We commissioned 11 musicians to create songs inspired by a joke of their choice
Ten participants musically dissect the body part of their choice for our 22nd audio compilation.
A “mixtape” by the founder of Invisible Borders
Wesley Stace, Prince Rama, and 8 others draw inspiration from personal belongings
Jens Lekman, Richard Swift, and 10 others craft songs based on customer-service experiences.
Musical patterns from an influential 1947 book inspire 10 new songs.
13 musicians, including Meursault, We Are Augustines, and Corey Dargel, created songs inspired by Esopus readers’ irrational fears.
Composer Anthony Cheung curated a compilation of emerging and established composers.
Esopus asked Stephin Merritt, Cloud Nothings, Andrew Cedermark, and 7 others to create songs based on the TV show of their choice.
Sharon Van Etten, Doveman, Big Troubles, and 10 other musical acts created new songs inspired by, and named after, visual artists.
The quatrains of 16th-century prophet Nostradamus inspired 11 new songs by the likes of Frightened Rabbit, Phil Kline, and Lia Ices.
Nina Nastasia, Sam Amidon, dj/rupture, and 8 others create songs based on black-and-white films
We urged 11 musical acts, including Shearwater, Wye Oak, and Lucky Dragons, to take some advice—and turn it into a song.
Positive thinking—and inspired songwriting—from Neko Case and A.C. Newman, Busdriver, Ryan Adams, Atlas Sound, and 8 others
Esopus asked musicians such as Dirty Projectors, Paavoharju, and Califone to use our readers’ dreams as source material for new songs.
The scourge of cyberspace serves as inspiration for 10 musical acts including Owen Pallett, Frida Hyvönen, and The Submarines.
Ouija board experiences—spiritual or otherwise—lead to 13 new tracks by musicians ranging from El Perro Del Mar to The Rosebuds.
Grizzly Bear, Devendra Banhart, Marissa Nadler, and 7 other musical acts create brand-new songs based on job listings.
Esopus invited musicians to write songs inspired by works of visual art; contributors included The Mountain Goats, Britta Phillips, and Jim White.
Musical artists including Vetiver, Kimya Dawson, and Kate Pierson bring Esopus readers’ childhood imaginary friends to life.
Sonic Boom, The Baptist Generals, El May, and 8 others embed advertising jingles and slogans in brand-new songs.
Eleven musician-couples, including Chris Frantz & Tina Weymouth and Low, create songs inspired by Craig’s List “Missed Connections” ads.