burr settles 3


Pittsburgh USA   Feb 2004


Artist Bio

Influences:   all y'all

hi! i run FAWM (mostly). i'm a science nerd and pop music junkie who grew up in the bluegrass, went to school in the tundra, and now i work in steeltown. i've been in bands in all of those places. for the 9-to-5 thing, I direct the research group at duolingo (https://www.duolingo.com).


for 2018, i'm using the following frameworks/constraints to help me ease back into FAWM (even though i maintain the website, i haven't properly "fawmed" since 2015, and haven't hit the 14-song goal since 2010!)...

1) i'm going to try and write a song for each of the "12 spiritual disciplines" (http://amzn.to/2aQ3d3w). if successful, then i'll already have the topic for all but 2 of my FAWM songs covered! πŸ˜€

2) i started collecting guitar pedals 3-4 years ago, including designing and building them myself (http://bffx.us). i'll be banning all effects on my regular pedalboard, to force me out of my sonic ruts and put all the other ones to good use!

3) i'll try to simplify the recording process. for songs tagged #daw, i used a computer for multi-tracking, but #zoom means i used a digital 6-track, and #fourtrack means i used a cassette 4-track!


check out my bandmates: @deliciouspastries!
check out my former bandmates: @briansmith, @wynia!

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  • @tunecat 12 hours

    Hey there. I've just sent some ideas re creating harmonies from guitar parts. I've come to your page from that. But firstly thanks for setting up FAWM - its been incredibly powerful for me and really helped me develop, come out of my closet, get confidence, and feel connected.
    On another note, if you ever want guinea pigs for Duolingua that's my other field - I'm v interested in adult language learning.

  • @gslade 2 days

    I finally got around to Duolingoing. I finished the Spanish course. It was fun. Adios!

  • @klaus 3 days

    Hi Burr. Thanks for comments on Body and Ghost. A comment from you feels somehow special, you know, the Boss of FAWM likes MY song! πŸ˜€

  • @mikeskliar  3 days

    so a bunch of us as a skirmish are writing burr birthday songs!
    here's mine http://fawm.org/songs/83428/

    (oh and thanks for commenting on that 'jesus, simon and garfunkel' collab song- ain't swg da best!) hope all is well, happy bday!

  • @stuartbenbow  4 days

    Hi, thanks for checking out Can't Help Yourself. Glad you liked it. I hadn't made the connection between the percussive guitar sound and Genesis, but yeah, it kinda does. Cool. πŸ˜€

  • @guatecoop  5 days

    Hey! I'm going to work on tape 12 tonight. I do think that I will do drums on it and hopefully send it out tomorrow. It's sounding cool so far.

  • @cts  6 days

    Got it and dropped it off at The Post yesterday. I'm hoping to have more success than I did getting #7 to Elesimo 😞

  • @ayehahmur  6 days

    Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment. Much appreciated.

  • @standup  6 days

    Hi Burr, thanks for stopping by. The basement flood took out a few $29 Ikea rugs, some basement junk, nothing too dear. All studio gear survived except a subwoofer I got used off craigslist years ago, it was actually in the water on the floor. Could have been far, far worse!

  • @cts  1 week

    Hey guy - can I get an address from you?

  • @xfloorpunchx 1 week

    Glad you liked our violent song 😁 Thanks for the comment ! Merci pour la visite !

  • @mmmmarcus  1 week

    Thank you very much for the nice comments on my collab with Colleen! Glad you liked the track, and that my production ideas translated well. Got a great vibe off of her ideas.

  • @fonte  1 week

    Hey Burr thanks for the thoughtful comment on 'Stay' - I've always preferred to jam stuff out but it can be hard to get that 'feel' on your own so really appreciate that comment! I see that you run this town so can I just say THANKS! I am new here and have just been blown away by the crazy talent and creativity and positivity here, it's really great.

  • @whispermouse  1 week

    Thanks for the comment on "Winter River!" Lemme know if you ever need a volunteer backend dev for FAWM - happy to pass on my credentials out of band.

  • @alyxanderjames  1 week

    Thanks so much for the comment on Comfortable Disconnect. And thank you for creating this incredible space for experimentation!

  • @karlsburg25  1 week

    Cheers for your comments Burr. I assumed let it be could be used, and even though i am a rather large Beatles fan, i thought i'd better stick to occasionally borrowing their music rather than their actual titles πŸ˜‰

  • @spiderhound1  2 weeks

    Thank you so much for making FAWM a reality! This is my 3rd year and February has become an incredibly productive month for me.

  • @ericdistad  2 weeks

    #15 here we come! πŸ˜€

  • @mikegtz  2 weeks

    Hello again, Burr. I added the Sunbabe song from Delicious Pastries to the FAWM Spotify playlist I'm doing. Have a great month!

  • @roy  4 weeks

    Glad to see you back, Burr, thank you so much for keeping this thing running all these many years. Looking forward to whatever you cook up!

  • @max  4 weeks


  • @andygetch  4 weeks

    Hi Burr!

  • @cairobraga 5 weeks

    came here to thank you for doing/making TWO of the most amazing web-things in my life. hope you have a great FAWM, Mr. Settles! thanks, obrigada, gracias, grΓ cies, merci, tack!

  • @stuartbenbow  5 weeks

    Welcome back, and thank you!

  • @writeandwrong  5 weeks

    Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018! Can't imagine it will be anything short of awesome! Thanks so much for all you do to make this happen every February! Much gratitude!

  • @adforperu  5 weeks

    Annual e-handshake for you sir

  • @seanbrennan  5 weeks

    Don't call it a comeback, he was never gone! Looking forward to seeing the fruits of your pared-down 2018 plans, O Captain My Captain! Humble suggestion, in your Influences, change "youze" to "yinz?" 😁