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Victor Gama: exploring musical terra incognita with unique instruments

Victor Gama is a self-taught composer and musician who has expanded his process of composing music for himself and others to perform into creating new or modified instruments, and is also involved with traveling to hard to access regions of Angola and recording local music, as documented on his website Tsikaya: Músicos do Interior. You can read an outstanding interview of Victor with Ned Sublette for Afropop, or read more on his creation of instruments as part of his creative process, or you can experience his performances on YouTube and his music on Soundcloud. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 22, 2014 - 3 comments

The Year of the Beard

Molly Lewis' (Previously: 1, 2, 3): The Year of the Beard. Starring a few familiar faces. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Mar 4, 2014 - 5 comments

We employ the ultrasonic speakers and you hear nothing around our device

Three-Dimensional Mid-Air Acoustic Manipulation
posted by griphus on Jan 29, 2014 - 27 comments

Killing is my business, and business is acoustic

Killing is my business: badass acoustic cover. For comparison's sake: Original; Live. [more inside]
posted by googly on Jan 10, 2014 - 7 comments

The Simpsons

The Simpsons theme on acoustic guitar [1:36]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jan 4, 2014 - 17 comments

I shiver when I see the falling snow

It's gonna be a blue Christmas: Merle Haggard - If We Make it Through December [more inside]
posted by byanyothername on Dec 25, 2013 - 22 comments

Woodsongs + Amy Grant = <3

Grammy-award-winner, multi-platinum artist Amy Grant does a mostly-acoustic, lengthy, combination interview and performance set for Woodsongs [1h20m, direct mp4 video link], partially to promote her new-ish album How Mercy Looks From Here, and mostly because she is totally awesome. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Dec 23, 2013 - 12 comments

You are still beautiful

Bluedawn (푸른새벽) were a South Korean dreampop band characterized by soaring ethereal vocals, dreamy acoustic melancholy, quietly quixotic melody and softly cascading walls of sound in the vein of Mazzy Star and Hope Sandoval. [more inside]
posted by byanyothername on Sep 19, 2013 - 8 comments

David Grisman and Jerry Garcia in Concert on Various Occasions

Jerry Garcia & David Grisman -- Two Soldiers
Jerry Garcia & David Grisman -- Handsome Cabin Boy
Jerry Garcia & David Grisman -- Man Of Constant Sorrow
Jerry Garcia & David Grisman -- When First Unto This Country
Jerry Garcia & David Grisman -- Dreadful Wind and Rain
Jerry Garcia & David Grisman -- Russian Lullaby
Jerry Garcia & David Grisman -- Sweet Sunny South
Jerry Garcia & David Grisman -- Old Rockin' Chair
Jerry Garcia & David Grisman -- Down Where The River Bends
Jerry Garcia & David Grisman -- Shady Grove
Jerry Garcia & David Grisman -- Friend of the Devil
Jerry Garcia & David Grisman -- Ripple [more inside]
posted by y2karl on Jul 29, 2013 - 16 comments

The Beatles: Also featuring Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton’s Isolated Guitar Track From the Classic Beatles Song, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ (1968) [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange on Jun 5, 2013 - 130 comments

Now the blues pile up on me, I brought it all on myself

Hey y'all! Here's your waaaaay laid back, deeeep Southern blues for the day, and contrary to the title, it's an easy pill to swallow. You dig that? OK, then, there's... [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on May 5, 2013 - 8 comments

Will it go 'round in circles...

It's not so often that a new acoustic musical instrument is invented that really makes you go "wow!", but the Wheelharp might just make you go "double wow!" [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 24, 2013 - 29 comments

Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer

How Inventor Paul Vo Created a Little Black Box That Could Change Guitars Forever
posted by kliuless on Apr 20, 2013 - 41 comments

No Diggity/Thrift Shop acoustic (sorta)mashup.

No Diggity, acoustic, with a little Thrift Shop. (SLYT)
posted by curious nu on Mar 6, 2013 - 18 comments

Punch Brothers, Mandolin Brothers and Lloyd Loar

On Monday September 24th, Mandolin Brothers were visited by 3/5ths of The Punch Brothers: Chris Thile, along with Chris Eldridge and Noam Pickelny. Chris played their Lloyd Loar 1924 F-5 mandolin and their 1925 Fern. Among the numbers they played was a lovely rendition of Tennessee Waltz. Previously [more inside]
posted by Bartonius on Dec 3, 2012 - 16 comments

Time Warp Master Class!

Released in 1999, The Rocky Interactive Horror Show was a point and click video game featuring clunky gameplay and graphics that looked dated even by the standards of the time. Reviews were middling, and the title soon fell into obscurity. But while nobody would ever call the game a classic, it did feature a few wonderfully weird treats guaranteed to drive any Rocky Horror fan in-say-yay-yay-yane... [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler on Oct 27, 2012 - 35 comments

Acoustic Barcodes from CMU

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon have created what they are calling "acoustic barcodes". These barcodes can be decoded by a computer with a microphone attached, and their video presents several potential use cases including an interactive whiteboard, cell phone mode controls, and children's toys.
posted by eak on Oct 14, 2012 - 22 comments

...smashed-trashed-bashed-mashed-muzzy-fuzzy-dizzy-merry-screwed-and-glowing-and-nuked-and-blowing-a-two...

Ali Spagnola's Synonyms for Drunk is a remarkably catchy song featuring 91 words for "Drunk" in less than one minute. [slyt]
posted by quin on Jul 7, 2012 - 20 comments

"Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle yeah, yeah"

Musician Noah does an amazing acoustic cover of LMFAO's Sexy and I Know It.
posted by quin on May 13, 2012 - 44 comments

unfortunately, i don't know what else to do with my life

Incredibly smooth-voiced singer/songwriter Jay Brannan covers Adele's Someone Like You on acoustic guitar. (The post title is from his website.)
posted by desjardins on Oct 6, 2011 - 23 comments

Can't get to an Unfamiliar Moon when they won't even let you on the plane.

Vance Gilbert is, in his own words, "big in the music business like a barnacle is big in shipping". Performing solo with acoustic guitar, his original music (including songs about Old White Men, Gilligan and the planet Pluto) and some well-chosen covers, as well as his on-stage banter, have charmed audiences all over* for umpteen years. He has made a reply to CeeLo's infamous song, performed alongside Arlo Guthrie while having an attack of gout and in his spare time, he makes free-flying models of antique airplanes. But sadly, he has just gotten the most publicity of his career... as an unwilling participant in one airline's Security Theater. (Story picked up by The Consumerist, the Economist, and James Fallows at the Atlantic.) [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Aug 26, 2011 - 55 comments

Where did you record this?

Renowned Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, having recently fooled around with a giant robot orchestra (previously), and well known for his views on reinterpreting musical classics (also previously), has released a new acoustic album in which he covers songs that have influenced him. They're tasteful. Hear him explain what it's all about.
posted by Silverdragonanon on Jul 16, 2011 - 56 comments

The Avant-Garde Project, an online lossless music LP archive

The Avant Garde Project is a series of recordings of 20th-century classical, experimental, and electroacoustic music digitized from LPs whose music has in most cases never been released on CD, and so is effectively inaccessible to the vast majority of music listeners today. Until now, of course. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jun 28, 2011 - 17 comments

RATM Killing Remix

Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name Of - Previously On The Blue
posted by MechEng on May 29, 2011 - 22 comments

How to Disappear Completely

Mike Massé does a lot of nice covers - to a smattering of customers live at Pie Pizza in South Jordan, Utah [more inside]
posted by Arch_Stanton on Apr 16, 2011 - 10 comments

A Booth, a Mic, and a Tower

It’s increasingly rare for musicians to come into a radio station for anything more than a concert or album promo, but you can still find live performances from the booth if you know where to tune in: WNRN, an independent radio station in Virginia, has regular live acoustic performances of touring musicians, and records them in HD: The Punch Brothers covering Reptilia and Rye Whiskey; Locust in the Willow and Sometimes in This Country from Crooked Still. (much more)

Stevie Wonder and Eric Benet improvising on “You and I” at Stevie’s own radio station, KJLH.

Eminem freestyling on BBC Radio 1. BBC Live Lounge.

Howard Stern has supported live acoustic acts for a long time: Elton John, “Why Isn’t Howard Stern On TV?”; Dave Grohl, Everlong, My Hero; Counting Crows. A few public radio stations have dedicated performance spaces used for live shows : WNYC’s Greene Space and the BBC’s Maida Vale. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Feb 27, 2011 - 37 comments

We'll see the world in our Levi Blues, but I'll always come back to you

Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine became friends in Canadian high school band. They now make up Dala, an accoustic folk pop duo who sing songs like the cutesy pop song Levi Blues, Alive about a hellish New Years Eve in an old cabin, Marilyn Monroe about coming of age, and the more serious Horses, a song dedicated to a paraplegic teenager. They have opened for Neko Case, Tom Cochrane, and Matthew Good and covered Neil Young.
posted by mccarty.tim on May 19, 2010 - 9 comments

Sit yourself down, pick up on the rhythm of the swinging little guitar man

Much-missed acoustic guitarist Isaac Guillory thrilled audiences around the UK, accumulating die-hard fans wherever he went. For those who never had the chance to see him perform, this extremely rare broadcast-quality footage of a classic 1991 concert (made available on YouTube by one of the cameramen who filmed it), is the next best thing. [more inside]
posted by tomcooke on Feb 2, 2010 - 6 comments

seeing whale songs

Visualizing Whale Songs "Mark Fischer, an expert in marine acoustics, has come up with another way to illustrate whale song. He uses a more obscure method, known as the wavelet transform, which represents the sound in terms of components known as wavelets: short, discrete waves that are better at capturing cetacean song."
posted by dhruva on Jan 29, 2010 - 12 comments

Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to introduce the acoustic guitar.

Michael Hedges was something of a revolutionary. [more inside]
posted by timsteil on Jan 28, 2010 - 53 comments

Acoustic Guitar Solos

Brazilian guitarist Naudo has a nice command of his instrument and a relaxed presentation. He plays acoustic guitar standards like Stairway to Heaven and House of the Rising Sun. He plays other popular tunes like Hotel California and While My Guitar Gently Weeps. I especially like his Santana covers: Samba Pa Ti, Black Magic Woman. There's lots more Naudo videos at YouTube, at Naudo's blog, and at Naudo's page on sevenload.
posted by RussHy on Jan 16, 2010 - 14 comments

Igor Presnyakov plays classical guitar

Classical guitar virtuoso Igor Presnyakov won't do what you tell him (NSFW/lyrics). But he will bring his unique style to an array of well-known songs: Bad Romance, Thriller, Beat It, Poker Face, Ain't No Sunshine, Isn't She Lovely. [more inside]
posted by tomcooke on Jan 15, 2010 - 66 comments

"Folk music for people who don't like folk music."

Sometimes called The Barnsley Nightingale, British folk singer Kate Rusby was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 1999, and has won four BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Her cover of The Kinks' "Village Green Preservation Society" is the theme song for the TV show "Jam & Jerusalem." The Daily Telegraph called her "England's answer to Dolly Parton. Not in terms of the wigs and the sequins, but in her quaveringly sincere ability to tell a simple, downhome story in a song and make your heart ache for it." BBC says she performs "folk music for people who don't like folk music." [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Sep 10, 2009 - 23 comments

Fingerstyle guitar to put a smile on your face

Fun, funky fingerstyle arrangements from Adam Rafferty: Superstition, I Wish, Billie Jean, The Chameleon. He's clearly having a great time and I think you will too.
posted by tomcooke on Dec 9, 2008 - 19 comments

This is Hank William's guitar. I try to do the right thing with the guitar. You don't want to stink with Hank's guitar.

The Martin D-28. You have heard it thousands of times before. Its modest appearance belies its history and influence; there have been several changes in its design and construction over the years, but it remains largely the same since its introduction in 1934. [more inside]
posted by jimmythefish on Oct 25, 2008 - 24 comments

Acoustic performances at LiveDaily Sessions

Concert promoter LiveDaily has an acoustic live sessions program (video starts playing). It's been running since March of this year and so far 33 artists have performed: Priscilla Ahn, The Raveonettes, Black Lips, Paddy Casey, Dawn Landes, Lykke Li, The Duke Spirit, Frightened Rabbit, Foreign Born, The Dodos, The Virgins, Radar Bros., Langhorne Slim, Shwayze, Joseph Arthur, Missy Higgins, Wild Sweet Orange, Le Switch, Deadly Syndrome, Steve Poltz, Weather Underground, Imaad Wasif, Rogue Wave, David Ford, Takka Takka, Black Ghosts, The Airborne Toxic Event, Tally Hall, Lionel Loueke, Calico Horse, Rademacher, Judith Owen and Carrie Rodriguez
posted by Kattullus on Sep 30, 2008 - 10 comments

Early Paul Simon

SLYT: Paul Simon and his brother play Davy Graham's 'Anji'.
posted by RussHy on Sep 21, 2008 - 12 comments

Whalesong and ocean sounds

The Jupiter Foundation and the Whalesong Project are both organizations which record humpback whale songs from floating buoys; some of their archived recordings can be found here, here, and here. (Warning, last two may resize your browser.) DOSITS hosts a more comprehensive collection of oceanic sounds, with seals and fish along with its whales and dolphins. It also has a couple of nice sections on how animals use sounds in the ocean. (Previously.) [more inside]
posted by Upton O'Good on Sep 7, 2008 - 9 comments

The Black Cab Sessions

Death Cab For Cutie. Live, in a Black Cab. One Song ("No Sunlight"). One Take. One Cab.
Also: Daniel Johnston, Bill Callahan, The New Pornographers, The Raveonettes, Okkervil River, Spoon, & The Futureheads.
posted by msalt on May 16, 2008 - 28 comments

Cross The Road, Molina

If you don't know who Jason Molina is, get to know his music. [more inside]
posted by auralcoral on Apr 17, 2008 - 7 comments

and they tried to say Jerusalem's forever passed away

Folk/acoustic Friday: braving infatuation, heartbreak, pregnancy, Thatcherism, corporate drudgery and bad 90s hair, these artists come bearing gifts. [more inside]
posted by aihal on Apr 11, 2008 - 2 comments

Echoes of Latin America in José González's music

Guitarist and singer José González's myspace page mentions [lots of youtube ahead] Low and Elliot Smith. And no review of the Swede whose parents left Argentina in the 1970s is complete without a reference to Nick Drake. But what about the influence of styles from the hemisphere his parents left behind? [more inside]
posted by umbú on Mar 22, 2008 - 25 comments

The musical equivalent of sneaking around MIT late at night, solving equations left scrawled on whiteboards

You Don't Mess Around With Jim. And you don't mess around with the mysterious Fret Killer, performer of some of the best acoustic guitar playing to be found on YouTube. But who is he? [more inside]
posted by teleskiving on Dec 31, 2007 - 30 comments

AEROTONE. | Hello!

AEROTONE. | Hello!
posted by hama7 on Nov 10, 2007 - 16 comments

another beautiful french guitarist

To me, he embodies The classical guitarist with all the clichés attached. But he can also make any material his own, or use forms with humor. He's got good compositions too.
posted by nicolin on Oct 17, 2007 - 7 comments

Free as the wind

There are several ways to roam the world. But if you want to do it like a king, you have to master this. Maybe mix it with that. Or this (spanish spoken here). Then, you can bring your old acoustic guitar, hit the street and sing.
posted by nicolin on Oct 3, 2007 - 8 comments

Guitar playing motivation

This might lead you to learn to play guitar, to write poems, to sing, or just to watch and listen more intently. Kelly joe Phelps, from washington state, is one of the most beautiful musicians I've ever seen. He's got a great way to play traditionals and his originals are mesmerizing.
posted by nicolin on Sep 11, 2007 - 11 comments

Interviews and performances from Austin's KGSR

Streaming interviews and performances from KGSR in Austin. Rufus Wainwright, Willie Nelson, The Gourds, Gomez, Kelly Willis, Pete Townshend, and many more.
posted by ColdChef on Aug 19, 2007 - 12 comments

another beautiful brazilian guitarist

He wasn't the greatest technician on earth (he only studied a short time with a teacher, as states his biography), he wasn't really famous outside Brazil, in spite of the many recordings available under his name, of his various talents (drawing, designing a new string instrument), but his playing is really endearing, and whatever the material, originals, bach or chico buarque, he made his point across easily.
posted by nicolin on Aug 11, 2007 - 9 comments

Musica Excentrica

Musica Excentrica.
posted by hama7 on Aug 7, 2007 - 10 comments

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