disk, where it stored what you recorded. I believe the drive was probably failing frequently (wasn't that the case with all of those zip drives?)... [more inside]
posted by cicadaverse on Sep 10, 2014 - 0 comments

Balkanofellini

If you are anything like me, you sit in awe during all the 'musical moments' laced throughout any Fellini film (music composed by Nino Rota). Combine that with the unexplainable excitement during those lively Balkan snippets of any memorable scene of most Emir Kusturica films… that is what this song feels like… to me anyways.
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 24, 2014 - 3 comments

River Town

Tides and lilts, ebbs and flows. Something romantic, yet superfluous permeates 'River Town', with a spacious element opening up for sweepingly dreamy female vocals. At least that's how we see this Ummagma track. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 11, 2014 - 2 comments

Back To You

In the spirit of "Superstar" by legendary art-punk band Sonic Youth (who were covering The Carpenters chart-breaking track), here is 'Back to You'. Sonically similar, but content-wise very different. No superstar imagery from the perspective of a groupie here. Just some self-searching and hopefully grounding elements. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 5, 2014 - 3 comments

Dream Job: Music Producer, 3-2-1 Contact, 1982

What happened was this: I discovered an Ableton tutorial about how to create a pretty convincing shitty-old-tape effect, and then I upgraded my phone to iOS 7 and heard the new ringtones (which are actually really nice), and then I started noodling around, and I made a little thing of which I am unreasonably fond.
posted by Sokka shot first on Sep 30, 2013 - 3 comments

Erosion

I bought a cheap casiotone keyboard. I have to figure out how to learn to play it, but in the meantime... drone!
posted by palbo on Jul 19, 2013 - 1 comment

Colors

Smooth dreaming and a swirl of energy-filled ethereal waves take the listener on a flight or sailing trip of sorts. The lo-fi nearly Billy Bragg element of this lo-fi output gets a bit velvety with vocals from Alexx Kretov and blissed out with all this chorus and reverb and that is exactly what was intended with this track. Enjoy!
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 25, 2013 - 3 comments

Photographer

Whispy male vocals and plenty of air for dream-weaving delicately frame this ethereal song. While "Photographer" is one of Ummagma's more melancholy songs, it's far from depressing. This one stands in the light. Features male vocals by Alexx Kretov (Ukraine).
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 20, 2013 - 0 comments

Relationship Material

A sub-2-minute garage-pop type of deal [more inside]
posted by Crane Shot on Mar 23, 2013 - 3 comments

Baby We're Really in Love

Hank Williams and tons o' tape delay! [more inside]
posted by Crane Shot on Feb 23, 2013 - 2 comments

Optimizing Performance (Antag Bounce)

A bit of synthy iPhone silliness [more inside]
posted by Crane Shot on Dec 10, 2012 - 0 comments

A Whole Pile of Difficult

An annoying little new wave ditty [more inside]
posted by Crane Shot on Nov 6, 2011 - 0 comments

Under Radiant Signs

Another acoustic guitar thing. [more inside]
posted by ianK on Oct 3, 2011 - 1 comment

Saturday Stone

Normal For Once work-in-progress mix [more inside]
posted by Crane Shot on May 10, 2011 - 4 comments

Leon's Song

A song written for a friend going through a bad break-up.
posted by ianK on Apr 9, 2011 - 4 comments

Them's The Pits

Educated clowns need no monkey suits to entertain the crowds.

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posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Feb 19, 2011 - 2 comments

Partyin'. - Hamps.

A very crap-quality song I wrote using three chords on a synthesizer keyboard and a terrible singing voice. Anyone who knows me knows that this entire thing is a massive satire, so don't take the lyrics or the cheesiness at face value. On second thought, I am probably even more cheesy than this song tells. [more inside]
posted by MHPlost on Nov 21, 2010 - 0 comments

Solipsism Blues

Normal For Once in Toronto [more inside]
posted by Crane Shot on Oct 17, 2010 - 2 comments

Tik Tok

My acoustic cover of the Mefi favourite by Ke$ha.
posted by ianK on Sep 24, 2010 - 5 comments

I Have a Window

Another bedroom-recorded song. [more inside]
posted by ianK on Sep 23, 2010 - 0 comments

Every Wave of Sound

My break-up song, written a number of years ago. [more inside]
posted by ianK on Sep 16, 2010 - 4 comments

Bring Us Your Leader

Another lo-fi acoustic tune about the end of the world. Not too cheerful stuff. [more inside]
posted by ianK on Sep 14, 2010 - 2 comments

Misunderstand

A bit of lo-fi pop goodness. [more inside]
posted by Crane Shot on Jul 19, 2010 - 2 comments

A Brand New Fabrication

The lyrical counterpoint to "My Cirripedian Friends". [more inside]
posted by ianK on Jul 8, 2010 - 4 comments

My Cirripedian Friends

This is a song about drowning at sea, denial and adventure. [more inside]
posted by ianK on Jul 4, 2010 - 1 comment

Eyeless (Slipknot cover)

This is what Slipknot would sound like if they were only one guy in his bedroom and didn't yell so much.
posted by ianK on Jun 23, 2010 - 8 comments

Unabomber

Cytochrome C - producer, MC. A lo-fi raptastrophe. [more inside]
posted by swellingitchingbrain on May 2, 2010 - 2 comments

There Could Be a Reason

A short song with some talking. Two tracks of ukulele, a drum loop, one canned organ blast, distortion. It's 8 degrees outside and the song reflects that. Recorded by The Grandma Sylvias, January 2010.
posted by escabeche on Jan 27, 2010 - 0 comments

Power Set

This is the song that the set of subsets of the natural numbers would write if it had a difficult adolescence and listened to a lot of early R.E.M. [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Dec 7, 2009 - 2 comments

Otom Null

Last night's lo-fi dubstep trip-out. [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Nov 12, 2009 - 0 comments

Sta'z

A song I made for an animated movie that might exist about people that are addicted to stars. [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Nov 10, 2009 - 1 comment

Oh sheeps

Just some music I just made just now. [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Oct 27, 2009 - 1 comment

I don't love you, bees, and I am a fly

The four-year-old barfed in preschool this morning and the two of us are home for the day. We just recorded this song: he's singing and playing drums, I'm shaking the rattle. It seems to be about bees, bears, and tyrannosaurs chasing each other through the forest. I like the ringing declaration "I'm a fly! I'm a fly!" that closes the song. Also, the lead singer peed himself a little right at the end, which I think is pretty rock and roll.
posted by escabeche on Oct 19, 2009 - 3 comments

The Bottom Falls Out of the Clouds (demoriffic version)

cortex was kind enough to let me borrow the lyrics from his song "The Bottom Falls Out of the Clouds" (which he wrote for the first ever MeFi Music Challenge), and allow me to set them to new folky/acoustic/lo-fi music for this month's challenge. [more inside]
posted by rangefinder 1.4 on Sep 30, 2009 - 9 comments

Mary Mary

A NSFW song about Mary (full of grace!) recorded in 2001 on a Tascam 4 track with an SP-202 and some ridiculous records and friends. From the same album as last year's Tryptophantastic. [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete on Dec 14, 2008 - 5 comments

Gone

A new song about my bad tendency to just pack up and leave without warning. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Jul 10, 2008 - 2 comments

Et ne oblirate as

An old lo-fi loopy ambient motif.
posted by jchgf on Jul 9, 2008 - 5 comments

A Man is Coming

Another new song, recording in the lowest-fidelity I can manage. This time a country blues song about scary things. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Jun 30, 2008 - 1 comment

No Time to Cry

My first new song in quite a long time, recorded in as deliberately lo-fi and distorted a manner as possible, because that's what I like. I'm now 40, so it's time for me to start singing country. Therefore, I have written a murder ballad. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Jun 26, 2008 - 2 comments

Beggar's Song

Another in my "Old Songs" series, where I record lo-fi versions of songs I wrote quite a while ago. This one came from sometime about 1996, and, as far as I can tell, it was composed in a fit of Brechtian depression after listening to an evening of Yiddish art songs. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Jun 17, 2008 - 2 comments

Fever Dream

A song written and recorded today in one go. Can you guess what it's about? [more inside]
posted by inoculatedcities on Apr 19, 2008 - 6 comments

I!!

Lo-fi jangly short atonal pop. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Feb 24, 2008 - 3 comments

When I Was A Babay

My wife and I did this cover of a song by the Donner Party. Best lyrics ever. [more inside]
posted by notheydo on Feb 20, 2008 - 0 comments

Dusk

A track from my new project called Mustache, as seen in the phrase "In Space, There Is No Mustache". [more inside]
posted by BoatMeme on Feb 7, 2008 - 5 comments

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