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What relatively inexpensive audio 'toy' do I want?

I'm in the market for a little piece of audio gear to experiment with and add live sounds to a fairly traditional three piece rock band. I'm having a bit of trouble working out what would suit my 'needs'. [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Oct 25, 2016 - 5 answers

Name this 80s electronica/experimental/post-punk band and song

Some time between 1983 and 1985 (maybe as late as 1986) an electronica/experimental/post-punk band (probably British) released a slow-paced song that mentioned "yellow, blue and green" in its lyrics. The sound was more moody than aggressive. It was at least partially spoken more than sung by the male vocalist. I can't remember another damn thing about it, but it's been driving me mad for years. [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Oct 24, 2016 - 6 answers

Identifying a Mexican mariachi trumpet/brass sample from an 80s song

The first 40 seconds of the song "Ecstasy" by The Wolfgang Press (1984) features a sample of a Mexican mariachi-style trumpet/brass piece. I cannot identify the source of this sample. [more inside]
posted by wivy on Oct 22, 2016 - 5 answers

Where should I control volume from in a series?

Where should I control volume when I am listening to music on a device with a volume control through one or more devices with their own volume controls? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Oct 21, 2016 - 7 answers

Short story about a composer publishing a piece by another composer?

Please assist me in re-finding this short story I read last year about a composer publishing his friend's unpublished symphony as his own, because his friend faked his death to escape from a crime. [more inside]
posted by Iron Carbide on Oct 20, 2016 - 3 answers

Songs that put you in the BEST MOOD POSSIBLE

Looking for songs that pick me up and make me want to live again after a long day of work! What are your favorites? [more inside]
posted by switcheroo on Oct 20, 2016 - 72 answers

I'm gonna play the doom album now

Please recommend me your favourite recent-ish metal albums in the following categories: (1) stoner doom; (2) psychedelic black metal; (3) psychedelic doom/sludge/desert rock. Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on Oct 19, 2016 - 13 answers

Guy from Goo Goo Dolls video seeking way down from tower

I'm trying to get a music project started in a city I haven't lived in that long, where I don't have a huge network. How do I draw an audience in the early stages? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Oct 18, 2016 - 4 answers

Songs with queer lyrics?

Whenever I listen to songs referencing relationships and attraction, either the lyrics are always referring to a generic "you" ("I love you, you're so sexy...") or they are explicitly hetero ("Girl, I want to be your man..."). I was wondering if you could recommend me songs that are hella gay. I don't mean the musician is queer (though obviously they probably will be), I mean the lyrics specifically have some non-hetero references. [more inside]
posted by picklenickle on Oct 16, 2016 - 83 answers

Hymn me

I'm obsessed with this Icelandic Hymn being played in a train station. Help me find more music like this. [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Oct 14, 2016 - 17 answers

Organizing my electronic life - photos, files, music - in one place?

I really can't deal right now with the (lack of) organization of my electronic photos, music, and files. [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor on Oct 13, 2016 - 4 answers

Post-rock chiptunes?

Let's say I wanted to listen to chiptunes in the style of e.g. Explosions in the Sky or Do Make Say Think or Sigur Ros. Ideally long pieces (7+ minutes?). Any suggestions on where to find these? Is anyone doing this? 100 bonus points if it's actual chiptune (or a faithful recreation) versus "sounds kind of video game-y".
posted by curious nu on Oct 13, 2016 - 10 answers

Guitar amp recommendations

Looking for a guitar amp, $200-range, just for messing around. The Blackstar ID15 looks pretty versatile. Good reviews on the Roland Cube 20GX as well. Anything else I should be looking at? Looking for some built-in effects with a good user interface, easy to program. (Good/bad experiences programming with an iOS app welcome!)
posted by starman on Oct 12, 2016 - 9 answers

What stereo amplifier should I buy?

I have hundreds of records (translation for those under 32: "vinyl"). I have stereo speakers. And somebody just sold me her turntable for twenty bucks. Now all I need is an amp. I don't want to spend a lot of money. What should I buy?
posted by DMelanogaster on Oct 12, 2016 - 21 answers

Which House MD episode?

The song "God, Please Let Me Go Back" by Josh Rouse is on the House MD Original Television Soundtrack released in 2007. What I can't recall and can't find online is which episode it's performed on. Anyone recall? Thanks.
posted by mmw on Oct 11, 2016 - 2 answers

Spending four days in Austin. What to see, do and eat?

SO and I will be in Austin Tx from late on October 30 to early on November 3. We're staying close to downtown and we'll have a vehicle. We're not into the 20 something bar scene. We'd much rather listen to some music (blues and country) and eat some good food. Not really picky eaters, but at least one BBQ meal. Franklins is amazing, but we're not sure we want to line up for 3 hours. Any suggestions from the community?
posted by Pablo MacWilliams on Oct 11, 2016 - 15 answers

Seeking suggestions for a sonorous selection

This is kind of the definition of a problem of plenty, but I was recently gifted $1000 with which to buy a musical instrument for myself, and I have no idea what to buy. I already play a number of instruments, and between my girlfriend and myself (mostly her) we have a small selection of instruments already. I would love to hear any and all suggestions. [more inside]
posted by teponaztli on Oct 7, 2016 - 16 answers

Staying safe & having fun in Cairo, Egypt

I will soon be spending a week by myself in Cairo. What should I do? What should I not do? In particular, I'm looking for live music and amazing food. [more inside]
posted by the bricabrac man on Oct 7, 2016 - 6 answers

Love your music, hate your name

How do you go about finding more information on music acts whose names are difficult to google? [more inside]
posted by obtuser on Oct 7, 2016 - 9 answers

Give me more upbeat, dancey music!

I find that lately, maybe because 2016 is so depressing, I really love listening to happy danceable music. Foster the People is pretty much 100% awesome, especially Helena Beat. Other things like what I'm looking for: Beck -- Dreams and Coldplay -- Adventure of a Lifetime. What else should I be listening to?
posted by rabbitrabbit on Oct 6, 2016 - 18 answers

Is a DJ still a necessity?

I’m getting married in a week and a half. We expect about 130 guests in an indoor venue. Thus far, I’ve rented speakers that I’m told will be sufficient for ambient music and then a dance floor, and I’m planning on creating a Spotify playlist to play from my laptop during the dance. Am I doing this wrong? Should I panic and try to find a DJ at the last minute? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2016 - 27 answers

Everything's more exciting with BRAAAAAAAAAM.

I've found that Hans Zimmer's musical scores for the Christopher Nolan Batman films as well as (god help me) the Zack Snyder Superman films are absolutely perfect as music for me to work to -- a combination of urgent/propulsive and melodic that lets me focus and build a rhythm. What else might work for me along these lines?
posted by eugenen on Oct 5, 2016 - 14 answers

Guitar to Mac to Amp (2016 Edition)

What's the best way to plug my electric guitar into my Mac to record (I'm using GarageBand) and what's the best way to output from my Mac to an amp/PA (say if I'm using GarageBand's virtual effects to play live)? [more inside]
posted by coffee and minarets on Oct 5, 2016 - 11 answers

Best recent music videos

I don't watch many music videos and know I'm missing out on a lot. I want to watch more. I'm not sure where to look first, though, so I'm asking for recommendations. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi on Oct 4, 2016 - 9 answers

Buying a digital piano -brand new Yamaha YDP-143 vs used Yamaha CLP-120?

Hello piano aficionados! I would love to get some advice regarding buying a piano. Just so you know, I am based out of India, am a complete beginner and have just had two piano lessons so far. My piano teacher has suggested the Yamaha YDP-143, which costs about 82,000 Indian Rupees (or 1233 USD). This is a bit on the higher side for me, given that I am absolutely new to this, have a full time job and am just exploring the opportunity of learning the piano and developing this as a hobby for the long term. [more inside]
posted by synapse2512 on Oct 4, 2016 - 9 answers

I want more music like this. What do you call it?

What search term would I use to get these three songs and others like them? Ballad of a Prodigal Son by Lincoln Durham (esp. that guitar part at 1:50); Ain't No Rest For The Wicked by Cage the Elephant; Lost in a Crowd by Fantastic Negrito [more inside]
posted by JDHarper on Sep 27, 2016 - 13 answers

Hey (hey) Cloud (Cloud) get off of my phone

I didn't ask it to, but my iPhone lately keeps trying to download more music to its library. Any clues? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Sep 27, 2016 - 2 answers

I'm looking for a song, but I only know two lines. Please help.

"It may seem strange to sleep away the day at the firing range / but times they may change, they'll get you up and make you walk / sitting in my room and the walls are turning into water falls." Song has a bit of a lilting, alt-country feel. Wilco / late Beck.
posted by es_de_bah on Sep 27, 2016 - 1 answer

Couch to 5k for playing the piano

I let my piano playing go during college! Are there any incremental systems for re-learning how to play the piano? [more inside]
posted by Crookshanks_Meow on Sep 26, 2016 - 5 answers

What are good podcasts for discovering music?

So, due to a series of computer hard drive failures and cross-oceanic moves, I have no access to my music collection right now, and may never get it back. I've decided to look on it as an opportunity to start afresh and get into new music. I listen to a lot of podcasts, so I'd like to add one that's new music focused. Do you have any recommendations? Further specifications follow. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Sep 26, 2016 - 19 answers

What are your favorite transcendent, gives you the chills, performances?

I want to feel amazed. Please give me your best examples of transcendent performance (musical, sports, film, fictional stories, etc.) that show people performing at the peak of what's possible and even surpassing their conscious selves. Give me the chills! Raise the hair on the back of my head! Some Youtube links would be great. Thanks!
posted by Gosha_Dog on Sep 24, 2016 - 133 answers

Carnatic (Karnatic?) music on Spotify

I would like to listen to and discover South Indian Classical music (Carnatic / Karnatic music) [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Sep 24, 2016 - 3 answers

I'm not standing still, I am lying in wait

I'm looking for songs about being patient and biding your time, waiting for better days/circumstances that will surely come. From the title, I obviously know Hamilton's Wait For It: can you think of any others along the same line?
posted by btfreek on Sep 23, 2016 - 56 answers

What dongle/cable do I need to make this recording thing work?

I have a cassette deck, a stereo receiver, Audacity, and a late 2012 iMac. I am gearing up for a winter project where I record some cassette tapes, in stereo. I need help completing the circuit. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Sep 22, 2016 - 20 answers

How do I simulate a timpani without buying one?

For home recording, I want a big booming timpani sound — but I can't afford one nor do I have extra space for one. What is a good alternative? [more inside]
posted by critzer on Sep 20, 2016 - 16 answers

Teaching someone to read sheet music over Skype

I may soon find myself teaching a good friend how to read sheet music over Skype. Mostly for singing, as friend doesn't own any instruments. He can carry a tune reasonably well, but he has no idea how printed symbols correspond to notes, rhythms, sounds, etc. Good resources, esp. practice exercises? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Sep 20, 2016 - 6 answers

Help me find this DJ/composer: Japanese, contemporary, recent

I came across a DJ/composer recently (in the last year / 18mos). He may have been featured on the blue. The work that I remember listening to was 10-25mins long, quite active, and sounded a bit like channel-flipping — very contrasting sections were juxtaposed with very sharp transitions. I'm almost certain the artist was Japanese. I can't remember for sure whether the instruments were electronic, classical, or a mix. Please help!
posted by sixswitch on Sep 17, 2016 - 5 answers

Cheer up! Why does certain music elicit sadness?

Does certain music (like film scores or classical music, not lyrics) elicit feelings such as sadness, fear, or inspiration because we are socialized to respond that way, or is there an innate explanation? Moonlight Sonata, for instance, is beautifully melancholy. Certain film scores prepare you to feel fearful or sad before anything scary or bad even happens.
posted by blackzinfandel on Sep 16, 2016 - 10 answers

What to call 1980's up-sing?

Is there a name for the vocal up-swing at the end of a line in a song? Two good examples of what I'm talking about in Walking in LA and I Eat Cannibals
posted by RobotHero on Sep 16, 2016 - 8 answers

90s CanCon Celtic Trad

I'm looking for a particular version of "Siúil a Rún" that got a lot of play on MuchMusic in the early '90s. [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull on Sep 13, 2016 - 11 answers

Please help me find my Stardust Memories.

One of my favorite albums for decades has been Stardust Memories by Willie Nelson. I have used up an LP and several CDs over the years. I used to own a book of the lyrics, music and guitar tabs of the album but have somehow lost it. (Likely loaned and not returned.) [more inside]
posted by txmon on Sep 13, 2016 - 8 answers

Where Can I Find More Buttons to Fuck?

What if I told you that early 70's Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk and Boards of Canada went and made their own little bloopity-bip digital baby? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Sep 12, 2016 - 15 answers

Songs about 'Charlie'

I'm looking for catchy songs which feature the name 'Charlie.' [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Sep 12, 2016 - 43 answers

Up tempo/techno/trance music suggestions for concentration

I am looking for suggestions for techno/trance/electronic music to help me concentrate. I thought I'd just look for "focus" music on Spotify and Youtube, but I find mostly classical piano music, and that doesn't help me focus at all. I need music without any lyrics (also no yelling, spoken words, etc), and a somewhat fast beat. [more inside]
posted by blub on Sep 10, 2016 - 22 answers

Right now, I'm the child who doesn't know how to ask.

If I'm interested in exploring Indian music, particularly rhythmically and harmonically complex Indian music, are there particularly good places to start? Composers, bands, movements/scenes, whatever. I have no preference between classical/religious/film/pop music—at the moment, I know tragically little about the musical landscape, other than that it's gorgeous and really draws me in. I tend to be drawn to frenetic, intense music, but that's by no mean a need for me right now. I just need help figuring out where to look.
posted by rorgy on Sep 8, 2016 - 8 answers

Bass Guitar App Wanted

Looking for the best app for learning to play bass guitar. [more inside]
posted by klausman on Sep 8, 2016 - 6 answers

Give me songs that are joyfully solemn or solemnly joyous

I'm looking for songs that lift your heart up, but in a... calming way? Examples of what I'm looking for would be Israel Kamakawiwoʻole's cover of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," Modest Mouse's "Float On," or maybe The Magnetic Fields' "The Book of Love." Something that wouldn't be out of place at a wedding OR a memorial service. A joyful solemnity is the best descriptor I can come up with for what I'm looking for. What have you got for me?
posted by MsMolly on Sep 7, 2016 - 63 answers

I want to sing and dance and not argue with the lyrics

I need more music that I can sing along to without cringing at patriarchal, car-centric, or otherwise ideologically questionable lyrics. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Sep 4, 2016 - 24 answers

Did I imagine this lyric?

Trying to find the words to a song I remember hearing as young teenager in a cultural backwater. Google has turned up no results thus far. I thought it was by Garbage, but maybe I just associate it with "Cup of Coffee"... [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free on Sep 4, 2016 - 1 answer

Da-dadah-dadah-dadah-da-dah-dah-dah-DAH! DAAAAAAAAAAAHH!

So, so, so many songs end with the same repeated, seemingly intentionally hammy flourish. What is this called? Where did it come from? What's the story there? Example: 2:38 in to this Dropkick Murphys song, though I could have used a virtually infinite number of others.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 4, 2016 - 7 answers

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