I never finished my entry for the Kate Bush music challenge a while back, but I liked the bit I did get done.
lofi relyricization of harnick/bock song from fiddler on the roof for the sars-cov-2 era. another quarantune! [more inside]
hoping that some of the things we like, which seem to be shallow comforts until we're deprived of them, will manage to come back sometime soon [more inside]
the thing is that all that is offered is futility ... [more inside]
this guy - well, he always gets his way, eventually [more inside]
this is about just sitting at home, waiting to see if i got better or not - spoiler - i did get better [more inside]
my daughter has a treefull of crows outside her window and she's convinced they're as interested in her as she is in them [more inside]
in the northern part of the world, the sun takes a while to be given a bigger share of our sky - which also can stand for a metaphor for a lot of things these days [more inside]
i guess you would call this my quarantine album - i call it solskifte, which means sun division - and in a lot of ways, not just seasonal, that's what seems to be going on - much more inside [more inside]
An entry in the April/May MeFiMusicChallenge, inspired by the pandemic. Instrumental, chill track. [more inside]
Written before the pandemic, inspired by a story about a town that rescued an old art deco theater. But the words seem suddenly relevant... [more inside]
My submission for the "A change would do you good" challenge. Cover/translation of La Maman des Poissons by Boby Lapointe. [more inside]
My challenge entry, inspired by the many, many threads on the blue that have helped to educate me, and give me the words to talk about my own experiences, and the courage to stand up with people who have less privilege than me. [more inside]
A short instrumental piece (featuring synth) in which I basically have fun building from a loop. This is my entry for the MeFi Music challenge to submit music inspired by a MeFi post (I Saw This Thing On The Blue And...). Credit actually goes to three MetaFilter-related posts from last month: two MeFi posts by not_on_display and one MeFi Music post by ignignokt; they inspired me to create electronic music again after a decade+ hiatus. [more inside]
I had a great time collaborating with billiebee on a cover of this traditional folk song/sea shanty. The goal was to record a simple arrangement that was different from the more lively covers out there -- to borrow billiebee's phrase, a gentler version. I'm hoping our rendition highlights the lovely melody of the song. [more inside]
Brief, brief cargo-cult '90s jungle piece without the Amen break. [more inside]
Failed attempt to write a song about depression from a few years ago. [more inside]
The old-time tune "Spotted Pony", played at a jam session at the 2016 Portland Old-Time Music Gathering. [more inside]
Super 8's "King of the World" is one of my favorite long-lost '90s songs. [more inside]
An original song, just written and performed on the ukulele, recorded on my cell phone.
I decided to work up a Bach Bourrée (BWV 996) as a belated "do what scares you" challenge, since I don't usually try to play classical music. Soon after I learned it, I couldn't stop myself from messing with the groove, adding touches of swing and Cuban rhythms. [more inside]
Better Than Ezra's "Good" is one of my all-time favorite songs. [more inside]
What scares me? Playing music in front of other people, that's what! So here, for my MeFi music debut, is a slow jam to one of the greatest sitcom closing theme songs ever. [more inside]
Challenge: Do what scares you? I'm scared of death and the concept of eternity. While I'm NOT about to DO that, I could write a song distilling my fears about said subject matter, yes? Yes. OK, it's a deal, then.
A thanksgiving experiment, which turned out quite nicely, I think. [more inside]
Q: What scares you? A: Freddy Kruger [more inside]
For a storytelling project, I made six variations of a three note motif, to represent the personalities of six different characters. Each little theme is less than ten seconds long, so even when I put all six of them together it adds up to less than 60 seconds. I hope to post the whole project someday, but at least this version counts for the November Music Challenge!
For this month's 60-second-or-under challenge. [more inside]
A jazzy/funky/noisy/weird tune written for the 60 second challenge. Just sort of stops instead of ending. [more inside]
In the past couple of weeks, I found myself going back to a piece that I'd started working on a few years ago -- probably because it's in a slower triple meter that's somewhat calming for me. This is a condensed one-minute version, featuring piano and guitar, for the 60 Seconds and Under #2 MeFi Music Challenge. [more inside]
My entry for the November Challenge. It is not new, but it has been waiting for this challenge to finally have an appropriate home. [more inside]
A wrote a little pep talk, for myself and for anyone else who needs one, as we wade through the fuckedness of all this. Catchy and short and angry and upbeat and exactly a minute long. [more inside]
Here's my submission (finally) for the assignment I got for the Great Raffle Request Challenge a few years back. The request: "Record a song (cover or original) on an instrument you don't really know how to play." This one's for Secretariat! [more inside]
Please, shake your booty for 60 seconds
This is for the 60 second Metafilter November Music Challenge. My software, the Platonic Music Engine, generates 6 glorious seconds of avant-garde electronic beeps and boops for your listening pleasure! Many, many, many more details inside. [more inside]
I needed this challenge to get away from the song I've been slowwwwly working on otherwise. I recorded some of it last year, but heavily edited and added onto it last night, and then trimmed it down to a slim fifty-seven seconds. Song 14 in my Unu Kanto Po Semajno series.
Verbatim cover of the Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson classic [more inside]
As humans explore beyond the solar system and add themselves to the wider galactic population, they bring with them their cats. Likewise, the humans' cats bring with them their parasites. Over time, toxoplasma gondii alters its effects on humans and other sentient species, imparting a sense of spiritual enlightenment, thus leading to a new galactic religion. [more inside]
Pop protest song for the current Music Challenge. [more inside]
This is a poem fragment from Sappho set to music using Ancient Greek music theory as best as I understand it and generated by my Platonic Music Engine which generates music using every musical idea that has ever or will ever exist. [more inside]
WARNING: Not Safe For... anyone, anywhere. Seriously. (For the MeFi Cover Challenge.) [more inside]
For GregNog's Mefi Cover Challenge and Song #7 in the Unu Kanto Po Semajno collection, I roped greenish and her awesome set of pipes all the way in from across the ocean! [more inside]
Santa put a new saturation plugin in my stocking. I......may have overdone it a bit on this quick song about appreciating life and what you have - just in time for the New Year. [more inside]
This medieval English carol is certainly not cheerily optimistic-sounding, but might not quite qualify as pessimistic. "Somber" is better - a mood rarely evoked for Christmas. [more inside]
New Years. Listlessness and Watching Your Life Go Bye. But there is Love and Hope nestled deep in in the chorus. [more inside]
Short piano solo: Snow falls on the prairie.
A song about the winter weather or lack thereof, the defining El Niño of my childhood, family troubles, a metaphor about my lack of perspective, and an impression of a musical sheep. [more inside]
Loops of slow disorienting guitar noises, and other sound wierdness. Sections fade in and out of one another, building and cresting. I picture it akin to an adult version of riding on Willy Wonka's fucked-up boat ride. [more inside]