In this silly video, at around 0:35s a cello starts playing in a way I haven't heard before. Is there a name for this particular style of string music? From where does it originate? Bonus points if anyone can actually find the music's source or even similar artists.
I find that I tend to like new music most when someone explains to me why it's interesting and important. That is, I'm more likely to enjoy [random genre for which I have a narrative] than [more music like what I already enjoy, but without a narrative]. And most of my favorite music is stuff that was shared with me by someone who really, really liked it. What do you really, really like right now? And why? [more inside]
I'm looking for suggestions for virtuosic hip-hop performances, with crazy-fast complex rhythms and vocal acrobatics, but with summery, happy, feel-good beats and tunes behind them. [more inside]
If my friends likes '80s David Bowie, The Cure, and New Order, what new artists would she possibly enjoy? [more inside]
I'd like to replicate the electronic beat heard in this song so that I can cover the song on guitar and record the drums as a separate track. What's the best way to get sounds like these ones live or as a computer generated track? And by extension what are the general principles and tools for those who wish to create electronic beats?
This song is playing in the background of a trailer for Scandal (diffused in France, link here. I've heard it before, years ago, and can't for the life of me remember artist or title. Thanks!
I am currently co-writing a play with music (which may turn into a musical, but we're not sure on that yet) that involves the dynamics of a group of band members, their management, the issues they have with each other, etc. My writing partner is a singer who was in a very successful local band, but I have never been in anything but high school marching band. I would like to watch some documentaries or behind-the-scenes footage of bands in action, bands in practice, etc. [more inside]
My baby girl's birthday is this week and I am hunting the perfect song to back a slideshow of photos of her first year. I do not want anything overtly sappy. My kiddo is known for being adventurous and fun so I want to find her a song that is suiting to her personality. Help please! :) [more inside]
Can anyone please identify the music in this (nsfw!) YouTube video? (Bonus: And where I can get the full song?) I know that there are apps that do that sort of thing but I don't have a smartphone anymore... thanks! :)
Which organisations, companies, community groups, etc support and encourage embracing both arts/humanities AND STEM (especially technology)? [more inside]
I love world music! I'm looking for a stand-alone (no computer) wireless internet-radio music player, but get exasperated with wonky interface/station recall/ menu systems on the ones I've seen. Any suggestions? I need two: one for a gift in the US, one for me (european outlet). Also, speaker recommendations for streaming from a laptop welcome! [more inside]
Recommend me the darker songs of the 1960's and 70's - paranoia, political repression, nuclear war, etc. For example, Love's The Red Telephone
How can I use an ordnance survey map plus some pins/string/labels to make a Music map of London for my secondary school classroom without it taking a lot of time and effort? [more inside]
Where can I find the sound of the Shofar blasts in long-play - without any other instrument - one hour or more on the net, in any format? Been looking and all I can find is short blasts.
My nephew is a musical genius- perfect pitch, memorized discography of most prominent classical composers, and he plays clarinet and piano (also almost any instrument he picks up.) He has autism and has been preoccupied with the Baby Einstein (and language and Beethoven) series since he was very, very young (a baby). I think one of the reasons he still holds onto it and will watch it over and over is because it's visually and musically interesting with out having a plot that his attention cannot hold onto or is too difficult to grasp emotionally. Anyone have recommendations for music/band films that would be appropriate for a 12 year old that is visually interesting with out a plot? He has watched almost every Disney and classic musical out there, but I wonder if there is something like the BE series, but more mature. Thanks!
I'd like to put together a playlist of great live musical performances on Youtube to play for my baby. What are your favorites? [more inside]
Help me identify the music in this great little baseball video. [more inside]
My sister is moving from the UK to the San Francisco area in a few weeks. As a goodbye and good luck present I want to buy her tickets to a pop music concert in/near SF. Her tastes are quite broad, but mainly she likes good old sing-along pop music. [more inside]
If Spotify is like Netflix, what music services are like Mubi? [more inside]
I love the minimalism of Young Marble Giants and The xx - and in online reviews the term "negative space" describes just what I like about them. So, what else should I listen to?
I'm looking for good Japanese songs or artists that will teach me new, useful words or phrases so that I can improve. I read articles in Japanese too, but words seem to 'stick' better when I am listening to a song and going over the kanji and hiragana at the same time. Details inside. [more inside]
I've migrated all my songs to iTunes Match, because I don't have space on my hard drive. But some of my ripped tracks have weird names, dating back from when I manually ripped the CDs. Is there a way of (semi?)automatically correcting these without having to download my whole library, or go through manually? [more inside]
I want to learn about the types of musical cues that are commonly used for television programs. [more inside]
I have this super-secret yet super-awesome Super-Quantizer program thingie that does cool things to music. For various reasons the words "Platonic score" are always used in my mind and in the code so I was hoping to carry that tradition on in naming that aspect of the project with something in Ancient Greek. [more inside]
How can my brother who is in a home with Alzheimer's listen to music? [more inside]
Someone close to me has inherited a Yamaha grand piano, appraised by knowledgable tuner around $45,000. The owner needs as much of this money as she can get. How do we sell it? Is Craigslist okay for very-high-price sales? This is in the Washington DC area. [more inside]
I only know four things about the song I'm looking for: [more inside]
After seeing Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds the other night and having my mind blown, I have been in the mood for nothing but Cave and Cave-y tunes. The Nick Cave station I made on Pandora has been remarkably awesome, but it’s left me wanting MORE. Americana-meets-rock, darkly atmospheric, fire and brimstone with a sexy swagger... you get the idea. [more inside]
Horror novels and horror movies are easy to find. Can you recommend me some good horror music? [more inside]
I once went through a phase listening to all of the Thompkins Square, Numero Group, etc. gospel compilation albums, and I heard a song that had an awesome guitar part. I composed my own song around it, but now I'd really like to hear the original. I lost most of my music in a hard drive crash and now I can't for the life of me find the song. I think it's called "God Is a Good God" but I can't be sure [more inside]
Hi, looking to add relatively long, mostly spoken-word samples to our bands' music. It needs to be a stand alone player--I want to not have to lug a laptop to wherever we play. [more inside]
I listen to a very wide variety of music, but one giant gap in my knowledge is classical music. I'm looking for recommendations for classical music to check out (either specific albums, works, or composers). To narrow it down a bit, how about something from any era that would be of interest to someone with an appreciation for avant-garde/free jazz from the 60s (think Coleman, later Coltrane, Shepp, Taylor... heck, even Brotzmann)? And preferably music that's available on streaming services.
I need music to fill up the background while I write. I'm currently working on a novel and I'm looking for recommendations of artists, albums, or online radio I could have going in my headphones to help me focus on the work. [more inside]
I have a friend who wants to watch some new music videos. He has no access to the internet, but I do. Great! I can help out. Except we have very different tastes in music and he only gets as specific as "like Nicki." He also really likes Rihanna and Beyoncé's more beat-driven songs, La Fouine, and a lot of Nigerian popular music. Can you make suggestions for me? Preferably with links, because I'm on strictly metered internet and can't download a lot of videos to find the good ones.
Songs about long-term, developed love - not butterflies. [more inside]
Hi AskMe, I come to you with another song identification question. Genre: pop/rock/EDM. Vocalist: sounded like Calvin Harris to me. Key lyric: "do it again" repeated as part of some "yes I will/no I won't do it again" (can't remember which) phrasing. Seemed to get a lot of airplay around spring of this year but I haven't heard it since. Little help?
I saw a video a while ago of a cool and unsettling performance, and I don't know how to find it again. Two musicians are wearing nerve-stimulating things around their wrists, which is moving their muscles involuntarily, playing a piece of music in perfect unison. [more inside]
In the Orange Juice song, Blue Boy, the lyrics go: "He wasn't listening to her lying tongue. He was listening to the words being sung by the blue boy". Who is the Blue Boy? [more inside]
I like to think that I have eclectic taste in music... but the one major hole in my repertoire is the (vast!!) field of Classical Music. What can you recommend I give a spin? [more inside]
vathek's recent FPP about a truly, truly awful song made me wonder: What are the worst songs ever recorded? What songs are legendary for their mediocrity? I'm familiar with "Friday" but that's about where my expertise here ends. [more inside]
I like listening to heavy, fast music while writing but recently I find I am unable to do so if the songs have words (or at least words that I can follow). I am looking for rock/metal/industrial/post-whatever that has drums and guitars, but is either instrumental (like Mogwai), or with vocals that are not comprehensible (like ISIS) or buried (like Sub Rosa). [more inside]
Is there a musical term for a very quick burst of strings in a song? Popular/dance music mainly, sounds very 80s. A couple of examples inside. [more inside]
My boyfriend and I will be in Montreal for a long weekend June 25 through June 28, and we're looking for non-pretentious, mixed-crowd bars and clubs with good electronic music or hip hop. This should be easy, no? [more inside]
More spooky, ethereal (desert) rock to write to? [more inside]
I'm looking for some good music for belly dancing. Essentially, I'd like to find some basic beats that I can practice to. Bonus points if you can provide links to recordings, or links to places where I can buy recordings. [more inside]
My wife has inherited a sizable collection of records and CDs. What pitfalls do we have to watch out for when deciding how to dispose of these items? Details inside... [more inside]
I'm looking for suggestions for resources to help learn solfege through self study. I'm open to the media whether they be books, websites, software, recordings, or something I haven't considered. I can read music and have moderate proficiency on the keyboard (Grade 8 Royal Conservatory) though I haven't been playing regularly for several years. I have access to a modern Windows PC, an Android Tablet, an aging Mac (1st gen Intel) and a digital piano if that helps at all.
Do you do rights clearance work in the music industry (or know someone who does)? If so, can you satisfy my curiosity about how much it might be expected to cost to license rights in the four scenarios described inside? [more inside]
I am writing a piece about the melding of form and content within a certain musician's body of work. (I'd rather not give this artist's name.) I am looking for texts which deal with concepts of form and content in any genre. Denise Levertov's "Some Notes on Organic Form" is likely going to be my main reference, but I haven't been able to think of many other resources despite attempting to search the library databases on this. Can anyone think of other texts to check out?