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Weird, fun, wonderful, or useful automated phone numbers to call?

There are plenty of weather numbers. There is even Dial a Buoy. Toronto Public Library has Dial-a-Story. What else is out there? This is not for pranking people. [more inside]
posted by Gotanda on Nov 21, 2016 - 14 answers

Help me a find a public domain version of "Rub a dub dub"

I am guessing there many recorded versions of the traditional nursery rhyme "Rub a dub dub / Three men in a tub" out there in the wild. The question is, are there any older versions that are part of the public domain and could be used in a song without worries of copyright? Even hints about where to start looking would be appreciated! [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Aug 15, 2015 - 11 answers

I found it in WorldCat. Where is it in reality?

I'm doing some research on a recording made in New York in 1949. WorldCat has information on two photographs taken at the recording session, and a taped interview with the conductor. The trouble is that they have no information on any libraries that hold these items. What am I missing here? We have information that clearly came from someone looking at the photos and listening to the tape, but where are they? Thanks for any help. WorldCat links below the fold. [more inside]
posted by in278s on Mar 13, 2015 - 4 answers

Ding Dong! Merrily On High

I need straightforward, unadorned recordings of English Christmas carolers. No crowd noise, no ambience, no accompaniment, no perfect professional chorales. Just ordinary folks singing in an otherwise quiet room ... or even outdoors if it's recorded well enough. (They must be songs in the traditional English repertoire.) [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Mar 6, 2015 - 10 answers

What is a good piece of desktop software for annotating voice memos?

iTunes and iOS are fine for occasional use, but what is a good tool for organizing extracting and useful information; e.g. manual transcription, annotation, and tagging? [more inside]
posted by Verg on Nov 13, 2014 - 5 answers

Raw, Gritty, Live R&B Performances

Recently I've been all about Sam Cooke's Live at the Harlem Square Club, Etta James Rocks the House, and James Brown Live at the Apollo. Can you recommend other live soul or R&B recordings that have the same kind of raw energy?
posted by Rinku on Oct 23, 2014 - 17 answers

Acoustic bass guitar in recorded music?

I've become curious about the musical potential of the acoustic bass guitar. Does anybody know of any recordings, in any genre, where this instrument is used to good effect? [more inside]
posted by bertran on Apr 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Where to start with the Gardiner/Monteverdi Choir Bach Cantata CDs

For the last few years I've been following the excellent reviews and accolades heaped upon the Monteverdi Choir's recordings of the Bach Cantatas with John Eliot Gardiner on the Soli Deo Gloria label. Daunted by the whole enterprise, I have not yet purchased any of them. Does anyone familiar with at least some of the recordings in this series have any idea where to dive in? I'm not necessarily interested in the most famous or most-recorded cantatas, but rather the most beautiful, the most artful, the most moving. I'm tempted to just buy the (near-$300) box set, but I'm afraid with my busy schedule I will never listen to them all. Currently, the only Bach cantata recordings I have are Lorraine Hunt Lieberson's and one from Nancy Argenta which starts off with Ich Bin Vergnugt Mit Meinen Glucke.
posted by matildaben on Feb 25, 2014 - 4 answers

What happened to the women and girls who worked for Thomas Edison?

Are there any journals in existence that were kept by women or girls who worked for Thomas Edison in the 1880s/1890s? More inside. [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on Feb 19, 2014 - 6 answers

Opensource Music?

I have a video thanking funders that is scheduled to go live for National Philanthropy Day on Friday. I thought I had student composed and performed music to go with the video, but this morning I learned that I don't. Can you point me toward any on-line source for peppy, modern-ish (ie: not classical), instrumental music recordings that are free for public use?
posted by anastasiav on Nov 13, 2013 - 4 answers

the art of listening.

MeFites to whom this level of appreciation applies: What are your favorite, most arresting, entrancing, or otherwise awe-inspiring [field / ambient / nature / soundscape] recordings? I'm looking for more to enrich my ever-increasing collection of otherworldly sounds that are very much of this world. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jun 15, 2013 - 11 answers

Trying To Identify Stereo Sampler (circa 1960)

Sometime between 1958 and 1962 I was given a stereo record player. Some time thereafter I got a stereo sampler LP. I'm trying to find out which one (there were many issued at the time). Details: [more inside]
posted by CCBC on Jun 5, 2013 - 4 answers

Erik Satie for me.

I need some guidance on how to pick a classical music recording to buy. Specifically I'm looking for the work of Erik Satie. [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on May 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Where to get tape of Nixon aides plotting murder?

According to the Washington Post, the famous White House tape recordings that Nixon kept include recordings of aides G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt seriously plotting to assassinate muckraking journalist Jack Anderson in 1972. They were only stopped because the Watergate fiasco got in the way. Where can I get that recording? [more inside]
posted by Sleeper on May 3, 2013 - 3 answers

Sorry, Philip, but your Einstein is on another beach

I suddenly realized this morning that of all the recordings of Philip Glass I've got, I don't have Einstein on the Beach. And now I want to listen to it. If Amazon had only one or two versions, I'd just buy one and be done with it, but there are over half a dozen different productions to choose from... Which one should I buy, if I'm only going to buy one? [more inside]
posted by ardgedee on Jan 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Lapsed classical lover seeks guidance

Can you recommend fantastic, classical music released in the last five years or so? [more inside]
posted by missmary6 on Dec 22, 2012 - 8 answers

How to store CD and cassette tape inserts, attractively

Storing paper/cardboard inserts from cassettes and CDs -- is this a solved problem? I'm going to have ~100 cassette inserts and 200-300 CD inserts. I'm wondering if there's some kind of pockety book thing that will make it easy to refer to these in the future and to enjoy looking at them casually/nostalgically. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Dec 3, 2012 - 3 answers

What can I not miss in the world of electronica?

I've spent years focused on studio electronica albums and am realizing that was a mistake. Having recently discovered Daft Punk's 2006 set from Coachella and deadmau5' 2009 set from The Roundhouse and been utterly, totally, completely blown away by both of them, I've decided that I need more live-recorded big beat in my life. What high-quality live recordings are considered "essential listening" for someone who wants to hear a legendary artist along these lines at their best? [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on May 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Wanna be on Mommy's new album?

Music Trivia: What musicians have included their children's voices in their recordings? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on May 9, 2012 - 52 answers

A space in time removed, too soon to tell.

Grieving Protocol Question: My community lost a beloved friend in an accident on Friday night. I have some recordings of his voice. How soon can I share these? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2012 - 12 answers

Need help with a podcast

Exploring offer for a podcasting gig with a music label, but I have no agent - how do I proceed? [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Mar 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Multi-purpose audio equipment?

Buying advice for audio equipment that can be used for both home video and for field recording? [more inside]
posted by facetious on Feb 17, 2012 - 8 answers

On-Spot Recording/Transcription

Are there any apps or tech that transcribes recordings into words immediately. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Jun 5, 2011 - 3 answers

How do I locate recordings of a CBC radio program from the early 1980s?

How do I locate recordings of a CBC radio program from the early 1980s? [more inside]
posted by googly on May 23, 2011 - 5 answers

"When the evenin' train goes by..."

I'm heading up to Chatsworth, CA tomorrow night to record some train whistles. How far away from the tracks should I be to get that nice, misty, dreamlike faraway sound? And is there a particularly quiet/desolate part of town where I can sit for a few hours and gather said recordings? (Recommendations for other desolate, train-heavy spots within a two-hour drive also welcome.)
posted by mykescipark on Apr 29, 2011 - 11 answers

The Song of the Gregarious Polygynous Pinniped

I would like a full CD/LP of bearded seals, please. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Apr 21, 2011 - 13 answers

How can I combine a number of (timestamped) wav files into one long file?

I have a number of wav files, timestamped as hhmmss.wav and would like to combine them into a single file with all of the clips at their correct (relative) positions. Does anyone have any ideas of how to do this? [more inside]
posted by d7415 on Sep 19, 2010 - 12 answers

Favorite piano/soprano version of Rachmaninoff's Vocalise?

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?)
posted by archagon on Jul 7, 2010 - 6 answers

Proper respect for Native American recordings

In recent years museums and archives have become more sensitive to audio and visual recordings of Native Americans, especially when ceremonies, prayers and chants are involved. Are there any "best practices" out there? [more inside]
posted by nestor_makhno on Apr 15, 2010 - 8 answers

How do I schedule webcam recordings? (like a dvr)

How do I schedule automated webcam recordings on Windows? I have a laptop at the back of a classroom, and I want to be able to record classes by setting up a schedule beforehand. How can I do, essentially, a DVR for webcam recordings? [more inside]
posted by jumpfroggy on Apr 2, 2010 - 3 answers

Unusual locations for studio recordings

Which pop and rock music studio recordings were performed in unusual and unexpected locations? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Mar 30, 2010 - 56 answers

Where can I buy recordings of the Moscow State Chamber Choir?

Where can I buy CDs of the Moscow State Chamber Choir? [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl on Mar 26, 2010 - 3 answers

Need good binaural recordings to chill out with!

Need good binaural recordings to chill out with! [more inside]
posted by archagon on Dec 4, 2009 - 5 answers

Best sounding CD of Robert Johnson recordings ?

What's the best sounding CD that contains music by the delta blues singer/guitarist Robert Johnson? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Oct 8, 2009 - 4 answers

This Duck Walks Into a Bar...

What are your recommended stand-up comedy albums or DVDs? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Oct 4, 2009 - 63 answers

Where are the digital, musical notes?

Where can I find clear, accurate, small sound files of different musical notes. I don't mind if they're on a piano or a guitar or anything else. But I need a separate recording of each note through one octave, around about middle-C would be ideal but not necessary. (i.e. 12 files, each with a different note on them: A natural, A sharp, B natural etc.) [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on Aug 19, 2009 - 12 answers

How to measure a person's average pitch?

I have some recordings of people saying a short phrase. How can I use these recordings to measure the average pitch of each speaker's voice? [more inside]
posted by eisenkr on Aug 18, 2009 - 10 answers

Breaker! Breaker!

I want recordings of people communicating over the radio, especially in a military or astronautical context. Gimme. [more inside]
posted by Drexen on Feb 1, 2008 - 5 answers

And her name was Polly Ann

I'm looking for as many different recordings or versions of John Henry as possible (ie Johnny Cash at Folsom). I'd like to get dozens of copies of this song sung in different ways or by different people. The more obscure the better, but don't assume that I know about a common recording.
posted by Pants! on Nov 21, 2007 - 16 answers

1919 Music

Seeking recordings of American popular music from 1919 and therabouts. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Sep 4, 2007 - 16 answers

Sonically complex, well recorded 2ch music please.

Sonically complex well recorded music in 2 channels to test my new hi-fi stereo system. So far, I've listened to... [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 on Aug 18, 2007 - 52 answers

Classical music recommendation site with just the right touch

Name some good online sources for recommendations and also reviews of recorded performances of classical music. [more inside]
posted by Gyan on Aug 2, 2007 - 4 answers

Mark CF...again, shoo

Where can I get recordings and soundtracks of the Australian version of Swap Shop? [more inside]
posted by divabat on May 1, 2007 - 1 answer

Oral tradition stories

Hello dudes. Do you know where I can find recordings of good oral tradition storytellers on/offline? (in English)
posted by London Irregular on Nov 29, 2006 - 9 answers

Country fiddle? Anyone? Anyone?

I need to find great country fiddle recordings. Help me, Metafilter! [more inside]
posted by eleyna on Nov 7, 2006 - 11 answers

Public Domain Nutcracker Recordings

Where can I find public domain recordings from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker? I know the music itself is public domain, but I'm worried about using a copyrighted recording. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies would be particularly nice since it's for a slideshow featuring pictures of little girls trying out for the ballet.
posted by TheGoldenOne on Sep 21, 2005 - 3 answers

How do I get a digital recording to sound like the original?

How do I get a digital recording to sound like the original? [more inside]
posted by scazza on Sep 15, 2005 - 12 answers

Best Recordings of Bach?

What recordings of Bach are considered essential? Which ones do you think are the best?
posted by ori on Apr 24, 2005 - 21 answers


I have very little interest in classical music, but lately I've found myself intrigued by opera, of all things. It seems very rock and roll in it's inherent drama and showmanship and...humanity for lack of a better word. Or perhaps it's merely my Italian heritage calling me home. Any good ideas on where to start? I'd prefer older recordings because I'm big on starting at the source. I kinda like that "La donna mobile..." thing that you hear on sports shows sometimes. Thanks.
posted by jonmc on Apr 6, 2005 - 23 answers

MusicianFilter: What should I do with my recordings?

MusicianFilter: What should I do with my recordings? [MI]
posted by ludwig_van on Nov 30, 2004 - 18 answers

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