March 2008 Archives (all archives)

March 31

z day

Zombie gangsta rap? (NSFW lyrics) [more inside]

posted by mediocre at 9:41 PM PST - 4 comments

NaSoPiAlMo No. 6/Flugufrelsarinn

Here's the MIDI playback of a piano piece I wrote for NaSoAlMo back in 2006. I felt cheeky and riffed on Sigur Rós' "Flugufrelsarinn" for the chorus. An actual quote appears toward the end. [more inside]

posted by NemesisVex at 8:47 PM PST - 0 comments

The Rescue at Arisaig

Another true story from my family... [more inside]

posted by LN at 7:01 PM PST - 3 comments


Song I wrote and recorded recently when thinking about how thankful I am for my friends. [more inside]

posted by kingbenny at 2:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Not Dead Yet

"The music starts, the singer screams, there's feedback all to hell. I think I've played this gig before..."

posted by lothar at 10:28 AM PST - 1 comments

Sunday Front Porch

Early morning front porch music... [more inside]

posted by Pecinpah at 4:45 AM PST - 2 comments

Cave Creek Jail

A new song I'm working on for an EP I plan on recording this year. Roughly (super roughly!) recorded - I need some opinions! [more inside]

posted by pazazygeek at 12:00 AM PST - 5 comments

March 30

Cyanotic - Deface (Ad·ver·sary + Dirtybunny = Industrial Strength Mix)

Aggro-industrial stomping, with just a hint of WaxTrax! [more inside]

posted by Jairus at 8:45 AM PST - 5 comments

March 29


Break experiment 109b. This one goes out to all the phreaks.

posted by loquacious at 9:35 PM PST - 2 comments

Hard Times Come Again No More

Just installed new strings and set up my new 3-mic stand; I figured I'd test drive 'em both. [more inside]

posted by The White Hat at 8:55 PM PST - 6 comments

String Quartet No. 1: I. Allegro (remix)

The first time I presented this piece, I had not yet explored the Orkester library in Reason. After I found some very convincing solo strings, I re-recorded the first movement of this string quartet. [more inside]

posted by NemesisVex at 8:48 AM PST - 2 comments

Hey (or how the band did its thing)

A woozy, detached song that builds. My first ever attempt at recording vocals. [more inside]

posted by kersplunk at 2:07 AM PST - 4 comments


L5 crash and burn [more inside]

posted by doctor_negative at 1:00 AM PST - 1 comments

March 28

Secular Humanist Love Song

The title is pretty self-explanatory really. Instruments: piano and reedy voice. [more inside]

posted by Dalton at 8:50 AM PST - 8 comments

March 27


This is a song written and played by a friend of mine, Jesse Owens.

posted by 913 at 8:08 PM PST - 1 comments

Devils Soiree

An attempt at a 70's style outlaw country song. [more inside]

posted by mediocre at 1:38 AM PST - 1 comments

March 26


Because The Sound of Music was on TV this weekend. [more inside]

posted by uncleozzy at 6:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Clab (Vote For Chope 2008)

Greets MeFiMu. I made this song for's Wires5 net release. It's CC'd so feel free share and remix. More technical details inside. [more inside]

posted by _aa_ at 7:34 AM PST - 0 comments

March 25

Stranged Universe

An overly long, low quality, self indulgent metal riff-fest demo with no vocals. [more inside]

posted by mediocre at 6:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Try to act surprised

A song about accepting that bad stuff sometimes does, and will, happen. Written after the untimely death of a relative a year ago. It's not about him per se, but it does make me think of him every time I play it or hear it, just because the song came together at around the time of his passing.

posted by robotot at 4:03 PM PST - 2 comments


After switching from Propellerheads's Reason to Apple's Logic Studio, I went looking for interesting loops and found these. [more inside]

posted by blinks at 9:12 AM PST - 9 comments

March 24

Landing Song

The Olivers are on some rough seas right now, but here's something to guide us all to better shores. [more inside]

posted by Navelgazer at 11:36 PM PST - 0 comments

Octopussy (rough mix)

Another very rough mix from Derailleur's Bond Theme Songs project. I can't remember what the official theme song to Octopussy even was, but I'm sure it didn't rock as hard as ours. [more inside]

posted by COBRA! at 7:39 AM PST - 2 comments

March 23

On the Count of Three

I wrote this song last week and started playing with it this weekend. I'm excited about its potential, but I would looove love love some feedback. [more inside]

posted by pazazygeek at 8:18 PM PST - 6 comments

buried in dirt

A white-boy sci-fi themed (but trying to avoid nerd-core) hip hop track completed recently with a friend. Part of an ongoing project.

posted by mediocre at 5:22 AM PST - 7 comments

March 22


The first track from my forthcoming concept EP. This is a very, very rough demo. [more inside]

posted by Saellys at 7:07 PM PST - 6 comments

March 21

my life of steak and misery

im glad i don't live in Africa

posted by BrnP84 at 10:46 PM PST - 3 comments

March 20

Kissinger's Diaries

A folky ditty about a perceived lack of love in the city.

posted by TheWaves at 3:35 PM PST - 7 comments


An old Magnetic Fields song, replayed and distorted to sound like a new Magnetic Fields song. [more inside]

posted by escabeche at 1:39 PM PST - 2 comments

March 19

a perfect preservative

I pretty li'l ditty about jelly, pirates, and (of course) true love. still getting my bearings as far as recording in my new apartment. two guits and a glockenspiel for the win? [more inside]

posted by es_de_bah at 10:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Hey Jude

Hey Jude in three part (x2) harmony [more inside]

posted by ibfrog at 6:01 PM PST - 3 comments

It's a Fine Day Remix

Song made using the vocals from It's a Fine Day. [more inside]

posted by pwf at 3:05 PM PST - 1 comments


A song about the places that are the most emblematic of your teenage years and the people who you enjoyed spending your time with there. [more inside]

posted by TheWaves at 11:17 AM PST - 5 comments

March 18


definitely born under a water sign.

posted by kimyo at 10:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Trucks n' Stuff: Beck Cover

For no good reason, here is a random cover that came out of an evening spent trying to get to grips with multitracking in Cool Edit pro...

posted by freya_lamb at 4:43 AM PST - 4 comments

March 17

Not The One

You know how sometimes you find yourself in a relationship because everyone thinks you just look so damn good together? Me neither. [more inside]

posted by scottandrew at 8:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Saturday Morning

Because I thought you might need a theme song for your Saturday morning cartoon starring Steven Seagal. [more inside]

posted by uncleozzy at 6:17 PM PST - 6 comments

March 16

You Said

A little folk ballad from Kristy London & The Other Halves, a band from Brisbane, Australia. [more inside]

posted by johanze at 10:29 PM PST - 6 comments

The Shepherd

This is a song based on my favorite poem. [more inside]

posted by Corduroy at 11:05 AM PST - 7 comments

March 15

Boom Chicky Boom

Here's a peppy little number that goes out to all you fine folks out there in MetaFilterland. Instruments in use (in order of appearance!) are mouthbow, talking drum, bamboo rattle, scraper, bass drum, pitchpipe, little bell, and ukulele. [more inside]

posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:51 PM PST - 16 comments

The Hand That Feeds (X-Man Mix)

Trent Reznor, Malcolm X, and George W. Bush meet at last. [more inside]

posted by spiderwire at 7:27 PM PST - 1 comments

March 14

Fantastische Farben

This is a tune I wrote in 05. All the instrument sounds come from an emulated SID chip (Commodore 64) and the drums are a sliced up sample. This song was featured on the "I am 8bit" portion of the King of Kong DVD and now I upload it here to share with my fellow MeFites! I hope you like it.

posted by hellphish at 1:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Gold Plane

A Nina Simone Remix [more inside]

posted by cloeburner at 10:12 AM PST - 1 comments

March 13


A slow drift through a procedural forrest.

posted by doctor_negative at 11:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Through the Night and to the Day

My second adventure in electronic music [more inside]

posted by god particle at 10:45 PM PST - 2 comments

No Questions

Track 10 of 10 from my RPM entry. The vocal melody during the verse-ish bits is maybe a little too simple, but the whole song for me is kinda justified by the breakdown, which is the best I think I've ever gotten my voice to sound when recorded.

posted by sparkletone at 7:11 PM PST - 1 comments

Live Like You Were Dyin'

A slightly uptempo cover of Tim McGraw's hit, recorded sometime in late 2004. [more inside]

posted by uncleozzy at 5:57 PM PST - 4 comments


A brief petrological survey.

posted by Espy Gillespie at 10:40 AM PST - 2 comments

March 12

The Happiness of Not Having to Lift Things

This is a new piece our band, Falex9, is developing. We didn't know what to do with it lyric-wise until after we finally got a permanent rehearsal room in Seattle and realized how happy we were that we didn't have to lug our gear around anymore. The song may have a slightly deeper meaning in the future as we refine the lyrics / music. Either way, it's been a fun playing it. [more inside]

posted by augustweed at 2:30 PM PST - 2 comments

A prisoner of the Caucasus

Russian DJ a prisoner of the Caucasus

posted by ratla at 11:45 AM PST - 4 comments


A spazzy, ambient Gameboy tribute to Asia [the band?] and Leon Thomas. [more inside]

posted by cloeburner at 6:30 AM PST - 2 comments

March 11

The Simple Truth

One of my two favorites from my RPM entry. I didn't have time to get a good vocal take, so it's a first take. It's not that weak though (the effects I would've put on it regardless). [more inside]

posted by sparkletone at 10:44 PM PST - 1 comments

Island of no luck

Island of bad luck

posted by ratla at 9:52 AM PST - 4 comments

Curious Little Smile

About twice a year I'm charged with the task of making music for a Japanese design house's fashion shows. One of this season's pieces, for Tokyo Fashion Week, needed to be "airy and pretty and happy", which is not exactly a vein of musical expression that I normally fall into naturally, but, hey, gotta give the bossman what he wants, right? Anyway, this instrumental piece (5:42) is what I came up with.

posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:32 AM PST - 20 comments

March 10

I'm Afriad That There Has Been an Accident

But it was quick and it was painless.

posted by The Great Big Mulp at 11:11 PM PST - 9 comments


As with "Untold Demons", this song dates back to the late '80s and was extensively reworked (read: rewritten) in 2006. Duran Duran was a big influence on me back then, so for the update, I tried to imagine a Duran Duran song without Nick Rhodes. [more inside]

posted by NemesisVex at 10:28 PM PST - 1 comments

You Will Soon Be Dead

A real song! I kind of like the way it floats on before that ... off, bottom-of-the-well creepy harmony thing at the end. I dunno. 8 of 10 from my RPM entry.

posted by sparkletone at 9:40 PM PST - 0 comments

come next saturday - vampire deer

song 10 of 10 for my rpm album, wolf moon

posted by pyramid termite at 9:34 PM PST - 0 comments

Riff tide

Some simple arpeggios and other guitar improvs [more inside]

posted by ibfrog at 8:22 PM PST - 2 comments

We Almost Lost Detroit

A living room rendition. [more inside]

posted by micayetoca at 12:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Snow Girl

Russian DJ

posted by ratla at 6:57 AM PST - 4 comments

A New Year

Today's forecast calls for a wintry mix of snow and melancholy. [more inside]

posted by scottandrew at 12:58 AM PST - 2 comments

March 9

We're The Ones

In which I do a bad Liars impression. 7 of 10 from my RPM entry.

posted by sparkletone at 7:00 PM PST - 2 comments

sunflower - vampire deer

track 9 of 10 from the rpm album wolf moon

posted by pyramid termite at 2:45 PM PST - 1 comments

Make it True

Influenced by Afro-pop. Voice, percussion, and a little guitar. [more inside]

posted by strangeguitars at 9:23 AM PST - 0 comments

That's All

Here's a somewhat sappy song about a former lady friend in DADF#A (I broke my high E string the other night, so no tuning for that one). I wrote and put it together this morning. [more inside]

posted by Corduroy at 9:22 AM PST - 5 comments


Hay guys, look, I made a real song for once! It's pretty good too. [more inside]

posted by tehloki at 4:58 AM PST - 8 comments

I Will

Uninspired cover of a Radiohead tune. [more inside]

posted by knave at 4:55 AM PST - 0 comments

March 8


This is the reaction to my constant enthusiasm about music theory: I strung up my first guitar, a 3/4 size steel-string classical, with a mismatch of electric guitar strings, and tuned it BF#BBBD#. Then just played whatever. It made for an entertaining spring break and a kind of 'endearing' song.

posted by tmcw at 7:52 PM PST - 5 comments

wolf moon - vampire deer

song 8 of 10 for the rpm album wolf moon - tuning dgddad

posted by pyramid termite at 2:19 PM PST - 0 comments


Track 6 of 10 from my RPM08 entry. I think of all the underdeveloped tracks, this one's my favorite. A bit more time/work and it could be quite the heavy hitter.

posted by sparkletone at 4:01 AM PST - 0 comments

March 7


More 12-string fingerstyle. This time the tuning is DADDAD. [more inside]

posted by umbú at 8:25 PM PST - 2 comments


In which I squeak, squawk, and warble through a really, really loud cover of a Dan Bern song. [more inside]

posted by uncleozzy at 4:36 PM PST - 2 comments


Wank wank wank wank wank. [more inside]

posted by Evstar at 8:53 AM PST - 1 comments

wednesday afternoon - vampire deer

song 7 of 10 from my rpm 08 album, wolf moon

posted by pyramid termite at 6:44 AM PST - 1 comments

Wasting Time

Yet another track from my RPM challenge entry (5 of 10, as a matter of fact). Named rather literally, as this song isn't terribly developed and was kept around simply because it filled up some space.

posted by sparkletone at 2:18 AM PST - 0 comments

March 6

Fidelity (Cover)

I've had this Regina Spektor song stuck in my goddam head for weeks now + I haven't recorded any songs for months = this sloppy, lots-of-stuff-going-on cover recorded in a rut-exorcising session this afternoon and evening. [more inside]

posted by cortex at 9:26 PM PST - 16 comments

Imprint, v. 1.1

This first time I presented this song, I made a drastic edit to the melody that turned out to be unsuccessful. Also, my singing sucked. [more inside]

posted by NemesisVex at 8:05 PM PST - 1 comments

Life Through Veils

Old recording from 1990. Music Recorded live, with the middle section and ending being written extemporaneously in the studio, vocals are the only overdubs. Originally 24 track, but this was rescued from cassette, hence the crap quality. I wrote the music and the singer wrote the words and melody. I sang backup. [more inside]

posted by Devils Rancher at 7:30 PM PST - 4 comments

mission has failed reprise (with Video)

I've posted this song here previously, but I wanted to share the video I made for it with the help of my lovely and talented assistant Jacob Guza. Hope you enjoy. NSFW lyrics/youtube [more inside]

posted by es_de_bah at 12:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Kisses (demo)

Sappy name I know, but just give it a listen and chill the hell out. [more inside]

posted by iamcrispy at 12:10 PM PST - 1 comments

the collection - vampire deer

song 6 of 10 of the 2008 rpm album, wolf moon

posted by pyramid termite at 6:18 AM PST - 0 comments

Cheese Whiz

I have no idea why I decided to choose that name half a life ago. It is a 12-string fingerstyle barnburner played with pinky slide. [more inside]

posted by umbú at 4:34 AM PST - 10 comments

You Were Not Built To Last

As much of an experiment in Wacky Vocal Effects as it is a proper song, from my point of view. I like the end bit with the keyboard part and the strange cycling. I'm surprised at how many people I've shown my RPM challenge entry to really like this one (It's one of the underdeveloped ones, as far as I'm concerned).

posted by sparkletone at 12:42 AM PST - 2 comments

March 5

Three Miles Away...

Not a leak! No pepsi blue. Just want to say "it was here first" :D [more inside]

posted by [son] QUAALUDE at 10:04 PM PST - 1 comments


collaborationfilter: featuring the unbelievable Harvey Girls. [more inside]

posted by micayetoca at 1:19 PM PST - 16 comments

sonic youth vs. john fahey

To rock or to pick? That seemed to be struggle that played out on this old cassette that I recently dug up and digitized. This is another 12-string fingerstyle tune in an alternate tuning (Cc Gg Cc gg gc ce). I played around with tuning the double-coursed strings to different notes.

posted by umbú at 3:27 AM PST - 4 comments


A Gameboy tribute to Charlottesville. [more inside]

posted by cloeburner at 12:16 AM PST - 4 comments

March 4


Third track from RPM08 thing.

posted by sparkletone at 11:10 PM PST - 0 comments


An instrumental composed in an electronic music suite. And I barely knew what the fuck I was doing. [more inside]

posted by not_on_display at 10:41 PM PST - 1 comments

The Last Time I Saw Moscow

A very lo-fi one-take recording by The Grandma Sylvias. Acoustic guitar and vocals only; all apparent distortion is coming from knobs turned very high. [more inside]

posted by escabeche at 9:10 PM PST - 0 comments

Take It Apart

Back in the late '80s, I challeneged myself to write a song in a style I usually dislike. Soul II Soul's "Back to Life" and "Keep On Movin'" were all over the radio back then, so I used them as a model. [more inside]

posted by NemesisVex at 8:28 PM PST - 1 comments

Investment Realtor

Credit to Jimmy Garrison on bass. An old collage of my own samples plus his bass from the live recording of A love Supreme.

posted by Evstar at 7:39 PM PST - 1 comments

Sparkle and Shine

Yes, this is an Econoline Crush cover. Yes, it is SUPER CHEESY. [more inside]

posted by tehloki at 4:35 PM PST - 0 comments


after the recent posts from umbu and corduroy, I couldn't resist upping this. I tried... but... Wasn't designed to and isn't specifically related to, but I'd like to dedicate it to the memory of jeff healey.

posted by nicolin at 1:52 PM PST - 3 comments

surrey day by vampire deer

song 5 of 10 of the rpm 08 album wolf moon

posted by pyramid termite at 6:01 AM PST - 2 comments


Another fingerstyle tune from the cassette time capsule. This one was recorded on a six-string with my friends backing me up on cello and percussion.

posted by umbú at 1:10 AM PST - 5 comments

March 3

Left Hand/Right Hand

A new wave song vaguely in the style of Blondie, with a masturbatory guitar solo at the end to drive the point home. [more inside]

posted by saulgoodman at 8:31 PM PST - 4 comments


Second track from my RPM08 entry, and the first proper song. I find it kind of humorous and rather like the beat (and some, but not all of the heavy vocal processing). I couldn't quite get the chorus right but the creepy-processed-whisper-thing is a not-so-bad substitute. [more inside]

posted by sparkletone at 8:19 PM PST - 1 comments

Untold Demons

I unearthed the very first song I wrote in 1986 and flinched at all the clueless chord progressions my 14-year-old self used. But I could sense some potential behind a few of the ideas. So I reworked it extensively and brought out more of the subliminal inspiration that went into: mid-'80s Heart. [more inside]

posted by NemesisVex at 7:44 PM PST - 4 comments


I took a second crack at this not-a-love-song from my 2002 collection "Same As It Never Was." [more inside]

posted by uncleozzy at 6:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Carry On

Another of my RPM Challenge 2008 songs.

posted by InfidelZombie at 8:20 AM PST - 3 comments

dance in the ruins - vampire deer

song 4 of 10 of the rpm 08 album wolf moon

posted by pyramid termite at 5:52 AM PST - 0 comments

March 2


Here is a song without words, yet. I've got some questions on the inside. [more inside]

posted by Corduroy at 7:40 PM PST - 9 comments

I miss my old 12-string

A fingerpicking tune I four-tracked way back when (1990). [more inside]

posted by umbú at 7:12 PM PST - 10 comments

One of the Perks of Being a Well-Known, Albeit Ineffective Superhero

This is the fourth (and maybe final) People Will Blink song posted on this page. This one is definitely a prog-rock tune. It's about a day in the life of a superhero who doesn't really.... do anything. But there's an epic battle at the end. [more inside]

posted by rosco731 at 9:05 AM PST - 1 comments

March 1

Secret Book (Vocal Mix - Redux)

Due to popular demand, here's yet another mix of "Secret Book" with vocals, as originally posted here and here. [more inside]

posted by saulgoodman at 8:04 PM PST - 3 comments

A Race To The Ground

The first track from my entry for RPM08. Not much to say about it. Just a little 90-second mood-setter type thing.

posted by sparkletone at 6:14 PM PST - 0 comments

Forever Mr. Never Wrong

A happy little song about a very annoying man. [more inside]

posted by InfidelZombie at 5:47 PM PST - 0 comments

dread captain - vampire deer

song 3 of 10 - for the rpm 08 album wolf moon

posted by pyramid termite at 11:01 AM PST - 0 comments

Dot Mattress

A twin-size 2-dimensional array of sound. For you.

posted by Espy Gillespie at 10:24 AM PST - 4 comments

piltdown part 7

jazz tune. also, "jazz" tune. [more inside]

posted by sleepy pete at 7:42 AM PST - 8 comments


Just a song about a girl. [more inside]

posted by Tlogmer at 5:58 AM PST - 1 comments