Can you recommend some newish instrumental rock/pop songs? I really like it when artists will add an instrumental track to an album, but it's mostly serendipity that I find them. Can you recommend some recent instrumental tracks of note? Or whole instrumental pop/rock albums? [more inside]
A few years ago I gave my sister BT's This Binary Universe. I guess it stuck with her, because now she's asked me for similar instrumental music, but it's far enough outside my usual listening that I'm completely stuck. Help? [more inside]
Anywhere from Dixieland to Penguin Café Orchestra, via Django Reinhardt and something Latin, what musicians/tracks/albums can you suggest for a 4-hour playlist to make a happy, potentially boppable score to a cocktail party? Would be nice to divide it into intro, main and outro parts - but all suggestions are welcome for a fun, refined, vocal-less (or at least mainly so), non-pop soundtrack to a charming, light-hearted evening. (Bonus points if sourceable via Rdio.) Thanks!
I'm trying to build a playlist of head-nodding, chill music for 3AM drives. Help me fill this out some more! [more inside]
Are there any arrangements out there for a violn/piano duet of The Cure's Just Like Heaven? Looking for sheet music, if possible. Are there sheet-music web-fora around for such a thing? How would I get this. How would I get my filthy paws on this
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]
My husband's grandparents, Papa and Mimi, will be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary in May. Yes, 70th anniversary!!! The family is throwing an anniversary party for them and one of the party tasks I'm working on is music. [more inside]
For a comedy show I need some 80's sex music. Something funky but definitely of the 80's and it can't have words, or at least have large sections with no words.
What's your favorite Christmas instrumental, classical-sounding music? [more inside]
I'm trying to find the song "Maria" (How do you solve a problem like Maria) from The Sound of Music, but without the vocal track. I've written personalised lyrics for a friend and want to sing the song with (hopefully) the original music and my vocals over the top. Can it be done? [more inside]
How much should I charge companies to write and record 30-60 second instrumental jingles to help sell their products on websites? [more inside]
Know any free tools or software that will play a chord progression for me? [more inside]
I have recently discovered Attaboy by Yo-Yo Ma and some other peeps. It's beautiful and I love it. Please recommend more music like it. [more inside]
So, after FPP after FPP, I decided to check out Macklemore, and I'm suitably impressed. At the same time, going along with the instrumental track on The Heist, I'm realizing that I'd love to listen to an album like Macklemore but, well, without the vocals. [more inside]
In a bid to learn some bass riffs, I am looking for software that will strip lyrics from songs and give me only the instrumental version of the song. That, and I've always wanted to listen to my favourite songs in their vocally stripped incarnations. Any suggestions?
Can anyone recommend good instrumental dance music for studying? [more inside]
What's the name of that song? [more inside]
Song ID request: This American Life episode "Special Ed," roughly at the 51:00 mark. Instrumental, post-rock maybe? Link inside. [more inside]
Looking for sad music: instrumental, ambient, classical or swelling musical scores. [more inside]
I'm looking for a Brazilian piece of (folk?) music to use with a short video I'm making on football/soccer. [more inside]
Please recommend music similar to this Jack Teagarden version of When Your Lover Is Gone. Slow, instrumental, a little bluesy - I'm trying to class up a cocktail party overlooking the Pacific Ocean but can't afford a band.
I really like the music on the first New Order album (Movement, including the tracks on the 2008 collector's edition), but I don't always care for the singing. Are there instrumental bands that I might like that would be similar to early New Order?
What are more songs (or albums) similar to Metallica's Orion, particularly the counterpoint that starts at around 4:00?
Is there a programmatic way to detect whether a given song is exclusively instrumental? [more inside]
What are some other instrumental progressive metal groups like Animals as Leaders? [more inside]
Where can I find some horrible, soul-deadening instrumental music like that heard on "Between Two Ferns" (link to Funny or Die video)?
Help me find an album my mom loved in high school! [more inside]
Suggestions for peppy, happy, instrumental music, similar to Shugo Tokumaru's - The Mop and Dave Richmond's Movin' Along? [more inside]
I'm looking for more songs like this and this - long, wailing, meandering instrumental electric guitar music. Please recommend me some! [more inside]
Hey, did you ever see The Conversation? Remember how the soundtrack was mostly one dude on a piano? Can you recommend more music to me like that, where it's really engaging and moody like The Conversation soundtrack, but it's also just one guy? [more inside]
What other songs are like Ross' Concert by Jeff Danna? Instrumental, preferably acoustic with delight, energy and ideally a similarly blissful build and crescendo? Ideally I'm after pop-song length pieces. I'm not against vocals - the important thing is finding similar moods, expressiveness and complexity.
What type of music was considered optimal for dancing in the nineteenth century US? I need search terms here, people. [more inside]
Please recommend audio streams (web radio stations and the like) that are all instrumental, and aren't classical music. Additional thoughts inside. [more inside]
Any alternatives to GrooveSalad? Ambient tones, but most importantly, no vocals!?! Please fill my ears with distraction-free tunes! [more inside]
SongFilter: Can you name this song I heard on the radio - an instrumental, natch? [more inside]
I heard an instrumental, surf (ish) version of Torna Surriento at brunch today... help? [more inside]
Your tall musical order: I'm looking for instrumental tracks. Less than four minutes. Must have three "acts" that build from a quiet open to a mid-tempo, mid-power second act. Third and final act must end in a jump-out-of-your-chair fist-pump f*ck yeah moment (that may or may not taper away afterwards). [more inside]
Looking for a particular violinist (and similar music) [more inside]
What's your favorite instrumental podcast? [more inside]
Does anyone have any suggestions for ambient-electronic-industrial-instrumental music? [more inside]
Who is the artist responsible for an instrumental song called "Ballerina", released in the mid-to-late 1980s? (mp3 of the main melody included) [more inside]
Help me find instrumental songs in that slow dreamy drunken slow-rock style like "The Pink Room". Examples within. [more inside]
Help me ID a 70s instrumental song that sounds like a cross between "Ce-Matin La" by Air and the theme from Shaft? [more inside]
Another "Help me find cello music" question, but this one is pretty specific in sound, and hasn't been supplied in depth by the other question's answers. [more inside]
Can you recommend sources for downloadable instrumental music that is free and legally can be used for commercial on-the-air use? [more inside]
Love Yann Tiersen's earlier instrumental music. Recently discovered Sweden's "Detektivbyran," which gives me much of what I used to get from Tiersen before he moved on, without being derivative. Tried last.fm and pandora to no avail - looking for other artists mining similar territory. Bonus points for inclusion of accordion. Does not necessarily have to be done on acoustic instruments. Don't want huge sweeping orchestral statements...prefer smaller ensembles who get the point across with fewer instruments or tracks.
Soundtrackfilter: Please recommend to me mostly-instrumental, sometimes dark, contemplative soundtrack albums (or even compilations or regular albums) in the vein of Michael Andrews' work for Donnie Darko or Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd's soundtrack for Mysterious Skin. [more inside]
I'm singing in an outdoor wedding and am desperately looking for a karaoke version of Gershwin's "For You, For Me, For Evermore." I would prefer a version that starts at the refrain (right on "For you, for me..."). Any suggestions? [more inside]
I am looking for heavy, noisy, vocal-free music like Billy Corgan and Matt Walker did for the Ransom soundtrack. [more inside]
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