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Performance art violin nerve stimulator pre-programmed impossible rhythm

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]
posted by flora on Jul 8, 2014 - 2 answers

We Can't All Be Special Snowflakes

I'm a musician and sometimes when I see or hear other artists who are doing cool, innovative things that are somewhat similar to what I'm doing, I feel irritated or threatened, like my work is less important or less unique now, and it makes me bitter or less inclined to continue working on my own stuff. I hate that I feel so petty and competitive instead of just being happy for the success of others. I really just need to get over myself and stop being a butthead, but I don't know how to deal with these feelings. I was hoping the HiveMind could give me some words of wisdom.
posted by chara on Mar 19, 2014 - 16 answers

I have a $33,000 dream. Plus or minus 10K.

I'd like to buy a home in a very cheap place that still has culture--local, regional, and national music. Museums, public attractions, parks. Bike friendly and/or walkable and/or good public transportation system. Great natural attractions nearby--hiking, rafting, kayaking, swimming, climbing, caving, hunting, fishing. Where is this possible? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Mar 4, 2014 - 44 answers

Song for which there is only one existing recording?

So I'm discussing Walter Benjamin. Has anyone else heard the story of a guy winning the copyright to a song and choosing never to market it? [more inside]
posted by Milau on Feb 6, 2014 - 4 answers

Modern creative types whose success came late?

What are examples, in the last 20 years, of musicians, artists, dancers, writers, and so on who labored long in obscurity and only achieved success, financial and otherwise, after the age of 40? And for those people, how did their success finally come about?
posted by shivohum on Jan 8, 2014 - 40 answers

How Do I Take in Better Stuff?

How do I practice better taste - in my art, music, and other kinds of cultural consumption - without being a prude or curmudgeon or elitist? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Oct 8, 2013 - 19 answers

Why do I have strong emotional reactions to smell and music but not art?

Why is it that people have super-strong reactions to different types of sensory stimulants? Do you have any tales of experiencing strong reactions to visual art as opposed to sounds and smells? [more inside]
posted by fishingforthewhale on Sep 26, 2013 - 33 answers

Seeking inspiration

I recently got the opportunity to direct a commercial! Yay!!! Now the bad news: I've been working a mind-numbing retail job for the last eight months, and have had few opportunities to do anything creative (outside of writing a screenplay). Help me re-enliven my inner creative spark. [more inside]
posted by sidi hamet on Aug 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Books on philosophy and beauty, art, narrative, or metaphor

I'm well-read but pretty uneducated when it comes to philosophy, aside from having a working knowledge of the Post-Structuralists. I'm looking for philosophical books (it doesn't matter it they're canonical or not--I have not read most of the canon, but I also haven't read a lot of related books) that explore one or more of these areas: beauty, art, or narratives. (I just started Lyotard tonight, so no need to suggest him.) [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jul 30, 2013 - 13 answers

Comprehensive online directory of world festivals?

Does anyone know of a comprehensive online directory of world festivals?
posted by DreamStar on Jul 23, 2013 - 2 answers

Reinventing my (work)self - how does one start from scratch at 56?

My career as a high end photo retoucher for magazines seems to be winding down, mostly because of the shift from print to digital/ipad consumption of content. Seems that my options are to gear up my portfolio to work for ad agencies, or learn to be a decent illustrator if I stay with it. Even so, I'm not confident that there will be enough work as things move forward. [more inside]
posted by hick57 on Jul 21, 2013 - 2 answers

"If I'd done it for the money, I'd have been a f**ing lawyer"

[playlist filter] I'm looking for songs that are about staying true to your art, about putting in the work, and not caring about the rewards. The kind of song that makes you want to stay us all night working on a painting or novel or whatever. Been really into "Make the Money" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, so looking for music in the same vein. [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Jun 19, 2013 - 20 answers

More goosebump worthy audio pieces/ podcasts like the one below?

I recently heard this obscure piece and was blown away. What other similar audio work can you recommend? Poetry/short story read well with tight ambient sound effects? Are there any websites that aggregate those types of work? [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Jun 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Help with project? Please list fictional cities !

For a project I'm currently working on as part of my graduation in Graphic Design, I wanted to compile something like an atlas of fictional cities. These may be from books, legends, stories, video games, advertisements, comics, really whatever... Even "real" cities but alternate versions, imagined or in some way deviate from their real counterpart are valid. [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on May 18, 2013 - 47 answers

Diamonds in the haystack

I'm looking for the unexpected, overlooked masterpieces hiding within conventionally marginal artistic genres: novelty Christmas music albums, mass market cowboy novels, direct-to-video action movie sequels, etc. [more inside]
posted by Iridic on May 7, 2013 - 16 answers

What music should I try on Spotify?

What bands and albums should I listen to now that I'm finally able to stream almost anything ever made? Extended information as to my taste preferences inside. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Apr 29, 2013 - 18 answers

And remember: external forces are never to blame.

I've always thought King Missile's Failure was a pretty good depiction of the kind of intrusive, self-defeating thoughts that characterize depression. The recent FPP'd game Depression Quest does something similar. What are some other works that are reminiscent of the experience of having depression or another mental illness (as opposed to depicting characters with the illness?)
posted by kagredon on Mar 9, 2013 - 14 answers

positive ugly art

Is there any art that you find ugly, but still admire or value? [more inside]
posted by leibniz on Mar 4, 2013 - 39 answers

What does "Gaddyne" mean?

A couple weeks ago I wrote down "gaddyne" on the page in my notebook where I write down artists and musicians and albums and the like. I now trying to find out what the hell I meant. I can find nothing on Google as to what this would be. I have fairly good handwriting and this was written in all caps. as I often do (I do not think it is initials/anagram for something). Probably dub or electronic music related. Please, tell me what I was trying to tell myself.
posted by J0 on Feb 21, 2013 - 7 answers

"I'm in Love with a German Film Star"

Where is the sample of German from at the end of Ana Tijoux's Las Horas from the album La Bala?
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Angelino Assistance Needed!

Recommend me some stuff to do in Los Angeles in January! [more inside]
posted by vibrotronica on Jan 6, 2013 - 19 answers

Films, shows, videos, imagery representing success and failure in American culture?

Depictions of success and failure in American culture? Films, videos, commercials, shows, songs, and other (non-literary) media requested. [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Jan 3, 2013 - 24 answers

What are the greatest (yet most original) love affairs of all time?

What are the greatest (yet most original) love affairs of all time? [more inside]
posted by skylar on Dec 22, 2012 - 76 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

How do you get over all the reasons not to make things?

Hope this isn't triggering or anything, but I've got a ton of immediately convincing reasons to never open my mouth or pick up my guitar. Is anyone's up for contributing to my list of less-than-persuasive counterarguments? [more inside]
posted by nelljie on Oct 21, 2012 - 37 answers

Emerging Cuban artists in exile

Can you help me with Cuban musicians and/or artists who are still suffering from being banned/censored in Cuba? I've read that Celia Cruz and many others are no longer banned in Cuba. Are there still artists (either musicians or visual artists) that the country can't abide? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Oct 5, 2012 - 2 answers

What are some songs or clips from songs that slowly build up by adding instruments one at a time?

What are some songs or clips from songs that slowly build up by adding instruments one at a time and/or by featuring one instrument at a time? [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on Sep 15, 2012 - 27 answers

Subtle creepy strings.

It's time to play your favorite (maybe) Ask Metafilter game: recommend music for a specific purpose! Bonus difficulty: the specificity is really specific! [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Sep 6, 2012 - 23 answers

Suggestions for Brazilian Music

I'm looking for a Brazilian piece of (folk?) music to use with a short video I'm making on football/soccer. [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Aug 10, 2012 - 12 answers

I want to do all of the cool things

I have a plan to visit NYC with my best friend next weekend. I've been to NYC about six or seven times now, and I have a few things in mind. Can you help me find some other cool things to do based on what I'm already thinking about checking out? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek on Jun 1, 2012 - 13 answers

Songs with unreliable narrators?

Songs with unreliable narrators?
posted by Trurl on Apr 14, 2012 - 55 answers

Summer travel to Iceland

Planning on going to Iceland this July. I'm looking for advice on must-see/do thing during this time of year in Iceland. Also, suggestions for incredibly amazing/maybe even life-changing music and art festivals during the summer there? [more inside]
posted by corn_bread on Mar 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Celebrities with hidden, incredible talents?

What are some good examples of celebrities with hidden talents? I love discovering things like Tom Green rapping, Barbara Mandrell playing steel guitar, Karen Carpenter playing drums, Charo playing flamenco guitar, Dudley Moore playing piano, or non-musical talents like Phil Hartmann's artwork or Geena Davis' archery skills. Or maybe not a skill, but a significant accomplishment (e.g., Abe Lincoln earning a patent). I love that kind of stuff. What are some other examples of people generally know for one thing, but holy cow, they could have just as easily been famous for doing another?
posted by holterbarbour on Dec 14, 2011 - 141 answers

Choosing an art form

How do I choose which hobby I want to devote myself to? [more inside]
posted by allseeingabstract on Oct 11, 2011 - 17 answers

What are the best websites out there?

If I had never seen the internet before, where would you direct me in 2011? What are the best news, film, music, art, fashion, history, technology, gossip, sports websites and blogs out there? [more inside]
posted by maca on Oct 3, 2011 - 14 answers

Your favourite websites for staying current with art, design, and culture?

Your favourite websites for staying current with art, design, and culture? [more inside]
posted by droolshark on Sep 28, 2011 - 20 answers

What songs are like Agalloch's "Ashes"?

Death MetalFilter: What songs are like Agalloch's "Ashes"? [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Sep 1, 2011 - 15 answers

Help me get my date on

Help me plan a date in LA! [more inside]
posted by TheRoach on Aug 3, 2011 - 7 answers

"I've got a gun let's go to a Broadway show"

What should I see/eat/do in New York City this week? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jul 25, 2011 - 39 answers

Stockholm syndrome is kicking in

How do you reconcile your private and professional selves? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2011 - 15 answers

What are the components of Lenny Kaye's guitar sound?

Geetar-filter: What axe/fx achieved the sound of Lenny Kaye's wonderful solo on "Pissing In A River"?
posted by Trurl on Jun 24, 2011 - 3 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

Amazing projects where art meets digital/social technologies

What are interesting projects where art meets new (digital/social) technologies? Like Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir, Youtube Symphony Orchestra, or Google Art Project.
posted by vladimirfrolov on May 9, 2011 - 3 answers

What should I do in LA in late April / early May?

Los Angeles - last week of April, first week of May. What should I absolutely not miss? And... can you recommend some good eats/drinks/hangouts in West Hollywood? [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Mar 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Webcam Karaoke

I would like to display Karaoke lyrics over a live webcam feed. This means I might need a skype (or equivalent) plugin that plays the music & lyrics, or find some karaoke software with the ability to display lyrics over a transparent background. (That is, to have windowless karaoke display, and run the webcam feed behind it. ) All the software (I can find) to play .CDG (karaoke lyric standard) files forces them to be played with an image background, or over a video file. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 10, 2011 - 1 answer

Jumpsuits and Solenoids?

Totally failing at finding a series of videos of a Japanese man in a jumpsuit and hardhat who has invented several musical instruments based on solenioids. Anybody know what I'm talking about and/or where to find them?
posted by TheCoug on Feb 12, 2011 - 7 answers

No I don't have a copy of Virgin Killer

What's the best program to use to quickly and automatically add album art to my mp3 collection? [more inside]
posted by turkeyphant on Jan 12, 2011 - 5 answers

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

Technically exemplary metal bass performances?

Technically exemplary metal bass performances? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Sep 3, 2010 - 14 answers

Where's Waldo? - The Music Version

Where can I find this type of music-inspired art? [more inside]
posted by Kippersoft on Aug 16, 2010 - 1 answer

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