October 2009 Archives (all archives)

October 31


Culted was conceived after watching a special on Mass Murderers. An industrial sound with cinematic undertones and a touch of electronica. [more inside]

posted by The Audio Invasion at 6:53 PM PST - 1 comments

No One Lives Forever

On this Day of the Dead, I bring you this festive reminder: no matter where you run, no matter where you hide, the Grim Reaper will catch you. He'll also catch your cat, he'll catch your dog, he'll catch your goldfish; he's gonna get us all. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 2:07 AM PST - 5 comments

October 30


For my first MeFiMu post, I decided to whip up a recording of this bit o'sad bastard piano balladry. It's a rough recording, all pretty much first takes, but I think it works well enough. (And no, despite the title, this is not a Halloween challenge entry.) [more inside]

posted by anthom at 9:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Broken Wheel (edit)

Turbocharged acoustic. Love and regret. So it goes. [more inside]

posted by MajorDundee at 4:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Bed of Nails

Recorded in response to the way we punish women who fight back against abusive partners. there are many examples of Women speaking up in opposition to violence by partners... but in My experience it seems men often try to argue (ignoring the facts and statistics) that "women are 'just as' abusive" [more inside]

posted by infinite intimation at 2:26 PM PST - 1 comments

Out of the Green and Into the Black

How best to stay on beat, then find out how I sound to an audience. [more inside] posted by cmoj at 12:09 PM PST - 6 comments


this is where the pro and anti gravity forces meet

posted by kimyo at 10:11 AM PST - 2 comments

October 29


Looking through old external HD backups can result in finding some great songs I don't remember writing. [more inside]

posted by azarbayejani at 3:24 PM PST - 1 comments


This is... baroque electronic dance rock? Well, perhaps. I think it will keep you entertained for 5 minutes, at any rate. There are a lot of things that go whoosh, a thing that goes ping, and rather a lot of things doing things near the end. [more inside]

posted by Wolfdog at 3:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Benny Ain't a Thang

On the heels of onehalfjunco's Lithium Spanish Flea, Jay-Z's "Money Ain't a Thang" sung to the tune of Boots Randolph's "Yackety Sax"

posted by orville sash at 1:29 PM PST - 1 comments

Sleep in the temple

I recorded my first band. ( Nessie James & The Unknowns) Was my first paid studio gig time. This is the 2nd mix of sorts. Still more to add. [more inside]

posted by american caesar at 2:29 AM PST - 1 comments

October 28

Texas 89

A song I wrote about a trip to Texas with a girl in 1989. [more inside]

posted by crapples at 5:35 PM PST - 4 comments


A song both about being tired, that attempts to make you tired. In a good way. [more inside]

posted by toekneebullard at 1:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Simple mixing desk for the home studio?

What kind of desk do you produce on? By that I mean, what kind of actual table or desk do you sit at when you are producing music? Can you recommend something? [more inside] posted by chillmost at 8:11 AM PST - 6 comments

October 27

Lithium Spanish Flea

A mashup of Nirvana's "Lithium", and Herb Alpert's "Spanish Flea." [more inside]

posted by onehalfjunco at 11:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Oh sheeps

Just some music I just made just now. [more inside]

posted by cloeburner at 10:17 PM PST - 1 comments

Single Ladies Want Candy

Two and a half years after this, here's another mashup made for fun: "Single Ladies" vs "I want candy." [more inside]

posted by davejay at 4:27 PM PST - 3 comments

October 26

Aleatoric Boogie Man

Sometimes, even that which goes bump in the night has to get down with chance. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 6:27 PM PST - 1 comments

Here In Space (It's Nice)

happy drone; space is nice

posted by dagosto at 4:09 PM PST - 2 comments

October 25

modified block format

Glitchy, build-upy piano-lead electronica track I made in Buzz Tracker a few years ago. [more inside]

posted by ropeladder at 9:06 PM PST - 2 comments

No Known Survivors

Something horrible has happened in this place. It will never be the same. Be thankful you weren't present. [more inside]

posted by man vs sun at 8:43 PM PST - 2 comments

When Shall We Three Meet Again?

Featuring, in thier MeFiMu debut, the three resident witches of the Dundee household - the High Teas (geddit?). We're anticipating a call from the Royal Shakespeare Compnay any time about now....... so - Mirren, Dench et al - feel the fear...

posted by MajorDundee at 10:58 AM PST - 4 comments

October 24

One day at a time; sunlight and starligh fall silently in line.

serendipitous collaboration on a (haunting) song. [more inside]

posted by infinite intimation at 9:31 PM PST - 3 comments


A beepy bloop guitar song. [more inside]

posted by 3FLryan at 7:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Old Friend

It's been way, way, way too long since I posted any music here, or in fact recorded anything. Anyway, it's always rough starting back up, but always a little interesting. Here's a song I was planning on submitting for the monthly challenge, but apparently I am unable to make scary music. [more inside]

posted by tmcw at 12:54 PM PST - 4 comments

October 23

Vampire Dub No. 13

I don't know what's scarier: re-imagining your favorite early-60s Halloween novelty record sounds as Garageband "dub," a full MIDI trumpet section, or the slug people who overtake the vampires late in the song. (You'll know it when you hear it.)

posted by ford and the prefects at 11:38 PM PST - 3 comments


It's so hard to see through the filth and the grime.

posted by chococat at 8:14 PM PST - 16 comments

Subway Stare

Another archival excavation in lieu of forthcoming new material. This one is actually little more than an extended idea/seed. If anyone has suggestions for improvements/changes I'd, as ever, be interested to hear them. [more inside]

posted by MajorDundee at 4:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Affording Good Beheadings

This is a song I wrote in late August, for bingo's Revolving Floor project. [more inside]

posted by cortex at 12:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Oyohoyi ho Hi

Quake with fear, for this is where the wild things are. Or at least emanate forth from. [more inside]

posted by infinite intimation at 1:05 AM PST - 1 comments

October 22


Nothing says "Happy 50th birthday" to your first musical hero like completely destroying one of his best songs! [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 10:25 PM PST - 2 comments

October 21


Soft piano with acoustic backing... [more inside]

posted by The Audio Invasion at 8:14 AM PST - 6 comments

October 20

Smells like Hell

A scary song about my smelly apartment that will hopefully make you nauseous. [more inside]

posted by abc123xyzinfinity at 10:59 PM PST - 1 comments

October 19

Raven (Do As Infinity cover)

Does covering the ending theme of a Japanese horror movie count as a scary song for this month's challenge? Well, I'm posting it anyway. The only thing scary is thinking I can singing like Van Tomiko.

posted by NemesisVex at 5:00 PM PST - 0 comments

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 at 11:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Halloween 97/98

Little ditty about young love, the joys of suburban Massachusetts in autumn, and the allure of all those wonderful things behind the counter at drugstores. [more inside]

posted by es_de_bah at 11:03 AM PST - 7 comments

October 18

Sauvie Island

A short, two chord song that is a true story. [more inside]

posted by Corduroy at 6:37 PM PST - 8 comments

dick up the jams

HTEETH remix of Carpet of Sexy vaguely referencing the MC5 [more inside]

posted by idiopath at 6:34 PM PST - 4 comments

All Tomorrow's Parties

Quite a few tomorrows later, my August challenge entry. [more inside]

posted by InfidelZombie at 4:39 PM PST - 3 comments


Adapted from a Poem by James Joyce, from "Chamber Music." [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 3:51 PM PST - 4 comments

I'll show you mine, if you show me yours!

I would guess that many of you MefiMusicians are much like me - fast PC/Mac, DAW of choice (Pro Tools, Cubase, Sonar, Reaper, etc.), good interface, a couple of nice pre-amps plus a couple of nice mics (and some decent-ish monitors, but never quite getting round to doing the proper studio acoustics thing!) - recording yourself, collaborations and local bands. If so, and you like me are largely self-taught, the good old interwebs is a great resource for advice, reviews, technique, etc. I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the online resources that we all use, so here's my "starter for ten". I have listed the forums I use pretty much daily, plus also the websites I have grabbed some fantastic, free, impulse responses from. (If you haven't already tried using a convolution reverb yet I would definitely recommend it, I use the one bundled with Reaper, but there are several free VST convolution plug ins.) [more inside] posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar at 3:47 PM PST - 20 comments

G.I. Flow

A very detailed rap about Gastrointestinal physiology that I wrote and recorded while studying for a GI physiology exam a few months ago. [more inside]

posted by swellingitchingbrain at 6:27 AM PST - 1 comments

October 17

Recording acoustic guitars

Thought I'd share a technique I've stumbled upon.... [more inside] posted by MajorDundee at 4:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Robot Bambi Finds His Mother

What I hope deep down inside is that someday there will be a music video for this song detailing what the title suggests.

posted by CarrotAdventure at 8:39 AM PST - 3 comments

October 16

Healing Hands

This doesn't sound scary, but it's about something that is.... [more inside]

posted by MajorDundee at 4:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Love of Luxury (Lake Heartbeat's Lake Luxury Remix)

hi, music! we got this awesome remix done of our first single and i wanted to share it. for you to enjoy! [more inside]

posted by setanor at 4:19 PM PST - 3 comments

October 15

Day Life

I was digging through some things the other day and found this poem from someone I loved fifteen years ago. It shook me up at the time. I saw her a while back and told her I would eventually turn into a song...

posted by chiefbluefeather at 10:30 PM PST - 0 comments


a song by my band, fm campers. don't really know where this falls, genre-wise... electronic rock noise-pop? [more inside]

posted by Espoo2 at 12:26 AM PST - 5 comments

October 14

Ounce of Bounce

This is a quick thing I did on an the Alesis Andromeda I have on lone at the moment. I think it's kinda fun.

posted by dagosto at 4:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Canadian Duty on U.S. Pickups?

Having just recently bought a new acoustic guitar, I've been looking into pickups and am considering the LR Baggs M1 Active. [more inside] posted by chococat at 10:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Deep Fried is OK

A thumpy experiment with the Crystal VST. [more inside]

posted by vanar sena at 9:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Bride of the Creature From the Deep

Because I always liked when old songs had sequels. [more inside]

posted by uncleozzy at 7:25 AM PST - 5 comments

October 13


A sketch of a song - trying out a new recording setup (Maschine + Live) [more inside]

posted by soplerfo at 1:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Let It Go Or Give In, Take 2

This is a wicked rough, one take demo of one of the seven songs I will be recording with a full band for my EP. I would love to hear about what you think. [more inside]

posted by pazazygeek at 12:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Protect Dem Diplomatz

This is a song about protecting diplomats [more inside]

posted by orville sash at 8:00 AM PST - 5 comments

October 12

Vanity (Tattletale)

Regarding living among humans. I've finally completed recording, mixing and mastering the first song using my new Logic Express-based studio. How's the mix? Can you hear everything? Does it have too much bass?

posted by ZenMasterThis at 2:06 PM PST - 0 comments

The David Lee Roth Isolated Vocal Track Piano

Oh god. Oh god, it's running. [more inside]

posted by speicus at 10:51 AM PST - 17 comments

Looking at Witches

I am re-posting this at the suggestion of another user, this time with lyrics included. This and others are available here. Looking at Wiches Some say they're having a pretty good time And they're working on quitting this town. Everything's working out fine for me. You should see the way I get around. Like a dry drunk Down at the mall. Looking at watches, He feels something crawl Out of a memory He has of a girl. Looking at witches, Down at the mall. And ain't we got friends that are long ago gone and that's all that we want them to be? Nothing but nothing And nothing alone Could make them mean nothing to me. Sometimes in winter you get to go home. You get to dress darkly. You hang up the phone. You walk home from Pittsburgh With one thing in mind. Sometimes in winter, you leave things behind. And we miss when you sing Those old country songs. We get them for free around here, but we don't keep them long. Because we can't keep them long.

posted by Jawbones at 8:50 AM PST - 2 comments

October 10


Adapted from a poem by James Joyce, from his collection "Chamber Music." [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 10:22 PM PST - 0 comments

(don't fear the) reaper

yeah, but with cello instead. and lush deep female frontvox. [more inside]

posted by kimyo at 10:12 PM PST - 17 comments

The Fear

Another one from the deep archives, and yet very much in tune with the monthly challenge. Originally credited to LSD49, it's an edit of an edit of a remix of an extended jam. [more inside]

posted by philip-random at 8:32 PM PST - 1 comments

October 9

Night Sparrow's Confusion Song

My foray into composing music electronically. [more inside]

posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 1:45 PM PST - 3 comments

The Podcast Piano

Inspired by Peter Ablinger's speaking piano, and featuring three familiar voices. [more inside]

posted by speicus at 10:22 AM PST - 7 comments

October 8

Chemin Des Dames

An ancient and extremely rough instrumental demo. Written after a visit to the battlefields of Flanders. It's not scary.......just a little bit haunted........ [more inside]

posted by MajorDundee at 3:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Haunted Backyard

Halloween music for choreographed skeletons, skeletons on bikes in the B part.

posted by mundy at 2:26 PM PST - 5 comments

October 7

Half the World (REM cover)

my version of this.

posted by at the crossroads at 10:40 PM PST - 5 comments


Oh, those stupid things we do to get some or to find someone. I can think back and laugh...some I'd like to forget. [more inside]

posted by MadRat at 5:26 PM PST - 0 comments


6 categories of word smithing, one book = bible, and a thesaurus is the brief version! Enjoy... [more inside]

posted by Mz_Jai at 2:49 PM PST - 0 comments

International Flights with Instruments

International Flights with Acoustic Instruments: I"m flying from UK to Australia on Cathay Pacific (Economy) and need to take an Acoustic Guitar. Whats the deal? [more inside] posted by mary8nne at 1:24 AM PST - 16 comments

October 5


A follow up to the "Guilty Secrets" thread I guess. This one is basically "unsung heroes" - bands/artists that should have been more successful, long-lived or widely appreciated than they actually were. There is absolutely no purpose in this other than perhaps turning someone on to something good - even if just one person finds something they like that's a success! If I was IT savvy enough I'd make links to YouTube or the albums cited - but I have absolutely no idea how to do that because I'm an old git and, frankly, I just don't give a flying fuck! As before a few of my coodabeens to get the ball rolling.... [more inside] posted by MajorDundee at 1:12 PM PST - 10 comments

There Should Have Been Cake

And it needed to be one of these. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 11:46 AM PST - 1 comments

In Montreal

Ever listened to the Friends theme song and thought: that needs to be sampled and used in a heavy metal ballad? I have. [more inside]

posted by 256 at 9:58 AM PST - 1 comments


An autumnal song about and for walking to work in the rain. Featuring the piano and a heaping amount of spring reverb. [more inside]

posted by dobie at 9:52 AM PST - 12 comments

October 4


Despite the box at the top of the Music page constantly taunting "Updated!" there doesn't seem to be a Music Challenge for October yet. [more inside] posted by Karlos the Jackal at 10:31 PM PST - 17 comments

Sleep, Finally

I actually sing in this song, with lyrics and stuff. It's a first. Ok, it only is like 2 lines. [more inside]

posted by azarbayejani at 10:07 AM PST - 5 comments

October 2

slow the clocks

my grandmother's cuckoo clocks with counter-balances and springs [more inside]

posted by at the crossroads at 11:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Time Will Tell (paleolithic version)

A poorly recorded and very early demo of, I think, may be a promising track. Anyone think it's worth re-recording? If so, suggestions about edits/arrangement/modulations/translocations/ululations/deletions of discombobulations are welcome. [more inside]

posted by MajorDundee at 3:27 PM PST - 4 comments

October 1

River Raid

No relation. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 9:20 PM PST - 2 comments