Influences: Neu!, Wayne Shorter, Cardi B
2018; aka FAWM #08.
Had quite a busy year in 2017, musically. Did two huge gigs with my band 'Sheffield Sgt Pepper Project' (feat: @tobermory amongst others), playing the album in full at a festival, and then at our own headline gig coupled with 'Magical Mystery Tour' (both on their 50th anniversary). I got to sing I am the Walrus with a band and orchestra. Bucket list well and truly ticked.
Also did a one off reunion with my old band Cats:for:peru which was a lot of fun and a nice slice of nostalgia, if you're into that kinda thing.
Played plenty of gigs with my current band PILOSA with @shortdan. We're currently taking a bit of a break to see what to do next.
Other than that, I've had my eyes opened to 'Algorave' which has blown my mind a little; basically gigs around the world (though the hub seems to be Sheffield) and they live code beats with specially written software. I'm trying my hand at it but don't expect any this year! Here's the Guardian's take: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h340a...
As always, give me a shout if you're up for a collaboration but can't make promises with time and all that.
A massive thank you to anyone in advance, for listening and/or commenting on music, it means so much to me that people would actually do that. I try to listen to everyone's songs who comment rather than directly saying thank you (as I lose track otherwise). But trust me, you are thanked at least in my head, ha.
Plenty of friends doing FAWM again this year (I hope), but as always a shout-out for my partner who had never even picked up a guitar until about 3 years ago - @judypie
13th Feb - the lull has come early this year!
16th Feb - ok, getting somewhere, but waaay behind on commenting. My watchlist is a wreck, and my reciprocation is none existent. I'll rectify in time!
21st Feb - oof, struggling here! Not sure why, just been slowly tinkering with a couple of collaborations but nothing else. Also getting behind on my listening, and feeling particularly bad that some lovely people have commented on multiple songs and I haven't been their way yet... I will soon, I promise.
25th Feb - really feared I wouldn't hit 14 this year, but in the last few days I've really given it some hammer (working on collaborations always helps) and also, I noticed from my Facebook memories (where I always share my work) that I'm ALWAYS this far behind so it's fine. I now have 2 tracks to go, and I think they'll both be collaborations is I can work at them.. so relaxing a bit more now. Been trying to get tickets for Nils Frahm on Wednesday (last day of FAWM!) and thinking it's a better prospect now..
FINISHED! Delighted, to be honest. And really happy with this year's body of work. I mean - there's not much I can do with it really, none of it is bandable as such, but there ya go. Massive thanks to my collaborators as always; @frenchcricket, @susyblue, @hanley, and @oddbod - if they've somehow evaded you, please go and listen to all their songs as they're ace. I'm also massively proud of my partner @judypie who wrote and/or collaborated on 14 awesome songs this year.. go listen to her too, she's a munchkin. I'll be sticking around for a month at the very least to catch up on my listening, hope you'll be here too x
|#1||I master in nothing but doubt||
|#2||Bend at the knees||
|#4||Find some new heroes||
|#9||Leave the door wide open||
|#11||How radio @frenchcricket||
|#12||From morning sun til dine||
|#14||Candy apple red @oddbod||
|#15||Everyone I have cared for has either died or left me @judypie||
Thanks again for listening to so many of my songs. There are several that I'd like to go back and rework now there's more time, so I appreciate your feedback!
Thanks for your comments this year Sir Adam of Sheffieldshire! I always appreciate your honest and unique feedback - its usually things I haven't thought of - which are the best kind! Until next year....... 😁
“You’re too sexty for your shirt, too sexty for your shirt..” AMAZING job Sexty Rockstar. You went above and BEYOND!! You took the time to write 600 comments (600!!!!!!) and listen to all those songs (we applaud your ears!)! Thanks for your almighty contribution to our community. You have 600 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
Well done on making it to 14 and another fine album sir. Till the next time....
Another superb batch, Ad. My ears thank you.
Thank you for the your praise of “Wise Woman.” It was a nice boost for me.
Haha...I had to keep them somewhere safe...for a rainy day 😁
Thanks for listening and commenting on "Rocky Shores." Glad you enjoyed it.
Thank you for your kind words on "Start Again" and "Join Me in Death".
Thanks for listening. Playing a B-chord following a G was intentionally, the rest just appeared. Songwriting can be so much fun, even when the lyric's aren't that funny.
Thanks so much for listening and for all your comments!
Hey man, thanks for your comments on my rock opera song! That fuzz pedal you’re asking about is actually made my a friend of mine in Portland OR, it’s called the Fuzz Stang by Wright Sounds-
I just got it a couple months ago, it’s dirty and noisy and oh such the fucking bomb...I can’t recommend it enough!
I’ve really enjoyed your music here too and I plan to listen to more in the next few days when I have some time for a change....
Thanks for commenting on While My Guitar... drum programming was done by EZDrummer. Yes I picked the loops and fills but that was it. Best music equipment purchase I have made in years v
Thank you so much for your comment on I’m not no more! Am so chuffed it works as a song, and was particularly pleased with how the lyrics line up on things like “on the floor” and “I’m not...no more”, kind of highlighting how much we are all similar, despite being at odds in the song! Thank you!
Because I'm insane and I don't hide it. Like, duh. 😀
Why are you so silly?
Why are you so nice? Thanks for all your comments and for going along this FAWM journey with me. I really enjoyed making everything and giving everybody a happy, hopeful ending. It was definitely a challenge, probably the hardest FAWM I've done, but I usually say that after every FAWM every year. I love telling stories, so getting to do it with 14 songs was fun, but oh-so-hard...which means I'll probably do another one next year.
We would gladly do Damo Suzuki’s background music if he came. Alas we’re still not that famous in Tokyo but working on it! 😊
Congrats on finishing! Thank you so much for the comments and encouragement! It's true, I'm hard on myself (especially with all the guitar stuff) but I feel like I should be. Like, I need to be a tough muthabitch to myself or else I won't get any better. And I've got a terrible competitive streak and constantly feel like I have to keep up with the likes of you! So many people on FAWM have serious SKILLZ. Like you...dammit.
EPIC achievement Quintessential Hero!! You are the unsung hero of FAWM and we LOVE YOU. You took the time to write 500 comments (500!!!!!!) and listen to all those songs (how are your ears btw?)! Thanks for your almighty contribution to our community. You have 500 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
hey! thanks for all of the feedback. i probably am going to go back into pomegranate and change up the beat a little bit since im not against the clock anymore! i'll be going through and commenting on everyones stuff as well since i have alot of free time now! - much love!
There is a creative majesty in your presence not only as a musician but as a community member that inspires me very deeply. Knowing there are people like you in this world sharing and teaching your craft so freely and playfully creates the most beautiful chain of events in my brain and heart. Thanks so much for your online presence. Have the best year!
Hey man, thanks for all the nice words.
You know like when your shitty old pair of jeans comes back into fashion and all of a sudden you look cool without actually trying? Well, I was trying to make what is now called Hardbass in the 1990s. That was my peak club/drug period.
I have also been using the same DAW since then, so, it's arguably reflexive.
I don't have any special gear, it's just a PC and FL Studio (which at one time was called Fruity Loops). You would be welcome to come over and hang, there is a guest bedroom, but it's a little further South than even the Northern line will take you.
But, for context, I have a similar amazement at your stuff. I play exactly 0 actual instruments.
No prob. I've burned out too. Take it easy!
All you need is hand
Thank you all your kind comments throughout the month, and congrats on another fawm win. 😀
No e-bow in Mantra's song : it's an effect with a slow attack on an old zoom pedal.
The carrier : Hmm, haha. My other half and I have tried to analyze how/why Mantra took the habit to get in it on his own volition, and we're not sure... We take him in the car in our arms, then he goes into the carrier on his own. The carrier is always open, except for brief moments (from the car to the vet, for example. Streets = closed carrier.) So in the eyes of Mantra, the carrier is a comfy, safe place, not a cage. A travelling bed, maybe.
To be honest, I can't really give you tips. I came to realize the number of unusual things my cats do (or did) only very recently. Everything felt so natural, I never asked myself questions until people around me pointed out that it was unusual. I have a special connection with felines, I guess. We understand each other.
Word, thanks for listening to Between Love and Hate. I agree it could be my best this year. The melodica effect is done by blowing continuously and doing a staccato rhythm on the keys. I discovered it when trying to emulate Steve Reich last year 😃
Get this, it's called the AAAA in Texas
Three tracks! The Isley Brothers are doing all the heavy lifting in Simpler!
Nah, I had them in the back pocket for a while and the last couple aren't much cop anyway (yet). Now I've got some serious listening to do! And then maybe finish off my wips
Congrats on your trophy!!
Makes the track all the more impressive in that case 😀
aw thanks so much for your comments! those mean a lot to me ^-^ i'm using ableton live, a novation impulse midi controller, tascam field recorder, a metric boatload of samples and occasionally a tape machine for this project. most of the automation and chords are recorded live to get as "organic electronic" as I could manage without any acoustic instrumentation. really captivated by the idea of letting electronic and acoustic elements blend together to create organic beauty. I've actually always wanted live recorded acoustic instrumentation in my music of various sorts but i lack the resources at the moment; maybe one day! i still strongly wish to experiment with upright bass, slide guitar, and harmonica + pipe organ all together in an ambient electronic track. that's like my dream setup. =p
Thank you for your lovely feedback.
"How do you manage to record so many audible meows?"
Me, I have a hard time now. Mantra barely makes his voice heard (especially since he's lost his brother), and most meows I get from him are "Please open the door" stuff.
With @mojo, it was different, because he was *very* talkative (and anyway, he asked for his mic and sang because he liked it.) This year, I adapted my approach of catcore to Mantra, and obviously instrumental/experimental was the best formula. (Mantra doesn't sing but he's awesome on the synth.)
At some point @alphanerg provided me with nice meows from his cat (who is apparently way more talkative than Mantra), and allowed me to make a few pieces that were in the same vein as @mojo's stuff.) @alphanerg said a lot of the Mr Squeakers meows he sent were "Food please" stuff.
Apart from @mojo, I've never met a cat who really "sang". With the other cats, treats and doors are your friends. 😀
Cheers and congrats on the 14 up. Its impressive how you take on these tricky subjects but seem to effortlessly pitch it just perfectly each time.
Oh it was a BASS solo? Well now I like it even more 😉
I feel like my numbers are somewhat inflated by the four-track challenge stuff but I wanted to make it to 14 without counting those and I have just about managed it! One more Vowl collab to come later too...
Oooh I love getting sent home from anything! You have really killed it this year --- I hope you do find a way to get some of these songs into Pilosa cause there's some real beauties here. Ps I think we'll cheat and put one last song up tomorrow, Mikey's finishing it now 😀
Not bloody likely.
Oooh, is it?! I’d assumed it was a pitched down guitar. Nice!
Hell yes. Definitely due for a collab. I was hoping to do a bunch this year, but it's been a crazy FAWM. I mean, I haven't even listened to all your songs yet. If I can't find time for Follett, then you know it's bad.
You’re almost there dude. You’ve got this. Love so many of your songs this time around.
I said I love you four days ago on your wall and you haven't responded. LETS COLLABBBBB. I MISS FAWMING (I know it's only been 24 hours)
Thanks for your comment Ad, always so lovely to get some feedback from you! Listened to a few of your tracks this morning (awesome of course)- going to listen to them properly again asap. I especially love the song for Julie
WHA…? You are just too cool for school Quadracool Champion!! You took the time to write 400 comments (400!!) and listen to all those songs (ears doin’ ok there?)! Thanks for your almighty contribution to our community. You have 400 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
my heart. 💓🙏 i’m looking forward to a bit of dreamy sky haze so i can tune back into what you’re spinning. 🎶
Well YOU KNOW IM A FAN OF TOO END FREQUENCY. infact I specifically remember asking dan about getting a bit of that up in herrrreee
Thank you for your comments on Fake piano, real feels. Those amazing lyrics were actually concocted in a mere seven hours. I know that’s hard to believe. If it hadn’t been for struggling with last line it would’ve been ten mins like! 😝
It would have been nice but if your struggling with it and have other things still to finish then leave it.
There’s always next year!
Thank you for your thoughtful comments on the Roses song.
Just re-read what I put on "This Benefit" and it makes bugger all sense so deleted. I think it was originally a lot longer because of waiting for loops and such so I cut it down because of it.
the toy plastic line made me howl at the moon when it came spewing out 😝
Thank you so much my friend... I really appreciate you taking them time and listening. 😀
Such an auspicious date 😀
Ha, no I meant the bit where you left the mic on. Regarding meaning, I’m doing a poetry module and the tutor makes us take everything out that has an unambiguous meaning, that tells your reader what to think
Stop calling me Kristin 😁 hehe
Oh god I know nothing about theory. Garageband was set to 3/4 so that's what I'm going by, who knows what time signature it really is though?
I love you
I Adam. I think the sound you mean is a little trick I like to do quite often, and that's feeding the percussion into a stereo analog delay and adjusting the delay times via automation to create these really cool textures. Doesn't work so well on digital delays that don't pitch-shift when you adjust the times, but with analog delays it can make for some really interesting sounds!
no problemo, sent you another email with a link
Hey up, that message you left on my board - I assume that was meant for someone else?
Alt-pop. Why not? I never really know what to tag my music.
"Though you could take a shit from 15ft up onto open D tuning and it'd still sound great" - my fave comment so far this year!
It's a synth choir. 😀
Blimey. Well, they're bloody ace. Like I say, particularly the use of the military band stylee snare.
I'm faking my way with the guitar. I can't play properly because my hands are too small. I really mean it when I say I can't play the guitar. LOL
Wow. I’ll be back to listen more soon! You are just so talented. -ru
Hey, thanks for stopping by and leaving superlative comments. If you feel like doing something iNdustrial or raP, i have a couple of orphan lyrics...
Ah, the National Festival Orchestra, and yes, played Manchester, Liverpool and the Sage with them as well as London. It was back when the played loads with an organisation called Sing Live, which put on very impressive concerts in great venues with 200+ strong choirs, mostly doing hit songs and movie music. It was pretty cheesy, but great fun, and fab to be amplified too! The Sheffield Arena gig was my favourite though, as we had the lead singer from Sonata Artica with us that concert, and we sang some special arrangements of two of his songs (Shamandalie and The Cage). There wasn't any harp in the latter, but there was in Shamandalie, and it was spine-tingling to play with him for it. Ah, the good old days!
For sure Adam! Super extra thanks for making this collab happen. The song turned out awesome. And baseball sucks. Rugby and American football all the way! Oh and Mixed Martial Arts although the UFC has turned into a circus show in my opinion.
thank you so much! you’re too kind
Whatdayawantamedal? Well you’re getting one! You are SUPERB Tripletime Trooper! You took the time to write 300 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your almighty contribution to our community. You have 300 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
Thanks for listening and commenting on my songs really appreciate it! I'm way behind though....
Hey @adforperu, thanks for your comment on Laugh On - yes, a real harp! I must admit this song is my least favourite of them all, so positive comments on it are all the more valuable!
Ps - years ago (pre-kids) I played with the NFO and played several times at Symphony Hall, and my favourite gig of all time was at the Hallam FM arena!
Thanks so much!! I'm glad you seem to like my list of influences! I love exploring new music, but I inevitably end up coming back and listening to those artists aaaaall the time. Thanks for your comments on my music as well, that means a lot!
Re: telecaster - That you couldn't rip the neck off after jumping on it 4 times is both an endorsement of the guitar's durability and your Rockstar Skillz! 😁 Thanks for the listen and comment!
I'm terrible at thanking people too, so no worries.
The lead thing is all the funnier with Mantra as he would follow us without it. We only harness him for his safety. As far as he's concerned, he clearly thinks that he is in charge of walking the lead bearer...
Wondering about Ichabod's last 1% 🙂
Thanks Adam, glad you enjoyed the DnB track. Yeah it could be the kick, it has quite a bit of sustain on it!
Thank you for your lovely feedback. You know it's always much appreciated.
Ichabod is so cute! Thanks a lot for sharing. 🙂
"I dream of one day walking a cat on a lead." You don't walk a cat on a lead. The cat walks you.
Haha well it's a very emotional game! I don't know what I'm doing and how to maintain a steady tone all the way through ok 😝 PILOSA yessssssssss! I make tea now 😀
Thank you for listening and commenting on the valentine song. Yes, I love huge guitars. I enjoyed listening to your varied styles as well - you're so pro. More loud noise!!! haha
You cheat! That’s good though - I was convinced it was suitably disguised 😀
Christ on a bike... how on earth did you identify that? Yes, that’s exactly what it is. I’m staggered!
Dude, it was a pleasure listening to your stuff. For reals. I love it that you're so good because it lights a fire under my ass to be better.
Hey, apologies for taking forever to get back to you, but better late than never, right? Thanks for your comments on my songs. They mean a lot to me.
Effortless? I wish! But I’m glad it looks that way from the outside. Thanks again for your beautiful insightful comment.
Thanks for your comments on my last couple of songs. I really appreciate the listen and feedback. Yeah, for some reason I'm not interested in doing the same stuff that I've done in the past and thought I'd go in with an open mind and see what came of it. Guess I'm not as angsty right now - haha. Recording my last EP (release upcoming) took a lot out of me and I think I want my next project to be a little more relaxed.
You're mega infectious
Oh my goodness Dupletarion Warrior you are AWESOME!! You took the time to write 200 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your hefty contribution to our community. You have 200 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
You are a dedicated man, I've noticed that you always take the time to listen to my stuff. So you have a BIG thank you from me. However, if it is starting not to be fun, probably best to have a break from it. Anyway, enough of me rambling and probably talking out of my arse. Look forward to hearing your stuff soon.
Just spotted your comment
"13th Feb - the lull has come early this year!"
Come on! You can do it! I believe!
Saying that, I threw away a song last night as it was absolute garbage, so I know how you feel.