Influences: The humming of the warp drive from Star Trek the next generation.
2018? Was my first fawm really 10 years ago?
|#1||Unexpected Security Measures||
|#3||Pit of Misery||
|#4||Brute Force Attack||
|#6||Advanced Synthetic Threat||
|#7||Digital Human Freight||
|#8||Organic Mind in a Digital World||
|#10||Domestic Short Circuit feat. Mantra and Mr. Squeakers @mantra||
|#11||Escape From Moon Base 303||
|#12||Dreams of Callisto @caterwauler||
|#13||Mysterious Cardboard Box feat. Mantra and Mr. Squeakers @mantra||
|#15||Awkward Change of Plan||
Hey, sorry for this incredibly late reply, but I've been overseas for the last month and I haven't had the chance to just sit down and write replies to people. Thank you so much for listening to the album and for commenting. The comments cheered me up (I was feeling a little down and out of sorts) when things were not going well earlier. I'm glad you enjoyed them. Hell, I was happy to make them, though, to be fair, I wasn't sure if I'd actually finish. Is it happily ever after for Zero and Amelia? Yes. Will they appear in another installment? Probably not. I think I'll leave them where they are, flying through space, exploring things, and enjoying the feeling of truly belonging, if only to each other. Next FAWM, though, I'll try writing a new story, something more mindblowing or with an M. Night Shymalan twist. Because every FAWM is an opportunity to bring out the crazy.
P.S. OMG, how can you skip the Jake episode????????? Just because it hurts us, doesn't mean we should sk
No problem! Do you have plans to release this year's stuff as an album (or the stuff from last year)? I thought I saw you released the one from two years ago last FAWM.
Hey, congrats on finishing! I will check out your stuff soon, but, right now, I'm still decompressing and I'm also getting ready to fly out on Monday for a month-long visit to CA. Still got a million things to do, but I'm taking my laptop with me in case I have to do any emergency music stuff. Dude, I could talk Star Trek all damn day, too. I completely concur about Kai Winn. Louise Fletcher (Nurse Ratched!) will always be simultaneously loved and hated. Garak is so amazing, I can't even begin! Poor Jake. He only got the cool storylines when he was old and started writing (Fuck yeah, Tony Todd)....Seriously, I could go on and never stop. I wept during that episode, wept like a baby. I'm pretty sure I died inside a little. Okay, I need to stop now. Stop typing, Mel. Stop typing. Stop typ------
"it was great to see Mantra explore, even if it was making me dizzy and feel like i was watching the blair witch project 😀"
Haha, I thought of Blair Witch when I watched his captures. Just imagine this video with one of our more experimental pieces! When I recorded Mantra for this last song, I begged him to not make me a spooky synth part. And now I'm jaded because my cat is better at ambient than me. ⚠️⚠️¥¥⚠️¥⚠️
Is L7 the group that did Pretend That We're Dead- the one on the Xbox 360 game Rock Band? I used to only sing that song just because I got 100%. Now I see the value in a challenge though haha
Thank you for your kind words on my songs. I had a lot of fun working "Born Dead", that is the first time I've written lyrics to someone else's music and it proved to be a challenge for me but i'm glad I did it.
I asked to work on "Vivian" because I thought it would be fun to work on type of song I would never write myself and I was right. I plan on polishing that one up a lot post-FAWM.
Congrats on your win!
Oh I'm glad you braved tags and stopped by - always hard to know how much to put on the tags but don't want anyone to be shocked or offended if it is out of their comfort zone on FAWM especially as we have some teens participating.
Thank you for your lovely comments.
Actually, the Mr Squeakers rhythmic purring wasn't the more challenging part. Mantra's crazy arpeggios with tempo changes in the middle forced me to break the piece in three parts, and there were lots of harmonic conundrums too. This is the kind of nasty little thing that I will love at some point, but for now my brain still feels the pain, haha.
And what you did with Mantra's parts is great! Catcore is just not as easy as it seems (and I'm glad that I can share this knowledge with somebody now.) 😉
No, I'm not going for a double win. 😀
The plan was to make half a fawm on my own, and a regular fawm with Mantra. But we both collabed and I lost the thread. ⚠️¥ ¥⚠️¥
Congrats on 15! Maybe more?
Wooow yeah good thing you were able to recover that album. I remember, it was a good one!
And yeah I'm definitely finding myself drawn towards relationship lyrics. Most of it isn't really autobiographical, but there is something strangely therapeutic about venting about fake things, lol.
Damn! What gave away that I am actually Trent Reznor??? Is it the French singing? Or is it me making a complete jack ass out of myself and singing about a guy's fly being open?
Thank you for your kind comments on the Roses song. Well I don't know anything about bitcoins. lol As for your other comments - hey, you said I won after the first song!! I was supposed to do zero songs, but it's all good. 😀
I could have made my "creepy songs" song actually creepy for my kids... (It accidentally happens regularly.) But then they would have been saying, "I can't go to sleep because all I can think of is your creepy song!" 😀
I kiiiinda get the impression he doesn't scare easily and thank you kindly for the translation 😝
The first Streets album is great! Then Skinner started believing his own hype, and had that unfortunate transformation into 'wideboy geezer'. He was always a nerd, all electronic producers are, and that's fine!
Thanks for the awesome comment! I think people forget sometimes that political/social/economic progress isn't guaranteed linear, especially when technology is progressing at such fast rates it's mesmerizing. Then I think about how kids nowadays have to drill for shootings, how high the minimum wage would be if it kept pace with productivity or even just inflation, and it's like how did we get here. Glad you got the Henry Wallace reference! Why isn't he taught in school? Such an amazing person.
Congrats on 14! BTW, there are a lot of steam users named "spazm". So just to make sure I'm getting the right person you should add me instead. My username is the same as my FAWM one
Thank you for helping me to be a winner! 🐾
I ask for extra treats all the time (and usually get them). =^.^=
Thanks for the motivation:)
Mantra's files for you :
Quite drone-y. In the "Mysterious" track he lowered the keyboard by one octave and combined his sound with I don't know what. The other one is 5 min long (he growled at me when I came too near, obviously that was a very serious piece.)
And I forgot to tell you that he does show interest when he hears Mr Squeakers. He's not puzzled at all, he listens, with more detachment than when he listens to @mojo's songs, but with no less interest than when he listens to his own vocals. Hope that was clear lol.
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I've emailed you. 😀
Sure Mantra is willing to help. I'll send something soon.
Thanks in advance for the meows. 😀
Thank you for taking the time to listen to my songs and providing such nice feedback.
Yes, on "Start Again" I was going for a more aggressive guitar playing than the vocals. I wanted a sense of urgency and for things to be a little askew.
I do tend to write a lot of either sad or angry songs. Normally during FAWM I end up with quite a few happier songs though that does not seem to be the case this year.
Congratulations Centurion Soldier! You wrote 100 comments for your fellow FAWMers!! You made this place even better. You took your time to listen to other people's songs and you have 100 thank you's from all of them and from me! Here’s your badge. Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
Okay, I'll post one soon:)
That pic is awesome, it has to be an E.P. cover!
If you get some more meows from Mr Squeakers, I can schedule another collab between them. (And if you want more stuff by Mantra, tell me.)
The collab track is coming together nicely, but I still have a few layers to record before I can send you a preview. Well, lots of layers to be honest. I haven't recorded the vocals yet. 😀
Thanks so much for the comments! I really appreciate it 😃
A little secret: I play everything apart from the drums. That's Toontrack EZDrummer 😉
Glad you liked the catcore track! It was a pleasure to work on it, so relaxing! And Mr Squeakers' voice is absolutely adorable. He's a cute badass. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work on a pawgaze piece, it had been a long time.
Regarding Mr Squeakers' indifference : keep playing him his songs. Narcissim can trigger amazing behaviours in cats. 😉
Update regarding the collab :
I've put a few hours in commenting today because I was so behind. And then I worked on the catcore track. So far, I've done nothing for the collab. I'll start working on it tonight.
I know, no pressure! There isn't any. But I already have a few ideas and I can't wait to try them.
I absolutely love Stellaris, playing it was actually a large part of my inspiration this year, although I've been holding off playing until the 2.0 update drops tomorrow and until FAWM is over.
Responding to your comment on my song Chloroform! :)Yeah, the capitalized words are supposed to be screamed or yelled out. And that is exactly what I was aiming for! Glad someone else feels it!
Yeah sometimes I get the same issue with the play button not working. I either just DL the song (if available) or i come back to the song after restarting my browser.
Whoa it's been quick haha.
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I'll start working on it tomorrow (I'm on the catcore track at the same time). I'll keep you updated of course.
And THANKS. You rock. ⚠️⚠️¥ ¥⚠️¥
You rock. Let me know if you need anything.
How do you want to work? You do your stuff and I add my crap over it? (Meaning you send me a preview and I'll send my parts as separated files so you can mix them down with the rest.)
I think that's the best way to retain your cyberpunk touch. But we can approach it differently, I'm open to any idea.
thank you for your kind words on "Damaged", I was gifted some wonderful lyrics to work with.
I'm unsure if it was me that said that. What I have heard from many in the past were regarding monitors as opposed to headphones. The Yamaha NS-10Ms were studio standard because they were horrible. So if one can get the song to sound good through them, they would sound good anywhere else. Never worked for me but then again mixing is very challenging for me. I find mixing to be similar to songwriting in that there's no one formula and each song has it's own requirements. Depending what tools you have determines how you approach the mixing process.
1) Thank you so much for the meows! That's so cool because I'm having my ⚠️¥¥⚠️¥f slump right now. I'm going to try a more "classic" catcore track with Mantra's piano and Mr Squeakers' vocals (by the way, they're awesome. Even though he's been fed, he's still quite the badass. 😀).
2) You have no idea what you're doing, and I have no idea what I'm doing. Shall we make a cyberpunk-darkwave (or neoclassical-industrial) track?
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Looked into Passive Attack. The kick has a nice punch to it, it is the snare that seems just a tad buried but that's totally personal taste. Overall I would give it a bit more of a punch maybe by layering it with another snare/clap etc. just to get a harder hit/snap so to speak. On the better headphones and monitors I did notice just a tad of the snare conflicting with the bass synth that comes in at 00:59 and 2:35. Kind of like that phase cancellation sound. Not a big thing though. Probably just a bit of EQing. Maybe side compression. Overall you did a good job for mixing in cheap headphones.
Thank you for your comments on "Love Your Pet" & Happy Love Your Pet Day to you and Mr. Squeakers! Looks like you're digitally plugging along - great song productivity! Passive Attack! YOW! (Imagine a swift martial arts move with the hands there.) 😀
Hey, thanks for your comments on my songs. I'll check out your stuff because omg, you're a geek too. Also, Star Trek TNG gives me LIFE. That was probably the time period when I began to fully appreciate bald heads and beards. Star Trek DS9 comes in a very close second because I heart Gul Dukat and Major Kira and the whole series gets so dark for a Trek.
Oh and I saw your email. That beat sounds so good!! Very lush and badass. Maybe next year I'll do piano + vocals + beats. I do like the simplicity of just acoustics but adding all that other stuff makes it sound so much fuller and more professional. I need to learn your ways.
Just saw your slew of comments lol. Thanks for listening to my stuff, and I'm glad you're finding it somewhat palatable so far 😀 I haven't given up, just needed a bit of a break, but I am determined to get to 14! I gotta catch up on writing and commenting, but I will get to your songs too. Excited to hear what you've concocted this year.
Thanks a ton for the comments! I'll keep what you said in mind:)
"The last time i did a collaboration before this was FAWM 2008."
Glad you did this with Mantra then! Even though it's not exactly the same thing as when another human is involved. I've listened very carefully to your song and noticed a lot of tricks I often use myself in catcore (like finishing musical lines, or handling the occasionally wobbly catstuff). Really, you've been awesome.
My hearing makes it difficult to collab nowadays. I try to keep open to collabs, but fortunately people rarely ask me. 😁
Mr Squeakers is super cute! Thanks for sharing. 😀
I would have suggested to add his pic to the song liner notes, but you've already done it so everything's perfect. And the tags, haha. I find it too funny to use silly tags like electronicat or pawgaze.
I saw the comments about the 303 stuff between you and @iwilleatyou. I can tell you it's not an authentic 303 (Mantra mostly works with my Yamaha mx61 synth) but I have no clue what sound(s) the little rascal used, as he has a knack for hitting buttons and changing stuff and combining stuff with stuff.
Re Mr Squeakers' badass voice : Haha. Well, Mantra's vocals are all "Open the door, please?" The only cat I knew who genuinely sang for artistic purposes was @mojo.
Yup, sure will. I have no internet at home so I DLd the song and will get back in a couple of days to let you know how it sounds.
Thank you for that great collab with Mantra! Who knew you were a catcore master besides being the Lord of Cyberpunk?
I want him to listen, but at the moment the little rascal is watching the street in his cardboard box...
Do you have a pic of Mr Squeakers? I'd love to see him!
btw.. I hadn't thought about that perspective you mentioned on 'the way you are'. I saw it as each verse is something about her that a-hole guys don't see because they don't choose to (they are too superficial and hyper-focused on all the wrong things). simple things about her on the list but the things that make the whole of her, and yet she's human and apprehensive and doesn't always want to show her vulnerabilities so sometimes she puts up a front
but then the bridge is really just calling a guy on the carpet - you could have had her but that's changed bc you're an idiot
In fact preparing and uploading the files was quick : http://www.mediafire.com/file/ggqweah...
No clue regarding the bpm, sorry. Of course feel free to chop, transform, discard... If that doesn't inspire you anything, I'll get you something else.
Sorry for spamming your wall. 😀
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Oh, I'd love to hear you making catcore! Have you tried and put your cat on a synth? Give him some theremin or organ sound!
I'll send you an email with a link to synth snippets from Mantra tomorrow. I hope you'll find them usable. 😀
it was really about ice cream, I just tried to inject some human something in it
not sure it worked but it makes me laugh it's so ridiculous lol
And yes, of course you'll make it to 14.
I'm not saying 8 is a win because you're done. I'm saying 8 feels like the remaining 6 are nothing. 😀
Would you like to collaborate with Mantra?
Thank you for your lovely comments.
"This is way too chill to be about White Walkers" : LOL
Well, no, I don't really feel inspired by White Walkers. They are rather a job for Mantra. 😀 ⚠️¥0¥⚠️
8 done, 6 to go. When I reach this point, I consider it's a win. I hope you do feel the "past midway" thing.
Oh, and no, it's not a real theremin that Mantra plays, only a synth theremin like sound.
"in 300 years catcore is all people are going to listen to."
By then, I'm sure cats will have eradicated humankind, so yes. 😁
Ah, got ya. Not with any of the things I've been doing today.
DNS Problems? Is something not working on one of my links?
Thanks for the feedback! Mixing the vocals has always been tough. I always fear they'll end up too quiet so I usually overcompensate. Good to know I can throttle back a bit. I'll try it out on the next one (and go back and mess with the previous).
I guess it is pretty funny! Thanks for the comment and listen 😀. Much appreciated
Thanks a lot for your kind comments 😉 Cheers !
Thank you for your kind comments in English and auf Deutsch! Yes I'll add the punk rock tag - that makes sense and is probably buried in there somewhere as well. I pretty much threw everything I had planned for fawm into that one song. lol
This mid fawm slump thing... It's interesting because the pieces you make sound so empowering, the opposite of life vaporizing. However, it's understandable how it can be tiring. You put a lot of work into them and it certainly can take a toll. We as listeners don't know exactly what you have in mind, but I can say for sure they make an impact in the end. Heck, I only did one song and am pretty much done. Anyway, you're still going strong by the looks and sounds of it. I wouldn't have noticed any slump just by listening to your music. This is all supposed to be ENCOURAGEMENT! Hope you have a good, restful weekend. 😀
Thanks for your comments on my songs, I really appreciate the listens and time to comment. As for me replying to folks inline, yeah, I know it's a flaw in the site - I know to reply on soundboards, but it my reply might be of interest to others, say answering a question about the track, I cross-post the reply. Thanks for looking out for me, though. And yeah, my Last.FM charts can get wonky. 😉
Thanks a lot for all your comments. Your great feedback is much appreciated.
"no the song is not speeding up" : Well done. I really wondered if it was, and thought the effect was killer.
"i am hitting that mid-fawm slump where songs seem so much harder to finish." : I feel it too, even though that doesn't show in the number of songs produced (thanks a lot, Mantra!). Just hold on and find your second wind. Mid-fawm is the tough moment that forces strength and deeper inspiration in us. Everything you've done so far was excellent, so finish your f¥⚠️¥0¥⚠️ songs so I can f¥⚠️¥¥0⚠️ listen to them. 😀
Wow. You really took you´re time to comment my songs. I am impressed, and very very happy about it! Thx a lot!
Thanks for your nice comments on my songs. Working through your stuff now. Peace!
I did not see Altered Carbon series on netflix, thanks for informing me of it. There's so many interesting shows on Netflix I seriously need to catch up. I've only seen the one with Drew Barrymore as a cannibal and loved it.
Thank you so much for the comments on our songs! So glad to hear the "Saturday morning cartoon" punk is reading (hearing?) well! And definitely dont hate you about the Ramones comparison. They are a huge inspiration for our style, and the AED chords are always good to go back to.
Actually, there's a 1932 horror movie called The Old Dark House that was the first of that type of movie. I found out about it because of HOTC though! The short black and white movie clip that plays when they first arrive at the Firefly house is from Old Dark House. Definitely love Rob Zombie too, so happy to reference him and what he likes.
Thx for comments on "Simple Choice." Agree that it is okay as instrumental, but I have this feeling that someone could ad this nice lyrics, and the song would be even better…
yeah, def not going to post those anymore
it is weird how much has changed and yet we've come to need what has changed
I hope to catch up on your stuff soon!
Thank you for your kind words on my swedish song.
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Re special FAWM : Yes, what you said is exactly what I was trying to say, haha. Special symbolic 10 years for you.
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Thanks a lot for your comments.
The inspiration for Children Of Darkness is the people that have been enslaved by the big villain of my book (who is the lord of darkness). They're clan people, respectful of their past and of their ancestors, hence the tribal-ish vocals.
It is my voice. All the vocals you hear in my soundtrack are me.
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Thanks for comments on two of my songs! Appreciated you´re honesty about my english. So I will keep on as best as I can do. Thank you.
Thanx for your feedback on my Afrikaans song😎
Thanks for the comment on my song "The Lost Town" You mentioned your album from 2016 being in the same robots taking over vein. Got a link to it? Share on my Soundboard.
Thanks for stopping by, glad you're back!
Yes, 2008 vs 2018 is very symbolic. Not so special for me as last year was my tenth (yeah, it feels weird but ten years = eleven fawms).
hey you, didn't know if you would be here this year.. woo hoo!
Hope you'll be around this year.
Coming back this year?