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 -
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]
posted by Swisstine
on Apr 9, 2014 -
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.
posted by Uncle
on Dec 28, 2013 -
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]
posted by twirlypen
on Dec 2, 2013 -
How much should I charge companies to write and record 30-60 second instrumental jingles to help sell their products on websites? [more inside]
posted by priested
on Nov 20, 2013 -
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]
posted by phunniemee
on Jul 30, 2013 -
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]
posted by Ghidorah
on May 17, 2013 -
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?
posted by New England Cultist
on Feb 15, 2013 -
Song ID request: This American Life episode "Special Ed," roughly at the 51:00 mark. Instrumental, post-rock maybe? Link inside. [more inside]
posted by mnemonic
on Aug 27, 2012 -
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 -
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.
posted by one_bean
on Jul 24, 2012 -
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?
posted by perhapses
on May 24, 2012 -
What are more songs (or albums) similar to Metallica's Orion, particularly the counterpoint that starts at around 4:00?
posted by tomwheeler
on Apr 20, 2012 -
Is there a programmatic way to detect whether a given song is exclusively instrumental? [more inside]
posted by xulu
on Apr 11, 2012 -
Suggestions for peppy, happy, instrumental
music, similar to Shugo Tokumaru's - The Mop and Dave Richmond's Movin' Along? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid
on Dec 30, 2011 -
I'm looking for more songs like this
- long, wailing, meandering instrumental electric guitar music. Please recommend me some! [more inside]
posted by xbonesgt
on Nov 28, 2011 -
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]
posted by malapropist
on Nov 5, 2011 -
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.
posted by AbsoluteDestiny
on Oct 21, 2011 -
What type of music was considered optimal for dancing in the nineteenth century US? I need search terms here, people. [more inside]
posted by Sara C.
on Oct 8, 2011 -
Please recommend audio streams (web radio stations and the like) that are all instrumental, and aren't classical music. Additional thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Oct 5, 2011 -
Any alternatives to GrooveSalad? Ambient tones, but most importantly, no vocals!?! Please fill my ears with distraction-free tunes! [more inside]
posted by cgg
on Sep 6, 2011 -
I heard an instrumental, surf (ish) version of Torna Surriento at brunch today... help? [more inside]
posted by aquanet
on Jul 3, 2011 -
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]
posted by Shepherd
on Jun 15, 2011 -
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]
posted by germdisco
on Aug 22, 2010 -
Help me find instrumental songs in that slow dreamy drunken slow-rock style like "The Pink Room". Examples within. [more inside]
posted by komara
on Jul 27, 2010 -
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]
posted by thatbrunette
on May 1, 2010 -
Can you recommend sources for downloadable instrumental music that is free and legally can be used for commercial on-the-air use? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike
on Apr 6, 2010 -
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.
posted by dorgla
on Oct 16, 2009 -
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]
posted by Inspector.Gadget
on Sep 26, 2009 -
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]
posted by DeucesHigh
on Aug 25, 2009 -
Can you name some modern instrumental bands/albums that are interesting, lively, and unpretentious with a bit of a dark edge? [more inside]
posted by bigtex
on Oct 19, 2008 -
I'm for looking non-karaoke instrumentals to sing over, preferably free. Ideally someone just playing an acoustic guitar or piano with no vocals, limited frills and high recording quality, either jazzy standards or pop. It's actually pretty hard to find all three at once on youtube and other such sites, so I thought I'd give Mefi a shot. Somebody must have a collection...any ideas?
posted by StrikeTheViol
on May 17, 2008 -
I'm looking for good sources of creative-commons licensed, edgy rock instrumental music. A really good example of this is www.saviumsaliva.com. The music there just seems to work for the podcast that I'm working on.
I've tried Jamendo, and one other "search engine" for creative commons licensed music, but slow going. I keep hoping for the motherlode.. So far, not so much.
Anyone have any other suggestions for places to look?
posted by wflanagan
on May 17, 2008 -
Recommendations for inexpensive software/hardware for making those instrumental/karaoke versions of songs. [more inside]
posted by mphuie
on Apr 4, 2008 -
I am working on a series of promos for a national cable network and looking for some suggestions regarding music. They love the song from the Michael Mann's Miami Vice
trailer: Numb/Encore by Linkin Park and Jay-Z. I'm looking for instrumental tracks with that feeling: serious, inspiring, melancholy, uplifting, energetic, modern, slick, etc. The promos involve beautiful slow-motion visuals with voiceover underneath. Thought I would turn to my favorite hive mind. Any suggestions? Thanks!
posted by oldkentucky
on Feb 15, 2008 -