January 2015 Archives (all archives)

January 31

not my voice

not actually, but kinda [more inside]

posted by we are the music makers at 2:35 PM PST - 2 comments

January 29

10 Seconds of Static

Lot's of interesting things you can do with static. For the January Challenge. [more inside]

posted by TheNegativeInfluence at 2:58 PM PST - 5 comments

January 27

The Familiar

Have you talked to your child about the dangers of smooth jazz fractals? [more inside]

posted by mubba at 8:54 AM PST - 5 comments

January 26

Bridge to Nowhere

You can feel the beat rising, incrementally, step by step. Melody, chorus, melody, chorus... The air clears. It's that part in the song that builds and builds to it's highest point and then [more inside]

posted by TheNegativeInfluence at 9:52 PM PST - 2 comments

Deep Sea Diving Suit

My band Charm Bracelet, covering Deep Sea Diving Suit [more inside]

posted by Annika Cicada at 10:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies

The classic bluegrass hymn. [more inside]

posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:25 AM PST - 5 comments

January 25

Ramen Bowl 4

This is for the 10 second sample challenge. [more inside]

posted by donkeymon at 9:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Your Racist Friend (Y Tori Kant Even)

It's past due for the 25th anniversary of Flood, but here's a cover of They Might Be Giant's Your Racist Friend done roughly in the style of Tori Amos. [more inside]

posted by cortex at 7:08 PM PST - 12 comments

January 24

Tokyo Primer

Just working on some cyberpunk feels [more inside]

posted by Doleful Creature at 11:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Do You Feel?

Original Power Pop from Austin. Buzzie is an old band name, but with new membership. The current lineup spent 4 hours in the garage cutting demos 2 weeks ago - this is a rough mix of the live tracks. [more inside]

posted by Devils Rancher at 8:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Dub It Up

Daft Dub [more inside]

posted by talltaleheart at 8:21 AM PST - 2 comments

January 23

No Longer Defined (Simple Edit)

A simple version of a cool, brooding electronic jam. Underlying ambient riff accentuated with minor chord synth jabs alternating in EQ/phaser/flanger/stereo effect layers.

posted by ageispolis at 12:10 AM PST - 2 comments

January 22


Electronic instrumentals for the 10 second challenge. [more inside]

posted by advil at 5:37 PM PST - 8 comments

January 21

Titry / Live and Let Die

Let's throw in a juxtaposition in sonic terms just for the sake of diversity. Here is a free download of Ummagma 'Titry', alongside one right here for 'Live and Let Die'. The first is an instrumental folky track somewhat like Peter, Bjorn and John's 'Young Folks' crossed with Tortoise (with their more upbeat side of postrock). The second is also upbeat in the best shoegazey dreamy fashion - but with ethereal yet solid vocals... Enjoy both :) [more inside]

posted by Brodyaga at 10:36 AM PST - 1 comments

January 20

Resistor -- Cordless Phone

A Men's Snarehouse production. Watch the video. [more inside]

posted by ludwig_van at 5:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Line of Life (Ummagma Remix)

When you conceive of how many tracks go into creating a song and visualize them, row upon row stacked upon one another on the computer screen of the producer's studio, it's mind boggling how it could ever come together in perfect symmetry, especially if the tracks are not laid down at the same time. This is the story of one remix. This is Huge Shark 'Line of Life (Ummagma Remix)'. Trans-continental electro dreamscape. [more inside]

posted by Brodyaga at 9:50 AM PST - 0 comments

January 19

shake & twitch

First upload: broody lo-fi electronic pop song, written for the January challenge. [more inside]

posted by en forme de poire at 8:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Those Aren't Poodles [Greg Nog cover]

I had the day off. I heard the previous song. I started singing it my head like this. I had to share. I am still in my jammas. I am a recalcitrant dog misidentifier, but I'm better known for considering all animals and some human babies gender-neutral.

posted by not_on_display at 4:46 PM PST - 9 comments

January 16

Our Lady Of The Morlocks

A rough vocal for a rough congregation. [more inside]

posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Gymnopédie No. 1

Alas, not a TMBG cover. But a droney, sometimes dissonant cover of Erik Satie's Gymnopédie No. 1 on pump organ.

posted by Corduroy at 12:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Particle Man

My little old-timey number for the TMBG Flood covers project. [more inside]

posted by BlackPebble at 5:53 AM PST - 12 comments

January 15

Particle Man

I decided I wanted to play too! Please enjoy my ridiculous amateurism. [more inside]

posted by Faint of Butt at 7:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Matt's Bathroom

My friend remodeled his bathroom, so I had to record a song denigrating his efforts. Pretty goofy and NSFW. [more inside]

posted by erikgrande at 12:23 AM PST - 0 comments

January 14

Particle Man

A really spare last-minute acoustic cover of the TMBG song. [more inside]

posted by chococat at 1:19 PM PST - 15 comments

January 13

Someone Keeps Moving My chair

Mr. Horrible, Mr. Horrible. [more inside]

posted by Brainy at 10:00 PM PST - 12 comments


A cover of the MGMT song. Just me on vocals, guitar, and bass. Inspired by a recording I have of Ben Lee playing this song live. [more inside]

posted by litlnemo at 12:52 AM PST - 1 comments

January 12

Women and Men

My contribution to MetaFilter's Flood cover album. [more inside]

posted by potch at 10:11 PM PST - 4 comments

They Might Be Giants

Here is my take on TMBG for the Metafilter Flood Album! More novelty than novelty, that's my motto (apparently). This is not at all what I had in mind for this somehow. [more inside]

posted by Slothomatic at 8:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Birdhouse in Your Soul

Even -- or especially -- in the darkest hours of the night or the wee hours of the morning, there is still a Birdhouse in Your Soul. For the Flood project, here is a cover by chara and me. [more inside]

posted by Karlos the Jackal at 7:28 AM PST - 32 comments

January 11

Theme from "Flood"

Why is the world about to fall in love all over again? Why will we be marching hand in hand? Why are the ocean levels still rising up? It's a brand new record for 2015: MetaFilter's cover of They Might Be Giants' classic album, Flood!

posted by not_on_display at 10:47 PM PST - 16 comments

Freq Wreck

Short, rhythmic, jazzy

posted by ageispolis at 2:19 PM PST - 0 comments

Sredni Vashtar - Awake

We made an EP.... here's the title track. Featuring Sredni Vashtar's usual swirls and loops and noises, it was one of four songs recorded and mixed late last summer in South London [more inside]

posted by srednivashtar at 1:51 PM PST - 1 comments

January 10


A profane dance celebrating being on vacation. [more inside]

posted by Evstar at 7:59 PM PST - 0 comments

Hot Cha

It's They Might Be Giant's Hot Cha for the MetaFilter Flood cover album. And, yes, it goes a bit strange at times.

posted by The Great Big Mulp at 3:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Your Racist Friend

My contribution to the MeFi Flood Covers project. [more inside]

posted by motty at 12:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love

My cover of this song for the MeFi TMBG Flood Cover Project Thingy. [more inside]

posted by Grangousier at 11:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Hearing Aid

My cover of They Might Be Giants' Hearing Aid for the MetaFilter Flood tribute project. [more inside]

posted by usonian at 10:29 AM PST - 9 comments

January 9


workin' undercover...... [more inside]

posted by Josh Rogan at 1:37 PM PST - 0 comments

Whistling in the Dark

Here is my cover of Whistling in the Dark for the Mefi Music tribute to the They Might Be Giants' album Flood, for the album's 25th anniversary. [more inside]

posted by umbú at 12:57 PM PST - 12 comments

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 PST - 6 comments

January 8

You Can Too

Slow-build, lotsasynths, silly sounds

posted by ageispolis at 8:34 PM PST - 0 comments

January 5


Cover of Twisting by They Might Be Giants, for the MetaFilter Music Flood 25th anniversary tribute album. [more inside]

posted by ochenk at 10:04 PM PST - 9 comments


Rhythms and samples

posted by ageispolis at 8:27 PM PST - 1 comments

Shame the Devil (Turn it Up)

Quick if somewhat epic demo knocked together over the weekend... featuring glockenspiel, mellotron, piano, and baritone twang. Video shenanigans featuring multiple clones over here.

posted by Sportswriters at 8:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Beautiful Micro Disco

Well, what you've really got here is 'Beautiful Moment' by Ummagma, which is a lofi acoustic/electronic blend with passionate and melodic male vocals and also 'Micro Macro', which begins in neo-ethno-folk territory but ends up with a burst of indietronica. To boot, here is Ummagma 'Lama (Irregular Disco Workers Remix)' to really throw a wrench in this acoustic lofi approach to making music :)

posted by Brodyaga at 7:25 AM PST - 0 comments

January 2

It won't be the same

Old slow acoustic thing. Live the snare. [more inside]

posted by erikgrande at 10:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Kiev (original version)

A song, or really any artform, can be born from one's happy place, just as it may be born of frustration. It seems these days, that a lot stem from the latter, but this song is notable in that it seeks the former by the end of the song. Doesn't everyone want a light at the end of the tunnel? This is Ummagma 'Kiev' . [more inside]

posted by Brodyaga at 1:39 AM PST - 0 comments