Trad. sea song, composed in the 1930s by Scots composer Hugh Roberton. I learnt it from a pirate band who used to play at the Maryland Renaissance Fair. [more inside]
A sea shanty. Vocals only.
A small a capella piece as part of a community chorus concert. [more inside]
Sam Gamgee's song in the tower of Cirith Ungol. Words by JRR Tolkien, melody by Stephen Oliver. [more inside]
An old Ralph Stanley spiritual. [more inside]
German, anonymous, probably 1500s. Still learning to harmonise using GarageBand. [more inside]
A song I did for a competition two weeks ago. [more inside]
I'm stuck at home with a cold, so I thought I'd comfort myself with this cheesy old song and learn to sing in harmony using GarageBand. [more inside]
Last minute entry. This was supposed to be, and will eventually be, an a capella/choral twofer with Fitter Happier, but I wasn't able to finish it in time. [more inside]
An a cappella rendition of My Bloody Valentine's "Only Shallow." Inspired by This post in the blue today. [more inside]
For Section III (Track 4) of The Wasteland, I finally take to the microphone for narration, with my own spin. This movement is entirely a capella, and with two small exceptions, all effects were manipulated by me in realtime. [more inside]
Since Demons of Gyrophonia won’t be together to record this year’s Auld Lang Syne, I figured I’d put my own spin on it by…well, combining a bunch of other people’s ideas. [more inside]
And to close: you know it, you love it, we love it. That's why we did it properly. Please enjoy. [more inside]
A capella performance of an old Methodist hymn. Just me and some friends. [more inside]
I am making some (very) short recordings for my grandmother of the Korean folk songs she taught me. I thought I'd put one on MetaFilter. [more inside]
A four-part a cappella take on an old English nursery rhyme. The melody is traditional; the harmonic lines were written by my friend Laura, who also sings each line. This is our first attempt at this (her first performing, my first recording/producing) and I'm still trying to think of ways to make it better.
This is my best shot at singing an a capella Brazilian cowboy song. [more inside]
A piece of pop fluff for the a capella challenge. [more inside]
November Music Challenge. A cappella rendition of a boards of canada song. [more inside]
Recorded 2 October, 2010 at the Oklahoma Composers Association Salon Concert in Norman, OK, this is a live improvisation with the aid of our audience. [more inside]
umbú and I were born pretty close to each other, since this song was also #1 on the week I was born. For some reason, I pictured my version performed by some weird mix of Geinoh Yamashirogumi and Tokyo Jihen. [more inside]
With respect to Shelley. I wrote this song many years ago and recorded it on garage band tonight. It has meant a few things.
All-vocal Talking Heads cover. [more inside]
An a capella sea shanty for my pierced and tattooed puppet, Sailor Martin.
It's amazing what you can throw together in about 4 hours with nothing but a Rock Band mic, 8 of yourself, and a pair of Stylophones. [more inside]
A verse from the AVB song Open My Heart (or at least as best as I could remember it) [more inside]
Continuing the theme of random a capella overdubbed stuff I have in my back catalogue, an old favourite [more inside]
"Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal." Text by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Setting by Allen McCullough.
I was inspired to do this quick a capella interpretation of The Clash after reading Ironmouth's opinions on how singers aren't creative since all they're capable of is mimicking things that geniuses wrote. [more inside]
A Capella with a twist. I stitched three melodies together and messed with the stereo settings. [more inside]
Tomas Luis de Victoria's version of O Magnum Mysterium was my favorite Christmas song back in the days of high school choir. Here is my own lo-fi rendition. [more inside]
This is an a capella cover Leah Wilmoth (heard here and here) recorded on my laptop. It's a cover of a traditional folk song, as performed by Jewel. [more inside]
I'm a big fan of Frank Loesser's lyrics and Jimmy McHugh's melodies, so I decided to add a few to my repertoire. When I'm learning new songs, I record myself a capella to see how my voicings are sounding and what I need to work on. It's bare, but I thought this turned out kind of sweet.
Possibly the geekiest use of "Nature Boy". [more inside]
Me singing the Harry Warren song, without any backing, feel free to mashup/remix, etc. [more inside]
More three part me... Took the arrangement from the Wailin' Jennys [more inside]
An a cappella arrangement of the Outkast release, somewhat inspired by Mat Weddle's fantastic acoustic cover. [more inside]
I've decided to make lo-fi recordings of old songs I wrote in my 20s and early 30s. Many of these songs are between 15 and 20 years old and have not been preformed since they were written. [more inside]
WILDCARD challenge -- again with the three part acapella harmony [more inside]
Adapted from the Sesame Street animated short. [more inside]
This is another children's song, and it's even better than the last one. Induces uncontrollable giggling in test audiences - for the young, and the young at heart. [more inside]
A song for children. [more inside]
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]
Cover of the Amos Lee song by the same name.... Or at least the first verse of it. Again, in three part harmony complete with background noise. [more inside]
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