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A drum kit for a beginner

I want to buy a drum kit (as a gift) and have no idea where to start (this is in Melbourne if you happen to have some location-specific information). [more inside]
posted by wilful on Sep 14, 2014 - 11 answers

Looking to buy camcorder for recording live music

I'm looking for a camcorder or camcorder/microphone setup to record my band's practices and shows for uploading to YouTube. [more inside]
posted by Woodroar on Sep 12, 2014 - 4 answers

Background music from Mitchell & Webb

What is the background music used in the Mitchell & Webb "Inebriati" sketch, between around 2:01 and 5:00?. It sounds like Bartók or Stravinsky, but I can't quite place it.
posted by Johnny Assay on Sep 10, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me identify this song I heard today: Jazz/blues, female singer

I heard a song this morning as I pulled into my work and didn't hear the end of it as I was running a bit late and figured I could Google it later. Well, that didn't work, so now I'm asking you guys. [more inside]
posted by sucky_poppet on Sep 6, 2014 - 7 answers

What is this piece of music?

I need to identify a piece of music based on this tiny portion of sheet music. I entered it into MuseScore and created a wav file (listen here), but SoundHound and Shazam don't return any results. [more inside]
posted by SugarAndSass on Sep 6, 2014 - 2 answers

Raspberry Pi and Plex = poor mans single room Sonos alternative?

My friend has a multi-room Sonos system. I like the idea that he can pick up his phone/tablet, browse music, select something and have it play to one of the speakers in his house. I'd like to have this experience too - but not spend as much and limit it to only the stereo in one room. Will a Raspberry Pi running Plex plugged into a stereo give me this? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Sep 4, 2014 - 5 answers

A girl on a toy riding horse underwater.. what's that song in the video?

I saw a music video this weekend featuring a girl with longish blondish hair riding on a toy riding horse underwater, possibly in a pool. I was really chill, instrumental possibly. It was in a youtube playlist with similar types of music: sleep party people, gold panda, clams casino, youth, grimes, tycho etc. Please, oh please, help me find it!!!
posted by tenaciousmoon on Aug 25, 2014 - 2 answers

Sheena is a punk rocker now (and in the year 2875)

Help me make a punk rock playlist for the distant future. [more inside]
posted by nonasuch on Aug 16, 2014 - 31 answers

UK Childrens' songfilter

Hullo, I am trying to identify the names of these songs I learned to play years ago. According to my music book they are childrens' songs from the UK. Google (and Baidu, since these are from a Chinese music book) are not helping. Names and song lyrics are awesome. Here are links posted on Flickr (since YT doesn't wanna work with me): 1. Big Geese song 2. Calendar song
posted by ditto75 on Aug 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Electronica-scored "Fantastic Planet"/"Planete Sauvage"?

Years ago I saw a version of the classic weird animated sci-fi movie Fantastic Planet (Planete Sauvage) where the sounds and dialogue had been completely replaced by electronic music from Venetian Snares, Matmos, and the like. I can't find it anywhere - all the sites that blogged about it link to the same outdated video link. Anyone have a line on it? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Aug 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Great Songs with Great Puns

I'm making a playlist of great songs that include great puns and I need help! [more inside]
posted by sallybrown on Aug 10, 2014 - 20 answers

Un-music music

I love the minimalism of Young Marble Giants and The xx - and in online reviews the term "negative space" describes just what I like about them. So, what else should I listen to?
posted by Paragon on Jul 24, 2014 - 31 answers

Can I correct track information in iTunes match without downloading

I've migrated all my songs to iTunes Match, because I don't have space on my hard drive. But some of my ripped tracks have weird names, dating back from when I manually ripped the CDs. Is there a way of (semi?)automatically correcting these without having to download my whole library, or go through manually? [more inside]
posted by danteGideon on Jul 24, 2014 - 5 answers

Standard musical cues for TV programs?

I want to learn about the types of musical cues that are commonly used for television programs. [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Jul 23, 2014 - 8 answers

Please help me come up with a project name that's in Ancient Greek!

I have this super-secret yet super-awesome Super-Quantizer program thingie that does cool things to music. For various reasons the words "Platonic score" are always used in my mind and in the code so I was hoping to carry that tradition on in naming that aspect of the project with something in Ancient Greek. [more inside]
posted by bfootdav on Jul 23, 2014 - 11 answers

Name this French pop song

I only know four things about the song I'm looking for: [more inside]
posted by WalkingAround on Jul 20, 2014 - 7 answers

I need help selecting the right stand alone sample player for my band

Hi, looking to add relatively long, mostly spoken-word samples to our bands' music. It needs to be a stand alone player--I want to not have to lug a laptop to wherever we play. [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth on Jul 14, 2014 - 10 answers

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

Who is Orange Juice's Blue Boy?

In the Orange Juice song, Blue Boy, the lyrics go: "He wasn't listening to her lying tongue. He was listening to the words being sung by the blue boy". Who is the Blue Boy? [more inside]
posted by goml on Jul 7, 2014 - 6 answers

Seeking Classical Music Recommendations

I like to think that I have eclectic taste in music... but the one major hole in my repertoire is the (vast!!) field of Classical Music. What can you recommend I give a spin? [more inside]
posted by Philby on Jul 6, 2014 - 41 answers

Similar Music to This?

Being a life-long fan of Neil Finn, I bought his latest album a couple of months ago. I am absolutely head over heels in love with the Divebomber track which is very atypical of him (with a handful of exceptions). I really like the abstract, soaring soundscape and fairly unconventional structure of the Finn song. Seeing as my musical horizon isn't what it used to be, can you recommend music similar to the Divebomber track? [more inside]
posted by kariebookish on Jun 30, 2014 - 7 answers

Late 80s indie song ID

I've been searching for various songs I used to have on tape from UK Radio 1's John Peel show in the late 80s (roughly 87-90). One in particular is proving a bit tricky. On the tape inlay I labelled it Imaginary Girlfriend by Mighty Mighty, but if that's true I haven't been able to turn it up on Google, so that could be completely wrong. I don't have the tape anymore so I can't upload a sample. More half-remembered details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by crocomancer on Jun 29, 2014 - 3 answers

Why do so many retail stores, bars and restaurants play Brazilian music?

Aside from the fact that the music is quite enjoyable, why the over-representation? Can anyone shed light on this perception / observation? I notice that many retail stores, bars, restaurants/coffee shops, etc. play Brazilian music to a disproportionate level as compared to music from other places. [more inside]
posted by LittleFuzzy on Jun 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Should I buy a Digital-to-Analog Convertor (DAC)?

Just wondering if this is something I should invest in, or would it be a waste of money? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Jun 23, 2014 - 11 answers

Does this musical percussion technique have a name?

I have a vague memory of seeing someone perform a percussion piece where they swung a rope in each hand with a weight on the end. They would sometimes allow the weight to strike the wooden resonating chamber to make a "clack" sound. In so doing, they were able to clack out some surprisingly complex rhythms. Does this instrument/technique have a name? What is it? And most importantly, where can I find some videos of people doing it?
posted by Galaxor Nebulon on Jun 19, 2014 - 5 answers

Best way to get audio from youtube videos into a Sony Walkman?

I just received a Sony Walkman NWZ-W262 for my birthday. I am psyched about filling it up with music and using it at the gym. I'd love to transfer some music from my own CD's, but most of them are in storage. I don't have money to pay for new music. What I do have is a bunch of youtube videos saved whose audio I'd love to use for workouts. [more inside]
posted by mysterious_stranger on Jun 17, 2014 - 7 answers

Should I go ahead and take this book offer? I'm broke and I need the $$$

I would love to hear from anyone who has experience with book publishing, either as an author, editor or publisher. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Jun 16, 2014 - 14 answers

60s garage-pop in not English? (or French)

I'm making a Spotify playlist of rare 1960s garage pop not in English. French Ye-ye music is well covered online, I'm full up on that. But other than a couple of hints about Italian and Spanish singers from the Wikipedia Yeye page I haven't found much else. Give me your favorite examples of danceable, hip, poppy, swinging 60s tunes from other parts of the world! [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jun 15, 2014 - 29 answers

Songs that say "You suck" - cheerfully!

I'm looking for songs that sound cheerful and perky but express disdain, loathing, hatred, etc. (Not necessarily directed at a former romantic partner, although there are a couple of break-up songs that may fit the bill.) Two of the best examples I can think of are Lily Allen's "Fuck You" and the Scissor Sisters "I Can't Decide." Genre is irrelevant, although it will probably be hard to find a death metal song that is appropriately sunny-sounding. Got any recommendations?
posted by rednikki on Jun 8, 2014 - 132 answers

I Shot Andy Warhol trailer music?

What's the vibraphone-led latin jazz number on the I Shot Andy Warhol trailer? It's not on the soundtrack album.
posted by morganw on Jun 7, 2014 - 1 answer

Where to they get that awesome music from?

Where do private DJs/stations for streaming music sites get their awesome electronic/dance remixes from??? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by WinterSolstice on Jun 5, 2014 - 11 answers

If you've got the answer, honey, I've got the time.

I am looking for a recording of Hank Williams, Sr. doing the song "If You've Got The Money (I've Got The Time)." I have exhausted all the resources I can think of. Anyone out there have a clue?
posted by ronofthedead on Jun 1, 2014 - 8 answers

Finding a specific choral arrangement for Paul Simon's "Spirit Voices"

The King's Singers did a beautiful version of Paul Simon's "Spirit Voices" back in 1997. You can listen to the mp3 here - it's track 2 on the album also titled "Spirit Voices." I want to sing this song with some friends, just for fun, but can't find sheet music/a choral arrangement anywhere. Are there secret choir-only websites I don't know about that might have the music? If it was just one tune I'd be fine just singing along with the track, but there are multiple harmonies.
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on May 28, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me setup my old Droid Razr as a music player for my stereo

I have an old Droid Razr that I would like to plug into my stereo to stream music from Google Play. How can I control it from my Android Phone and preferably also my wife's iphone. [more inside]
posted by Uncle on May 26, 2014 - 3 answers

Name this old country tune?

Does anyone remember the title and artist for a country music song about remodeling the singer's home as a bar in order to keep the singer's spouse (husband?) home? Was a hit back I late '70s or early '80s -
posted by mmiddle on May 24, 2014 - 3 answers

English-language song with the same tune as Les Plaisirs de la Table?

I'm pretty sure I have previously heard a song sung in English that has the same tune as this French-Canadian folk song. It may have been an Irish folk song. Does anyone recognize it?
posted by capricorn on May 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Tell me about remastered audio in layperson's terms.

Lately I've been seeing a lot about music converted to a 432Hz format, but very little about why and how, exactly, it's superior. Add that to the huge amount of "remastered" music I see on Spotify when I look up an older album, and I'm confused about why it's necessary to remaster. What's so bad about the un-remastered audio? Are the reels literally degrading? Why is simple digitization inadequate? What, exactly, happens when an audio engineer goes in to remaster a track? And, if I might as well get my money's worth, how can I notice and appreciate the superiorities in remastered and/or 432 Hz audio?
posted by magdalemon on May 15, 2014 - 6 answers

What are some good congratulation songs?

Putting together a playlist of congratulation/celebratory songs, please let me know your favorites.
posted by cali59 on May 15, 2014 - 19 answers

I need some strange music

I'm looking to expand my music library with unique, unusual artists. What would you suggest? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbeast on May 12, 2014 - 86 answers

Eurovision in Iceland?

I'm going to be flying in to Reykjavik Saturday morning. Where's a good place for us to watch the Eurovision 2014 finals? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse on May 6, 2014 - 1 answer

Music to soothe the Alzheimer's soul

My father-in-law has Alzheimer's disease. We need a music player with lots and lots of snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on May 6, 2014 - 12 answers

The possibilities of 52 weeks

What kind of projects have you followed where the author's goal is to teach someone something every week for 52 weeks? I'm particularly looking for the once a week format for a fixed amount of time. [more inside]
posted by jermspeaks on May 1, 2014 - 4 answers

"Hay Una Uncion Aqui" - Karaoke Track?

I am trying to find a "karaoke track" for the song "Hay Una Uncion Aqui" by Danny Berrios, which is (apparently) a Spanish language contemporary Christian song (a student of mine needs it for a talent show). I know about as much Spanish as I do contemporary Christian music, which is to say, none. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Apr 29, 2014 - 5 answers

Song finding: "The living room"

Find this song/artist? Male solo guitar singer-songwriter, NYC downtown type. His first record would have come out near 1996 or 97 on a tiny label. The opening track was called "The Living Room" and was about the club in NYC. The chorus was "Why do they call it the Living Room, when it's got no life like a ..." (memory fades.) That's all I've got. Who was it?
posted by neustile on Apr 28, 2014 - 2 answers

using liquid rhythm to create midi patterns for addictive drums

Help me search for the way to fix it so that the pattern I hear in Liquid Rhythm gets played on roughly the 'right' drums when I export midi into Addictive Drums. At the moment importing Midi into AD from LR results in stuff played at the right time on unexpected drums. What is fixing this problem called so I can search for a solution? [more inside]
posted by aesop on Apr 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Songs about particular days of the year

Happy Ruination Day, people of Metafilter! Gillian Welch wrote this great duofold song about April 14. Loudon Wainwright III wrote one that's sort of about March 16. Can you tell me about other songs about particular days of the year? Important limitations: [more inside]
posted by Jasper Fnorde on Apr 14, 2014 - 40 answers

Ideal instrument for a child to learn music?

My child (almost 5) is showing an interest in music and I would like to get him started with music lessons. Please help me pick an instrument for him. [more inside]
posted by rada on Apr 11, 2014 - 42 answers

70th anniversary party playlist!

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 - 20 answers

Help me identify an indie rock/pop song with two female vocalists.

Heard the song in a restaurant and liked it, but don't have a copy of Shazam. Here's what I could hear / learned: [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Apr 7, 2014 - 13 answers

Burning Man for International Visitors (who can't drive)

My girlfriend and I will be going to Burning Man this year. It was the sort of thing we've both wanted to do forever, and finally bit the bullet to do it. I'm scared, but purely for logistical reasons. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by popagandhi on Mar 24, 2014 - 13 answers

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