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As requested, we'll start doing questions of the week, and I'll probably post them on Mondays. (If other days make more sense, please discuss in comments.)

Today's question:
What music are you making now, and how do you feel about that?

(Next week's question will probably be about what you're not doing and would like to be, so you might want to save comments on that for next week.)

Date: 2009-05-04 07:56 pm (UTC)
solcita: A painting of an angel, by John Jude Palencar (Alleya (ponderous))
From: [personal profile] solcita
Right now I'm singing with the Medieval Women's Choir, which feeds my Early Music and Languages obsession. We even made a CD this past weekend (though it won't be available until fall, naturally). It's an interesting experience, because most of the ladies in the choir are much older than I, a good many of them retired; others are definite professionals (doctors, lawyers, psychiatrists, etc). Our director is an internationally-known musician, and so is our vocal coach.

So on one hand, I feel wildly undereducated and under-accomplished, but on the other hand, I can hold my own with them musically. The music itself is challenging enough that I actually have to practice (which doesn't happen often when I'm in an ensemble setting), and we get HUGE audiences, sometimes even selling out the St. James Cathedral, which will hold almost a thousand people. I get a great fulfillment out of singing with them.

The other music I'm currently doing is preparing for the first Bone Poets Orchestra (née Gaia Consort) show, this coming weekend. New music, new aesthetic, but the same muicians and (hopefully) our same fans, with new ones to come. The new music is coming along nicely, and I'm hoping this really takes off for us.

I'm feeling really good musically, right now.

Date: 2009-05-05 01:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] textualchocolate
I'm still learning guitar, but a good metal sound to go with some techno/mathcore stuff I'm making. Trying to learn one while monkeying around with the other doesn't help the learning process.

Folk music

Date: 2009-05-05 09:58 am (UTC)
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
From: [personal profile] purpletigron
English folk songs from the re-issued version of the classic, 'Marrow Bones' ( on a trusty Aulos descant recorder.

Can anyone point me to a good source of information about folk song melody families? By that I mean, 'this melody is related to these other melodies, and version X seems to be the oldest written version'.

Re: Folk music

Date: 2009-05-06 11:49 am (UTC)
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
From: [personal profile] purpletigron
Thanks for that! The Mud Cat forum software seems very ... antiquated? unless it is somehow not working properly for me.

As a test, I searched the forums for something easy: The Lincolnshire Poacher and one of the threads which came back was this:

As far as I can tell, this song has come down in written record rather than through the oral tradition, yet there is still dispute about the 'original' tune.

English Folk, Dance and Song Society Library

Date: 2009-05-06 12:56 pm (UTC)
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
From: [personal profile] purpletigron
This should be an authoritative site:

"The official website for the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, [and] the library and archive of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. It hosts a number of the library's indexes to manuscript collections, together with the Roud Folk Song Index. "

Re: English Folk, Dance and Song Society Library

Date: 2009-05-06 01:10 pm (UTC)
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
From: [personal profile] purpletigron
OK, getting carried away here, but this also looks useful:

Date: 2009-05-05 03:32 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] purplehez
I'm playing whistle, acoustic guitar and singing in a folk-metal band.

I am very passionate about folk music and I also love metal so combining the two is something I have wanted to do since long before the current folk-metal fad!

It is amazing to finally be working with someone who shares my vision with regards to the music, the lyrics and where we want to go with it. :) Although folk-metal has become popular (in certain circles!) recently, it has been difficult to find other people into the genre who are actually genuine folkies.

I have a good feeling about this. :)

Date: 2009-05-05 07:56 pm (UTC)
solcita: The sun/star icon from Super Mario Sunshine (Mario Sunshine)
From: [personal profile] solcita
Folk-metal?? I have not heard of such a thing, but it sounds like fun!

Date: 2009-05-05 09:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] luna_norvegese
I'm right now studying Complete Vocal Technique at Complete Vocal Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, and we're pretty much being taught how to do everything that is possible to do with your voice. So in short you could say that right now I'm doing everything I can't do (distorting, grunting and in general doing things that are far from my classical and musical background), which is horrible, yet amazing when you learn it.

Who'd have thought that a blond girl from Norway could manage to sound like a member of a death metal band (and maintaining her classical singing at the same time) without even feeling any pain? :)

Date: 2009-05-08 09:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] purpletigron
I've been through a very long period of estrangement from music, having given up serious music study when I went to University to do a degree in Physics.

I've just discovered the local Pagan group (after living here 6 years, d'oh), and there was some playing for Beltane, so I'm hoping that some kind of music group might form.

Are you familiar with this: Hugin the Bard,
A Bard's Book of Pagan Songs: Stories and Music from the Celtic World


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