who here actually makes music?

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or at least tries to (as with me), whatever style it takes and whatever method you employ

is there a minority of musicians/producers/DJs on here as the apparent lack of self-plugging (well i dont see as much as i would expect, even tho lots of people have their own blogs and stuff) suggests? it always seems a bit odd to me that someone could be a passionate music fan/critic but never have a crack themselves...same with any art

so if you dont make music why not? lack of time to spend working on music instead of actually earning money via some crappy job? or when did you realise you had no proper musical talent/potential, or found you didnt want it enough, so let it go (this hasnt quite happened to me yet but it probably will in a year or two ;)?

blueski, Thursday, 7 November 2002 13:08 (nineteen years ago) link

I do.

dleone (dleone), Thursday, 7 November 2002 13:16 (nineteen years ago) link

I do too

simon 803 (simon 803), Thursday, 7 November 2002 14:17 (nineteen years ago) link

Me also

Jez (Jez), Thursday, 7 November 2002 14:48 (nineteen years ago) link

That depends on whether you ask a)me, or b)everybody who reviewed the last Brazen Hussies CD

dave q, Thursday, 7 November 2002 14:50 (nineteen years ago) link

See also mark s's thread from March this year.

OleM (OleM), Thursday, 7 November 2002 15:01 (nineteen years ago) link

used to, but its on crap tapes at home. 3 year hiatus while ive been in london, but starting again now i'm more settled

gareth (gareth), Thursday, 7 November 2002 15:05 (nineteen years ago) link

{I still don't know how to hyperlink on this site, d'oh!}

There's my band Green Theory, which has been called "an incredible, unique funk/rock/rap/metal" band, for which I do vocals. We can be heard at www.greentheory.net or www.garageband.com/artist/greentheory or www.mp3.com/green_theory among other places.

There's also my solo 4-track creations which are housed at http://nickaliscious.iuma.com which are pretty uncategorizable...a goofy-ass guitar-jangley coffee-wired pop-song here, a stonerly reverb-drenched bossa nova-with-spoken word piece there, a couple tweaked-out instrumentals, a rawnchy hip-hop song in 5/4, it's all good.

nickalicious, Thursday, 7 November 2002 15:18 (nineteen years ago) link


ddd, Thursday, 7 November 2002 15:35 (nineteen years ago) link

I just started writing choral music.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 7 November 2002 15:54 (nineteen years ago) link

I study music in a university and do a bunch of other stuff too. Clarke B. and I, along with two other guys, just finished a CD.

charlie va (charlie va), Thursday, 7 November 2002 15:59 (nineteen years ago) link

See the ILX CD for more names. There was also a thread called 'YOUR OWN MUSICIANSHIP' which I haf not the technology to link to. Therin lies my musical CV.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Thursday, 7 November 2002 16:03 (nineteen years ago) link


Shakey Mo Collier, Thursday, 7 November 2002 17:10 (nineteen years ago) link

i kinda don't anymore (apart from strumming guitar absentmindely during eastenders). i got about 90mins of crap on a tape i'd happilly put my name to but my flaky housemate is never going to get round to burning it onto a couple of cds for me just like he will never desist with his piss on the toilet seat

bob snoom, Thursday, 7 November 2002 17:18 (nineteen years ago) link

I don't make music, I make "arch responses to contemporary pop" that "sound like outtakes from Grease" thank you very kindly. ;-)

Is ironic that right on the eve of our greatest success is the time that I am seriously considering letting it all go and walking away. And not due to bad reviews, thank you... just general personal problems etc.

We've learned the hard way not to self promote on ILM. If anyone tries, they get the slapdown of piss-taking. Or maybe that's just me...

kate, Thursday, 7 November 2002 17:30 (nineteen years ago) link

Here are a couple things I've made.

( ( ( ( *_* ) ) ) )

Rahul Kamath (Rahul Kamath), Thursday, 7 November 2002 18:41 (nineteen years ago) link

My experiment in Rock N' Roll


David Allen, Thursday, 7 November 2002 18:53 (nineteen years ago) link

I have made a few songs using tracking programs.

Vinnie (vprabhu), Thursday, 7 November 2002 19:23 (nineteen years ago) link

I write songs but they're not very good.

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 7 November 2002 19:33 (nineteen years ago) link

I write music. I haven't actually made it yet, though.

robin carmody (robin carmody), Thursday, 7 November 2002 19:51 (nineteen years ago) link

I do. I've put out a couple of records but the next one is experiencing a very difficult birth.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Thursday, 7 November 2002 22:42 (nineteen years ago) link

I've played in public with a handful of bands (The Media, Dymaxion, Crowns on 45, Lovefish, Forget, etc.) I also record at home. I've put out a single, a double-LP (both under a pseudonym) and a CD-R of my own stuff, all in very limited editions.

Douglas, Thursday, 7 November 2002 22:48 (nineteen years ago) link

I do. On Tuesday I actually brought a whole other person into my apartment to make it with me, for the first time in a few years.

nabisco (nabisco), Thursday, 7 November 2002 23:04 (nineteen years ago) link

I write music all the time, because I have nothing else better to do. I'm not planning to release it anytime soon, so.. you get no link! ha

Curtis Stephens, Thursday, 7 November 2002 23:15 (nineteen years ago) link

I play bass guitar and/or drums from time to time, not so much as I would like since I went back to school. I played with a Detroit post-punk band called Poets and Murder for some time, maybe one day I'll get around to putting a few tunes on the web.

webcrack (music=crack), Thursday, 7 November 2002 23:18 (nineteen years ago) link

Whilst we're in this thread, I'd like to ask all the songwritters for a little help. I just started a while ago, and I've found my number one problem is writting serious songs that dont come off pretentious/corney. Anybody else share this problem, and if so, what can I do?

David Allen, Friday, 8 November 2002 02:00 (nineteen years ago) link

serious in what way?

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Friday, 8 November 2002 02:06 (nineteen years ago) link

my guess would be keep writing, I've written about 90 shite songs and about 3 decent ones. I don't know if this is true for everyone, maybe some are so god-damned talented that they can just spit them out, but I doubt it...also your own songs always sound the worst to you, from my experience. Listen closely to the lyrics of a bunch of songs you think are decent, you may be surprised at how pretentious some of them are actually and you just haven't noticed.

webcrack (music=crack), Friday, 8 November 2002 02:08 (nineteen years ago) link

i wanna get back into it i think. so is there anything important that a person who's been asleep for a few years would need to know about the contemporary music scene?

indecypherable (doorag), Friday, 8 November 2002 02:15 (nineteen years ago) link

that we have more than enough rock bands and electronic artists and something different would be nice.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Friday, 8 November 2002 02:21 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm in a Gamelan, I was in a choir, I played french horn in an orchestra/band, I play piano, organ, guitar, drums and I record many songs. I've got 12 cds (74-80mins) full and about 10 tapes (74-120mins) I haven't released anything but possibly could if I wasn't lazy in that way. I currently play bass in two bands. (no websites)

A Nairn (moretap), Friday, 8 November 2002 02:21 (nineteen years ago) link

my guess would be keep writing, I've written about 90 shite songs and about 3 decent ones

I use these kinds of statistics to my own advantage. About once a week, I sit down and write, in a couple of hours, at least six and up to fifteen songs. Most of these are shit. How it usually works is that the first one is good (because I've been storing the inspiration for a week), and the last one is good (it's always the last one, because once I've realised I've written another good one I can't be bothered hacking away any more, preferring to do more work on the good one). The rest are usually rubbish, although sometimes salvageable in different forms. I think the 90/3 good to bad ratio that you have isn't uncommon. The trick is, as you say, to write so much that it's statistically impossible for you not to come up with a classic.

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Friday, 8 November 2002 02:24 (nineteen years ago) link

Eyeball Kicks, are you Robert Pollard?

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Friday, 8 November 2002 02:32 (nineteen years ago) link

i've mostly played drums in other people's bands and that's the only thing i really do well and have experience in, but after a while i just got sick of playing behind people who i thought i had better ideas than, so i'm working on my own songs and trying to make them as strong as possible before i try to build a band around them...most of the time i'm just trying to put together hot beats with a Casio and a tambourine on my 4-track, but gradually integrating more melody and lyrics into it. no idea how long it'll take me to get my shit together to where i'm ready to share it with people, but i have patience and a lot of ambition and hopefully next year i'll start busting heads big time.

Al (sitcom), Friday, 8 November 2002 02:36 (nineteen years ago) link

dleone, your stuff is great! It's a total rollercoaster.

A Nairn (moretap), Friday, 8 November 2002 03:28 (nineteen years ago) link

I've played guitar and sung in a couple State College, PA combos. None ever playing more than one show (rarely practicing after it either, sad). The names of the groups are often better than the music: The Whole Nine, The Kustom Karnal, The Frequencies, and Harlem Heat. Currently I'm just 4-tracking for fun and playing with some guys as either the Night Knights or the Cocaines, dependin'.

Anthony Miccio, Friday, 8 November 2002 03:35 (nineteen years ago) link

Question: I want to put some mp3s on that iuma.com, and I went through the process, but the "finished" page never came up. Did it work? or how do I get the "finished" page?

A Nairn (moretap), Friday, 8 November 2002 05:54 (nineteen years ago) link

Dominique, I'll be the next to say how ridiculously good your stuff is.

charlie va (charlie va), Friday, 8 November 2002 06:21 (nineteen years ago) link

I make music as well. I wish all of you could hear it, but I don't have any mp3s to offer.

Ashley Andel, Friday, 8 November 2002 06:52 (nineteen years ago) link

I make music too too too.

Demos soon.

meirion john lewis (mei), Friday, 8 November 2002 08:12 (nineteen years ago) link

i'm looking forward to the broadband arriving so i can hear dleone stuff too (been wanting to hear it for ages actually)

gareth (gareth), Friday, 8 November 2002 10:18 (nineteen years ago) link



Keith McD (Keith McD), Friday, 8 November 2002 11:45 (nineteen years ago) link

I don't owing to a lack of skill/talent/creativity/charisma but I organized (renting venue, hiring bands, publicity....) my first ever show a few months ago & it was so much fun. There will be more to come!

Miss Laura, Friday, 8 November 2002 11:49 (nineteen years ago) link

Thanks, ya'll. You guys don't happen to own record labels, do you?

dleone (dleone), Friday, 8 November 2002 13:20 (nineteen years ago) link

I don't make music but I wanted to jump on and say that N*tsuh's stuff, on the evidence of the two tracks he put on an electro comp. he made me, is very good.

Mark (MarkR), Friday, 8 November 2002 13:59 (nineteen years ago) link

Miss Laura, you still in Montreal?

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Friday, 8 November 2002 14:44 (nineteen years ago) link

i don't know if anyone else does this but i just write songs. all the time. i have so many bits of paper with half finished lyrics and chords progressions and stuff that i dont know what to do with them. the good ideas naturally get better because i play them all the time, and the bad ones sit waiting until i go back to them to steal the one good line from them. i think there's about 400 songs (many just text, no music) in total i have written and considered worth keeping.

maybe a couple of dozen i would like to record. mostly quite different.

as to whether i ever record anything, i cant really afford a 4-track recorder and forming a band is proving to be extremely difficult, so those ideas are gonna sound very bare if its just voice and guitar. not what i imagine them to be.

i think the best thing to do is get out doing shows if you want the chance to get those songs sounding how you want them to sound. practice makes perfect, and money helps.

not that i'll ever do that. too scary.

but hey, i'm only 18, there's time yet.

alistair, Friday, 8 November 2002 14:47 (nineteen years ago) link

haha no. sorry, dominique.

charlie va (charlie va), Friday, 8 November 2002 17:32 (nineteen years ago) link

This is me, Sean Fuck:

"yctc011 - sean-fuck tape : **coming soon** solo electronic punk no fi action? glitch-core too and a helen love remix. its a heck of a responsibilty to take on"


www.youthclubtapeclub.com or email me, it's crap but cheap.

slit magnet, Friday, 8 November 2002 18:06 (nineteen years ago) link

I do, and lots of it.

matt riedl (veal), Friday, 8 November 2002 21:24 (nineteen years ago) link

mark g - on the upside, most of them don't give a toss!

the surface noise (electricsound), Friday, 17 October 2003 10:56 (eighteen years ago) link

I do, I just don't record or perform for people.

Øystein H-O (Øystein H-O), Friday, 17 October 2003 11:23 (eighteen years ago) link

Surface, that's cool.

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 17 October 2003 12:07 (eighteen years ago) link

FYI - my band broke up.

I have tons of ancient 4-track ridiculosity still stored here, but the newest recording on that site is possibly 3 years old now.

I'm recording on a digital 4-track nowadays and hope to have summa dat stuff ready to ear-peep before the month is over. Like anybody cares ha ha.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Friday, 17 October 2003 12:34 (eighteen years ago) link

My band isThe Vowels - In Cahoots with...The Vowels release date Jan. 6, 2004. Out on The Sea Isle.

scott m (mcd), Friday, 17 October 2003 14:27 (eighteen years ago) link

for the record: i make computer music under the name Handsome Sultan in hamilton ontario canada.

astroblaster (astroblaster), Friday, 17 October 2003 16:02 (eighteen years ago) link

i make computer music, some of which im gonna shop DHR as soon as i finish the vocals.
my rock band is playing its first show tonight. im quite excited. we've been together for 5 years and we're only now getting around to organizing our songs enough to play shows.

Felcher (Felcher), Friday, 17 October 2003 18:53 (eighteen years ago) link


(you can ignore the Humectant Interruption track on that page since it's not us, tho perhaps you _should_ listen to it anyway).


Russ, Friday, 17 October 2003 19:41 (eighteen years ago) link

i write music of a kind of experimental mind set i guess. Kind of improvisatonal electonic stuff. Kind of similar to stephen mathieu (full swing) if it is close to anything. Although his is not too improv from what i hear.

Still have not posted any although I have burned a few cds for friends.

hector (hector), Saturday, 18 October 2003 17:17 (eighteen years ago) link

I'm about to go upstairs and make some music on me drums.
Any suggestions on a (break)beat that I should learn?

oops (Oops), Saturday, 18 October 2003 23:56 (eighteen years ago) link

"George of the Jungle"

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Sunday, 19 October 2003 00:27 (eighteen years ago) link

Also, do the burundi beat!

colin s barrow (colin s barrow), Sunday, 19 October 2003 00:44 (eighteen years ago) link

Reggae/dancehall beats are hard as fuck for me to do. They all end up sounding like hip-hop after a few bars. I guess cause it's the opposite of hip hop, ie the kick is usually on the beat while the snare is ALWAYS off the beat. Not just off the beat, but off the off-beat.

oops (Oops), Sunday, 19 October 2003 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

one month passes...

The icefrosted realms of letchworth are killing the false!

Niroth will fucking kill you with necro BM
Autofire will make you skin up with demented beats`o`war

and theres some others too, but they havent bought us enough beer yet.

Go to www.niroth.da.ru, you bastards!

NecroBastard, Thursday, 27 November 2003 15:16 (eighteen years ago) link

I did a song on compilation album called "I wish I was John Peels son" that he played, once.

I laso quiver gingerly on stage playing a tambourine and wearing a large bulb on my head for this band:-


but I guess that doesn't count really.

flowersdie (flowersdie), Thursday, 27 November 2003 15:31 (eighteen years ago) link

I make music in my room with a 4-track as well as with a drummer. As of yesterday I own a wonderful new Fender amp, so I will probably be inside most of the weekend if I can help it.

Nothing is online because I don't have a good way of transferring audio into my old, ancient, USB-deficient, 5-gig computer.

Blood and sparkles (bloodandsparkles), Friday, 28 November 2003 08:02 (eighteen years ago) link

I make drone music with some electronics, my amp and bass guitar.

I play in a band with my roommate and our friend who lives downstairs. We aren't very good, but we sure are loud and noisy.

Ian Johnson (orion), Friday, 28 November 2003 08:31 (eighteen years ago) link


Necro Thames (Andrew Thames), Friday, 28 November 2003 08:34 (eighteen years ago) link


Johnny Badlees (crispssssss), Friday, 28 November 2003 09:42 (eighteen years ago) link

My musical history is long and storied and probably preety boring 'cause it's just that, history. I live in a small mountain town and I've been here for ten years, but I'm being kicked out of town for hating WSP, Phish, and the Dead. So, yeah ,me.

Speedy Gonzalas (Speedy Gonzalas), Friday, 28 November 2003 09:52 (eighteen years ago) link

Why didn't you leave, like, nine years ago?

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Friday, 28 November 2003 09:55 (eighteen years ago) link

sixteen years pass...

Reviving this ancient ILM thread to share ancient music of mine I've revived via Bandcamp, for the purpose of donating to good causes:

'The Irish Sea' is an album of improvisational music I made 20 years ago:https://t.co/wVEKsx9RYt

All sales donated (and I'll double them in full) to community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organizers here: https://t.co/PmLe0JwWJg pic.twitter.com/yql2K42LuQ

— Musicophilia (@musicophiliamix) October 21, 2020

Stream here:https://t.co/wVEKsx9RYt

— Musicophilia (@musicophiliamix) October 26, 2020

I'm doubling all purchases (before Bandcamp takes their 15% cut) and donating here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd. As of 10/27, that'll be $226 so far.

Soundslike, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 15:44 (one year ago) link

It's gorgeous! Will definitely be grabbing that this evening.

Evan, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 16:02 (one year ago) link

Thank you, Evan!

It's funny, I made this music so long ago--literally half my life ago--and haven't made music since, such that it's not even really like I made it. Weirdly, has allowed me to like it, now; whereas I was almost embarrassed that it's what came out of me instead of some cool Brian Eno-esque thing, when I was 20.

Soundslike, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 21:57 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Made my first new music in 20 years. Have to be in the mood for something quiet, melancholy and very simple--but I like it, to my surprise.


Soundslike, Thursday, 6 January 2022 05:09 (seven months ago) link

Well, that didn't work. Anyway, it's here:


Soundslike, Thursday, 6 January 2022 05:12 (seven months ago) link

Why did you took such a long break? you're good at it!

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 6 January 2022 05:34 (seven months ago) link

I like that

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 6 January 2022 06:13 (seven months ago) link

I used to, but my singing voice has deteriorated to the point I either have to write songs that don't wander out of the low register or have someone else sing them (it feels strange to me having someone else sing and interpret lyrics I've written about my own situations if you're not used to it). Also, I'm not even close to up to date on recording gear and/or it's too expensive or too difficult to learn.

Lee626, Thursday, 6 January 2022 07:56 (seven months ago) link

Thanks, Moka and Blues!

Don't know why I didn't keep going. I know so many very talented real musicians, guess I felt a bit silly doing my skill-free thing? And then 20 years of life happened? But lately I was just feeling the pull, to play as almost a meditation. So far, it's really providing that.

Soundslike, Thursday, 6 January 2022 15:52 (seven months ago) link

just into the first track and this sounds cool. gonna go for a walk with it, ty for sharing!

please don't refer to me as (Austin), Thursday, 6 January 2022 15:59 (seven months ago) link

Winter walks seems to be the best application of this music : )

Soundslike, Thursday, 6 January 2022 21:37 (seven months ago) link

Really nice! Are you playing or programming those strings and woodwinds?

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 7 January 2022 18:16 (seven months ago) link

Thank you!

It's all VSTs played via keyboard (Arturia Keylab 88 MkII. All improvised, in one to four passes. The strings and woodwinds mostly are Spitfire's 'British Drama Toolkit' instrument. I was so clueless, three weeks ago I didn't know there was this huge world of great-sounding sampled instruments...

Soundslike, Saturday, 8 January 2022 03:52 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

Made another one. You'll have to be in the mood for music that breathes very slowly, but it might appeal if/when you're in that state:

After a twenty year pause, I've made two albums in two months.

'Sustain' is for when you need to slow all the way down. Improvised sounds, made of heartache, dread, and hope. But it's also mostly pretty.

For those it reaches, may it ring true.https://t.co/7FZIqQcesO

— Musicophilia (@musicophiliamix) February 27, 2022

Soundslike, Sunday, 27 February 2022 01:50 (five months ago) link

Will listen

calstars, Sunday, 27 February 2022 02:50 (five months ago) link

Do not listen while operating heavy machinery

Soundslike, Monday, 28 February 2022 22:31 (five months ago) link

hello ilx, i made an album


maelin, Tuesday, 1 March 2022 19:24 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

I'm still just amazed by virtual instruments today. Me, some nobody, can improvise a piece on cello quartet and get something moving out of it:


Soundslike, Sunday, 17 July 2022 21:51 (three weeks ago) link


earlnash, Sunday, 17 July 2022 23:11 (three weeks ago) link

As mentioned passim I bought an old Akai sampler a few months ago, and I've been re-enacting one of my childhood dreams by recording samples into a sampler, instead of my computer, which is also a sampler:

I may have said it before but I have a renewed respect for Future Sound of London. They must have spent every waking moment listening to records, sampling bits - and then adding the samples to programs, fiddling with keygroups and envelopes, then adding the programs to a multi setup. Samplers and synthesisers in the 1990s were needlessly obscure.

In that tune the drum loops come from the original Zero-G Datafile One, which is treasure trove of 1990s sounds, and the rest of it is a mixture of samples of my modular synth, samples of my Korg Volca FM, and GForce M-Tron, which is a simulation of a Mellotron.

Ashley Pomeroy, Monday, 18 July 2022 17:39 (three weeks ago) link

sounds great!

I've been trying to learn a bit more about modular, right now in the phase of just finding ways for different pieces of gear to play nice with each other. Came up with this piece of drifty melodic techno over the weekend that makes use of most everything I have, although I had to record each instrument in a separate pass.


Muad'Doob (Moodles), Monday, 18 July 2022 18:05 (three weeks ago) link

Both of those sound cool!

DJI, Monday, 18 July 2022 18:13 (three weeks ago) link

Made a new track with Hammond B-3, cello and harmonium--all instruments I've had a low-burning obsession with for their yearning timbre. Have to say--I'm just moving my fingers around instinctively, no conscious music-making skill. But despite that I'm actually getting sounds that are something I'd want to make even if I knew what I were doing, sounds I like as an experienced listener, which has been a beautiful experience:



Soundslike, Sunday, 31 July 2022 03:51 (one week ago) link

Had insomnia and so decided to make hay while the moon shines. Ended up with a kosmische-adjacent piece I rather like:


Thought I was going to hold off on electronics for a while... But seemed essential for what this piece wanted to be, with Buchla synth, harmonium, clean electric guitar, cimbalom, and cello:

Soundslike, Monday, 1 August 2022 10:10 (one week ago) link

I actually rather like this new album I did, and think others might, too--which is an odd feeling.

Comprised of improvisations made with cello, Hammond B-3 organ, Buchla Easel, harmonium, harp, piano, and electric guitar. I have no preconceptions of what I'm going to make, other than picking an initial instrument for each track. I just play something that's a total surprise to myself, and then layer other things over that.

What surprised me most os this sequence of tracks has an undercurrent of... hopefullness? Not something I consciously experience very often, but feels good to hear.

It's alled 'Flying Blind':



Soundslike, Friday, 5 August 2022 12:54 (one week ago) link

excited to check these links out

My 2017 album, maximalist post vaporwave disco inferno inspired sample collage. skip the first track lol


Vapor waif (uptown churl), Friday, 5 August 2022 14:29 (one week ago) link

I have no idea what "maximalist post vaporwave" could mean, which is intruiging, but you hooked me with Disco Inferno, so will be listening : )

Soundslike, Friday, 5 August 2022 16:13 (one week ago) link

my new old punk gig, though the band's sound is already shifting a bit from this June session


Jaqueline Kasabian Oasis (bendy), Friday, 5 August 2022 17:31 (one week ago) link

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