complexissimple 17


Northern California USA   Feb 2013

Artist Bio

Influences:   Folk, filk, nerdcore, choral music, epics, musical theatre, barbershop, Celtic music.

2018: I'm thinking barbershop. Lots and lots of barbershop.

2017: Due to my grandfather's funeral, I was too busy to even think about starting for most of the first week of FAWM.

I thought I was going to do some instrumentals this year, but instead I think I've posted more a capella songs than ever before. Of course, I've never been able to participate in this much of a SuperSkirmish before. If I get my song count up high enough with skirmish songs now, maybe I'll have time for those instrumentals after all?

2016: I somehow didn't make the connection until well into the month of February, after finding myself doing a lot of songwriting, that this is when FAWM happens. So I'm starting late but at least I've got a head start on it? lol

I gave myself permission to write very short songs, thinking it would help me catch up. These short songs quickly took over my entire FAWM. I wrote 10 superhero themes and 10 songs forming a mini-musical. By the end, instead of fulfilling the leap-FAWM challenge by writing 14 and a half songs in 29 days, I wrote 28 half-songs and in half the time.

I got some actual recording equipment for Christmas, so hopefully what you hear from me this year will be a little higher quality.


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  • @rustyp  Mar 4

    You're welcome. I TOTALLY understand.
    HMMM, I don't know why I messaged you. 😀 I was pretty careful to only message people who were from cities down here, unless I wasn't sure where the city was. But your profile clearly says "northern" California. 😀

  • @rustyp  Mar 1

    Hi, I'd like to invite you to the Southern California after FAWM event. Here's a link to the info in the forums.

  • @skipper Feb 14

    No, the trucks are made with plastic canvas. Each truck is my own design. I don't do many trucks anymore but I sell the designs and step by step instructions. Glad you liked them.

  • @davidbreslin101  Feb 12

    Thanks for your comments on "Harpoon's Song"- glad it struck a chord with a fellow devotee of strange fiction! If you're thinking of covering it- I generally go with "fine, but but try not to make a ton of money off it without cutting me in." (Strangely, that situation has never come up...) Good luck!

  • @yam655 Feb 12

    It _should_ be possible to fix the audio when you record, yeah. What are you using to record the audio? We know what is happening. We even have a good idea of where it is happening. How to prevent it just depends upon that one minor detail. Laptop with internal mic? Digital handy microphone? (I'm quite happy with my Zoom H1. Affordable and versatile.)

  • @yam655 Feb 12

    Where that option wouldn't work would be if Audacity shows the track as "Stereo", but one of the waveforms has audio on it and the other only contains silence. This is also easily fixable in Audacity, but a bit more work. The drop-down near the name of the track has a "Split Stereo Track" option. Then you could easily delete the silent track and everything should be good.

  • @yam655 Feb 12

    If you already use Audacity in your workflow, then it is totally fixable.

    First, Audacity recently had an update. They're up to 2.2.1. I fully embrace not rocking the boat during FAWM, but -- particularly if you're using a 1.x version -- you should think about upgrading in March. It's still free, so there's no reason not to.

    I think the problem is simply that you have a mono source and you're saving it as a mono MP3. This clearly makes sense, but it is also so frequently broken that modern versions of Audacity call it "Force export to mono". They clearly want to scare people away from that option.

    I think you just want a "Channel Mode" of "Joint Stereo" when you export to MP3 and things will simply work.

    But, if you're hosting using SoundCloud, it may be even easier. Instead of exporting as MP3, export as FLAC, WAV or OGG. Changing the format may cause the problem to disappear with very little effort on your part. (FLAC and WAV are much bigger than MP3 or OGG.)

  • @oaksnprairie  Feb 2

    Glad you enjoyed the song. Now I feel like everything I write on FAWM must be perfect.

  • @silvermediapro  Jan 31

    oh heh, no worries @chasingandromeda; i found it; 😝

    @complexissimple you've got a pretty good voice (albeit, panned left on each of the recordings you sent, but i could center-pan anything ya send me). i'll be sure to send some charts your way after i can start arranging them entering february; glad to have ya onboard. 😀

  • @chasingandromeda  Jan 31

    Actually, it was silvermediapro that asked.

  • @silvermediapro  Jan 28

    hey, thanks for posting on my forum thread; glad to have you on board! would you happen to have any examples of your vocal work that i could go off of for a reference? your profile doesn't have any links & i was kinda hoping to get a scope for what range i'm writing for.

    thanks again!

  • @cairobraga Jan 27

    my body is very ready for your Barbershop tunes, honeeeey! have an awesome FAWM!

  • @kahlo2013  Jan 26

    Barbershop! Brilliant! Oh Happy FAWMing!

  • @metalfoot  Jan 2018

    Great to see you back for another round at FAWM! Cheers!