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July 26

Check-In thread

I'm curious how everyone is feeling about MeMu these days. There is a lot going on at MeTa with regard to site processes, moderation etc. & I don't think it's unfair to say that there is a bit of a sea change taking place at MeFi these days. I figured there might as well be a thread in MeMu to talk about it as needed. Anyone have any thoughts about how things are going here and anything they'd like to see done differently?
posted by CarrotAdventure at 10:37 PM - 2 comments

April 25

What are you trying to learn right now?

Are you learning to play a new instrument? Learning a new technique? Discovering a new style of music? Let's talk about it here!
posted by FishBike at 8:47 AM - 7 comments

March 31

RPM Challenge - April 2020

They usually do this in Feb every year, but because of the situation, and because they want us to stay home, they are doing a challenge in April, too. [more inside]
posted by pyramid termite at 5:54 PM - 1 comment

March 30

Old-time fiddle tune collaboration?

Who's up for playing an old-time fiddle tune or two together, at a distance? [more inside]
posted by hades at 7:49 PM - 114 comments

March 11

Can We Do A Challenge?

Let's do it! Even if it's not great. Even if it's bloody brilliant! Even if I, one Rando Calrissian, call for it yet never myself contribute! Even then! Let's do a thing! Brainstorm below maybe?
posted by I'm always feeling, Blue at 8:55 PM - 12 comments

October 18

Opinion: The Pretty Reckless are the best rock band in 40 years

These folks are talented in a way I haven't seen in years. Just watch them perform on YouTube. The singer's range and the way she can stretch it out is extraordinary. The first time I heard them on the radio back in 2010-11, I couldn't believe it was on the air. Their tune "Follow me Down." It seems to be about a frickin' blow job, for cryin' out loud. The lead singer is Taylor Momsen, a child actor who we saw in that show "Gossip Girls." She says acting is a piece of cake, performing live is what it's all about. Mind you, with all this "incel" stuff, maybe their tune (it's absolutely phenomenal rock) "Why'd You Bring A Shotgun to the Party" is a bit inflammatory. Drums, bass, lead, singer. Power trio with a great, great front. So refreshing! Really hope they can make more music together.
posted by dustpuppy at 6:26 PM - 4 comments

March 29

My challenge submission via Youtube video- Poor Mouth

I loved the idea of the March challenge A Change Will Do You Good, but midway through the month my computer and digital recorder got stolen and I've been on a Chromebook with no time to sort out recording options. Below is my submission, via Youtube. [more inside]
posted by twoplussix at 8:17 AM - 0 comments

February 11

How's the weather in Night Vale?

Apparently the Welcome to Night Vale podcast is accepting music submissions until Feb. 15. In case that's the kind of thing you might want to do. [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 7:47 AM - 1 comment

February 10

Do Audacity projects move between Mac and Windows versions of Audacity?

Can I collaborate with others using a version of Audacity that's running on a different kind of operating system from mine does? [more inside]
posted by twoplussix at 10:56 AM - 4 comments

January 28

Challenge (Size: XL) - THE KATE BUSH BONANZA

The time has come for another big cover version event, and this time we honour the High Priestess of Weird Pop, her Excellency Ms Kate Bush [more inside]
posted by greenish at 11:30 AM - 25 comments

January 21

Challenge (Size: Regular) - A CHANGE WOULD DO YOU GOOD

I think a change (a change would do you good) would do you good (a change would do you good) [more inside]
posted by greenish at 5:13 AM - 5 comments

December 30


posted by greenish at 5:54 AM - 13 comments

December 4

MeMu Pals (a retrospective/feel good thread)

Anyone want to share some stories of friendships that have blossomed from the MeFiMu community? For my part, I gotta say this particular corner of the internet remains the nearest/dearest online community (music-related or otherwise) I've ever been a part of, and has been the starting point of a some really cool friendships (not to mention cool traxxxxx). Thought I would post a thread for us to share stories of how music collabs have turned into friendships, give a shout out to past collaborators and/or favourite collab tracks, and basically otherwise just have a mini-celebration of our singularly (dys)functional online musical family.
posted by CarrotAdventure at 5:26 PM - 10 comments

June 25

MeFi Music Mixtape Meta

There's a MetaTalk post at the minute asking people to link playlists and favourite MeFi Music posts, so I'm over here shamelessly drumming up interest. Come and join in, promote your stuff, fanperson all over your MeFiMu idols...the possibilities are several.
posted by billiebee at 3:56 PM - 2 comments

May 18

electronic music 101

I'm a musical omnivore and also a synth geek but somehow have gotten through life without ever developing a deep appreciation for electronic music. What am I missing and where do I start? [more inside]
posted by q*ben at 10:54 PM - 8 comments

January 18

Any one up for a wee collaboration?

I've been lucky enough to be able to record vocals for some really talented people here - ochenk, rangefinder 1.4, not_on_display - and I'd like to do some more. As they could all tell you, I'm quite rubbish at replies as sometimes my job drains me of any will to live, so it would be a casual and potentially leisurely collaboration. And I can only sing into my phone and link you to Allihoopa like some kind of caveperson and then expect you to do all the actual work of composing and mixing and that. If that all sounds like fun for you then let me know! All genres welcome. Except that one. Thanks.
posted by billiebee at 7:47 AM - 7 comments

December 23

A simple (yeah, right) question:

Why do you record your music?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:35 AM - 13 comments

December 3

Songfighters: help me get my submission in!

So after several years not submitting to, my daughter contributed to a song late last week and I submitted it a few days early. Unfortunately, they are having email troubles and haven't received any submissions, and asked submitters to post a song link in the forum...which I can't do because my forum account is currently disabled. Help! [more inside]
posted by davejay at 1:00 AM - 2 comments

October 31


Evilspork and I were brainstorming in chat about Political filk to the tune of "Gilligan's island". I'm not a musician, but I thought I'd stick some of the lyrics we came up with here in case someone wanted to run with them [more inside]
posted by pjern at 8:29 AM - 0 comments

October 8

The Necks...

Worth checking out, if you haven't heard of them, already...the cat is out of the bag, now... NY Times article
posted by littlejohnnyjewel at 11:13 PM - 3 comments

September 9


Hello everyone, here's MBR and first of all I'd like to say thanks to everyone for the positive feedback in the post made by Cortex about my music some time ago. I'm about to release a new album titled INTERRUPT REQUEST and you can listen to a small preview at the links below. Will be released on Bandcamp in few days. I hope you will enjoy it. (7:00) (5:47) (2:00)


04 - IRQ 3 MODEM
05 - IRQ 4 MOUSE
09 - IRQ 8 CMOS
11 - IRQ 10 3DFX
12 - IRQ 11 SCSI
13 - IRQ 12 VGA

I am a 486DX-33Mhz-64mb processing avant-garde chiptune, synthesized heavy metal & classical symphonic music. 100% Synthesized, 100% Dehumanized.

Heavy metal is not dead. It was just not (very) evenly synthesized
posted by MASTERBOOTRECORD at 6:15 AM - 2 comments

June 8

Podcast #5 is up!

Link and tracklist here on Metatalk [more inside]
posted by greenish at 8:41 AM - 1 comment

May 5

May-June Music Challenge: I Saw This Thing On The Blue And...

As suggested by comealongpole and rangefinder 1.4, the next challenge is to post music inspired by something you saw on the MF frontpage. [more inside]
posted by greenish at 6:59 AM - 6 comments

May 3

I'd love to see this song come to life

Never made a serious effort to find collaborators, is anyone interested? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 10:02 AM - 8 comments

April 12

Challenge Idea: Username-inspired songs?

Admittedly potentially fraught! Similar to how a previous challenge invited non-MefiMusic regulars to opt-in by suggesting ideas for songs (e.g. set "When The Toad Came Home" to music), what about writing songs inspired by MeFite's usernames? They'd (we'd) have to volunteer themselves and willing Challenge-takers could call dibs on whichever they liked. Slight potential for drama, but considering some of the more creative, odd or merely unfamiliar usernames I reckon there's plenty of potential to whip up a song/piece/ditty based exclusively on the name given not the person. Good/iffy/bad idea? I lean towards iffy, but I'm a natural pessimist.
posted by comealongpole at 4:35 PM - 6 comments

March 26

Twenty-One Free Sample Packs

An article by Scott Wilson for FACT that might be relevant for folks: “21 great free sample packs for producers on a budget”
posted by Going To Maine at 11:41 PM - 3 comments

March 17

Alternative lyrics for "What did you learn in school today"

I wrote some new lyrics for this still-relevant social commentary/protest song by Tom Paxton from the 60s, which was first recorded by Pete Seeger. I don't really have recording equipment to speak of, so I'm not posting my ukulele rendition but thought that the lyrics might be of interest. (sorry if this is not really the place for this sort of thing; I haven't spent much time in MeFi Music) [more inside]
posted by cubby at 6:40 PM - 2 comments

March 8

Possible Collaboration?

Hey guys, I'm seeking input and possible collaboration for a song directed toward Trumpistas. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 6:05 PM - 1 comment

February 28

March Music Challenge: Tell Us a Story

A short one-month challenge, so feel free to post something old, new, borrowed and/or blue - so long as there's a story behind it [more inside]
posted by greenish at 9:57 AM - 5 comments

February 9

MeFiMusic Podcast no.4 is up!

Check it out on Metatalk. Thanks again to everyone who agreed to be included :)
posted by greenish at 10:29 AM - 2 comments

December 23

Music to soothe the soul of the savage

I've recently started building a playlist of quickly produced lofi recordings of live performances of what I'm calling "Creeper Ballads," covers of songs from the POV of problematic or unreliable male narrators who are either unrepentant creeps or who might be. The project is therapeutic for me, a way to vent unruly emotions and manage the stress of the ongoing political crisis and social breakdown in the U.S. and other painful setbacks I've been facing in my personal life. There must be others out there who've been making music to cope? Share and discuss what you've been doing creatively as therapy with the rest of us here. [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman at 6:22 AM - 3 comments

December 22

900 MB of TB-303 Samples

I posted about this to the front page, but it might be better here:
Techno producer TB Arthur has released a free “Psychedlic Cookbook” of “[o]ver 900 MB of basslines, beats, percussion, synths, vocals, tops & more” for your music making pleasure.
posted by Going To Maine at 9:03 PM - 6 comments

December 8

One Song To the Genre Of Another

Following on from the post about haunting covers I thought I might submit the idea for your consideration for future challenges: To record a version of a song changing the genre in such a way that it changes the meaning of the song. [more inside]
posted by Grangousier at 2:04 AM - 4 comments

December 2

Dec/Jan Music Challenge: Do The Thing That Scares You

Lets step out of our comfort zones for something completely different. [more inside]
posted by greenish at 6:42 AM - 15 comments

October 31

November Music Challenge: 60 Seconds and Under #2

A short and sweet challenge in preparation for the longer December/January one - this November, keep it short and sweet. [more inside]
posted by greenish at 8:53 AM - 18 comments

August 12

The third MeFiMusic Podcast is up!

Here it is on MetaTalk [more inside]
posted by greenish at 2:48 AM - 2 comments

May 12

Mr. Trump Don't Like It

I will send you a care package of peculiar and random things if you re-write and record the famous Memphis blues rag Mr. Crump Don't Like It for MeFi Music. This is a serious offer.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:24 PM - 4 comments

April 29

MeFiMusic Challenge: Music By Women

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it: record a song by, with or as a woman. [more inside]
posted by greenish at 10:23 AM - 15 comments

April 25

Troubleshooting Radio Interference

Any hints or tips on how to get rid of radio interference when recording something, specifically via the line-in port on an iMac? [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 9:16 AM - 3 comments

March 2

Make Donald Drumpf Again

Make Donald Drumpf Again My friend and I were inspired by the Jon Oliver show and decided to write and record, as quickly as possible, a tribute to Donald J Drumpf.
posted by urrduhdur at 6:54 AM - 4 comments

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