I'd like to discover more electronic music artists who rarely sample other peoples' songs, and instead prefer to use their own samples, synthesizers, and synthesized instruments. One such artist is Tipper; another is Bonobo, who I recently discovered. What are some others? How common is this kind of artist? [more inside]
I don't know much about electronic music. I know I like the deep, twisting, inertial sounds and rhythms of stereotypical dubstep. But whenever I go through "best album"-type lists of dubstep albums, almost all of them are more subdued. That's not to say I don't like them -- the oft-recommended London Zoo and Untrue now have a permanent spot in my music rotation -- but they just don't have that intense WUB WUB WUB feel. Here's a good example of what I'm looking for. What are some great albums with music in this style?
I like to listen to a wide variety of music: classical, rock, jazz, instrumental metal, folk, video game, rap — whatever catches my ear. I also like listening to podcasts. Unfortunately, most of the music podcasts I've seen only cover music in a single genre, often with an emphasis on newer music. I'd like to find a podcast that a) spans genres and eras in a single show, and b) isn't afraid to play popular music. Does such a podcast exist? Super bonus points if there's some commentary about history and context, so that I can learn something while I listen. [more inside]
I really enjoyed watching Buckethead perform at Hardly Strictly in SF, and I'd really like to see more virtuosic electric guitar performances. Are there any amazing instrumental rock or metal artists that will be touring in the Bay Area within the next year or so?
I'm fascinated by the double guitar solo in DragonForce's "Through the Fire and Flames". (Video, 3:20 mark.) What are some other rock/metal pieces that successfully pull off multiple simultaneous soloists?
I'm looking for a good piano/soprano version of Rachmaninoff's Vocalise. What's your favorite one? (Bonus meta-question: are there any good websites other than MeFi for asking what's-your-favorite type questions, especially for recipes and classical music?)
I'm looking for some hardcore heart-wrenching classical music. My current selection includes Vocalise by Rachmaninoff, Ständchen from Schwanengesang by Schubert, Shostakovich's 5th Symphony, first movement (because of that haunting ending!), and Prelude in C minor by Chopin. Suggestions? [more inside]
Do any popular musicians (as opposed to art music composers) use fugal writing in their music? I'm looking for hardcore, Well-Tempered Clavier complexity, not simple 2-voice counterpoint.
I'd like to listen to some rhythmic jazzy stuff in the same genre as the Grim Fandango soundtrack and Fallout 3's Galaxy News Radio tracklist (in particular: Crazy He Calls Me, Easy Living - Billie Holiday; Civilization - Danny Kaye; Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall - Ella Fitzgerald; I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire - The Ink Spots; A Wonderful Guy - Tex Beneke). Need album suggestions!
What is the song in this video? Sounds like some sort of string-based (violin?) instrumental hip-hop.
Could somebody help identify this contemporary-sounding string quartet? [more inside]
Two questions concerning violins (and by extension, other string instruments): 1. Mass production! 2. Strads! [more inside]
What's the name of the classical piece that plays during the "Elisabet-staring-at-the-camera" scene in Ingmar Bergman's Persona? YouTube link inside. [more inside]
I recently started listening to classical music, but my usual means of finding new albums (radio, friends, overheard-at-the-store, etc.) are somewhat ineffective. Need recommendations! [more inside]
What do you think is the best inexpensive ($50 or less) pocketable musical instrument?
Catchy Spanish (?) song/rap; first line sounds like "mbooley Coca-Cola somprey suno jinsee hola." Could somebody please identify the song or at least write out the lyrics? (MP3 clip included) [more inside]