ampersandman 7


Berlin Germany   Jan 2014

Artist Bio

Influences:   Indie rock music from the 90s onwards

This is my fourth year at FAWM .
2016 was a highly creative and playful year, I tried some new directions, approaches, did a lot of collabs and wrote some good songs (with a whopping 21 songs listed).
But then there was this forum thread "FAWM is not about songwriting, it's about album writing". From this perspective my last output was not sufficient, because there was no way I could make a coherent album out of my tunes to put on my bandcamp site for the world to ignore. So this year I'll do the complete opposite and mainly know what I'm going for.

This being said, I hereby specify my 2017 goals:

1. I'm going to write one coherent album.
2. It'll be 10 songs long (screw the trophy).
3. It'll be called "Secular" because
4. it'll be a concept album about Religion.
5. I'll release the songs in the order they have on the album.
6. I'll put a lot of effort into the demos and make full productions to improve my mixing, recording and arranging skills and have them sounding as close to my sonic vision as possible.
7. For that goal I'll have to cut back on collabs and challenges. I might ask you people to help me out with vocals or instruments I don't play and be very happy about anyone willing to contribute.
8. The music will be a bit heavier rocking to reflect my current taste in music better.
9. The goal is "All killer, no filler", so I won't bother recording anything I'm not convinced of.
10. Feb 1st I'll withdraw from church and start working on my religious songs as a certified atheist. (UPDATE: Done.)

It'll be hard. I'll hardly sleep. It'll be intense. And so much fun.


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  • @unkept Mar 18

    Thanks again for the kind words about my music! It was great meeting you this year.

  • @ihelen  Mar 15

    Thanks for commenting on my Jelly song! Of course you may refer to my vocals - not to sound vain like the walkers, but it's all me. πŸ˜€

  • @leepat  Mar 14

    as I said, that's good in my book. huge Zep fan here too. if you can sound like your heroes, you can go even further! (all I wish for myself πŸ˜€)

  • @hummingbear Mar 13

    Happy birthday!

  • @spinhead  Mar 13

    Interesting idea on "Because Love." I think I've left it ambiguous on purpose, but maybe I just didn't think of that. I'll think about it.

  • @julesbf  Mar 11

    Thanks for your comment on will you be there.

  • @quork  Mar 10

    Thanks for your comments on Feed a Little Fear, much appreciated. I've been giving the arrangement some thought, so your comment is timely.

  • @karan  Mar 6

    Das kann ich verstehen; Berlin ist ja nicht um die Ecke. Vielleicht im nΓ€chsten Jahr? Liebe Grüße! πŸ˜€

  • @candle Mar 5

    Thanks for the comment on Requiem For A Feline. @mojo will be missed by many loyal #catcore fans.

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @standup  Mar 3

    THanks for listening to Pendulum, and your thoughts on it. I agree there are things that could be better!

  • @wacha Mar 3

    Thanks for your comment on "Rise Up", I will definitely consider expanding the harmonics when I do the full recording. Thanks again for the feedback!

  • @cblack  Mar 3

    Thanks for the constructive criticism. Many valid points there. Some of it is stuff I know I need to work on, such as the guitar tone / more memorable/interesting riffs, and so on.

    And yeah, definitely a long way to go. But that was my first ever metal song, so I don't mind having a long way to go at this point. πŸ˜€

  • @ustaknow Mar 3

    Hey, listened to all. I don't think you need "feedback", possibly more reaction, affect. (I'm not commenting 7 "well done, like it's" 😝) These are, prima facia, tremendous productions. That heavy sound, tube driven, phased, et al., is what reuped my interest in the '70's.

    Anyway, my family is from the Sudeten "territories"... I get the Thesis for the Album. I understand there is a large exit... and has been since, '45. I saw my Father, a brutal man, go through, much. It's a wierd POV to understand resulting brutality.

    Anyway, as a straight male, and non-atheist, as miserable as I've been in Brick $ Mortar assembly halls ... I can understand your thoughts. My most appalling time was within a D.D. program of hermeneutics. A year was all I could take.

    -- All the best!, have a great new year!

  • @timfatchen  Mar 3

    There's an "inspirational quotes" thread?? Thanks for the headsup, I'll go looK!! πŸ˜‰

  • @poptarthero Mar 2

    Thanks for the very honest comments! Both tracks where built from drum improvs (I play all the parts btw), and I didn't use a click for it so that's why they sound so out of time. Galaxy Rock was certainly not all there, I just improv'ed on drums and took a loose approach to the rest to see what'd happen.

  • @mishykatz  Mar 2

    Thanks for the comments!! As I said in my liner notes, I was not planning on using both recordings but when I listened to it I liked the 'crazy' sound of it so I left it in... Crazy is confused after all πŸ˜‰

  • @johnstaples  Mar 2

    Thank you for the nice comment about Movement! It was a fun one to work on!! Regarding your comment about chord progressions...they have all been used...many many musicians...I don't hesitate to use any progression I like! Check out Axis of Awesome for a fun example of progression reuse! Here is a vid but not sure if it works from where you are,

    Thanks again for listening!!!

  • @johnstaples  Mar 2

    Thanks for the comment and advice on Only One Survives! But I actually disagree completely with your recommendation about the music! πŸ˜€ I may add a bridge and possibly an instrumental but the "bouncy dance beat and synth" stays! I quite like that part! Thanks for the suggestion though!

  • @tuomoh Mar 2

    Thanks a lot for your kind words on "Pray For Nothing". Technically it seems that I won FAWM in a short time but in fact it was a month-long journey since, just like you, my plan was to write an album and I only knew the correct track order in the end. 😁

  • @tjeff  Mar 1

    Hey, Thanks so much for listening to Mr. Oblivion, and especially for your constructive comment!! I'm a total beginner at recording & mixing my demos & really want to improve in that area. Any additional advice would be appreciated!

  • @piney  Mar 1

    Thanks so much for listening and for your support this fawm. I do like your idea of putting harmonies on the "justice" part of Birna. I almost did, but I was rushing to get a demo out. I'll remember that for when I revisit the song to work on it further. πŸ˜€

  • @adnama17  Mar 1

    Oh, and good grief yes! Please pitch correct me. I am always ever so slightly off. Drives me frickin crazy!!! πŸ˜€

  • @adnama17  Mar 1

    Wow. I've no words. "Charlie". Yeah...

  • @adnama17  Feb 28

    Music is universal. 😊

  • @majordanby  Feb 27

    Thanks for listening. It's not our normal output, this is the demo that I send to Dan prior to recording with Dan singing; I am not a singer. Unfortunately we will not be able to get this done properly before the end of the month. The guitar is just a really old Mexican fender stratocaster recorded through my phone.

  • @guatecoop  Feb 26

    Hey there...
    I loved your feedback and have made changes based on that....The one mic drum thing didn't really work because what I was hearing in the monitors was not coming through on the track. I fixed it. Here is what it sounds like now....

    Thanks for the feedback. I love that when the comment reveals something to me that I needed to hear.

  • @faceofeinstein  Feb 23

    Hey I appreciate the kind words about "wrong way". I'm totally stuck in the 90s and I suppose it shows haha!

  • @yam655  Feb 23

    Congratulations on making it to the Century Club! πŸ˜€

  • @piney  Feb 23

    Thanks very much!

  • @lenigmusx1 Feb 23

    Thank you for the comments on "Reasons"! I am about to listen to some of your stuff now.

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 23

    Thanks so much for your comments . Yes songs are now literally falling out of me . I hope I can find enough wifi to complete my album 😬

  • @radioovermoscow Feb 23

    That song is Steven Slate drums. Thanks! Listening to it for the first time now not in headphones... what a strange, dry vocal mix, haha.

  • @adnama17  Feb 21

    I'll give it a go. πŸ˜€

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 20

    Hello again, I listened to the song- it sounds great, but with this cold I won't have my voice back enough to sing before the weekend. So if you can wait til then I'll give it a go.

  • @kovbleu  Feb 19

    Tried tweaking the mix today. Song is updated. Thanks for the listen though!

  • @kovbleu  Feb 18

    Yeah, sorry it's a vst and I have no idea what I'm doing.

  • @guatecoop  Feb 18

    Thanks for the feedback. Yes, I agree with you on many points. I just said to myself that this is a demo and that I'd fussed with it long enough and want to move on, so I posted it. I like the sounds on a lot of it, but I actually gave up on the sound of the chorus. It is the first electric guitar sound this year that I didn't like. Hmmm. I really was hoping to capture the essence of the song and see if it worked. I will go back in March and try to improve the sounds. Thank you!

  • @enigma4711  Feb 17

    Thanks for your comment on 'The Fool's Serenade'.
    And thanks for the advice on the drums. I'll most definitely take notice of this in the future πŸ˜€


  • @konstisifyer  Feb 17

    Thank you for your feedback on my song πŸ˜€

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 16

    I'd really like to do it. Depends on how difficult it is and yes I'm really stuck for time. Send me a link so I can listen.

  • @boyatheart  Feb 15

    Thanks for taking the time to listen to some more of my songs. Always nice to have listeners come back for more listens! πŸ˜€

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 15

    Thanks for commenting!
    Good that he left . Living With someone With those problems would drain anyone. Ah though I hope someone really take care of that baby!
    And yes Pete is awesome!

  • @unkept Feb 13

    Welcome back! 😁

  • @arthurrossi Feb 12

    Vielen, vielen Dank fuer Deinen wunderschoenen und netten Kommentar!

  • @radioovermoscow Feb 10

    Thanks, Mr #NotMyPresident!

  • @unkept Feb 9

    @ampersandman , no worries. You have someone lined up for guest vocals then?

  • @unkept Feb 9

    So, when are we getting to hear your hidden track (You Lost Your Job)?! πŸ˜‰

  • @alboe Feb 8

    Catching up on my thankyou's.
    So... thank you very much for listening and commenting to Wait But Why.

  • @joshlevitre  Feb 7

    Thanks for commenting on my song! I used drop-D tuning and played in the key of D for that song.

  • @radicalmguy  Feb 7

    Interesting that you thought the song was still going strong, I just kind of went for the fadeout since I thought it was overstaying its welcome lol. Thanks for the feedback!

  • @insaneian Feb 7

    Hey! Thanks for the kind words on "The Bowling Green Fabrication Society"!

  • @js6  Feb 7

    Thanks for the comment on Eli.

  • @njihe Feb 6

    Go get a banjolele! You won't regret πŸ˜‰

  • @kenjku  Feb 6

    Hey glad you enjoyed Seconds. πŸ‘πŸ» Thanks for the kind words!

  • @boyatheart  Feb 6

    Thanks for busting my Zong! I'm glad you liked it. πŸ˜€

  • @radicalmguy  Feb 6

    Hey hey man, thanks for the comments! I play metal with a bass synth because my bass is at home while I'm at school, but I do agree it sounds cool. Also, we can pretend every dissonance is intentional but its more me being a mediocre singer haha.

  • @petemurphy  Feb 6

    If you can send me an mp3, I'll have a listen. A guitar solo should be no problem. As far as the vocal goes, I'm not so sure... It depends on if the key is right for my voice. I'm not the most confident singer, and don't have the greatest range, but if it feels right then I'd be happy to give it a go πŸ˜€

  • @kovbleu  Feb 6

    Thanks for the comment on "I Will" - yeah, I could definitely see breaking up that constant background part to add some different dynamics. I just had the one entire track to work with for now, so when I get him the vocal tracks he'll be able to mess with mixing the arrangement differently now that there are lyrics. πŸ˜€ Thanks for the listen!

  • @unkept Feb 6

    Hey, thanks for the comments! Glad you like the songs. To answer your question, I mostly use Native Instruments Maschine to make my instrumentation and I use Studio One for the mixing and recording vocals/guitar.

  • @scottlake Feb 6

    I'm a very recent fan of Elbow, as in just this past month. I heard the single, Magnificent, She Said. What a glorious voice! I've been slowly devouring their catalog; spending teenager like attention on the Take off and Landing of Everything. What great songs.

  • @scottlake Feb 4

    Just listened through your recommended albums list. Enjoying Sunflower Bean and Minor Victories, both on the Fat Possum label. Checked out the Fat Possum label, and dang they have a great roster of artists. The better part of the entire Fat Possum lineup / catalog is available for free download, 5 songs a week, on freegal. Totally free, totally legal. I subscribe to it through our local library.

  • @kovbleu  Feb 2

    Thank you so much for listening to "It's Not Me" - yeah, synth part I played on a Miniak. I kind of suck at regular piano, but I love all the effects. πŸ˜€

  • @sailingtowardsthesun Feb 2

    Berlin! 😁
    Viel Spaß / Erfolg / Inspiration beim FAWMing!

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Feb 1

    Hey amp! Welcome back and must say your concept idea sounds very interesting. Cheers to a great FAWM!

  • @arthurrossi Feb 1

    Hey! Schoen, dass Du wieder dabei bist! Ich wuensche Dir einen sehr kreativen Februar! Freue mich schon auf Deine neuen Lieder...

  • @scottlake Jan 31

    Definitely hit the shoegaze with your showcase song. I really dig the cleaner guitars on the intro. Do you also like faster noisepop type stuff? If so, you might like Pinkshinyultrablast

  • @karlsburg25  Jan 31

    HEy matey. Great to see you back even if i can' t type on this laptop11

  • @majordanby  Jan 31

    I still listen to our collab from last year from time to time. I nearly asked if I could use it for an album but it didn't quite fit in with the others.
    Hope you have a great FAWM

  • @johnstaples  Jan 30

    Hope you have a great FAWM!!

    Oh and thanks for the heads-up about my Burn the Ground video; seems like a rights issue in some countries. I just put it on Soundcloud in case you wanna listen

  • @karan  Jan 30

    Have a great February! πŸ˜€

  • @alboe Jan 30

    Hope you have a great FAWM.

  • @kovbleu  Jan 30

    Hello!!! Happy to see you back as well. Looking forward to watching your concept come to life. πŸ˜€

  • @guatecoop  Jan 30

    I love your goals, but was especially amused by your last one. I love the idea...could never pull that off myself, though. Best wishes to you!

  • @helene  Jan 30

    Happy (intense) FAWMing to you!

  • @sph  Jan 29

    Goal sounds cool and ambitious. I'll be glad to help out with instruments