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What do album producers do?

Sometimes, when you read a record review, you'll hear references to this-and-such famous producer or the quality of production and how that's determined the album's sound. I've always read these sentences and nodded without knowing exactly what the fuck it is that a producer does. So what does an album producer do? [more inside]
posted by the hot hot side of randy on Mar 27, 2016 - 23 answers

Can you help me find this "Sound of Silence" cover with a female lead?

I'm looking for a "Sound of Silence" cover I used to listen to ~7 years ago. The lead singer was female. I believe the band's name started with a W. The feel of the song was largely unchanged (not a rock/metal/etc cover if I remember correctly.) Not the Nouela version that's found on Youtube. [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Mar 27, 2016 - 2 answers

What's this song?

This song has been in my head since I last saw a Coyotes game a week ago... and this is the best I could record from tonight's broadcast. It's the arena's music behind the announcer so it's tough to make out, fades out for a bit, but then comes back at the end on what sounds like the hook/chorus. Please hope. Here's the clip.
posted by disillusioned on Mar 26, 2016 - 4 answers

How do I stop twirling synth knobs and actually start making music

I have spent a small fortune investigating and purchasing the right gear but I have a simple question. How to get started? I want to make ambient, evolving pads but I seem to spend all my time tweaking nobs and not actually knowing where to start or how to get there. a) what are some resources for making ambient music and b) what are some concrete things I can do to get better/start now?
posted by captainscared on Mar 26, 2016 - 15 answers

Anyone can play guitar?

Will I be able to learn guitar on a vintage Guild acoustic guitar? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Mar 23, 2016 - 21 answers

"How to Eat Like a Child" - recording, video, anything?

I'm trying to find a professional recording, cast album, or even the original video from the 1981 NBC special "How to Eat Like a Child". [more inside]
posted by rossination on Mar 22, 2016 - 2 answers

Starting from scratch on organizing a large digital music library

I have a lot of digital music files in a lot of different formats. MP3, m4a, AAC, FLAC. I currently use iTunes and I mostly dislike it. I need to start over and find a solution for organizing and playing my 500(?) GB of music. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Mar 22, 2016 - 10 answers

Burn music to USB

What program should I use to burn my mp3 music files onto a USB drive and equalize them? If I simply copy the files off my computer, the volume is variable from one song to another, so I need to have the ability to equalize. I used to have Nero, but it doesn't function on my newer Windows 7 computer. [more inside]
posted by mightshould on Mar 22, 2016 - 13 answers

Even if things end up a bit too heavy we'll all float on alright

Comfort music sought; minor details under the fold. [more inside]
posted by joycehealy on Mar 21, 2016 - 84 answers

Help me find more "theatrical" music.

I seem to really like music that gets described as “theatrical” or “cinematic” (at least by Pitchfork reviewers). The best examples are the Lavender Diamond and the album Challengers by The New Pornographers. Oh, also pretty much everything by The Lisps. In terms of individual songs that fit, I would also include The Bronze Beaches Boys of Summer by PAS/CAL and We Added It Up by My Brightest Diamond. [more inside]
posted by overglow on Mar 19, 2016 - 22 answers

Speaker for damp noisy environment

Looking for a <$100 speaker that will play music loudly in a big greenhouse with lots of noisy fans (more than twenty regular fans for air movement and three giant fans that run the heating system). I'd like to either plug in or bluetooth a music source and I'm okay with plugging in the speaker. Do I want a portable bluetooth speaker or can I get something cheaper and better in terms of sound volume if I go the non-portable route? [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Mar 19, 2016 - 7 answers

Writing lyrics to Whiskey in the Jar: harder than it looks

Way back in 2013 I inadvertently managed to win a Best Comment contest here on MetaFilter, with the prize being a custom recorded song, courtesy of greenish. I knew immediately what I wanted it to be: I've long thought there needed to be a version of the traditional Irish song Whiskey in the Jar told from the woman's (Molly or Jenny, depending on the version) point of view. So I've been trying to come up with some lyrics for it, but hate everything I've written and have now taken entirely too long. Perhaps we can have a St. Patrick's Day miracle here? [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy on Mar 17, 2016 - 4 answers

Emergency Help: Sleeping Music

I'm on a long-planned vacation with my mom and it's great but we are sharing a hotel room and have learned that she snores. I'm a bad sleeper under the best of circumstances. This is not great. [more inside]
posted by something something on Mar 14, 2016 - 21 answers

Help me find a since-deleted YouTube video

I noticed that many of my old favorites have been deleted, and there's one in particular that I've been itching to see again. I'm looking for a link/name/LoC listing??? of an old video clip from what seemed to be an anthropology documentary about indigenous music. My google-fu failed me. Description inside. [more inside]
posted by coolname on Mar 10, 2016 - 3 answers

Why Can't Spotify & Apple Music Play Nice?

Trying to copy an existing playlist that I created in Apple Music and share it with my niece who has expressed a very similar interest in that type of music. Is this even possible? [more inside]
posted by Rewind on Mar 9, 2016 - 2 answers

loop help me loop help me loop help me

I just inherited a Boss RC-3 Loop Station! But how do I get it to interface with my violin? [more inside]
posted by iNeas on Mar 6, 2016 - 5 answers

SF/F MAPL? SVP! ASAP!

My wife and I do a radio show on a community station in Canada, usually roughly theming the show around something in the community (or going on with us) every week. A comic-book/SF convention is rolling through town next weekend. We try to have a lot of Canadian content on the show. What Canadian musicians have performed songs about SF/fantasy/comic-book themes? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Mar 5, 2016 - 21 answers

Musical mefites lend me your gadgets! Learning songs on a digital piano.

I have access to a digital piano (Kawai CN24) and wouldn't mind learning to play a few songs. I do not want to learn to read music. Memorization/repetition of a few easy to moderate songs is the goal. What digital or electrical tools are there that might help me accomplish this. Ideally, I'm thinking android or windows tablet applications or maybe a cheaper piece of musical hardware that somehow integrates with the hardware/MIDI outs/ins on the piano in question. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Mar 4, 2016 - 4 answers

What is some music like Amesoeurs, but without the black metal bits?

I'm utterly, completely entranced by Amesoeurs' self-titled album, but when I look for recommendations similar to the band, I understandably only find black metal and atmospheric metal bands. What I want is something more like the songs after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Mar 4, 2016 - 8 answers

Default YouTube songs?!

What are the songs that are in the background of this video and this one and just about every other video on YouTube that has to do with lifestyle planning/organizing/self-help for women?! Is it a default of iMovie? Does YouTube provide default soundtracks? Where is it from?
posted by divabat on Mar 3, 2016 - 6 answers

Piano compositions by women?

I was recently eying my books to try to see what the gender balance is for authors. For fiction I was more or less ok, but one thing I noticed is that my collection of piano music is approximately 100% male. I have some jazz but that's really it. Googling has given me some names to follow up on (Clara Schumann, Nadia/Lili Boulanger) but not a lot, and I was wondering if people here have some particular suggestions for pieces. [more inside]
posted by advil on Feb 29, 2016 - 21 answers

Finding new music

Inspired by this comment, I realize that there are many bands that I really love but I never know when their music comes out. I've missed out on decades! I use Songkick to keep track of live shows and keep up with NPR's "All Songs Considered" through my spouse, but I'd love to hear about ways that y'all keep track of music that you love on a more regular basis. Live shows, new albums, anything. Music tastes are below the fold, if it matters. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on Feb 27, 2016 - 9 answers

Lyrics to "Sermon" by Ed Schrader's Music Beat?

My search fu is weak. Does anyone have the lyrics to "Sermon?"
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Feb 26, 2016 - 3 answers

Writing Shirley, Lori, Danny, Tracey and Chris

5 people need to learn the non-Keith Partridge parts of this song. For me, it's easiest to listen to the song over and over and learn by ear, but others can would rather learn it by sight. [more inside]
posted by Duffington on Feb 26, 2016 - 5 answers

alternative music scene in iran

Hey, I have been a dj in the past for all kinds of experimental music and am seeking to expand my aural horizons with specific interest in this part of the world. This might be a long-shot, but is anyone familiar with any kind of experimental scene there? I'm heavily interested in electronica as well, but something deep and dark. Are there any publications or sources you could refer me to?
posted by a knot unknown on Feb 23, 2016 - 8 answers

Front end for a kitchen stereo

My lovely friends have a boom box in the kitchen. They use it a lot and it is getting old and battered. They also have a powered 2.1 speaker set. What's a good, inexpensive, WiFi-connected tablet or the like with which they can stream audio to the speaker set? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Feb 23, 2016 - 10 answers

Searching for 80's children's Christian music album title

I am trying to locate/remember a children's Christian music album title that I remember listening to when I was a child in the early 80's. [more inside]
posted by ddefebbo on Feb 23, 2016 - 4 answers

Music you and your kids both enjoy

I'm in search of specific suggestions for music you and your kids both enjoy listening to. I'm thinking primarily of music targeted at adults, though am open to suggestions for particularly awesome kids' music as well (See: Here Comes Science). Recommendations for albums, individual songs, or Pandora channel seeds all highly welcome. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Feb 22, 2016 - 55 answers

What do I do once I learn guitar?

Last year I quit my job and went freelance/work-from-home. I'm also single & early 30's, so healthy and no big commitments. One of the first things I did was bought the electric guitar (2 actually, an 8-string & 6-string acoustic), because I've always wanted to learn and it's something I can work on during downtime. Now I'm finally getting the expected downtime, and a question popped into my brain - what am I gonna do with this? Help me understand where knowing guitar can take me. [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Feb 20, 2016 - 9 answers

Looking for a music playlist for a D&D bard to Inspire Courage!

I am now playing D&D on the site Roll20.com; the site allows you to upload and play music during the game. Since I am playing a bard, I'd like to have some inspiring FIGHT FIGHT WIN THE FIGHT music! Suggestions please? [more inside]
posted by Pastor of Muppets on Feb 19, 2016 - 20 answers

Is it possible to download a digital copy of a physical album?

Recently I totaled my car and lost all my favorite CDs that were stored in the disc changer. I never ripped any of the albums to a computer so no digital copies exist, but I do have all the original cases and booklets. Is it possible to legally download digital copies to replace what I've already purchased?
posted by isopropyl on Feb 19, 2016 - 17 answers

Modern International Pop Music

I'm looking for current international pop music. Details inside [more inside]
posted by R.F.Simpson on Feb 18, 2016 - 4 answers

Western Ski Trip Music

Hey Metafilter, my boyfriend and I have fairly divergent tastes in music (I like Kate Wolf and he likes Metallica). We usually end up listening to a lot of podcasts. We're planning on taking a fairly long road trip this spring to go ski around the west. Can you give me some suggestions so I can surprise him with some new listening? Behind the link is a description of what we agree on. [more inside]
posted by grinagog on Feb 14, 2016 - 15 answers

Anybody using Notion for iOS? I need help.

If anyone is using the app Notion for iOS (music notation app) I could really use some help. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Feb 14, 2016 - 2 answers

You got a TIGHT PAIR, how did it get that way?

I know nothing about recording or making music. How is something like Tight Pair by LIPPS, Inc recorded? When Cynthia Johnson comes in @ ~30 secs, she sounds like she is singing really loudly. At the same time, she sounds further away from the front of the music than the instruments. I'm curious how this effect is achieved, what volume Ms. Johnson was actually singing at in studio, and any other interesting things I don't know to ask about.
posted by OmieWise on Feb 12, 2016 - 10 answers

Music to go with reading Holleran's "Dancer From The Dance"

I'm reading Andrew Holleran's classic gay novel "Dancer From The Dance." It's set in New York in the very early years of disco. (1972-74?) I'd like to build up a playlist of some tunes that set the mood, because most of the disco music I know is the later stuff (Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, etc.) [more inside]
posted by dnash on Feb 11, 2016 - 3 answers

You've expressed excessively your contempt for matrimony

Can you link me any music in which not wanting to get married is mentioned? Examples would be Archie, Marry Me by Alvvays (from which the titular lyric is taken) and Burnin' Through the Nite by The Sweethearts ('don't wanna get married'). The song can be about anything, just so long as not wanting to get married is mentioned somewhere. And I'd prefer to stick to songs outside of contemporary mainstream pop.
posted by Panthalassa on Feb 9, 2016 - 48 answers

dance music with horns

Please tell me your favorite dance music that features trumpet or other brass. Bonus points for music that makes you happy and want to dance all the time.
posted by ocherdraco on Feb 9, 2016 - 48 answers

Recommendations for music with non-English lyrics

I'm in my semi-annual quest for new music. Looking for relatively fast-paced music sung in languages other than English. Bonus if I can purchase via Bandcamp (or any other site that does a (relatively) good job of getting money to musicians. [more inside]
posted by spamandkimchi on Feb 8, 2016 - 23 answers

Is there a forum where I can reliably find eclectic music suggestions?

Is there some general music forum where I might ask things like "Suggest me some music that sounds desert-themed" or "What are some good songs with lyrics that aren't about love and dancing?" or "Suggest some songs that include a violin solo." [more inside]
posted by picklenickle on Feb 7, 2016 - 5 answers

Name those tunes

Hivemind... what two songs are these?
posted by starman on Feb 5, 2016 - 5 answers

Software for a musical needle-drop test?

I'd like an application for my desktop, OS X computer that would basically simulate the dreaded "needle drop" test of music lit classes of yore: a random sample from a given list of recordings is played, and you have to identify the work (and perhaps the measure or movement). In practical terms, I should be able to load up a bank of mp3s, push a button, and be given a random clip of a pre-set time length. [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog on Feb 4, 2016 - 4 answers

What is the best new video game music to listen to while programming?

I find that video game soundtracks are particularly good background music for programming, but I rarely have time to play new games and discover new music. In the past, I have enjoyed the Superbrothers soundtrack, the soundtrack to Hotline Miami, FTL, certain tracks from Kentucky Route Zero, and the last Deus Ex Machina. Can you recommend post-2014 video game soundtracks that help you to achieve a state of flow?
posted by Svejk on Feb 3, 2016 - 29 answers

Conscious Hip-hop for Newbies?

Thanks to my obsession with Hamilton, I've realized that I am sorely ignorant about way too much of the hip-hop and rap history it calls on, and I'd also like to find more recent stuff I'd like. [more inside]
posted by rtha on Feb 3, 2016 - 39 answers

Help me find two songs from the impossible soundtrack

Many years ago, back in 2008 or 2009, I watched a movie called The Bilbee Boys on some shady no-name video streaming site. It wasn't a great movie but there were two songs on the soundtrack that I loved. I am looking for those songs. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Feb 1, 2016 - 14 answers

Now that's DEEE-LUX!

What Deluxe or Anniversary or Expanded Re-issues have really great extra content? Many albums from my youth have been reissued as two disc sets, with the second disc containing good, interesting, or even vital information. I would like to hear about your favorites among these reissues. Genre is not a concern. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Feb 1, 2016 - 18 answers

I may be bad, but I'm perfectly good at it.

What are your favorite songs with explicit references to kink, BDSM, or power exchange dynamics? [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Jan 27, 2016 - 75 answers

How best to invite people to events but put a limit on # of attendees?

I'm interested in scheduling regular, artsy-fartsy outings with a select group of sweet people, but I (maybe) want to limit the number of attendees, because we're mostly introverts and I'd like the events to be kind of intimate. Like dates for 3-4 people who might not know each other, but I imagine could be fast friends. What are some online tools that can facilitate this? [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Jan 23, 2016 - 5 answers

Name of musician interviewed on NPR recently?

I'm trying to remember the name of a female singer-songwriter who was interviewed on NPR recently (or at least I heard part of the interview a few weeks ago). She played a simple folk guitar style and her Quaker (pretty sure, definitely a philosophical Christian minority sect) faith was part of her writing inspiration. [more inside]
posted by 3urypteris on Jan 18, 2016 - 3 answers

From Gospel to Rock and Roll

My current project involves a little research into gospel music history, how it influenced rock and other genres, and musicians who crossed over from gospel to rock (like Sam Cooke). Can anyone help me out with any part of that? It would be difficult to acquire a book right now, so online reading is best. Have read some articles but still looking for something substantial.
posted by mermaidcafe on Jan 17, 2016 - 10 answers

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