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I Want To Learn About Bands, Please Help Me!

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]
posted by xingcat on Aug 3, 2014 - 23 answers

community orgs for arts and technology?

Which organisations, companies, community groups, etc support and encourage embracing both arts/humanities AND STEM (especially technology)? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 1, 2014 - 12 answers

Music to not concentrate to

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]
posted by billybunny on Jul 13, 2014 - 34 answers

Looking for heavy, fast instrumental music

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]
posted by Grinder on Jul 5, 2014 - 27 answers

More spooky, ethereal (desert) rock to write to?

More spooky, ethereal (desert) rock to write to? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Jul 3, 2014 - 36 answers

Long Form Music Journalism

Link me to riveting, long form music journalism online! I want to read case histories of musicians with troubled lives, like these articles about Elliot Smith and Ben Todd. Or maybe a peek at a subculture I barely knew existed, like Kid Rock's Cruise or Nathan Rabin's many recaps of The Gathering. I'll also accept a straight-ahead profile, as long as it's as well written as Elizabeth Gilbert's piece on Hank-3. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jun 30, 2014 - 8 answers

Making original music

How do you know that the music you are making hasn't already been written? I have a decent level of proficiency with one instrument and recently branched out and have started learning the basics of a few others. I have never made original music and recently have started tooling around and playing my "own" songs on a combination of a few instruments. It seems unlikely that I am playing anything unique which leads me to wonder how does one know when they are? Thanks.
posted by mrdrummed on Jun 2, 2014 - 9 answers

Playlist Filter: Help me find some fight music?

I'm writing a sci-fi novel and I've come to an extended battle scene. Music without lyrics is a MAJOR plus (lyrics can distract me and slow down the writing... but music is good for blocking out noise from outside my study.) Any suggestions? Guitar-oriented hard rock music and VNV Nation-style modern sounds would really help! [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on May 5, 2014 - 13 answers

Music to write by

I'm getting sick of writing to the same music. Suggest me new stuff please. Nitpicky particulars and what I'm listening to right now inside. [more inside]
posted by dersins on Jan 17, 2014 - 26 answers

Crossing over with art

House of Leaves and Haunted are works in two different mediums (book and album) by two different artists that deliberately accompany each other. What other examples of this are there? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Oct 31, 2012 - 30 answers

Best Music Writing 2012

What are the best pieces of music journalism/criticism that were written in 2012? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 16, 2012 - 7 answers

We're gonna write! Cite! And write again!

Help me write a research paper all at once by providing me with the ultimate late-night write-a-thon soundtrack. Pop/Dance/Electronica edition, specifications within. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Apr 24, 2012 - 29 answers

50,000 songs for 50,000 words?

Help me make the ultimate NaNoWriMo playlist. [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Nov 1, 2011 - 18 answers

Movie-like memories

Some of my best memories, when I think back on them, become more cinematic than linear, more musical than factual. They are a flowing montage of events, energy, motion. Often the memory is of an adventure or journey. Why does this happen? Who has written or made art about the capacity for our memories to be transformed in this way? [more inside]
posted by victory_laser on May 27, 2011 - 1 answer

WASH THIS MAN RIGHT OUTTA MY HAIR

How can I enjoy things that are tainted with memories of my ex? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2010 - 23 answers

that high school feeling

Songs that evoke high school nostalgia? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Oct 20, 2010 - 56 answers

Creative Non-Fiction about Music

Looking for books or essays similar to Nick Hornby's Songbook (or other awesome pieces of creative non-fiction about music). [more inside]
posted by rockstar on Sep 29, 2010 - 7 answers

Spooky, ethereal rock to write to?

Spooky, ethereal rock to write to? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Apr 5, 2010 - 44 answers

Publishing a book on rivethead culture

I want to write and publish a book on the industrial music scene from a feminist perspective. I’m a decent writer, but I have no photography, graphic design, marketing, or publishing experience, and no industry connections. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by velvet winter on Oct 3, 2009 - 8 answers

Who are the best feature writers out there?

Who are the best magazine and newspaper feature writers, past and present? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 8, 2009 - 20 answers

Music that Taps your Creativity/Motivation?

I need some recommendations for music to unleash the creative writer within. I get my best writing (indeed, my best work of any sort) done when I put on massive headphones and close out the rest of the world. That said, silence makes me sad, so I need a soundtrack to drive the creative process. [more inside]
posted by roundrock on Feb 26, 2009 - 24 answers

January, it's just this month, you know?

I have a month in which to do a project. What kind of project, you ask? Good question. Perhaps something fun, perhaps something educational, perhaps something mind-expanding. The options, they are endless. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Oct 13, 2008 - 10 answers

I need a novel-writing soundtrack

Can you help me set the writing soundtrack to my novels? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Jun 26, 2008 - 23 answers

Wring music? How hard can it be?

Can I learn to create melodies? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jun 15, 2008 - 37 answers

I've got the "crap" part down, but...

I'm looking for Web sites premised on the production of "crap art", structured art projects for non-artists, inspiration and instructions. [more inside]
posted by loiseau on Feb 23, 2008 - 5 answers

What are tomorrow's avant-garde monuments

What are tomorrow's avant-garde art/film/writing monuments that are being done today? [more inside]
posted by jayder on Oct 2, 2007 - 17 answers

What does a band sound like?

I need help writing a bio for an indie band. [more inside]
posted by xo on Sep 14, 2007 - 17 answers

Music for writing academic works in a frenzy

Music for writing academic works in a frenzy [more inside]
posted by Anything on Sep 14, 2007 - 14 answers

Help, I just need some vocal HELP.

Help me learn/improve on vocal melody writing techniques. [more inside]
posted by sindas on Nov 6, 2006 - 9 answers

What music is stuck in your head?

You are an American female born in 1983 or 1986. What music resonates for you? For why I want to know, there's [more inside]
posted by lhauser on Sep 5, 2006 - 38 answers

Writing a band biography

I'd like to write a book about a band. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by interrobang on Jun 6, 2006 - 6 answers

...because the world needs another emo singer/songwriter

How does a musician learn to write better lyrics? [more inside]
posted by junkbox on May 19, 2006 - 17 answers

Music Journalism: Making it Sound Good

Writin'Filter: What makes a great musician/band profile? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Apr 24, 2006 - 10 answers

que musica por escriba!?

NaNoWriMo is comming up. What sorts of writin' music can you think of? [more inside]
posted by delmoi on Oct 2, 2005 - 24 answers

Are you learning piano?

Is anyone learning piano (or planning to)? If so, can I ask you some questions? [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer on Sep 26, 2005 - 25 answers

Pen and Pencil Recommendations: Extremely Fine Points

Pen Recommendation: Finest possible point with good ink flow, will not smudge when highlighted. Pencil Recommendation: Any way to get the convenience of a 0.7mm mechanical pencil that doesn't break all the time in a <0.5mm tip? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Aug 18, 2005 - 12 answers

Getting an Autograph

AutographFilter : I'm going to a concert in a few weeks time, and was wondering about the ideal pen to use (if any) on glossy paper with a dark background. [More inside] [more inside]
posted by mragreeable on Oct 14, 2004 - 7 answers

Music Journalism Cliches

Music journalism clichés. I'm trying to compile a list of clichéd rock journalism similes, along the lines of 'sounds like a cat being strangled', or 'sounds like a drum-kit being thrown down a stairwell'. Trawling through 40 years of archives will prove to be somewhat time-consuming. Can anyone help me out with any? Points scored for the ridiculous/absurd, points deducted for ones you've made up yourself. Thanks!
posted by nylon on Oct 11, 2004 - 25 answers

Dissing 50 critically acclaimed classics of pop music

First Tuesday in January, I'll be starting a weekly column in Blitz the main Portuguese music newspaper, called "Revisions", where I'll be debunking, dissing and giving a thorough, admittedly exaggerated "going over" to 50 critically acclaimed "classics" of popular music which, due to excessive reverence or routine citation, have an undeserved place in the officially-sanctioned pantheon. This is a bit of a homework assignment plea, I know - but does anybody have any suggestions? I'm not just talking overhyped and overrated here - I'm talking deep historical and musicological errors, crystallized by unthinking repetition and misplaced respect. What, among the hallowed records and artists out there, is ripe - just asking - for review and revision? Thank you for any ideas you may have.
posted by MiguelCardoso on Dec 20, 2003 - 32 answers

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