May 2013 Archives (all archives)

May 30

vampire deer - ash wednesday

song 11 and the end - a weird droney rememberance [more inside]

posted by pyramid termite at 5:41 PM PST - 0 comments

Nineteen Thousand Sunsets

Ambient instrumental piece. It's a rather ambient dialog between the guitar and a bell-like sine synth. Long pauses. Slow paced. Throughout my life, one of my constant joys was always watching the sun go down. I've seen so many variations of this event that I wanted to express a condensation of the variety and bittersweetness of all those sunsets. [more inside]

posted by The Seeds of Autumn at 12:40 AM PST - 0 comments

May 27

Cables and Wires

I’ve been recording songs on my iPad. Apps used on this one: Audiobus, Loopy, Samplr, 76 Synthesizer, Figure, and Garageband. Also, a Walden acoustic guitar and a Blue Snowball microphone.

posted by buriednexttoyou at 2:30 PM PST - 3 comments

May 26


Emerald Hill Tones

posted by Evstar at 12:00 AM PST - 3 comments

May 25

Friday Harbor

Sailing Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands [more inside]

posted by Annika Cicada at 8:44 PM PST - 0 comments

Finding a Classical Guitar

What do I need to know to properly search for a classical guitar? I need to get rid of one of my electrics and get a decent classical guitar. [more inside] posted by snsranch at 6:16 PM PST - 4 comments

May 23

Until You Remember

It's the summer of 1990, we're in a flat at the bottom of Muswell Hill, and my friend Graham and I have just got back from the pub, so naturally we fire up the ancient 4-track reel to reel and the shiny new SR16 drum machine, and record this... the first ever song I multitracked properly. Rescued off a long-forgotten cassette. I'm sure everything was recorded with an SM58.

posted by unSane at 11:01 AM PST - 16 comments

May 21

Sound options via Control Panel

Sound options via Control Panel [more inside] posted by Ardiril at 9:12 PM PST - 3 comments

vampire deer - windmill burning

song 10 - a fictional account of the end of an era [more inside]

posted by pyramid termite at 5:35 PM PST - 0 comments

May 20

vampire deer - gonna rain

song 9 - it's just like high school - something's wrong with this place [more inside]

posted by pyramid termite at 3:45 PM PST - 0 comments

May 19

It's about that time....

A couple of years back we had us a time with "The Velvet Underground & Nico". Last year it was "OK Computer". This year, and as a challenge say for "summer" or "fall" (more properly "autumn" but we have to make allowances for the verbal idiosyncracies of our colonial friends) rather than a single month, may I suggest.... [more inside] posted by Hoops McCann at 1:05 PM PST - 69 comments

Exploratory Songery

A dilettante's first blush at Ableton Live and a MicrKORG [more inside]

posted by lordaych at 3:36 AM PST - 1 comments

May 18

Favorite Song

An old "wall of guitars" rock demo. Come for the fuzz, stay for the drum machine. [more inside]

posted by erikgrande at 10:26 PM PST - 3 comments

May 17


This is about 6 passes of live-looping that all fit together nicely with the same mood (bleak, minimal, meditative) and tonality. [more inside]

posted by nameinuse2 at 8:58 PM PST - 0 comments

vampire deer - breaking nails

song 8 - those square pegs are going to fit in those round holes or ELSE [more inside]

posted by pyramid termite at 7:17 PM PST - 0 comments

Wonder Woman Theme

Intensely silly. [more inside]

posted by chococat at 9:48 AM PST - 5 comments

May 16

vampire deer - the chase

song 7 - someone's always got to be the police ... [more inside]

posted by pyramid termite at 3:56 PM PST - 1 comments

Way Back When (studio version)

Final version of the rough acoustic demo I posted a few days back. A bit of blue-eyed soul, a bit of BONNY era Prefab Sprout, a bit of TEMPTED era Squeeze and a few 10cc harmonies, and the guitar from Alison. Did I miss anything? [more inside]

posted by unSane at 9:55 AM PST - 5 comments


Delta blues cover of Alt-J Breezeblocks. Consider May's challenge: Accepted. [more inside]

posted by AnTilgangs at 8:27 AM PST - 3 comments

May 15

It's Springtime In My Heart

First song off my new EP, strange psychedelic pop, maybe a little scary [more inside]

posted by drmadrigal at 11:23 PM PST - 3 comments

May 14


Make love like you're going to die. [more inside]

posted by Pecinpah at 9:52 PM PST - 0 comments

May 13

vampire deer - football nation

song 6 - a long one with lots of guitar and some screaming [more inside]

posted by pyramid termite at 12:31 PM PST - 0 comments

May 12

Mike Oscar Mike

A synthy Mother's Day to all!

posted by CarrotAdventure at 5:32 PM PST - 0 comments

Organ donation

Oops, I did it again. [more inside] posted by unSane at 3:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Music in Search of AI and Marvin Minsky

Music I wrote while searching for Minsky's The Society of Mind. A kind of experimental Baroque for piano. [more inside]

posted by bfootdav at 2:14 PM PST - 0 comments

May 11

Subterranean Homesick Alien

This. Is. The. Central. Scrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrutinizer. Now with the spookiest hype men you've ever heard. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 6:55 PM PST - 0 comments

Barndance (gettin' silly)

I think this is the first song I've posted with a guitar solo not done by Dagosto.

posted by CarrotAdventure at 1:26 PM PST - 1 comments

May 10

Way Back When

In which my Prefab Sprout obsession results in a nakedly sappy love song speculating about the origins and end of the universe. [more inside]

posted by unSane at 5:28 PM PST - 4 comments


Been playing around with synthesis recently - this is the first thing I've made that I'm relatively happy with. [more inside]

posted by xchmp at 9:04 AM PST - 1 comments

Interesting article...

May 9

Astronomical Summer 2

The pulsing drive of this tune unquestionably has a swaying effect and, taken together with this song's layers and subtleties seems to make all the difference. Sway sway sway!!! [more inside]

posted by Brodyaga at 7:12 AM PST - 0 comments

May 8

Paranoid Android

The next offering in our revisit/completion to the OK Computer challenge; is it troubling to anyone else that I find this version incredibly relaxing? [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 3:37 PM PST - 0 comments

May 7

vampire deer - grayscale morning

song 5 - so little has changed in 40 years [more inside]

posted by pyramid termite at 5:22 PM PST - 0 comments


This is perhaps one of Ummagma's darker moments, but as the song proceeds, it lets more and more light in. There is a moral to this story, like it or not, but the soundtrack to go with it makes it that much easier to swallow. :) [more inside]

posted by Brodyaga at 11:56 AM PST - 2 comments


To supplement my Music Talk post to the right, I'm looking for a collaborator to take this jam to the next level. [more inside]

posted by dobie at 10:30 AM PST - 0 comments

May 6

Fitter Happier

A callback for a year back; the first of the rest; I promised this track a while ago. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 9:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for a Collab

Looking for the new sincerity; A super positive collaboration. [more inside] posted by dobie at 7:45 PM PST - 2 comments

It's Only Static, Arthur

Plink, plink, plonk. I wrote some piano music.

posted by popcassady at 3:56 PM PST - 4 comments

vampire deer - boomerang

song 4 - no, you can't give it back cause it won't go away [more inside]

posted by pyramid termite at 12:50 PM PST - 0 comments

I'm My Own Worst mp3

A few weeks back I posted this, which was a bit shit. In trying to turd-polish I eventually scrapped the vocal melody and lyric, opened a mic and this came out. Whether it's any better is anyone's guess, but I do like the juxtaposition of a seemingly sunny melody etc with a sinister lyric. [more inside]

posted by Hoops McCann at 11:50 AM PST - 2 comments


If you let your imagination drift towards southeastern Europe, somewhere wedged between Fellini's Italy and Emir Kusturica's Balkans, and then you put such wanderings into a soundtrack, this is likely what you would end up with - Balkanofellini :) [more inside]

posted by Brodyaga at 5:05 AM PST - 1 comments

May 5

Kings & Queens

Alternative rock, indie, inspired by Radiohead although it took a different turn and doesn't sound that much like it anymore. [more inside]

posted by AnTilgangs at 5:27 PM PST - 3 comments

May Challenge - the music of tomorrow, today!

May's challenge is a mindbender. Cover a song (possibly your own) from one era in the style of an earlier one. Tag your entires 'futurecovers' and 'mefimusicchallenge'. Explanation within. [more inside] posted by unSane at 7:52 AM PST - 16 comments

Talk to Her

If you were to roll up some element of Brian Eno, Robert Fripp and Bill Nelson, and paint it with a slight shoegaze ethereal hue, this might be what you would get… Enjoy this Ummagma track! [more inside]

posted by Brodyaga at 4:19 AM PST - 1 comments

May 3

vampire deer - st wannabe

song 03 - it's difficult when people seem to be so much cooler and together than you [more inside]

posted by pyramid termite at 2:06 PM PST - 2 comments


When a band "dances" on the border between 6 or more musical genres and one of them happens to be progressive rock, the listener is often in for a delightful surprise. Hopefully this song qualifies as one of them. This is "Outside" by Ummagma. [more inside]

posted by Brodyaga at 9:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Possible May challenge idea - you scratch my backing track, I'll...

....have my wicked way with yours. The idea here is very simple. Upload the backing track of something you've previously posted to MeFiMu (that's not strictly necessary I guess but it sort of closes the loop) and the challenge is for anyone who fancies it to have a go at writing and recording a new top line/melody and, if you want to go the whole hog, lyric. You could of course try to use the existing lyric but with a new melody - that's even more difficult and may cause the masochists in the community to become moist. Go right ahead and swap stems if you so desire, but that's not essential for this bit of fun. Stating the bleedin' obvious: upload the result when you're done. 'andsome! [more inside] posted by Hoops McCann at 9:49 AM PST - 6 comments

May 2


A disquieting quasi-ambient piece from January, 1999, which was among my first purely software-synthesized efforts. I think I was listening to a lot of Oval at the time. [more inside]

posted by mubba at 7:44 PM PST - 1 comments


For anyone who loves Tortoise and especially the fired up drive of their first two albums, or maybe Sputniks Down, you will likely love an ear-scoop of this Ummagma track. [more inside]

posted by Brodyaga at 12:40 AM PST - 5 comments

May 1

Photographic (Depeche Mode cover)

Some synthpop kids cover Just Can't Get Enough. Others cover Photographic. I'm in the second group. [more inside]

posted by infinitewindow at 11:01 PM PST - 0 comments

vampire deer - dayglo windmill

song 2 - some ideas just don't catch on so fast - maybe if they'd planted some tulips in front of it ... and painted it green and brown and white with an american flag by it, like the one in holland, mi - but like a dayglo purple green yellow mandala? no ... [more inside]

posted by pyramid termite at 1:59 PM PST - 1 comments