A few years ago I heard on a classical radio station a version of "What Child Is This" that I'd love to find again. It was for choir, either alone or possibly with piano? and the harmonies became increasingly... strange. [more inside]
The harmony singing of Pacific Islanders is very distinctive. It has a brightness to it, almost an artificial loudness. Why? [more inside]
I've got a buddy who has recently returned to the opposite coast for a while. A big part of our friendship is singing together, which is right nice. The problem is we can't figure out how to do it now. Skype has that delay that always makes it feel like the other person is messing with you (and the volume goes down in my speakers when there's input from my mic?). Phone calls are weird when one person's trying to hold a guitar. Are there any solutions for this kinda thing yet, or are we reduced to sending recordings back and forth? [more inside]
My brain often composes short melodies that float around my head for a while and then dissolve. Since my inner composer is twelve years old, these melodies tend to sound like the background music to old Nintendo games, early Zelda / Mario Brothers and that kind of thing. What they cry out for is to be put on loop while Link ventures out to boomerang Octorocks. I'd like to make this a reality. Presumably we're talking MIDI. Please suggest (a) software for this purpose, and (b) approaches to learning basic harmonization and instrumentation, especially in the context of some specific answer to (a). [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of pop songs based on male/female vocal harmony, where the man is singing at a higher pitch than the woman. It sounds so fascinating to me. Every once in a while I'll hear an example on the radio, but I'm completely at a loss to recall them. Can you think of any? Bonus for songs where the man isn't employing falsetto to achieve this.
I'm looking for songs with similar harmonies to First Aid Kit. Any genre considered, and songs with more than a two part harmony are welcome. Practising harmonies with some friends and need some practice material :) [more inside]
Is it possible to sing more than one note at a time? [more inside]
One of the things I miss about church is small-group music. I'd like to find music in this style without the baggage of church behind it. Specific criteria and examples of what I'm looking for inside. [more inside]
I am looking into Universal Remotes in order to manage my media center and make it easier for other household members and guests to use. [more inside]
What is the difference between harmony and polyphony?
Where can I listen to examples of really harmonically complex a capella online? [more inside]
What criteria do you use to determine mix tape/CD/playlist order? [more inside]
Tell me about companies that encouraged or directed employees to form a guild or union from the beginning. What did they do, why did they do it, how was it received and how did it work out? [more inside]
Source for machine-readable lists of chord progressions of popular songs? [more inside]
What songs have a similar bassy, soft vocal harmony and melody as Jonathan Coulton's Baby Got Back? (first 4 secs. and again at 3:10 and 5:00)
I'm looking for transcendent folk/pop/rock/country songs with strong vocal harmonies. [more inside]
Help me find online (or other) sources of written out two part vocal harmonies. [more inside]
I have a flock of backyard chickens (for egg production) that needs to have its numbers reduced. Which hens should have a date with the chopping block? [more inside]
Help me navigated the political differences between me and my spouse! [more inside]
Help me get my head around chords in music. I think I understand the basics, but then get confused when thinking about progressions, inversions, root movements etc. [more inside]
What do Bel Biv DeVoe and Les Triplettes de Belleville have in common, vocally? [more inside]
What is the best way to master scales, chords, and chord progressions on the piano / keyboard. More specifically, help me create harmony and melody. My husband and I are starting to create music on our computer. I think I have a pretty good ear for what sounds good, but I feel like a complete hack on the keyboard. I would like to become proficient at hitting keys that sound well together or next to each other. I am studying basic theory, but where does the rubber meet the road? Is it simply muscle memory? I am not really interested in playing a piece of sheet music, but if that will help, I will learn. I just want to create my own music. I know I have to practice, but practice doing what? I would be rather proud of myself if someone told me drop and play I V vi IV in F Major and I could do it without thinking.
Looking for songs with really good vocal harmonies. [more inside]
I was playing around with a keyboard at a Guitar Center that had an auto-harmonize feature. Below a certain note pressing a key would play a chord instead of a single tone. What was interesting was that playing chromatically (white and black keys) it played chords that retained a firm sense of key (C major) - if you jumped around randomly or did chromatic runs it didn't sound like there were a bunch of modulations taking place. What formula do you think it used to do this?
Help us de-neurose, de-jealous-ize my cranky canine please! [more inside]
I've been trying to branch out my musical tastes, and have started recently to listen to atonal and serialist music (Boulez, Schoenberg, Webern). There is something about it that I like, but I'm not quite sure what it is, and I feel like if I knew more about the music in question I could better appreciate it. [more inside]
Help me set up this USB infrared receiver for my PC. The machine doesn't recognize it when I plug it in. [more inside]
Music types: help me identify exactly what it is that I dislike about these particular types of jazz! [more inside]
I am a music ignoramus. But, I know I really like a man and a woman (a guy and a girl) singing together. Call and response, harmony, part of the lyrics or not, I think it's really amazing when a masculine voice and feminine voice are working together. [more inside]
How do I get harmony in my ears? [more inside]
Does anybody know where to get a sleeve or case for the Logitech Harmony 680 remote? I have Googled and Ebayed extensively but no luck.
Left ear: melody. Right ear: harmony. More, please! [more inside]
She has an iPhone, I have an iPhone, and we want to share a calendar that can be seen and edited by both of us from our iPhones. Should be easy but apparently not... [more inside]
Identify this song and band: American, male, R'n'B vocal group attaining brief mid-chart respectability in the UK in '92 or '93. [more inside]
After hearing this story on NPR this morning about the Harmony Database of al Qaeda correspondence, I began wondering what other public databases like this exist out there that are ripe for analysis and picking apart. I'm looking specifically for things like this related to the "War on Terrorism" and the Iraq War, but older stuff would be good too.
I'm looking for a symbol/representation for possible use as a tattoo. [more inside]
What's the relationship between the melody of a song and its chord structure? [more inside]
What are some good ways to avoid strife and keep things fair in a shared living arrangement? Somewhat exhaustive explanation inside. [more inside]
Recently I have been listening to Magic Numbers, The Thorns, Hal and Teenage Fanclub. Should I listen to Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Big Star, Badfinger, Mamas & Papas, Raspberries, Bread or America? [more inside]
Why are C and F the notes without corresponding flat keys on the piano? [more inside]
MusicianFilter: Why do I favour some names of notes in the chromatic scale over their other names? [more inside]