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Pastrami on Rye

Performed by a vegetarian.
posted by man vs sun on Apr 15, 2009 - 6 comments

Jersey (Cruel and Unusual Mix)

If you like New Jersey, don't hit play. [more inside]
posted by man vs sun on Apr 9, 2009 - 2 comments

Paranoid: A Chant

Taken from Stephen King's short story collection, Skeleton Crew.
posted by man vs sun on Apr 2, 2009 - 2 comments


On one level, it's about the struggle between good and evil. On all levels, it doesn't really make sense. [more inside]
posted by man vs sun on Mar 26, 2009 - 0 comments


Reading from the Tao Te Ching, sections XLVII, XLVIII and XXXVI. [more inside]
posted by man vs sun on Mar 19, 2009 - 0 comments


Reading from the Tao Te Ching, sections XXXI and XIV.
posted by man vs sun on Mar 12, 2009 - 5 comments

Shadows of Tomorrow

Based on a poem by Sun Ra
posted by man vs sun on Jan 14, 2009 - 2 comments

Auld Lang Syne

A special rendition of an old favorite. [more inside]
posted by man vs sun on Dec 31, 2008 - 1 comment

The Story of The Man Who Didn't Do Something

"This is a story of a man who sat at home all day and did absolutely nothing." Our improv group is at it again, this time adding a DS-10 and an old electronic organ's rhythmic presets into the mix. 22 minutes in length.
posted by man vs sun on Nov 21, 2008 - 0 comments


An improv ensemble decides to start improvising as a pizza order is placed. We will not stop until that pizza is delivered. Very experimental and 41 minutes long. [more inside]
posted by man vs sun on Oct 3, 2008 - 6 comments


Here is an improvisational song written from the perspective of an older Calvin finding Hobbes in a box. It's recorded in one take with Mythbusters on in the background, and the chords are from this comment by sleepy pete. As such, I also tried to write the lyrics in his style. [more inside]
posted by Corduroy on Jul 3, 2008 - 7 comments

Passionate Surrender

More three part solo. This time even the melody is improvised. The lyrics are a poem that caught my eye online. (link inside) [more inside]
posted by ibfrog on Apr 17, 2008 - 3 comments

studio time: 2007-03-25

First thing: this file is 9.98 megs. Score. Second: The track is upwards of ten minutes. It's from a series casually referred to as studio time - hit the jump for a better description. The upshot is that this is me, sitting at a piano, with no particular idea of what to play.
posted by ikebowen on Jul 25, 2007 - 1 comment

Frazzled Dragon

Happy Hopeful Rock that sounds like The Sun Coming Up. This is one of the first songs our band Miracle Beard ever recorded. As always, everything was made up on the spot as the tape rolled.
posted by Fuzzy Monster on Jul 20, 2006 - 4 comments


My second band, Brevator, improvised this for a sound check while recording. We liked it so much we ended up keeping it.
posted by brevator on Jul 12, 2006 - 2 comments

Worse Than Pop - Cell You a Beat for a Nickel

(4:12) In our quest to bring you the lowest in lo-fidelity recordings, this track was recorded over a cell phone, originally for livejournal. Just for fun, I've converted it from a low bitrate .ogg to a low bitrate .mp3. It's not easy on the ears, but then, that's not what Worse Than Pop is about.

This is a little closer to my true sound, though it's not really a full-fledged beatbox. It'll have to do for now. Entirely improvised, just some random beats, and yes, a few slipups (they're meant to be endearing). Hopefully, this will inspire better efforts in the genre to be uploaded to HiFi.
posted by Eideteker on Jul 5, 2006 - 6 comments

Hillbilly Disco

This is just an improv jam from a rehearsal with my old band. It's a little bit funky, a little jazzy. Overall it's just a really fun groove IMO. The recording quality is not the greatest but it's not too bad. It features me on drums, my buddy Dan on guitar and another guy named Jonathan on keys. Enjoy.
posted by jahmoon on Jul 2, 2006 - 1 comment

Sumomo Mo Momo

Improvised sludge-rock by three people who'd never played together before. Stereo-action guitar pyrotechnics by nylon.
posted by nylon on Jul 2, 2006 - 3 comments

Trees + Herbs Just Got Easier

cloeburner and I used to be in an improv noise rock band called cloeburner. When I listen to this song, I think of a majestic bald eagle, sinking slowly into a pool of lava and contemplating its own mortality. I hope you will, too.
posted by Espy Gillespie on Jun 30, 2006 - 4 comments

Community Noise

Members of the public were invited to bring a non-musical object to a drop-in recording session. We recorded them making a noise with their thing ('things' included carrots, an umbrella, false teeth, keys, photoflash, adding machine, pints of beer), and then the next day I did an improvised gig using only the collected sounds as source material. This is an excerpt from the gig.
posted by nylon on Jun 30, 2006 - 3 comments

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