January 2012 Archives (all archives)

January 30

Ode to a Buttered Cat

A folk epic about airport security and cats and butter, as told recently by mie. [more inside]

posted by cortex at 3:59 PM PST - 14 comments

String Quartet No. 1: Aaponi's Destiny

I was going through old recordings today and found this one of my first string quartet (2003). It's a choose-your-own-adventure thing that follows the life of a mayfly as decided by the audience. [more inside]

posted by Lutoslawski at 3:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Spite and Malice

To celebrate my 12th MetaFilter Birthday (a few days early, but so what?): a song recorded in late 1991. It's a cover of one of my favorite Posies b-sides from way back when. [more inside]

posted by litlnemo at 2:56 AM PST - 0 comments

January 29

Resistor - Video Games

Resistor vs. Lana Del Rey [more inside]

posted by ludwig_van at 8:10 PM PST - 1 comments


A contemplation of a lifestyle and world view not my own. One pass, three mics a dash of verb and some compressor on the vocal.Lyrics inside. [more inside]

posted by .wal at 2:22 PM PST - 0 comments

January 28

Clouds Come In

A little improv song, testing out some of my new gear. Vaguely inspired by Bill Withers. [more inside]

posted by Doleful Creature at 1:52 PM PST - 1 comments

Island Dance

"Time for an Island Dance"

posted by CarrotAdventure at 11:01 AM PST - 1 comments

January 27

Sampling advice in Logic Pro 9?

I want to be able to record snippets of field recordings (branches, air conditioner drones, etc.), and then play them with a midi controller: one key per sample. How might I do that in Logic Pro 9? [more inside] posted by Beardman at 10:37 AM PST - 4 comments

January 26

Found Out About You

The nearest I ever got to a hit record. 1995-6 4-track cassette demo (God knows how I got all those guitars happening) of a song for my then band Earcandy. I really think this could have launched us if we hadn't all had day jobs. Pretty much irrelevant now, but at the time when we played it we felt like Gods! As it was, we got a bunch of radio play but never followed through because the drummer quit. Oh, well.

posted by unSane at 11:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Trumpet Drone #1

Minute-long experiment with some multi-track trumpet recording [more inside]

posted by Katine at 1:05 PM PST - 6 comments

A cask of wine, a buttered cat, and thou

A request has been made for the more musical Mefites to consider Ode To A Buttered Cat posted by The Whelk at 7:05 AM PST - 7 comments

January 25

Walter White

A song about our favourite morally dodgy chemistry teacher [more inside]

posted by Crane Shot at 10:48 PM PST - 0 comments

Lonesome Whistle

Here's the Smoke Benders, folks. We took Hank Williams' lamentation of an unlucky prisoner from its original waltz time and put a NOLA second line feel under it. Cause, hey, who doesn't like a NOLA second line feel, right? Video at YouTube and Vimeo.

posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:24 PM PST - 3 comments

January 24

You (a tachanun)

This is what happens when I write a religious ballad. A tachanun is the part of Jewish morning prayers that come at the end. They're very depressing, and say things "We were led like sheep to the slaughter" etc. This is my interpretation. [more inside]

posted by lhude sing cuccu at 1:45 PM PST - 0 comments

Name our Band!

Name our Band! [more inside] posted by pepcorn at 9:43 AM PST - 17 comments

January 23

A monthly contest for cover versions?

Just a question about monthly challenges.. [more inside] posted by mediocre at 7:02 PM PST - 10 comments


Upbeat electronic dancy beat, with a bit of a minor(?) key influence. [more inside]

posted by symbioid at 9:10 AM PST - 0 comments

"Red Riding Hood" Scherzo

A short playful piece for flute and piano. [more inside]

posted by Wolfdog at 6:47 AM PST - 2 comments

The Clapping Song

For some reason, I love songs with any kind of organic sounds in them (e.g. clapping, snapping, whistling, etc.). So I made this song in about 20 mins to demonstrate my love for claps. [more inside]

posted by askmefiguy at 12:25 AM PST - 0 comments

January 22

Resistor - First World Problems

Resistor makes real songs for synthetic lives. [more inside]

posted by ludwig_van at 10:52 PM PST - 0 comments

I Remember Clifford

Why is that so many of the people that mean the most to me died before I was even born? [more inside]

posted by koeselitz at 9:44 PM PST - 3 comments

His Last Few Days

I thought it was really darkly comical; you might find it depressing. [more inside]

posted by chococat at 8:33 PM PST - 2 comments

John & Tanya - City Of Dreams

This is a dark folk song about Depression-era New Orleans. It's a collaboration between my wife and I.

posted by soundacious at 7:33 PM PST - 1 comments

January 21

mystery at sea

A short ambient walk on the ocean

posted by doctor_negative at 12:50 AM PST - 0 comments

January 19

Third row, second from the right: that goddamn 9 year old is tapping her foot again!

Please help! I do sound for a k-12 school's concerts, and I'm looking for a solution to a problem with choir mics. I've been poking around a lot on line but I can't find anyone who sells pads to muffle footstep sounds coming up through the mic stand. Anyone have any ideas? What would make a good material for this? [more inside] posted by es_de_bah at 4:47 AM PST - 6 comments

January 18

Buford Highway

A track from my 2005 EP on Fabrice Lig's Melodika label. Blues-influenced techno. [more inside]

posted by balistic at 11:34 AM PST - 1 comments

Hold on to Love

For some reason I entered the New Year feeling despondent, so I wrote this to cheer myself up. So I suppose it's a resolution. [more inside]

posted by unSane at 9:27 AM PST - 8 comments

January 17

True love will find you in the end

Cover of the oft-covered song by the un-coverable Daniel Johnston. Main track recorded in my dorm bathroom in the winter of 2009 by drumming a banjolele with a pencil.

posted by Corduroy at 12:39 AM PST - 3 comments

January 16


Some up-tempo electronica; designed the lead and bass synths from scratch.

posted by blinks at 9:32 AM PST - 2 comments

January 15


Time for a bassline

posted by CarrotAdventure at 10:40 PM PST - 1 comments

Why Don't Dogs Have Pubes?

Sixty Second Song of the Day

posted by acyeager at 4:43 PM PST - 4 comments

The Ghost Of Emma Goldman

Based on a true story. [more inside]

posted by motty at 4:25 PM PST - 0 comments


A very simple electronic tune which I made a long time ago. Not a great deal occurs, just plods along. I quite like it. [more inside]

posted by Captain Najork at 12:58 PM PST - 3 comments


Live tweaking glitchy percussion loops, with warm synths to sweeten the deal.

posted by quoz at 8:09 AM PST - 0 comments

Help me make adequate music!

I have a tenor ukulele. I have a Mac Air. I want to record myself playing ukulele on my mac. [more inside] posted by nile_red at 5:53 AM PST - 14 comments

January 14

Green Green Rocky Road

Dave van Ronk cover

posted by backseatpilot at 1:22 PM PST - 2 comments

January 13


Four bass tracks, recorded on 4-track cassette in the mid-80's. Made on a dark evening, home alone. [more inside]

posted by Devils Rancher at 9:29 PM PST - 2 comments

What Kelly Knew

My first new song in ages. It's about Dr David Kelly. [more inside]

posted by motty at 4:06 PM PST - 0 comments

Tits and ABCs

Silly, nonsensical. Trying to make a song a day. Semi NSFWish

posted by acyeager at 11:19 AM PST - 0 comments

January 12

L.A. Xpress

A song about Los Angeles' notorious weekly sex newspaper. [more inside]

posted by Bunny Ultramod at 8:02 AM PST - 5 comments

January 11

Workout Shorts

Some sequenced riffs inspired by workout shorts, I think! I completely forgot this existed until I stumbled on it on SoundCloud.

posted by ignignokt at 4:57 PM PST - 0 comments

Exquisite Corpse?

Anybody interested in playing exquisite corpse? [more inside] posted by empath at 5:54 AM PST - 17 comments

January 10

"In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of."

What is your ideal tool for sketching/planning a song? [more inside] posted by Doleful Creature at 2:14 PM PST - 11 comments

January 9

Getting loopy (harmony arps)

I don't usually use GarageBand but here is a quick experiment using this program to create silly loops. Harmonized arpeggiators.

posted by CarrotAdventure at 2:15 PM PST - 2 comments


A song about love by Abagail Grey - after all, it is a very interesting subject......................

posted by Abagail Grey at 12:05 AM PST - 3 comments

January 8

I Can Dream, Can't I?

Made famous by The Andrews Sisters in 1949, here I use a beautifully understated jazz guitar version by Pizzarelli and Vignola as backing. It's been a long while since I recorded something to post, so I hope you enjoy it!

posted by StrikeTheViol at 11:00 PM PST - 0 comments

Love Junkie

My 80's punk/funk/grunge 3-piece, The Whores. Recorded in 1986, I think. [more inside]

posted by Devils Rancher at 7:39 PM PST - 5 comments

January 7

Focus Grasshoppers

I've been trying to write a new track every day. This is today's effort: an attempt at cheesy synth instrumentals. [more inside]

posted by Doleful Creature at 12:05 AM PST - 1 comments

January 6

The Dishes

This song describes my passionate dislike for the must-be-done activity that nobody likes to do: The Dishes. [more inside]

posted by askmefiguy at 11:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Free, New, Experimental, Music!

American contemporary music collective Bang on a Can is turning 25 this year, and to celebrate it, they're giving out an advance copy of their new album, Big Beautiful Dark and Scary, for free through 25 January. [more inside] posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 2:10 AM PST - 1 comments

January 5

Beach House

An instrumental on an electric guitar tuned BABBBB. Features bowed electric guitar, as well. Was listening to a lot of the band Beach House at the time.

posted by Corduroy at 2:14 PM PST - 4 comments


A seasonal ditty with a surprising disco section featuring me, Aly Brown and Derek Urquhart. Produced by Chris Geddes and Tony Doogan.

posted by Abagail Grey at 8:24 AM PST - 2 comments

January 4


A song about generalized obliviousness and taking appendages for granted. [more inside]

posted by DNAshwood at 1:17 PM PST - 0 comments

January 3

What format do you buy?

Buying music: what do you have to have? [more inside] posted by sleepy pete at 10:18 PM PST - 46 comments

More Than Anything

Experimenting with layering chords together in this short folky uke/guitar song. Also hoping the vocals blend well with the feel of this one. [more inside]

posted by tunewell at 3:27 PM PST - 1 comments

Troll's Theme Song

Originally titled Möbius Madness, this recursive ditty has been repurposed for the January Challenge. Truncated from its original length of 26 minutes to meet the 10MB size restriction, Troll's Theme Song is meant to demoralize the listener; it may cause confusion, insanity, and bleeding of the ears. [more inside]

posted by troll at 12:49 AM PST - 2 comments

January 2

January Challenge -- Your Metafilter Theme Music

According to Fuq, "Everyone needs a theme song to play when they enter a thread". What's yours? [more inside] posted by unSane at 8:54 PM PST - 11 comments

January 1

Spotted Pony

My first recording to share: this is the old-time banjo tune Spotted Pony, played on my new (to me) Bart Reiter fretless banjo, equipped with NylGut strings. Tuning is double-C.

posted by fritley at 3:03 PM PST - 7 comments