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Metafilter Music Remixed: With all the talented musicians floated around here, would anyone be interested in setting up a remix thing, where metafilter musicians remix other member's work?
posted by drezdn to MetaFilter Music at 1:59 PM (29 comments total)

Remixed Metafilter here: With all the interested musicians around Music, would other member's be talented in anyone setting up a musicians thing, where remix floated work remix metafilter?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 2:14 PM on March 2, 2007

In other words, great idea.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 2:14 PM on March 2, 2007

Channeling Jeff Noon there?
posted by drezdn at 2:14 PM on March 2, 2007 [1 favorite]

insane good news for the drezdn
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:17 PM on March 2, 2007

sounds like fun.
posted by snsranch at 2:26 PM on March 2, 2007

This sounds great and I would like to do this, but I don't think I can for at least a few months.
posted by sleepy pete at 2:54 PM on March 2, 2007

Why not just repost to MeFi music with a remixed tag? I could also give people the option of inserting URLs of the original works, so that a song page could automatically have links to the other songs that were sampled.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:58 PM on March 2, 2007

I think it could be handled as an off-site thing, organizationally (in fact, that's how I'm reading drezdn's suggestion)—interested parties speak up here, but someone sets up a small site or just a mailing list so said folks can contact each other, request source files where relevent/available. The remixing-management wouldn't have to have anything to do with mefi proper.

And then the fruits of those labors, yeah, just uploaded to Music.

And it sounds fun. I was just talking to someone about remix stuff earlier this week, I think.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:04 PM on March 2, 2007

For this, I am down.
posted by sparkletone at 3:33 PM on March 2, 2007

Let me reinstall Acid Music and then it's on.
posted by boo_radley at 3:45 PM on March 2, 2007

Sounds fun!
posted by defenestration at 4:25 PM on March 2, 2007

Anyone who wants to remix my junk can go for it. Rock on. I'm curious.
posted by miss lynnster at 7:54 PM on March 2, 2007

I had actually been thinking about posting on this very topic (back me up on this Cortex).

My thought, similar to mathowie's, is that it might be nice to adopt a conventional tag, or perhaps two - one which indicated that a song is available to be remixed, another to indicate that a song is one of these remixes. Then aspiring remixers could just browse that tag for material

A person interested in doing a quick and dirty remix could just use the MP3. Someone wanting to do a more precision job could contact the original artist and request the AIFF or whatever.

But I was thinking it might be better to come up with something less generic than "remix" or "remixed" as these tags might be used to indicate, for instance, someone just remixing one of their own songs. I'm not sure what exactly. Cortex can figure that out (the answer to all music related problems!)

Etiquette wise it would be nice to put a comment into the original song with a link to new mixes, as well as a URL back to the orginal in the comments of the new song.

I'm probably overthinking it all, and as Cortex notes there's nothing to stop it just all being managed offsite, but a little agreed upon protocol might streamline it and make it easier, more accessible, and thus more likely to actually happen, and an easy way (unique tag) to browse all the remixable and remixified songs would be fun.
posted by nanojath at 10:35 PM on March 2, 2007

I gotta say, (offtopic), I've been hitting the RPM Challenge Tag when I'm browsing and it's been a damn fine listen. Get me a little Breaking The Mecanique, get me a little i am a bear and i am asleep...

mathowie, I really like that little playlist player box you've got going now. What is its origin (I might like to use it in a website some day)?
posted by nanojath at 11:10 PM on March 2, 2007

nanojath, it's linked on the bottom right side of the front page of music. I think it's called "mp3 player" and it's a free flash thing.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:30 PM on March 2, 2007

I would totally participate in something like that.
posted by sveskemus at 5:09 AM on March 3, 2007

A person interested in doing a quick and dirty remix could just use the MP3. Someone wanting to do a more precision job could contact the original artist and request the AIFF or whatever.

You can't really do it from a single MP3, you'd need copies of all of the seperate tracks. Drums, bass, vocals, etc. I guess they'd need to be linked from somewhere?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 6:22 AM on March 3, 2007

Although it depends on what sort of remixing you're doing, PeterMcDermott is right. We'll need to have a way to send the raw files. It's not hard to do since there are various sites that you can upload the wavs to, but it might be nice to set it up so that more than one person could get the file if they wanted (or at least use the mailing list to denote that the wav is in a certain place).
posted by sleepy pete at 6:55 AM on March 3, 2007

Yeah, access to the raw source tracks—not just an uncompressed final mix—would be key for flexible mixology.

A bleedingly obvious, less project-ish solution is for Music posters to simply be sure to have an email in their profiles; and for interested remixers to email said poster to say, "hey, I'd like to remix your tune, are you down and can I have a copy of source tracks x, y, and z?"

The remix-happy subniche of the already niche population of active Music posters means that we should probably build some momentum (or not, if it doesn't Happen) with some manual remixiness, and then use the fruits of that labor as a fulcrum to organize something more official and organized.

As far as hosting, I've got a mess of disk space, so I could set up an ftp cache for common use in this stuff if a few people want a central location for source file swapping; or, a sleepy pete suggests, use of existing temp-file-storage sites would work, or direct exchanges when one or both parties in a mix attempt have ready storage space for the exchange.

Let's show that this has some legs, basically, before we do too much spit and polish on an infrastructure, whatever it might be. Someone collect emails and send out a "So you commented in the remix thread" email, maybe.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:04 AM on March 3, 2007

I would love to do a remix or two. Add me to that email list.

I second the direct-exchange idea, perhaps even by burning a CD of raw tracks and sending it postally.
posted by rxrfrx at 7:13 AM on March 3, 2007

I will volunteer to collect the names and send out an email to gauge interest. I'll let this thread collect comments for the week and then make a list of all the contributors. I'll coordinate w/ Cortex on the response.
posted by nanojath at 9:12 AM on March 3, 2007

I'm in the process of uploading my first MeFiMusic track and so in for a penny & all that. I'd be up for this.

In fact to start I'd like Chococat's wife's vocal from The Room at the End of the Hall if he (and she) would be willing.
posted by i_cola at 10:23 AM on March 3, 2007

Right, you can't "remix" anything from a single stereo file. The tracks used for remixing are typically referred to as "stems," and they are usually mix subgroups without any effects printed, i.e. a drum stem, a guitar stem, a vocal stem, a backing vocal stem, etc., rather than all of the individual tracks.
posted by ludwig_van at 11:58 AM on March 3, 2007

Anyone is more than welcome to remix any of my tracks, shoould they so desire. And if I still have the individual tracks.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 1:14 PM on March 3, 2007

posted by ageispolis at 2:05 PM on March 3, 2007

I'll happily mangle, distort and otherwise bastardize anything I can get my hands on.
posted by MetaMonkey at 2:45 PM on March 3, 2007

Tell you what, anyone who feels like it can drop me an email at visionary[at] to say, hell yeah, add me to the remix mailing list. Be sure to note your metafilter user name. I'll still go through this post next week to collect people but getting an email from you will streamline the creation of the mailing list a bit for me.
posted by nanojath at 2:50 PM on March 3, 2007

Very up for some remixin fun, count me in!
posted by Captain Najork at 1:57 PM on March 4, 2007

I could certainly get on board with this!
posted by TwoWordReview at 2:34 PM on March 4, 2007

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