November 2010 Archives (all archives)

November 30

Seeking music notation software

Help! I'm looking for music scoring/notation software... hopefully something that works well with midi and Ableton Live. [more inside] posted by palacewalls at 9:39 PM PST - 6 comments


I thought I'd cross-post this here, since it's hard to hear 50's television / Ren and Stimpy style "light music" without feeling at least a little bit better about your day. PLUS, it's the latest in my series of songs I've written for my dog, and there's a happy story to go along with it. [more inside]

posted by jake at 5:00 PM PST - 24 comments

Open The Toybox

New album - Felonious Bosch "Toybox" / female vocals, strings, violin, sax, bass, drums. Open it up and have a listen! [more inside] posted by omnidrew at 12:04 PM PST - 1 comments

November 28

Into the Night

I was determined to get something into the mefi challenge this month, and what's better subject material than Dracula? Nothing. The mix isn't the best, but I've been playing with it too long, so I'd rather have it out there in the atmosphere. Why not.

posted by SamuraiCarChase at 11:10 AM PST - 4 comments

Jimbob's lost the groove.

This is not a question. This is not a comment. This is not an idea. This is a lament. [more inside] posted by Jimbob at 1:25 AM PST - 11 comments

November 27

This Fried Chicken

A tale of regret and loss. [more inside]

posted by ignignokt at 10:35 PM PST - 1 comments

Hope or Happiness (Take 2)

Another updated song. (From here [more inside]

posted by Zenabi at 7:52 AM PST - 0 comments

November 26

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

An arrangement for solo electric guitar.

posted by gallus at 12:35 PM PST - 20 comments


Another track from Nasoalmo [more inside]

posted by tmcw at 9:14 AM PST - 3 comments

November 25

Dirty Deeds Done Cheap on Mac

What's the best audio scratchpad on the Mac? I'm looking for the equivalent of my old cassette recorder. [more inside] posted by sweet mister at 5:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Magma Planet

A bottom-heavy instrumental that's hopefully not too busy. [more inside]

posted by ignignokt at 1:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Trials, Troubles, Tribulations

The one allotted cover for Nasoalmo: a cover of E C Ball's Trials Troubles Tribulations.

posted by tmcw at 7:16 AM PST - 5 comments

November 24

Simple Town (Full Version)

Feisty powerpop version of the a capella song I posted for the challenge. Man, this was another freakin' difficult song to mix, not least because it was the first one I did on my Yamaha HS50m monitors which Chococat recommended.You know when you go to the bathroom in the middle of the night in a hotel and accidentally turn on the overhead fluorescents and catch yourself stark naked in the most unflattering, pore-revealing detail and sort of gasp in horror? These speakers are like that. You fight them every inch of the way, not trying to get the song sounding good, but just to stop it sound so goddamn bad. [more inside]

posted by unSane at 6:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Unfinished #32

Just a bit more (edited) fun. [more inside]

posted by Zenabi at 9:23 AM PST - 1 comments

(H)Air on a G-String

Because mrs ozzy isn't much into Wagner, we walked down the aisle to this at our recent knot-tying. (With many thanks to frecklefaerie, of course, for the inspiration.) [more inside]

posted by uncleozzy at 7:16 AM PST - 6 comments

November 23


This is my best shot at singing an a capella Brazilian cowboy song. [more inside]

posted by umbĂș at 8:49 PM PST - 9 comments

November 22

Mixing tips and tricks

Mixing tips and tricks: after beating my head against a brick wall trying to mix something on a new set of monitors, I'm in the mood for some input. [more inside] posted by unSane at 6:50 PM PST - 24 comments


Reversing more home-recording habits: a one-track, one-microphone, nuts song.

posted by tmcw at 5:10 PM PST - 0 comments

I Don't Know Anything About These ToysDJ

Looking for Christmas present advice for the family DJ/producer/whatever the hell he actually is. [more inside] posted by theichibun at 2:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Inner Circulation

It started with an architectural term, and then ended with the guy who lived in the bushes next to the dead stripmall in my hometown. Banjo and acoustic guitar.

posted by hanoixan at 9:35 AM PST - 2 comments

little gods by vampire deer

final song of cadillac hill

posted by pyramid termite at 7:55 AM PST - 1 comments

November 21

If I Fell

A boy/girl take on the Hard Day's Night track. [more inside]

posted by useyourmachinegunarm at 8:07 PM PST - 1 comments

Is there a way to get feedback on my DJ mixes on MeFi Music?

Is there a way to get feedback on my DJ mixes on MeFi Music? [more inside] posted by ejfox at 1:51 PM PST - 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 at 7:31 AM PST - 0 comments

November 20

Buckets and Big Ideas

This is a song from my 1993 release, The Big Off, redone with vocals only for this month's MeFiMu Challenge. El cheapo pitch shifter in effect. Video at YouTube or Vimeo. [more inside]

posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:42 PM PST - 7 comments

gasoline girl by vampire deer

9 of 10 of cadillac hill - a spoken word song about a teenage girl with issues - bass, percussion loop and one guitar

posted by pyramid termite at 10:03 AM PST - 0 comments

November 19

Metafilter Complaints Choir

We can do this standing on our heads. [more inside] posted by motty at 9:25 PM PST - 29 comments

Glory Boy

Beet-stained glory boy, purge my sins with poodle freshener. [more inside]

posted by doubtfulpalace at 5:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Queens Is For Subways

Wrote this for my good friends the moths, and their attraction to city street lights.

posted by hanoixan at 1:01 PM PST - 5 comments

we own you by vampire deer

song 8 of 10 of cadillac hill

posted by pyramid termite at 7:13 AM PST - 0 comments

Twist and Doubt (spoken version # 2))

Sometimes you just wanna turn your diddley bow around and bang on it, y'now? Video here. [more inside]

posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:38 AM PST - 2 comments

November 18

Simple Town

A piece of pop fluff for the a capella challenge. [more inside]

posted by unSane at 2:21 PM PST - 9 comments


November Music Challenge. A cappella rendition of a boards of canada song. [more inside]

posted by onehalfjunco at 12:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Four Fathers

A composite sketch of half the kids in my neighborhood growing up, two versions, split to stereo left and right.

posted by hanoixan at 10:17 AM PST - 5 comments

November 17

Lingua Franca (Chop It Up)

MeFi Music could use a little more rap, don't you think? Here's a song from our second album dealing with friends of a new significant other running interference on your blossoming relationship. (I perform the first and third verse.) Lyrics within. [more inside]

posted by bayani at 3:25 PM PST - 3 comments


A bit of an emo sketch, playing with vocal textures in cool edit. [more inside]

posted by freya_lamb at 1:27 PM PST - 4 comments

crows over america by vampire deer

song 7 of 10 of cadillac hill

posted by pyramid termite at 9:21 AM PST - 0 comments

Something Happens

A VU style riffer. I recorded this a few years ago and just rediscovered it. I am quite fond of this one and the silly, posturing lyrics. [more inside]

posted by tunewell at 2:14 AM PST - 3 comments

November 16


Party like it's 1439

posted by CarrotAdventure at 9:53 PM PST - 2 comments

jump frog jump by vampire deer

song 6 of 10 of cadillac hill

posted by pyramid termite at 9:12 AM PST - 1 comments

November 15


The first track finished in my NaSoAlMo/hometpng efforts. Long live November! [more inside]

posted by tmcw at 8:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Beautiful Ships

Previously. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 8:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Guitar is My Gun

Self explanatory. [more inside]

posted by Disbro at 6:04 PM PST - 4 comments

The Worst Things

always win.

posted by chococat at 3:13 PM PST - 47 comments

mirrors by vampire deer

song 5 of 10 of cadillac hill - i speak instead of sing on this one

posted by pyramid termite at 8:12 AM PST - 1 comments

November 14


November challenge entry. 60bpm, naturally. I offer no apologies for the darkness of this one. I hope the ticking isn't cheating re the vocals-only criterion. Lyric contains some strong language. [more inside]

posted by MajorDundee at 1:38 PM PST - 4 comments

when the morning comes to your window by vampire deer

song 4 of 10 of cadillac hill

posted by pyramid termite at 8:05 AM PST - 1 comments

November 13


Sade meets ELO. Made with NanoStudio on iPod.

posted by itchylick at 9:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Para ti no es premio

For the November 'vocalsonly' challenge.

posted by micayetoca at 4:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Personal musical standards and the perception/expectations of listeners. Discuss. You may consult the course text: "Seething Resentment: A Practical Guide"

Prompted by a response I just made to a comment by Karlos on a recent upload of mine, I thought that this might be an area of wider interest - it's certainly something that intrigues me. Here's my response to Karlos: What I'm trying to do with stuff like this is to test some of my own perceptions, standards and boundaries. I get quite a lot of comments about my stuff being "smooth" or "well produced/mixed" and gentle criticism about it being "too musicianly" or "complicated". These are nice things to hear and MeFites are generally kindly and well-meaning souls, but I guess I want to experiment with what listeners actually perceive as important and unimportant, critical and uncritical. What do people really hear in a track?? What do they filter out?? Why?? Hence I deliberately left things in this mix of a fairly average track (so I'm not fucking up something I think is really good) that normally I wouldn't allow to be "released" just to see if anyone says "Christ, those backing vocals suck the big one and totally ruin the track". Naturally the "experiment" depends upon people actually listening to a track! But that's beside the point in terms of a wider discussion on this topic. How much, for instance, do you care if parts of a vocal or guitar solo are out of tune? posted by MajorDundee at 2:35 AM PST - 19 comments

November 12

All the Stages Beneath your Feet

I wrote these pieces for a video game I'm making. Here they are, all together in a line. [more inside]

posted by Pecinpah at 3:24 PM PST - 2 comments

I've Got A Feeling That I'm Everything I Never Wanted To Be

p p powerpoptastic innit.....sort of [more inside]

posted by MajorDundee at 6:28 AM PST - 16 comments

November 11


It's a new power pop composition. It's been a while since I posted a new song, and since this one makes me happy right now, I thought you might like it too. [more inside]

posted by grubi at 7:43 AM PST - 5 comments

candles by vampire deer

song 3 of 10 of cadillac hill

posted by pyramid termite at 7:35 AM PST - 1 comments

November 10

OK Demons

Song from my band Steady Habits' upcoming EP, "Making Enemies at the Bar". Late 90s-esque third wave ska in all its pop-punk influenced glory. Saccharine as hell, but whatever. If you dig the track and want to help us put it up on vinyl, feel free to pop some scratch into our Kickstarter site. Thanks dudes!

posted by Mali at 4:59 PM PST - 0 comments

The Church's Desolation (and Old Hundred)

Guitar, banjo, and vox arrangement of the shapenote tune, The Church's Desolation, number 89 in The Sacred Harp. A quick fingerstyle arrangement of Old Hundred (49 on the top) was tacked onto the front. [more inside]

posted by The White Hat at 3:59 PM PST - 2 comments

My List of Love

Another song for tweens [more inside]

posted by minifigs at 12:21 PM PST - 4 comments

The Robots Are Coming

A very short new wave song by The Peter O'Tooles. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 8:05 AM PST - 1 comments

not gloria by vampire deer

song 2 of 10 of cadillac hill

posted by pyramid termite at 7:16 AM PST - 0 comments

November 9


The only good thing about having a sore throat is that for a brief window of time I can hit some low notes. I was too sick today to concentrate on any real work but this was lying around half-finished so I took it another quarter of the way. Despite the title, this is not a murder ballad but a song about the day I realized Ms. unSane might (eventually) become Mrs unSane. Features a totally fake Hawaiian guitar, one of the rare moments where my surf playing has spilled over into one of my songs. [more inside]

posted by unSane at 6:48 PM PST - 3 comments

That's the Way It Wiggles

Another version of a song I've posted here twice before. This one is performed using my brand new mouthbow, which uses a band of rattan instead of a metal string. Video here. [more inside]

posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:14 PM PST - 1 comments

cadillac hill - vampire deer

song 1 of 10 of cadillac hill

posted by pyramid termite at 7:03 AM PST - 1 comments

November 7

You and San Francisco (Lighters Out Mix)

The (hopefully) final mix of Y&SF with all the problems fixed and Major Dundee's epic solo finally loud and proud before the last chorus. [more inside]

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

November 6

Bearded Dragon 2

Another improv track riffing off of the previous Bearded Dragon. This was the last time the Slimelords/the Next ever played together. We broke up shortly after some pictures of us were taken together that same night.

posted by reklus at 11:13 PM PST - 2 comments


I was part of a bill the other night that included some amazing khomus (jews harp) players from Sakha, Siberia. It was an evening of boing and twang that I was honored to be a part of. Here's a piece of mine from that night - I'm playing the mouthbow. Video here.

posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Early sign up thread for January challenge.

The January challenge will be on the theme of collaboration so our Dear Leader snsranch has asked me to open an early bird thread where we can raise our hands in the air and try to figure out who's going to collaborate with whom, and how the whole thing's gonna work. [more inside] posted by unSane at 5:25 PM PST - 89 comments

November 5

Party Gorilla!

Lyrics and text by The Oatmeal, taken from his brilliant comic. I basically read it and thought "Cortex should turn this into a hyper-ballad." Man vs sun then suggested we should make one, instead. Here is the result. [more inside]

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


improvised jazz solo on accordion. Turned in for college credit as a melody exercise. [more inside]

posted by Jenkiins at 5:10 PM PST - 0 comments

Real Talk to Meffy

Some freestyling over all-vocal beats. Featuring Cheeks. [more inside]

posted by frecklefaerie at 3:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Tarifa Madness

Another bite sized morsel of crispy guitar-driven instro-surf for you. [more inside]

posted by unSane at 12:16 PM PST - 5 comments

November 3

The Restless Vampire

A song for tweens about a vampire going through some self-identification issues. [more inside]

posted by minifigs at 4:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Don't Fool Me (Fixed Mix)

Final mix of the song I posted a couple of days ago incorporating a couple of changes suggested by uncleozzy. [more inside]

posted by unSane at 12:03 PM PST - 3 comments

November 1

Love and Pride (Ex-Machina Mix)

Just in time for Election Day, an anthem for the politically conservative. [more inside]

posted by NemesisVex at 11:06 PM PST - 2 comments


Recorded 2 October, 2010 at the Oklahoma Composers Association Salon Concert in Norman, OK, this is a live improvisation with the aid of our audience. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 10:57 PM PST - 2 comments

MeFi Music Challenge For November

Thanks and a big Hooray for everyone who participated in the October, Scary Challenge! Some really great songs and sounds came out of that. Woo Hoo! [more inside] posted by snsranch at 5:02 PM PST - 42 comments

Getting the first track down

Recording by myself... I want a drum track to play along to but creating an entire drum track from scratch is hard. How do you do it? [more inside] posted by Post-it Goat at 1:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Power (Time to Turn)

Obviously, I couldn't decide on a title, so I used parentheses. Pretty straight-up rock, with synth adding some color to the guitar melodies, and a somewhat anthemic turn toward the end. [more inside]

posted by Wolfdog at 11:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Keep Your Hands Off Of It

My cover of a Jerry Lee Lewis outtake, a breathtakingly stupid song. Video at YouTube or Vimeo. Note: audio version includes special introduction not heard on video! Video, on the other hand, includes beautiful girl with weird hair emerging from a tube! [more inside]

posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Bridging the Gap

Rock Band 3's new keyboard peripheral and Fender Mustang Pro Guitar, from a music creation perspective. [more inside] posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 12:20 AM PST - 6 comments