May 2012 Archives (all archives)

May 31

(Hermione Granger) No Stranger to Me

First time I tried to 'write' a song. It's just a silly jokey nerdy number with a few fluffed lines and a sub par singer. At least I didn't go with the rap idea I originally had... and yet some of it still lingers for some reason. Anyway, just a bit of fun, I hope some of you enjoy it.

posted by Elmore at 3:42 PM PST - 4 comments


2003, swingy melodic techno [more inside]

posted by balistic at 2:47 PM PST - 4 comments

"Know" via The Sweet Language

A new tune from my songwriting circle. Enjoy!

posted by sarastro at 11:39 AM PST - 0 comments

May 30

Midnight improv

Turn off the lights, hit record and just play. [more inside]

posted by Doleful Creature at 11:49 PM PST - 5 comments


One of SMUT's earliest tracks. A tribute to the best little town in Ontario. [more inside]

posted by 256 at 8:04 PM PST - 1 comments

Sibs + Ribs

In which I go wubwub with the braaaaaaaaamp and the skreeeeeee. (Mind your speakers.)

posted by uncleozzy at 7:47 AM PST - 4 comments

May 29


I did the RPM Challenge back in February. It went okay. This is the first song, a bossa nova-type thing that came out unsettlingly close to smooth jazz. [more inside]

posted by danb at 6:56 PM PST - 3 comments

If We Were Boxes

Written in the form of a Villanelle. [more inside]

posted by chococat at 1:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Blank Text File Hell

A simple death/thrash song about a certain kind of unpleasantness. [more inside]

posted by ignignokt at 9:28 AM PST - 0 comments

May 28

Resistor - David the Gnome

This is an electro version of the theme song to the children's show "The World of David the Gnome," which aired in the US on Nickelodeon from 1987 to 1995. [more inside]

posted by ludwig_van at 8:23 PM PST - 2 comments

1E99 Feat. Gretchen - I'm Cool (DangerLegs Remix)

Trying to capture a Deadmau5-style beat. Discovered the vocal sample quite serendipitously and was quite surprised at how well it meshed with the existing track. I had to modify very little to make them work together - didn't even have to change the key, a nice coincidence.

posted by CarrotAdventure at 1:02 PM PST - 2 comments

May 26

You've Got To Titan Up Your Kuiper Belt

Astral Funk from my improv trio, Carbon 7. This is what happens when you let the drummer set the theme of the jam. [more inside]

posted by Devils Rancher at 9:48 PM PST - 3 comments

May 25

we have to leave

I wrote this.

posted by pugh at 10:57 AM PST - 8 comments

May 24

2nd moment

A blurry offbeat ADD mix with piano and vocal samples.

posted by jchgf at 10:06 PM PST - 2 comments

Unseen Ring of Fire

Another Improvisational thing from my new band Carbon 7. This one's a bit long, at 19 minutes. [more inside]

posted by Devils Rancher at 8:56 PM PST - 0 comments

A brace of future challenge ideas....

1 - The Great American Songbook. Main parameter - absolutely no rock and/or roll. So at a total guess it's a period roughly between 1920-something and 1950-something. We're talking George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and the like. Although rock and roll songs are excluded, that doesn't mean that a classic pre-r&r song can't have a rock and roll treatment. A punk treatement of "You Do Something To Me" could 2 - a few years back we had a whale of time covering the entire Velvet Underground and Nico album about doing the same with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Damn The Torpedoes"? Or maybe another classic album....... posted by MajorDundee at 12:49 PM PST - 57 comments


Sorry about the whistling.

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

May 23

lace-making for the single guy

Intricate filtered organ and cello sounds. [more inside]

posted by daisystomper at 11:16 AM PST - 1 comments

If I Had a Million Dollars ($500 Edition)

What would you do with about $500 (USD) to spend on a new music something? [more inside] posted by Doleful Creature at 10:54 AM PST - 13 comments

egg loops

A wonky, drifting experimental collage of recordings and processed loops. [more inside]

posted by jchgf at 2:34 AM PST - 0 comments

May 22

Turn out the lights

On a glorious Sunday morning I took my guitar down to a grassy patch beside the sea, and proceeded to write and record this song. There's a bit of wind, and birds singing along in the background - but it all adds to the charm. [more inside]

posted by channey at 4:12 PM PST - 1 comments

May 21

Bill Cheatum

Latest dispatch in ├╝ber-short traditional clawhammer banjo songs. [more inside]

posted by tmcw at 3:22 PM PST - 4 comments

May 19


Sample chopping exercise

posted by mandrewtronsays at 9:24 PM PST - 2 comments

May 17

No Life

At long last, more Men from the Manly Planet, recorded live at the University of Chicago Lab School cafeteria, circa 1983. [more inside]

posted by stargell at 10:26 PM PST - 1 comments

May 16

John & Tanya - Werewolf Night

This is from our JUST released album, The Story Is Everything. We're trying to beat a crazy deadline and sell 17 CDs before the end of the day tomorrow (Thursday, May 17). If we do it, we can bring physical discs to the Kerrville Folk Festival next weekend. Here's the link, should you happen to feel generous. Thanks for listening!

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

Eleanor Rigby

I've was in a bit of a Beatles mood last weekend, and recorded this as well as my previous post of "And Your Bird Can Sing". It's been fun to redo the songs with my arsenal of sampled orchestra, etc. I'm not the greatest singer, but I've learned a lot listening to the original, and working with my own voice.

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

May 15

In C

A live version of Terry Riley's piece "In C". [more inside]

posted by sleepy pete at 8:45 PM PST - 2 comments


For the last song on my record "Innocent Explanations", a trip down memory lane... [more inside]

posted by fingers_of_fire at 11:37 AM PST - 1 comments

May 14

When The Morning Comes

Ever get up in the morning, only to learn what happened last night? From our new album Her Own Little World.

posted by InfidelZombie at 8:36 AM PST - 2 comments

May 13

What the Thunder Said/The Purification Ritual (Epilogue)

After writing/arranging, recording, and mixing the first five sections of The Wasteland, I found myself a bit spent, and struggling with the final movement, so I took a few days off to back away from it. I finally returned to it tonight, and, renewed, even managed to squeeze an extra track from it. Thus concludes the tour. Enjoy! [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 11:27 AM PST - 4 comments

And Your Bird Can Sing

Beatles cover from "Revolver" [more inside]

posted by Disbro at 3:13 AM PST - 2 comments

May 12

I'm I Am

Rap song. It's pretty short, so just listen to it. Mind your subwoofers.

posted by chrchr at 1:16 AM PST - 1 comments

May 11

In Your Eyes

This song was inspired by our singer's video chats with her long distance beau. It is on the new Red On Strike album Her Own Little World, now available for download on Bandcamp. [more inside]

posted by InfidelZombie at 11:52 PM PST - 2 comments

May 10

vigilant always

One Swirlies cover. [more inside]

posted by sleepy pete at 8:48 PM PST - 0 comments

It sounded funny when they said it but...

Years ago, when I was young, I was in a band for a bit, playing bass. One day, at practice, the drummer said he was listening to some of our stuff and this one song, he had this idea for a guitar solo at the end of the track. So he starts explaining it to the guitarist/singer/songwriter (and the only one with any real talent in the band). So he kinda goes "doo da doo, do do doo da doo" and makes this litle wiggling montion with a crabbed left hand. Well I laughed my head off, as it was completely untuneful and the little hand movements were hilarious. What? he asks. Sorry mate, its the little hand movement your making, it just made me laugh. Guitarist laughs and drummer says, yeah, I know what you mean, but then, I am a drummer. So the guitarist says "Do you mean like this?" and plays a bit, and the drummer goes "thats exactly it." [more inside] posted by marienbad at 10:22 AM PST - 4 comments

Hold On To Love (simplified version)

I decided to rearrange this song that I posted before to take out some of the crazy modulation and make it more straightforward. What do you think? [more inside]

posted by unSane at 8:05 AM PST - 4 comments

May 9


This just sort of happened.

posted by topoisomerase at 9:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Anything For Her

The penultimate track from my record "Innocent Explanations" is a Mick Taylor-era Stones-inspired romp with a nod to the harmonic sophistication of Andy Partridge. [more inside]

posted by fingers_of_fire at 2:17 PM PST - 2 comments

May 7

Electric Eel (work-in-progress)

Chippy aquatic electro-funk. Somewhere between P-Funk and Drexciya. [more inside]

posted by balistic at 9:02 AM PST - 5 comments

May 6

Yesterday's Karma Perpetuates

A spontaneous composition by my improv trio, Carbon 7 [more inside]

posted by Devils Rancher at 7:49 PM PST - 1 comments

May 5

Goin' Up The Country

First semi-organized attempt at recording. [more inside]

posted by cmoj at 4:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Death by Water

The penultimate movement of The Wasteland, this one keeps it short and sweet. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 3:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Base Three Chakra the Deadly Head

A somewhat atonal, arhythmic meditation on something, we know not what. Carbon 7 in an ongoing experiment in collaborative improvisation. [more inside]

posted by Devils Rancher at 11:07 AM PST - 3 comments

Willow Pond Waltz

Music for strings, inspired by a beautiful place and a beautiful afternoon.

posted by Wolfdog at 7:28 AM PST - 3 comments

May 4

cancle in the window - vampire deer

song 10 of homeland and the final one [more inside]

posted by pyramid termite at 12:52 PM PST - 1 comments

the degenerate case

A trace of various examinations of questions I have had about melody, beauty, tradition. This is not the degenerate case, but rather it is about the degenerate case. [more inside]

posted by idiopath at 2:16 AM PST - 0 comments

May 3

The Fire Sermon

For Section III (Track 4) of The Wasteland, I finally take to the microphone for narration, with my own spin. This movement is entirely a capella, and with two small exceptions, all effects were manipulated by me in realtime. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 8:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Black Diamond Girls

My version of a pop song [more inside]

posted by pedmands at 7:22 PM PST - 1 comments


Ethereal and Haunting, but you can dance to it. [more inside]

posted by tunewell at 8:43 AM PST - 2 comments

May 2

Death by Waterphone (Interlude)

Next on order from The Wasteland comes something completely different--no effects, no text, no processing, apart from a tiny bit of compression, and track normalisation. It's one instrument, center channel. Nothing but one man, one mic, and a room. That in mind, headphones could not be more highly recommended. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 5:27 PM PST - 2 comments

May! Evacuate all the schoolchildren!

May Challenge [more inside] posted by dubold at 7:14 AM PST - 10 comments

May 1

I'll Be Seeing Her Tonight

From my new record "Innocent Explanations" - a really fun acoustic guitar riff made all the more fun by the fact that I got to record it on a 1963 Martin D-18... [more inside]

posted by fingers_of_fire at 10:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Miami Dice

My girlfriend said this would make a good theme song for a new Miami Vice reboot. I'm both proud and terribly ashamed of this notion. [more inside]

posted by tunewell at 3:34 PM PST - 3 comments

A Game of Chess

The sophomore track/movement in my concept album/piece, built around The Wasteland. Finalizing the mix took a bit longer than expected, so I didn't get it in before the deadline for the challenge. Boo. Nevertheless, Expect some surprises. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 11:29 AM PST - 7 comments