Soldat Interview will be up soooon!!! Thanks to Mathematicus for the teaser and for conducting the interview!! We’ll post it when it’s ready!
We’re into the final few weeks for applications! If you’ve been on the fence about sending in an application, now is the time to do it guys! Remember, we’re not just considering people for the Summer Sun Celebration, we’re now also looking into performers for our Saturday night event, The Lunar Eclipse!
If you have already applied, don’t worry! We will be in touch soon after the deadline closes once we make our decisions.
Remember, no matter what you do, if you think you have something to bring to the performance, we want to hear from you! We’re not just looking for DJs or guitarists or bands. We need demos, recordings or links to your music for us to make a decision, so you must include something for us to listen to or watch.
Please spread the word! A reblog always helps, if you know someone who wants to perform, show them this post! We don’t want anyone to miss out because they didn’t see this info!
Thank you to everyone who has applied so far, and we look forward to hearing from more of you!
On behalf of BUCK,
Art credit by Atryl: http://atryl.tumblr.com/
Many people have tried to start brony music labels before, many have failed. I’ve written out a previous blog post on the many reason why they have many obstacles to overcome. Question is, have there been any real success stories?
So here’s BMD’s playlist with all of EQD’s spotlights of the month for January and February (minus those same day show remixes (seriously guys wait for a clean acapella at least)). Sorry we got January up so late (Freewave’s a busy guy)…You can view previous month’s playlists archived on the right hand side of BMD (midway down). Congrats to those who made the cut.
Toxic Mario has a couple song picks for tracks that deserve a listen. Give them a read and a listen if you get a chance! Props to all those picked!
Psychogoth - Shatter (Remake)
When you hear the difference in Psy’s old version compared to this new one it’s amazing how much he improved on it. This is easy one of my favorite song’ he’s ever done.
3SPIRIT - Loyal
Good to see 3Spirit back. I really like the Tranc in this track. Is it some of his best music? No but honestly I am glad to see he is back
Aftermath ft. LilyCloud - Pull Me Through (SMOR3S Remix)
It’s always nice to see a smor3s track in my inbox. I know aftermath really well and Smor3s took this song to a different but cool direction. It’s not often you hear trap music in this fandom but smor3s did a nice job on this
Thorinair - Reflection
I usually hate giving people titles but in my opinion Thor is one of the top 2 all-time brony instrumental musicians. Just music….no sample…simple good music. This is my new favorite from his and the mood you get from this song is intense. Take a listen and see what I mean
OhPonyBoy - Nasty vines and harmony
Not really makes a bunch of music but this one was a track PonyBoy made for a flash game for futzi01. Love the fast paced nature of this track. I know not many people probably played Destruction Derby on the PS1 but this is EASY one of the songs I could have seen in that playlist.
Our staff member ph00tbag (AKA Sonic Rainboom) wanted to give a shout out to 11 special tracks this week. We’d love it if you gave them a listen!! Don’t forget that faving and reblogging is key to keeping our features going. Now after that plea, here they are:
Echolocation does just about everything a show remix ought to do. The sound design and production are spot on, of course, but more interesting is the way the track explores different motives over the course of the tune. Mogul Dash changes up the accompaniment to suit the mood of each verse, making the tune extremely cohesive throughout.
Level None is another one of those musicians that probably deserves more attention than they get. It might just be because I’m a fan of Rainbow Dash, but any song that explores her approach to friendship and relating to others is not only analytically interesting to me, but also gives me a warm feeling in my chest.
DJ Haardtek is a fairly new name on the brony Trance music scene, but he’s already been impressing with his pumping Hard Trance. Just about anything from his recent stable is worth giving a listen (and there’s a lot of recent stuff since this guy’s prolific as a rabbit when it comes to making music), but Neverending Nightmare is particularly fun with the buzzing acid bassline in the intro.
Caden L. Welborn takes his time on tracks, and it shows. Breakthrough blew me away so hard I didn’t think it could be matched, but Freedome of Pony has done it. There are so many little things, an entire article could be written about it, but I want you to listen to the drums in this tune. Give this tune a listen, then subscribe to Caden’s YouTube, because he needs more subs. Supposedly he’s got some indie stuff in the pipeline, so it’s an exciting time to be following him.
Alone She Wakes is very appropriately titled. The cello part evokes a sense of solitude not only in the notes it plays but in its relative isolation in the piece. As wonderful as the cello is, it’s still important to take a look at the accompaniment. The piano is non-invasive, but the atmosphere on it further evokes the idea of a large room with Octavia its sole occupant.
Hay Tea just kind of came on the scene in the last two or three months, and is making some of the best Liquid DnB out there. Hush Now is one of the better examples of his work. He’s another one of those artists who’s making great stuff almost every other day, so definitely hit up his YouTube if you want to keep up with it. There’s not really the space to highlight all of the good stuff he’s done in the last two weeks.
Here’s one that should get you grooving. The drums in Parasprite make for a really fun rhythm, but the real draw of the tune is felt when the leads kick in. The formant filtered synth is really trippy, and the plucked synth line is hypnotic. And then Agents of Discord throws in the best part—a classic TB 303 Bassline acid line in the climax. It’s amazing how a twenty-year-old bass emulator makes better squelches than a modern wavetable VST.
Well, I don’t care much for the subject matter—I don’t think Celestia and Discord make that great of a ship. But this tune has so much soul that I can’t really ignore it. The drum samples in the chorus are excellent, and the lyrics flow really well. If, for some reason, you actually ship Celestia and Discord, this tune’s a great anthem for you.
Either there’s always been great acid in the Brony community, and I’ve just never noticed it, or there’s been a bit of a resurgance of it. Either way, I’m really happy about it. Die Smiling makes the case for Acid House with this remix of Back to Love, giving a brooding sense to the original tune.
So I’ve never read Fallout Equestria (yeah, yeah, save it). Thankfully, you don’t need to know much about the book to enjoy this. The Aoshi, Versal and Nexgen all display great talent for writing here, and Da Mane’s production is top notch. Isn’t it crazy that I usually don’t highlight hip hop, but now I’ve got two tunes in one column? Crazy what the world’s coming to.
And in recognition of the dreaded fourteenth of February, Faux Synder has a ponification of Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me, by Hunter Hayes. Faux brings a level of sweetness to the tune that I didn’t even really get from the original.
At $10, this colorful little microphone unfortunately did not meet our standards…
We often have a number of technical discussions on My Little Remix about music production. In this thread, there’s talk about microphone recommendations and what each mic does a little differently from the next. Thanks to Conduit, Eery, Pyre, and others who contributed to that thread and the comments below.
Behringer C2 (~$59) “The C2s are often used in conjunction with other mics for various things, but depending on your vocal type it could be suitable alone. This is a small diaphragm condenser so it handles higher frequencies well but not the low end.” -Pyrelight
Shure SM58 (~$99) “Industry standard for live performance due to being sturdy, seldom seen for vocals in studios.” -Pyrelight
"What I learned about them from my time in the old band, is that they survive pretty much anything. It doesn’t pick up all the hisses and whispers I need from a studio mic, but does a nice job at everything overall. I sometimes find myself using it when I need to do the unprocessed shouts and roars, rather than the hoarse screams I’m usually known for, and a lot of traditional singers I’ve been in contact with swear by it." -Injustrial
"If you’re on a budget and just want to be able to plug in the mic and record go with the Shure SM58" -ACSII
ART MTwo (~$149) “I’m using it and I can’t complain. I haven’t really used it too much for vocals, but it has a nice clean sound all around. Works amazingly for acoustic guitar, and I’d be surprised if you couldn’t get some great sounding vox out of it.” -Conduit
SE X1 (~$172) “[I’d] recommended for vocal work at home. It sports a lowpass filter and a -10 db switch, the latter has never been used by me, and does a very good job at picking up everything I need it to. Sometimes, it’s even a little too sensitive, picking up things outside the studio. ” - Injustrial
Bluebird (~$299) “This is one of ny personal favorites. Its specifically designed by Blue for vocals and seems to handle “grittier” vocalists better than pretty falsettos. Its a larger diaphragm condenser so it picks up less high frequencies but more low end than SDC’s. I’d recommend this one for sure.” -Pyrelight
AKG C414 XLS (~$949) “This is a high end, professional level condenser microphone that I’ve used quite a bit and I can say that its pretty damn sweet. It also has an attenuator pad to avoid damage at high SPL, but if you’re singing that loud then I’d be seriously worried.” -Pyrelight
General Info: "Most good mics you’ll find, at least for studio use, will have an XLR out on them. I’m pretty sure XLR to 1/4" converters exist, but you might want to look into getting a usb audio interface. I forgot to mention this, but most condensers (maybe all?) need 48v phantom power, which is normally provided through the audio interface. I don’t know what model you have, but mine and most I’ve seen have inputs that are dual 1/4 and XLR. Basically just a XLR port with a smaller 1/4 one in the center." -Conduit
Feel free to give us your own recommendations. Do you use a different mic than the ones above? Would you recommend it?
The Living Tombstone is hosting a remix challenge for the month of March! If you’re planning on remixing or covering "Find the Music In You" from Filli Vanilli, be sure and submit it by April 2. All entries will be featured in a compilation album! More detailed information can be found in the video, and remix stems can be found in the description.
Here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for!
There were a lot of tough decisions made (as usual), but I’m very satisfied with the final order. PLEASE pay attention to the notes attached to some of…
Spikey’s blog did their Top Tracks for February Countdown. Take a look thru and see what you’ve heard and what you’ve missed. Feel free to give them feedback if you have any thoughts on their picks.
I started sharing music late January, but just a few days ago I completely transformed this blog to post exclusively music, so it’s actually quite new. I’ve got a total of 72 followers, but only 6 of them started following after I remodeled the blog to be just music. I lost about 4 when I remodeled.
I only started sharing music on here because I needed a place to start dumping music that didn’t make my monthly top 50 lists (that I only started making this year after seeing EFN’s horrible top 100 2013 list). Getting followers who are actually interested in daily pony music is kind of just a bonus haha. Glad to see you take an interest! You’re a musician I consistently look forward to hearing new stuff from!
This is a rather cool brony music tumblr. Giving them a signal boost and hope they keep it up. :)
MLR moderator Sentennial has expanded his blog to include software reviews. While he’s always had cool patches and instrument libraries for free this is a nice addition. We’ll reblog and link out to any relevant reviews or tutorials on our blog to help them get seen.
"So, for the very few people reading this, I’ve put up a little blog/news site for anyone interested in music production. I was inspired to make this after VST Cafe seemed to die last year, and I was without a good site to update me with various cool plugins and hardware. But no more! I’ll be updating this site with various reviews of music production tools, along with the occasional (frequent) outburst of awful and overdone humor.”
Check it out…..
One of the best changes from the first wave to the current brony music scene has been the much needed addition of female vocalists. It doesn’t make a lot of sense for a show such as MLP to be an all boys club for the music side of the fanon, nor should songs written about and from the point of view of female ponies necessarily be all sung by a bunch of guys! We are glad to see some much needed diversity in the music scene. This is the fourth of a weekly feature to cover 5 ladies each week and talk about their style and some of their own special tracks and collaborations.
Memj needs no introduction, but she’s getting a spotlight anyway. She’s affiliated with several voice acting groups such as Silly Filly Studios, Reading Rainboom, and Journey of the Spark, and was the official voice for the Ask Princess Molestia fandub. As one of the most well known female vocalists in the fandom, she’s often the go to voice for both Celestia and Luna. Some of her covers have been as well received as the originals (Such as her Lullabye For a Princess cover and Celestia’s Ballad). She’s done plenty of high profile vocal appearances over the years with Sim Gretina: Dear Luna, To The Mooooon, and Buy Some Apples, but she’s collaborated with many other musicians over the last two years as well: Jeff Burgess, LoreRD, Carbon Maestro, Tei The Pony, Pony Firestone, Matthew Mosier, and recently Baschfire. Needless to say she’s one of the top female musicians, and got her throne not by noble birth but by hard work and talent.
Feather is currently moving channels, and between her old and new accounts she has tackled tons of songs over a wide variety of styles (although her ethereal vocals are her calling card). She’s done several ponifonications (covers done pony style) - including Dashy of Mine, Mad Mares, and Misguided Foal; a load of covers of fan music - such as Polychromatic, The Moon Rises, and Acceptance; and she’s certainly not afraid to writer her own original music. However, it’s the staggering 52 collaborations (!!!) and counting where she’s put the majority of her efforts, and it has payed off in spades. She is unquestionably the go-to vocalist in the fandom. Now, go resubscribe to her new channel, because a lot of people are still lollygagging! Don’t forget that she’s also a very talented graphic artist too and many of her own creations have made it onto her videos.
Bloo has been in the brony community for over a year, and she’s one of the few girls who’s brave enough to hang out with all the guys on MLR (seriously, though, we don’t bite). She’s a cosplayer, makes her own quirky original songs (such as Tough to be a Zebra and Hey Scoots) and has also done a few show remixes (such as Bats and This Day Muffins). She’s been doing more and more collaborations recently (with Grifinilla and Callenby) and it’s no wonder, as she’s down to earth, quirky, and just having a fun time making music.
Nowacking is best known as the fandub voice for Vinyl Scratch, but she’s been doing voice work for 5 years and has now moved on to make her channel the home for Dark Swamp. She’s done Vinyl voice overs on a load of tracks from Pony Rock Anthem, Pony Swag III, and any song that sampled Epic Wub Time. That may not count as singing per se, but its made quite an impression on the fandom that will be felt on music (and dishes) to come.
Mary Medley started making MLP music when EQGirls hit, when she covered songs from movie. She’s been doing plenty of voice acting (she does a wicked Fluttershy), videos, and show covers (including in Spanish) since. She’s done a load of tracks in acapella style, such as Don’t Mine at Night and Hearts as Strong as Horses. While her collabs or fancovers haven’t made her a star yet, she’s good at what she does and is only getting better.
SuriOokami has been on Youtube since 2008, and her discography (consisting of anime and MLP covers) stretches into the triple digits! She started doing MLP fandubs way back in the first waves of brony music (check out Fluttershy’s Lullaby from March 2011 and Winter Wrap Up in May 2011). Her fandub of the Nightmare Night comic is her most viewed video. She’s done scattered show covers through to the the finale of season 3 (see What My Cutie Mark is Telling Me) and into season 4 (Hearts as Strong as Horses). While she certainly keeps to her own sporadic schedule, her experience in fandubs has made her channel a pretty well known one.
We’re getting toward to bottom of our list of female musicians to cover. Let us know who you want us to make sure we cover on our next and likely the final installment of female vocalists in the MLP scene!
New Equestria Girls Movie Confirmed, and clip is shown.
The equestria girls movies are starting to take on a serial form as the magical pastel human pony hybrids take up yet another high school cleche: battle of the bands.
Watch the new clip at Entertainment Weekly.
Is your body ready? Should be a fair amount of new music from this for the community to remix and cover.
On Febuary 11th, Final Draft, Head of Everfree Radio, announced pubically on his twitter:
As he tweeted with others about the reasons why, he…
Sept. 2011, Hasbro says thanks to us for our love and support of MLP…
A few notes on the significance of this video… This was a promo that ran on the HUB just as the first drought between seasons one and two was ending, and was specifically geared to get us pumped up. Lauren wrote the lyrics, Andrea sang it, and not only did it give a targetted shout out to Bronies (legitimizing the term), but called out DJ PON-3 by name; the name WE gave her. We got Derpy in Season one (Feeling Pinky Keen), but this was the first tangible proof we had that Hasbro was scrutinizing what we were up too. I got chills watching this again…
I feel the same way. This is one of my favorite bits of the fandom history. It was a moment when I think we all felt pretty collectively good and positive- not just about the show, but about each other.
I miss that feeling.
Still, this video and song never fail to make give me the warm fuzzies!