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March 31

I don't have the words.

I'm really, really struggling with writing lyrics. I agonize over them and avoid putting pen to paper, which results in incomplete song ideas. Any words of wisdom? [more inside]
posted by BlerpityBloop at 9:32 AM - 7 comments

March 12

Travelling musician lifestyle advice needed

Have any of you been travelling by yourselves as a musician/vagabond? Do you have any advice? [more inside]
posted by groklock at 11:02 AM - 11 comments

March 11

MeFi Radio pre 1.0 beta testers needed

Want to beta test out MeFi Radio, a new iOS 7.x app? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 5:00 PM - 3 comments

February 19

A glitch?

So today, I cannot get any of the recent posts to play. If I work my way down to Feb 5, they all seem to play from then and earlier. Has anyone else noticed this?
posted by Danf at 11:07 AM - 4 comments

January 22

call for scores for toy chihuahua

CALL FOR SCORES 26 beats long to be performed on Disklavier by this toy chihuahua at Qubit Machine Music festival NYC Feb 13th. [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 12:08 PM - 13 comments

January 8

January-February Challenge: Musicologize a Book

As suggested by Doleful Creature, this two-month challenge is to pick a popular book and a scene or character from that book and write a song about it. [more inside]
posted by greenish at 7:24 AM - 20 comments

December 11

Are electronic guitar tuners a thing?

Just in time for Christmas for all you guitar players.
posted by Lutoslawski at 9:20 PM - 13 comments

December 3

December Music Challenge: Seasonal Special

It would seem rude not to do a seasonally-relevant challenge at this time of year! [more inside]
posted by greenish at 4:05 AM - 0 comments

December 2

Mitt Romney's music stores not doing well...

Guitar Center and the end of big box retail
posted by flapjax at midnite at 2:54 PM - 16 comments

November 2

November Music Challenge: 60 Seconds and Under!

An idea from our dear friend Sweet Mister that's short and sweet [more inside]
posted by greenish at 3:37 AM - 11 comments

October 25

Welcome to Mario's church

The 8-bit hymnal
posted by Blasdelb at 4:33 AM - 5 comments

October 19

Trumpet For Fakers

I have a free week. I want to learn how to play the trumpet. [more inside]
posted by chococat at 10:53 AM - 6 comments

October 18

The Request Raffle: updates, remaining challenges, help needed?

Two weeks to go: what we've got so far, help people might need, and challenges still to come :) [more inside]
posted by greenish at 2:52 AM - 7 comments

September 9

Surround, 5.1, quad, whatever

Is anyone else composing specifically for surround systems? [more inside]
posted by Ardiril at 2:56 PM - 1 comment

September 1

Bowie Challenge - Wrapup!

Well folks, Sept 1 has arrived. Here's a summary of our summertime Bowie Challenge. [more inside]
posted by dubold at 2:20 AM - 15 comments

August 30

The Great Request Raffle

The Great Request Raffle: take up the challenge! [more inside]
posted by greenish at 5:28 AM - 105 comments

August 26

Ladies and gentlemen, UnSane has left the building.

Yes, friends, sorry to have to report that, due to his exasperation with certain perceived trends at Metafilter, one of Metafilter Music's most dedicated contributors and a former Supreme Overlord of the MeFiMu Challenge has disabled his account. I just found out about it via his Facebook page. Those interested in following his musical activities are directed to his Soundcloud.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:14 PM - 54 comments

August 25

What can I do to shake up my editing?

I've recently rekindled a creative relationship with a good friend, and for the first time in ten years we're going to try and make some experimental music together. Problem is, a lot of the end result will depend on creative editing, and in the run-up to our collaboration I've discovered that I'm pretty rusty. Any tips, tricks, techniques or tools I should know about? [more inside]
posted by Chichibio at 11:06 AM - 3 comments

August 17

Intervals, Arpeggios And Chords

Two massive weaknesses in my playing are as follows - I don't know my guitar chords or arpeggios properly and, generally, I don't know my intervals well enough. I just discovered two outstanding videos that I think will help me immensely with fixing this, and thought I'd share them: 12 Essential Chords For Jazz (Jeffrey Matz) - NB - Not just for jazz. Contains *really* useful note on arpeggios at the end. Interval Song (Django Bates)- I strongly suspect that if you can sing this you can sing anything. [more inside]
posted by motty at 7:04 AM - 10 comments

July 18

Oops, I did it again, again.

A few weeks ago I bought a beaten up Hammond M3 and Leslie. I was such a massive hit with both band and audience, I figured maybe there was something to this whole vintage keyboard thing. So today I made another stupid purchase. [more inside]
posted by unSane at 9:13 PM - 18 comments

June 26

How do you guys use loopers?

I never really 'got' loopers until I bought one of those dinky little TC Dittos. It kinda changed everything and now I'm in deep. [more inside]
posted by unSane at 8:24 PM - 16 comments

Rudimentary My Dear

What kind of simple, cheap-ass software is out there right now for a simple, cheap-ass noisemakin' dude like me? [more inside]
posted by metagnathous at 10:22 AM - 3 comments

June 17

Got videos? Post 'em.

Any videos of you guys live? Here's ours. [more inside]
posted by unSane at 6:53 PM - 34 comments

June 10

Bowie Summer Challenge - submit tracks by Sept 1

Wham bam, thank you ma'am/sir [more inside]
posted by dubold at 2:31 AM - 35 comments

June 5

Revamp the challenge?

Recent challenges haven't been attracting much interest, and I've been doing it for long enough that I feel a bit burned out. So I suggest that we have a blue sky discussion about what the challenge is/should be, what works and what doesn't, and maybe someone else feels like picking up the torch and running with it? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 7:11 PM - 62 comments

May 25

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 - 4 comments

May 21

Sound options via Control Panel

Sound options via Control Panel [more inside]
posted by Ardiril at 9:12 PM - 3 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 - 66 comments

May 12

Organ donation

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

May 10

Interesting article...

Reinventing The Album: Keeping Releases Relevant in The 21st Century
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:54 AM - 5 comments

May 6

Looking for a Collab

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

May 5

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 - 16 comments

May 3

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 - 6 comments

April 17


I'm gradually trying to wean myself off of a hardware DAW (Yamaha AW2400) and onto a software one (Reaper). With a lot of great help from the estimable unSane I'm now sort of halfway there but am still relying on the (increasingly unstable...gulp) Yam if I need to use microphones. So......what sort of interface should I be using to be able to record mics on Reaper via on my laptop? [more inside]
posted by Hoops McCann at 1:13 PM - 15 comments

April 14

Builder: an interview series I've been doing over the last few months

Builder is a series with people who build pedals and synths and other musical appliances that I thought y'all might enjoy. [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete at 11:48 AM - 3 comments

April 3

Whispery vocals? Brushes on snares?

Another future challenge idea: ASMR trigger song [more inside]
posted by umbĂș at 7:29 PM - 12 comments

March 29


April's challenge is to play something backwards. It could be a backwards guitar solo, or a song based off the chords of another song played backwards, or a melody played backwards, or ANYTHING. YOU GET IT, RIGHT? Feel free to tease us by not revealing what the source material, if there is any, is. Tags 'backwards' and 'mefimusicchalenge' please.
posted by unSane at 6:59 PM - 4 comments

March 19

stay on the fucking bus....

interesting insight into the creative process [more inside]
posted by Hoops McCann at 12:38 PM - 5 comments

March 15


Hey Mefi musicians, here's an interview with the guy who engineered the new David Bowie Record. Now all of you run out and buy a Neve board, OK?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:36 PM - 3 comments

March 2

March challenge - Odd Time

Thanks to Hoots Hoops McCann for this one. March challenge is to record something In a time that is odd to you. [more inside]
posted by unSane at 6:03 PM - 13 comments

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