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ドキュメンテーション (DOCUMENTATION)

The goal for this song was to pay homage to Japanese alt-band SUPERCAR.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 2:43 PM on February 16, 2013 (3 comments)

Heard and Said

I tried to imagine what Duran Duran's "Notorious" would sound like if it were originally written by Japanese funk band Zoobombs.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 7:01 AM on July 3, 2012 (2 comments)

The One to Make You Whole

My entry into this month's challenge is actually something I'd set out to do a while back. My variation on the four chords are: D Am Bb G.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 12:46 PM on March 13, 2012 (2 comments)

Don't Disturb This Groove (Ex Machina Mix)

A few weeks back, I bought an acoustic-electric guitar. I want to go back to the songs where I faked guitar parts and replace them with real ones. I posted this cover of The System's "Don't Disturb This Groove" a long time ago. This new version changes the strumming style enough to necessitate the addition of a bass part.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 6:08 AM on October 7, 2011

Revulsion (Ex-Machina Mix)

For this month's challenge, I offer a song about hating being loved.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 9:21 PM on June 28, 2011 (1 comment)

Mudai Heisei 23 Rokugatsu Itsuka

I've been acquiring a number of sample libraries in the past year, and this track makes use of some of them. It has Indonesian gamelan, Japanese taiko, Indian tabla and orchestral strings.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 8:49 AM on June 5, 2011 (1 comment)

Love and Pride (Ex-Machina Mix)

Just in time for Election Day, an anthem for the politically conservative.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 11:06 PM on November 1, 2010 (2 comments)

Restraint (Ex-Machina Mix)

Previously. This mix replaces some of the sampled guitar parts with real guitars, and the piano is played live. Once again I'm using Guitar Rig 3 LE for post-processing. The drones are still Reason samples. The drums were replaced with Battery 4. Same vocal track.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 4:38 PM on September 12, 2010

What I Deserve (Ex-Machina Mix)

I recently bought a new computer, which allows me to use Guitar Rig 3 LE that came bundled with Cakewalk SONAR without taxing my CPU. So I re-recorded one of my songs with actual guitars.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 9:18 PM on September 2, 2010 (3 comments)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Op. 67: IV. Allegro

So that you're not left hanging after the conclusion of the third movement, here's the finale of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, programmed in SONAR with the Miroslav Philharmonk library.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 4:36 AM on July 20, 2010 (4 comments)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Op. 67: III. Allegro

A few weeks ago I bought Miroslav Philharmonik, an orchestral sample library, and to test it out, I programmed the third and fourth movements of the Beethoven Fifth in SONAR. Here's the third movement. I'll post the fourth tomorrow.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 8:49 PM on July 18, 2010 (4 comments)

Faith in Religion

Here's a precocious ditty dating back to the late '80s. I must have been 16 or 17 when I wrote it. I was under the influence of Sting and Swing Out Sister at the time, and I was also starting to learn about classical music.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 7:33 PM on June 21, 2010 (1 comment)

Benjamin Britten - War Requiem: Agnus Dei

I sang in the college choir, and one semester, we performed this selection from Benjamin Britten's War Requiem. One day, I pictured a tremolo guitar replacing the orchestra.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 1:34 PM on May 30, 2010 (2 comments)

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Roberta Flack cover)

umbú and I were born pretty close to each other, since this song was also #1 on the week I was born. For some reason, I pictured my version performed by some weird mix of Geinoh Yamashirogumi and Tokyo Jihen.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 10:57 AM on May 23, 2010 (4 comments)

Hello Stranger (Barbara Lewis/Yvonne Elliman cover)

My covers of Linda Ronstadt and Gabby Pahinui bookend this third generation cover of "Hello Stranger". (I used the Elliman cover as reference.)
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 11:18 AM on May 19, 2010 (2 comments)

Moonlight Lady (Gabby Pahinui cover)

Moonlight Lady by Gabby Pahinui is the only Hawaiian music song I like. I covered it in the style of a shoegazer band.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 7:28 PM on May 15, 2010 (2 comments)

Hurt So Bad (Linda Ronstadt cover)

I always wanted to hear this Linda Ronstadt song covered by Garbage.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 9:39 PM on March 5, 2010 (3 comments)

All the Times I Remember

I wanted to write a song with no minor chords, which would be easy to do if I stuck to I-IV-V. I didn't really stick to I-IV-V.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 4:30 AM on January 17, 2010

Raven (Do As Infinity cover)

Does covering the ending theme of a Japanese horror movie count as a scary song for this month's challenge? Well, I'm posting it anyway. The only thing scary is thinking I can singing like Van Tomiko.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 5:00 PM on October 19, 2009

Michael Nyman: The Piano - Big My Secret

I don't like the movie The Piano, but I do like Michael Nyman's soundtrack. I usually program all my music with a sequencer, so this is my first attempt to capture myself live.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 8:49 PM on July 24, 2009

So Straight and Slow (Robin Holcomb cover)

Programmed, recorded and edited today. This song appears on Robin Holcomb's self-titled album from 1990. It's got some odd key changes and a lot of clashing notes.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 9:42 PM on July 2, 2009

Samuel Barber -- String Quartet, Op. 11: I. Molto allegro e appassionato

I posted the second movement of Barber's quartet previously. Here's the first movement.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 7:08 AM on June 20, 2009

Samuel Barber -- String Quartet, Op. 11: II. Molto adagio; molto allegro

Another personal homework assignment to prepare for writing a string quartet -- this time, it's Samuel Barber's String Quartet, Op. 11. The second movement was extracted to become Barber's one-hit wonder, the Adagio for Strings.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 4:57 AM on June 18, 2009 (5 comments)

The Fool (Neutral Milk Hotel cover, a capella)

I wanted to experiment with multitracked vocals, so I turned "The Fool" from In the Aeroplane Over the Sea into a choral work. I probably could have done more with rhythm and vocal percussive effects, but I did this is as a practice run for another song, which also included four-part harmonies.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 3:33 PM on June 14, 2009 (2 comments)

Hallelujah für Stimme und Streichquartett

I've been in a string quartet frame of mind for the last few weeks. The abrupt end is intentional. Not sure why.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 12:23 PM on June 13, 2009 (12 comments)

Arvo Pärt: Fratres für streichquartett

As a personal homework assignment to prepare for writing a string quartet, I've been programming scores of various 20th Century string quartets into Cakewalk SONAR. Here's a recording of Fratres by Arvo Pärt.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 9:38 AM on May 29, 2009 (1 comment)

The Closer I Get to You

I wanted to hear a post-rock band cover Roberta Flack.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 9:21 PM on May 22, 2009 (1 comment)

Untold Demons (new mix)

I posted this track before, but that mix is a bit outdated. So I'm offering it up again for the first song challenge.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 9:04 PM on May 20, 2009

Miss You Much

I tried to picture Alice in Chains covering Janet Jackson, but it sounds more like T-Rex by way of Power Station.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 9:03 PM on May 14, 2009 (3 comments)

enigmatics III

Yes, I already contributed something to the two-chord challenge, but that doesn't mean it's the only song I've done with only two chords. This track uses Fm and G.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 6:32 PM on April 17, 2009 (4 comments)

Rescuer (cleaner mix)

Finally -- a MeFiMusic Challenge I can do! Or rather have done. I actually posted this song before, but I've since gone back and cleaned up the EQ and gated some of the noise from the vocal. The two chords used are D and E.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 11:44 AM on April 8, 2009 (3 comments)

Late Thaw

I'm neither a jazz writer nor a jazz singer, but that didn't stop me from trying. It's part of an album I'm gradually releasing online.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 1:59 PM on March 24, 2009 (1 comment)

Hoshi ni Negai wo (Wish Upon a Star)

Perhaps a cover but more a self-made karaoke of Cocco's "Hoshi ni Negai wo".
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 5:12 PM on February 24, 2009

Restraint (v.1.1)

The first time I posted this song, I put barely any effects processing at all -- just limiting to make it audible. Now I've gone back and put in EQ, reverb, gating and some compression. Same song, different mixing. Compare and contrast.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 3:17 PM on December 21, 2008

Don't Disturb This Groove

A cover of The System's "Don't Disturb This Groove". I tried to picture how Samamidon would have done it.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 2:03 PM on November 29, 2008 (1 comment)

Nagasaki

I was flipping through an old binder of songs I wrote in high school and came across this instrumental. I saw some potential there and decided to record it. Twenty years ago, it was supposed to be a fusion thing, along the lines of Hiroshima. I opted for something a bit harder instead.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 9:21 AM on November 20, 2008

Rescuer

Strings, drums, two chords and lyrics vaguely inspired by the '80s TV show "The Equalizer". Also, big rip-off of Craig Armstrong.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 6:17 PM on November 2, 2008 (1 comment)

Your Gaze

Another song done in a jazz-pop style, this one inspired a little bit more by ACO than Basia. The ending chord is meant to segue into "Imprint".
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 8:49 PM on October 8, 2008 (2 comments)

NaSoPiAlMo No. 5 (arr. for string quartet)

I took a piano piece I wrote two years ago for National Solo Album Month and arranged it for string quartet. Then I used the Orkester Library in Reason to record it. I was heavily under the influence of Michael Nyman at the time, although this one feels much more like Philip Glass.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 8:20 PM on September 21, 2008 (4 comments)

Go

The first version of this song was written back in the late '80s and was some sort of power ballad. Twenty years later, I took the main chord progression and turned it into an ultra-commercial '90s alt-pop song instead.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 12:25 PM on September 2, 2008 (3 comments)

No Exit

I wrote this song around 1992 or 1993, wanting it to be a guitar song even though I hadn't really picked up the instrument. I re-recorded it recently, using a lot of the original arrangement from my cassette demo, and it's not working for me. So I'd like some feedback.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 7:15 PM on August 20, 2008 (6 comments)

FAIRWAY

Another cover of a Japanese band, this time from SUPERCAR. (Previously.) This arrangement mimics the version on the album Futurama.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 9:08 PM on August 13, 2008 (2 comments)

コトノハ (Kotonoha/Literary Words)

A late-night experiment in three-part harmony, which isn't a good idea since I'm not much of a singer, if the warbly low notes are any indication. It's an even worse idea when it's a cover of a song performed by Hajime Chitose, who really can sing.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 7:24 AM on August 11, 2008 (5 comments)

Restraint

I pretty much stole the first two chords and arrangement of this song from a Japanese indie band called Dr.StrangeLove. To mitigate that theft, I did the chorus in the style of BBMak.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 12:49 PM on August 8, 2008 (5 comments)

Silver Sting

I threatened to do so, and I have -- a song I wrote when I was around 15 or 16 years old, in the '80s jazz-pop vein of Basia, Sade and Hiroshima. Although I think it's actually more inspired by Tears for Fears.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 8:15 AM on August 5, 2008 (5 comments)

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

The actual title of this song is 「聞いてはいけない、言ってはいけない」, which is pronounced "Kiite wa Ikenai, Itte wa Ikenai". I probably ought to be more out than I am, but I like seeing the reaction of people who don't suspect when I do come out. (Doesn't work on other gay men, though.)
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 1:55 PM on July 31, 2008 (9 comments)

光速 (Kousoku/The Speed of Light)

I think I was chanelling Peter Schilling's "Major Tom" when I wrote the music. I know I was under the influence of Brian Greene's The Elegant Universe when I wrote the lyrics.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 8:00 PM on June 19, 2008 (6 comments)

enigmatics II

Well, I'm taking the plunge and releasing a CD. Short-run, nothing too fancy. I already posted the fourth track of this EP, enigmatics, a long time ago, so here's the second track. A Metafilter Music exclusive!
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 10:34 PM on May 21, 2008

Dismissal

A dialogue between an unhinged robot and a dismissive human.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 10:31 PM on April 3, 2008 (1 comment)

NaSoPiAlMo No. 6/Flugufrelsarinn

Here's the MIDI playback of a piano piece I wrote for NaSoAlMo back in 2006. I felt cheeky and riffed on Sigur Rós' "Flugufrelsarinn" for the chorus. An actual quote appears toward the end.
posted to MeFi Music by NemesisVex at 8:47 PM on March 31, 2008

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