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Oscillendulum 1

This is one of a series of short pieces (about 10 or 12) I recorded using only a JUNO 60 analog synth (found at a Tokyo junk shop for only 10,000 yen!). The Oscillendulums all share a similar structure (gradual addition and/or subtraction of layered repeating parts), with an eye toward the creation of a sort of liquid polyrhythm. I also had in mind the musical approximation of animal sounds such as frog and insect choruses from a pond, which are part of the inspiration for this series.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Feb 24, 2007 - 3 comments

Bueyes y palmares

A quick snippet, to keep you entertained while a proper song is ready. This one was recorded for a TV program here, some time ago.
posted by micayetoca on Feb 22, 2007 - 4 comments

Pain

This is one of the first raw demos of the composition which I was able to play with one of my Ibanez guitars...to be precise with ibanez rg. I'm planning to add a better version soon.
posted by murzilka on Jan 26, 2007 - 0 comments

The Parting Glass (Fingerstyle w/ Violin)

Fingerstyle arrangement of a trad tune, features backing violin by Gretchen Lohse.
posted by The White Hat on Jan 17, 2007 - 10 comments

Diagram

This break I've been multitracking a few songs to pass the time, and this is today's creation. It's pretty simple, but it's a riff that I've had on my mind for a while, and this is the latest incarnation. Even though it's all one acoustic guitar, I'm trying to edge more towards an instrumental post-rock type thing than a coffeehouse thing (not like this is real post-rock, it's just a collection of layered one-takes)
posted by tmcw on Jan 15, 2007 - 5 comments

Man or Astroaletz

Someone asked for more rockabilly. This is a song written by some friends, Los Esquizitos, performed and recorded here by us, with a drum track laid by their drummer.
posted by micayetoca on Jan 11, 2007 - 2 comments

Auld Lang Syne

Fingerstyle arrangement of the trad tune. Looks like it was transposed down a step during conversion. Link to mp3 inside.
posted by The White Hat on Dec 31, 2006 - 4 comments

The Semi-Coherent Funk

A 1 minute, 43 second ditty. This was the first thing I did when I got Garage Band 2 years ago. All the drum loops are stock, and I'm riffing on bass & "lead" bass. I improvised over the groove until I got something I liked, then looped it.
posted by Devils Rancher on Dec 27, 2006 - 2 comments

Huron Carol

Another Christmas nugget from the Sovereign Brass. Just as in Sweet Chiming Bells and Deck the Halls, I played the tuba and arranged the music.
posted by antifreez_ on Dec 19, 2006 - 4 comments

Sweet Chiming Bells

Another Christmas nugget (see also this post) from Sovereign Brass. Like the other tune, I arranged the music and played tuba.
posted by antifreez_ on Dec 16, 2006 - 3 comments

Deck The Halls

A great arrangement of a classic tune by the Sovereign Brass, an all-brass quintet, which was an impromptu thing between my friends and I to spread some Christmas cheer and create a few new arrangements of some old chestnuts.
posted by antifreez_ on Dec 15, 2006 - 17 comments

Smackbillie

I was in Amsterdam in 1995 and found an old Billie Holiday bootleg CD. Years later I found an interesting sample on there and imported it into the totally awesome audio program....SoundEdit16. Stretched it, pulled it, squished it, doubled it and looped it. This is the end result in all of its 16bit glory. I originally released this under the name Skycraft. By "release" I mean I burned 10 copies in 1999 and gave it to Ray at The Quaker Goes Deaf in Chicago and a bunch of friends. 10 Blank CDs cost a lot back then.
posted by chillmost on Dec 11, 2006 - 3 comments

Radio Test

Electronic Instrumental. Unfinished.
posted by cyphill on Nov 24, 2006 - 4 comments

1982

I created this the first time I really fired-up Garageband, sometime in May of 2005. It's a cliche of itself, provoking nostalgia, and makes me laugh out-loud. Hope you enjoy it and please let me know what you think!
posted by blatant gizmo on Nov 16, 2006 - 2 comments

In5thWithPedalDown

I did this about 7 years ago in my old apartment on W. Fullerton in Chicago. I used to play under the name Skycraft. It has a break I lifted from Little Miss Lover and then I chopped it up in ProTools. Guitar played through ring modulator into an amp covered with aluminum foil. Enjoy.
posted by chillmost on Nov 13, 2006 - 3 comments

Superbole

Classical music meets instrumental tango salsa rock. Live recording from the Ohio Action benefit show, October, Kenyon College. I took the solo on this track, replacing vocals with a violin "guest vocalist."
posted by OverlappingElvis on Nov 1, 2006 - 2 comments

'79 chevy

a sad demo to mark my last weekend before entering the 9-2-5. expect delays.
posted by waxboy on Oct 29, 2006 - 1 comment

heir to the would-have-beens

i just finished moving my pile of equipment from the garage into the house for winter, and to celebrate i did a special mix of the latest song from the project mentioned here to share with y'all.
posted by waxboy on Oct 25, 2006 - 2 comments

Bigger, Cheaper Buzz

I've been messing around playing the guitar for about a year, but I recently got a drum machine and decided to start trying to write some songs. This is my second. The song has lyrics, but I haven't recorded the vocals yet. Recording was done in Garage Band.
posted by hutta on Oct 24, 2006 - 2 comments

The Rookie

The title comes from the Clint Eastwood movie but God only knows what that has to do with the track....
posted by TwoWordReview on Oct 24, 2006 - 2 comments

Ants

A short duet for baroque harpsichord (fake) and loud guitar (real). (From my second Album-A-Day.)
posted by equalpants on Oct 10, 2006 - 4 comments

rota

round and round it goes. started out sorta orbitally, then diverged
posted by todbot on Oct 3, 2006 - 4 comments

Song With No Name

Another mellow instrumental. If the last one was indie film roadtrip music, this one is low budget spaghetti western...
posted by InfidelZombie on Sep 29, 2006 - 2 comments

Happy Song

What do you get when you combine a new copy of Guitar Tracks, a cheap ass guitar with old, grimy strings, and a six pack? I don't know, but it makes me smile.
posted by InfidelZombie on Sep 22, 2006 - 4 comments

En la zafra

Small song I did for a weekly TV show in Venezuela.
posted by micayetoca on Sep 8, 2006 - 2 comments

Elliott Smith's "Waltz #2 (XO)"

For the cortex compilation. Recorded today as a quick one-take solo acoustic guitar piece. Hope you like it!
posted by adrian_h on Sep 3, 2006 - 11 comments

Na Na

Been listening to a lot of great demos and rough tracks here lately, which has given me the courage to post one of my early attempts at home recording, just putting a melody over some chords.
posted by InfidelZombie on Aug 5, 2006 - 2 comments

808 Guilty Spark

Halo inspired trance for your Saturday night dance party. I started this one three years ago and finally finished it this afternoon. I don't write for this genre very often, so let me know what you think!
posted by csimpkins on Jul 29, 2006 - 6 comments

Atop the Canopy

A quiet, melodic guitar piece I wrote and recorded with the band I had in high school. I tend towards complex rhythms and harmonies these days; this song reminds me how simple (though not simplistic, I hope!) my songwriting used to be.
posted by Khalad on Jul 24, 2006 - 0 comments

a moment

An simple instrumental piece I've been meaning to finish up since 2003. MeFi music inspired me to get it done tonight. Enjoy.
posted by csimpkins on Jul 22, 2006 - 7 comments

Jimi's Private Parts

inspired by this.
posted by quonsar on Jul 21, 2006 - 3 comments

eight minutes till today becomes tomorrow

A subdued synthetic rock/instrumental track by me. If you like Sigur Ros, you might like this.
posted by csimpkins on Jul 20, 2006 - 4 comments

Happiness

This is off of my album "Long Story," recorded in summer 1999. It's instrumental acoustic guitar, with some Spanish guitar touches. If you like it, let me know, and I can post other parts of the album. It starts and finishes a bit abruptly because, on the album, each song musically runs into the next.
posted by adrian_h on Jul 18, 2006 - 12 comments

Impossible Edge

Done when I was at school a couple of years ago and had access to players. That's me on flute and bass (not at the same time–haven't mastered that one yet!).
posted by al_fresco on Jul 15, 2006 - 2 comments

Pebbledash

I've produced a few versions of this track, but this one, the eldest, is still my favourite for the skyward tangent just after the three minute mark. A Lestrade recording.
posted by nthdegx on Jul 13, 2006 - 0 comments

Eponymous 4 - enigmatics - IV

In 1998, my first MIDI workstation was stolen in a burglary. It was covered by renter's insurance, and I was able to upgrade. This instrumental track is the fourth 'movement' of a project I called enigmatics. I was trying to get familiar with the new equipment.
posted by NemesisVex on Jul 10, 2006 - 1 comment

Who Will Venture?

it was a dark and stormy night...
posted by quonsar on Jul 8, 2006 - 1 comment

Outta My Way

One of my first attempts with GarageBand. "Outta My Way" is the title song of what I envisioned would be an "album" chronicling my decision to move from Washington, DC to rural Vermont. This particular song was intended to be about my work day.
posted by terrapin on Jul 7, 2006 - 6 comments

Drone - 2005.03.29

Here's one of my earlier experiments in drone music. It's electric guitar, played live through delay, fuzz and volume pedals.
posted by soplerfo on Jul 7, 2006 - 4 comments

Juju Sparkle

sparkling and uncategorizable, like my friend madamjujujive.
posted by quonsar on Jul 6, 2006 - 4 comments

Ocean

"Ocean" is an instrumental track from my recording project, James, Not Jim. It's a smooth, melodic, jazz/fusion piece that features electric bass guitar. Some more extensive recording/performance notes are here. Hope you like it. If you do, there are two more tracks over at myspace.com/wheatdesign.
posted by wheat on Jul 6, 2006 - 9 comments

Mark Foo's Last Ride

Mark Foo rewrote the rules of big-wave surfing and turned it into a high-stakes, high-profile thrill show. So when the biggest, baddest new surf break -- Mavericks -- started to churn out 40-foot waves in December 1994, it was inevitable that he'd be there. This tune celebrates his last ride. Previous tunes here and here.
posted by unSane on Jul 6, 2006 - 8 comments

Balkan Red Alert, Part I

Balkan-tinged surf-rock ode to Gavril Princip from Cesare Gorgeous & The Strange Attractors. That's me (Cesare) on, um, everything. Previously in the same ilk: A Theory of Everything. More to come.
posted by unSane on Jul 5, 2006 - 8 comments

The Earthquake was a Disaster

Picture yourself experiencing an earthquake in slow motion. The eerie calm beforehand leading up to the main event itself. Relax and let yourself live through this instrumental story all the way to the finale. Sprinkled with memories of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
posted by csimpkins on Jul 4, 2006 - 0 comments

Circus Maximus

Another song from my college band, this one part of an aborted concept album concerning the Planet of the Robots, the Software of Sentience, and other sorts of robot-related stuff. Recorded in the basement of one of Cooper Union's buildings with a small "in studio" audience shouting "hooray!" at appropriate times.
posted by interrobang on Jul 3, 2006 - 3 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

Worse Than Pop - We Can Clone Knight Rider Fans, We Have the Techno

I am a lonely man, with only Audacity for company.
This is my first attempt at a multitrack recording. I don't have a real microphone, so it's really lo-fi. I also apparently have no clue how to master, so the levels will scare you. I welcome suggestions, death threats, etc.
posted by Eideteker on Jul 2, 2006 - 10 comments

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

When percussionists attack!

This is what happens when three percussionists get bored of the rest of the band taking forever to set up and tweak... They attack!
posted by itsjustanalias on Jul 2, 2006 - 2 comments

5/4 by Quemada

We were young, it was 1989 and the 9 of us crowded into the studio in Leeds. Quemada were in the house... The originator of the band, the base player, wanted to play "bastard hard funk" and we came up with this one which sounds a little like a dance tune but is in 5/4 time and used to confuse the hell out of everyone... enjoy!
posted by itsjustanalias on Jul 2, 2006 - 5 comments

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