September 2010 Archives (all archives)

September 30

Watched You Drive Away

Just in under the wire for September's "transpo" Challenge theme.

posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Music Challenge for October

For October we've always gone with SCARY and not only do I not want to change that, I'd like to see it become a tradition here. So for October, let's be scary and anything goes. Just imagine that your producing something for a Halloween party, a Haunted House or even something just to scare the daylights out of trick-or-treaters. I think I might go with a little spoken word a la Vincent Price accompanied by some spooky music and sounds. Enjoy! posted by snsranch at 6:08 PM PST - 38 comments

The Man Who Slowed The World

I've been slowing things down again. [more inside] posted by jtron at 3:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Shut The Door Behind You

Noise and feedback. Swirling, swirling, swirling! [more inside]

posted by jtron at 2:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Blue Eyes

Freshly mixed at The Gin Palace by head bartender Alphonse, a Bombay Sapphire cocktail with the merest suggestion of smokey jazz. Niiiiice Not, btw, a cover of the Elton John song [more inside]

posted by MajorDundee at 1:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Banjo guitar, Banjitar, Guitjo, etc.

Anyone have any experience with banjo-guitar hybrids? Any recommendations on which companies to order one from? I probably can't justify spending more than $400 or $500 on one, but it would be awesome if you know of a banjitar that does well with tuning the strings down real low and has pretty solid intonation. Also, would it work to just put normal, nylon guitar strings on the instrument? [more inside] posted by Corduroy at 1:10 PM PST - 16 comments

You Believe It Yourself

A last-minute SongFight entry with a one-liner lyric. [more inside]

posted by cortex at 10:33 AM PST - 3 comments

September 29

Ambient Piano Piece

On an old hard drive, I've recently uncovered a directory of sounds I created. I thought I'd share this one. It's an ambient piece.

posted by beardlace at 12:44 AM PST - 1 comments

September 28

Tie in the Lines

A quick song after a very long day, and the first song to end up in the pristine new pages of my new notebook.

posted by tmcw at 6:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Pulling Teeth

Another song in the 'I'm trying my hand at writing and recording rock music single-handedly in my bedroom' project. Looking for criticism, suggestions, tips, etc. - on mixing especially. [more inside]

posted by Lutoslawski at 10:08 AM PST - 2 comments

September 27


"For you emcees" It's an electro-kinda riddim with a mellow feel. I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

posted by fuq at 3:26 PM PST - 0 comments

Strange Attraction (Cure cover)

Uptempo garage rock take on the chimey classic. [more inside]

posted by cortex at 12:55 PM PST - 1 comments

Full Science

A rock ode to the bat that clung to the Space Shuttle Discovery. Thoughts? [more inside]

posted by Lutoslawski at 9:48 AM PST - 3 comments

September 25

Eventual Response System (2010.09.02 edition)

Unplanned, meant to sound planned; followed by planned, meant to sound unplanned; rinse; repeat. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 9:20 PM PST - 0 comments

I've got GAS. Have you?

GAS = (G)ear (A)cquisition (S)yndrome. What are you currently fixated on? [more inside] posted by unSane at 6:58 PM PST - 59 comments

Artist / Band Website CMS: Wordpress or Drupal?

I need to put together a new 'artist/band' website and not sure what CMS is really the best. my Hosting has free Wordpress or Drupal installs - whats the pros and cons of each and what do you use? [more inside] posted by mary8nne at 8:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Syscrusher - Between the Breath of Infinity (for he is the harbinger of death remix)

Song about the times between the expansion and contraction of the universe. Some quotes lifted from BSG. [more inside]

posted by drbalderas at 6:53 AM PST - 0 comments

September 24

Tik Tok

My acoustic cover of the Mefi favourite by Ke$ha.

posted by ianK at 9:54 AM PST - 5 comments

September 23

Uncle Wigalee

A song about Sex. This is the last of three songs from my short-lived band Hurlo Thrumbo. Recorded in 1990. I wrote the music and played bass, and the singer wrote the melody and words. Rescued from cassette. [more inside]

posted by Devils Rancher at 9:36 PM PST - 2 comments


Slick synths in seven

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

Nathan Fillion

So this afternoon on twitter, Nathan Fillion said: "I want my own theme song. Original. Short and long versions. Write music? Post it. Let's hear." Twist my arm.

posted by cortex at 4:35 PM PST - 15 comments

On A Combine

Wrote this on my friends farm in Iowa. A good "double" meaning song concerning genetic engineering, both intentional and accidental, animal and vegetable. [more inside]

posted by Disbro at 8:02 AM PST - 2 comments

I Have a Window

Another bedroom-recorded song. [more inside]

posted by ianK at 7:17 AM PST - 0 comments

September 22


More uke-pop about girls. [more inside]

posted by tunewell at 4:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Inspired By A Post

I just posted a tune which was directly inspired by a Mefi post. I'd like to find the other such tunes. Maybe we could tag them? [more inside] posted by motty at 4:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Why is Alex Jones So Weak?

As it turns out, batshit crazy sounds marginally better with a beat. [more inside]

posted by Pope Guilty at 1:10 PM PST - 3 comments

September 21

Child of the Light – Unfinished Mix

A bit of 80s style guitar-rock goodness. I wanted to wait with sharing this until the mix had actually been completed, but the sound guy is taking his sweet time, so here it is. [more inside]

posted by MaiaMadness at 12:15 PM PST - 1 comments

Säkkijärven Polkka

An improvisational rendition of the classic Finnish folk tune on piano and bass, folk jazz style. [more inside]

posted by motty at 7:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Gee (Azzzrrrbbbjjjni Remix)

My first stab at Chopped and Screwed music. I took my favorite K-Pop song. I need to mess around with the chopping a little bit more, but I figured I'd show you guys what I had so far. [more inside]

posted by azarbayejani at 6:34 AM PST - 6 comments


Krautrock meets Kanterbury in a Manuel Gottsching/Steve Hillage collision. Prettiness ensues...

posted by Jonesisdying at 3:18 AM PST - 5 comments

September 19

70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain - ladies and gentlemen I give you the music of the Rolls Royce Merlin

There are few sounds to compare with the music of the Rolls Royce Merlin engine. Check out this link featuring a Supermarine Spitfire and an Avro Lancaster, put a pair of cans on and crank it up a bit. Fantastic noise. You can keep heavy metal - this is real rock 'n' roll.... If anyone finds something with better sound quality - let's have a link to it, huh? [more inside] posted by MajorDundee at 12:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Kafkattack (a.k.a Nervous)

This is very worrying... [more inside]

posted by MajorDundee at 9:28 AM PST - 17 comments

September 18

once upon a time

this came from a guitar thing I came up with. I really messed up the recording, so I should re-record it someday. [more inside]

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

September 17

Black Dog – Unfinished

This is a little something I cooked together earlier this summer for the fun of it. I never finished it, but thought it might be fun to share anyway. [more inside]

posted by MaiaMadness at 4:22 AM PST - 6 comments

September 16

Every Wave of Sound

My break-up song, written a number of years ago. [more inside]

posted by ianK at 8:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Where the magic happens

Care to post a pic and description of your recording environment? [more inside] posted by unSane at 7:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Don't Rush

I wrote and recorded this song in 1992 in Walnut Creek, California near San Francisco. I remember I was preparing to climb Mt. Whitney. I was pretty prolific in my songwriting then. It was about my first girlfriend, and how we pretty much took our time, and spent many years together during our youth in a healthy relationship. I think it's a pretty good example of a formula pop/love song. I hope you like it! [more inside]

posted by Disbro at 2:46 PM PST - 2 comments

September 15

Syscrusher - Collapse of the Stars

Synth/Prog/Metal/Dance/videogamey song from a concept record about the end of everything. [more inside]

posted by drbalderas at 10:16 AM PST - 6 comments

September 14

No Thoughts

I wrote this for my song who went to India. [more inside]

posted by Disbro at 6:58 PM PST - 1 comments

2010.09.02-08: Horn/Viola Duo

Featuring Tommy Scheurich on viola, and me on horn (with and without effects), with Trey Beauregard on Assorted Miscellany.

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 11:59 AM PST - 2 comments

Bring Us Your Leader

Another lo-fi acoustic tune about the end of the world. Not too cheerful stuff. [more inside]

posted by ianK at 5:24 AM PST - 2 comments

LA River Fork (test mix)

Cruising down the LA river from Griffith Park to East Side while utterly stoned on a sunny afternoon on a low key adventure past huge graffiti, booming lowriders, homeless camps and a surprising amount of nature.

posted by loquacious at 2:14 AM PST - 0 comments

September 13

Whatever You Give (I'll Take from You)

I always know the tricks you play, but I still get taken. Another poppy (and slightly ominous) uke tune. Hope you like it! [more inside]

posted by tunewell at 11:53 AM PST - 6 comments

The Weather's Turning

I wrote this song 4 years ago in relationship with how I feel about global warming. [more inside]

posted by Disbro at 7:41 AM PST - 4 comments

September 12

Half-Steps B

a little piano piece that I recorded in the lull before going out on a Friday

posted by tmcw at 9:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Restraint (Ex-Machina Mix)

Previously. This mix replaces some of the sampled guitar parts with real guitars, and the piano is played live. Once again I'm using Guitar Rig 3 LE for post-processing. The drones are still Reason samples. The drums were replaced with Battery 4. Same vocal track.

posted by NemesisVex at 4:38 PM PST - 0 comments

Any Chicago singers interested in Siberian folk songs?

I direct a Russian folk ensemble, Golosa, that's looking for a few new singers. [more inside] posted by zadermatermorts at 12:32 PM PST - 2 comments

September 11

2049 - Torches

90's style screamo/emotional hardcore inspired by Isaac Asimov's Nightfall

posted by drbalderas at 3:01 PM PST - 5 comments


I recorded this for a dear old friend who'd requested it; it has myself playing a really trashy old guitar and my wheezy accordion and singing. Yes, it's senselessly sentimental, but there's something sweet about it. [more inside]

posted by koeselitz at 1:53 PM PST - 3 comments

the two of us

I had a few hours to myself this morning and wrote this song. [more inside]

posted by dobie at 1:24 PM PST - 12 comments

September 10

2010.09.02-04: Effected Accordion Solo

Perhaps the best thing you can ever do to an accordion. Accordion by Tommy Scheurich, live effects manipulation by me, Timbill Corder. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 7:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Setting recording levels

I could use some advice on setting recording levels for decent and consistent playback volume. [more inside] posted by sailormouth at 4:18 PM PST - 12 comments


On Sunday I'm leaving my friends and family and boyfriend to go off and live in Britain for a year and attend university. This is a song about that, which I finished today. [more inside]

posted by MaiaMadness at 7:56 AM PST - 5 comments


Ambient sample-based electronic music with dubstep beats and a John Tavener clip.

posted by ianK at 12:21 AM PST - 0 comments

Viper Mad

Cover of a Sidney Bechet classic from the 40s. Myself on sufficiently-faked stride piano, rhythm guitar, trumpets, cajun-sounding accordion, and raucous vocal. This is a stomper, and holy fuck was it fun to do. Lyrics seem to be concern tea. Hmm. [more inside]

posted by koeselitz at 12:15 AM PST - 15 comments

September 9

2010.09.02-01: Cello, Guitbass, QSR, Flaut

The debut of my new, beautiful Telecaster Guitbass, and a lovely bit of ambience to kick off the session. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 3:41 PM PST - 1 comments

I'll Never Know

Spacy, psychedelic, crazy spoken-wordy rock song inspired by Afroblanco's poem of the same name. Brought to you by Ambien (TM) and Lagavulin 16. [more inside]

posted by jeffamaphone at 10:46 AM PST - 4 comments

September 8

Glamour City by A Gap Between

chill, metropolitan 80s chic. free download on soundcloud.

posted by nuevaforma at 9:03 PM PST - 2 comments

September 7

2010.09.02-10: Vocal Loop

Build a loop, add some licks, and before you know it, you're groovin'. [more inside]

posted by man vs sun at 9:29 PM PST - 1 comments

A Birthday Song (Older and Wiser)

I asked Jessamyn what she wanted for her birthday, and she asked me to write a sincere song for her. I just finished the recorded version, but I did get to sing it to her, live and in the middle of the woods, on her actual birthday. NOW THAT'S SINCERE! [more inside]

posted by not_on_display at 7:47 PM PST - 4 comments

The Pink Raincoat

It's really freakin' hard to write a song about someone you weren't in love with. [more inside]

posted by unSane at 2:24 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm Losing You (Live)

As the lady says, this is a cover of a John Lennon tune recorded live last Friday night in Pomona.

posted by InfidelZombie at 8:13 AM PST - 0 comments

Dile que se quede con vos

collaborationfilter:guest drummer, Zenabi. [more inside]

posted by micayetoca at 4:59 AM PST - 4 comments

September 6

A couple of recording questions re drums/vox

Looking for advice on simple drum miking set-ups, and an upgrade to my audio interface. [more inside] posted by unSane at 6:50 PM PST - 22 comments

There Ain't Love In Your Heart

Country Western waltz ballad. Featuring faux-pedal steel and more twang than I usually evidence. [more inside]

posted by cortex at 12:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Spoks and Gooblins

Pretty much a lot of keyboard playing over a drum loop made on same said keyboard. [more inside]

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

September 5


I'm very interested in making new and different sounds. Trying to pull together influences like Reich, Animal Collective, and psychadelic dubstep. [more inside]

posted by ejfox at 9:11 PM PST - 5 comments

September 4

2010.08.26-04: Cello Solo with Delay

The title says it all. Effects are manipulated live by yours truly, cello by Tommy Scheurich. Check out the video here, taken by Trey Beauregard (man vs sun). [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 10:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Woman Driving, Man Sleeping

This is a cover of a song by one of my favourite bands, Eels. It's pretty typical of the band - slightly sad and thoughtful, with a lot that we aren't told. I'd been planning to record this anyway, but then along came the Transpo challenge, and this seemed to fit very well. [more inside]

posted by ZsigE at 1:38 PM PST - 2 comments

That We May Face The Rising Sun (Camp Hope) - unfinished W.I.P

'80's AOR revival band seeks drummer. Must have own mullet and teeth. Ability to walk upright and use a knife and fork may be an advantage. Apply within. [more inside]

posted by MajorDundee at 12:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Stumbling on the Stairs, a new Rock Anthem?

On Thursday evening, I stumbled on some stairs, banged my head against a wall, and incurred six stitches (and a wounded sense of pride). One of my friends though that my description "Stumbling on the Stairs" would make a great hair band name, or even better, a hair rock anthem. [more inside] posted by sandraregina at 7:19 AM PST - 9 comments

September 3

Safe, by Sustain

First track I've recorded by the small choir I've put together this year. I write and arrange, they sing. It's been my project since christmas - please let me know what you think! [more inside]

posted by greenish at 4:14 AM PST - 6 comments

September 2

What I Deserve (Ex-Machina Mix)

I recently bought a new computer, which allows me to use Guitar Rig 3 LE that came bundled with Cakewalk SONAR without taxing my CPU. So I re-recorded one of my songs with actual guitars. [more inside]

posted by NemesisVex at 9:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Flying Over

The year is 1996. I'm in my neighbor's tiny basement studio. I am making my first remotely professional recording. I am earnest. I am 17 years old. [more inside]

posted by cortex at 7:50 PM PST - 7 comments

MeFi Music Challenge for September

This months challenge, TRANSPO, is combination of "favorite car" and "car culture" ideas from bonefish and Karlos the Jackal. [more inside] posted by snsranch at 4:08 PM PST - 29 comments

You and San Francisco (studio version)

Full blown (not to say epic) production of this acoustic demo. [more inside]

posted by unSane at 1:14 PM PST - 12 comments

Battery Park In Blue

Written and recorded shortly after my first visit to the USA, this is a kind of sensory impression of the experience - a slightly woozy and bewitched mood piece I suppose. [more inside]

posted by MajorDundee at 12:51 PM PST - 5 comments

September 1

Waiting for a dream

a nice song. I'm not sure why I wrote this. Please, any comments are okay.

posted by MadRat at 5:01 PM PST - 2 comments


As autumn arrives, it always gives me a feeling of glorious sad sentimentality, almost like a chemical reaction. Whether I actually have something to feel sentimental about or not, those chilly sun-filled days create a longing like a chemical reaction. This song is that feeling for me, when you can't get back the past, but flounder to try. Guitar and vox recorded live with a single guitar overdub. [more inside]

posted by tunewell at 2:00 PM PST - 8 comments