Influences: The Beatles, Carter Family, Brian Eno, Syd Barrett, The Louvin Brothers, Neil Young, Groucho Marx, Captain Beefheart, Buck Owens, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Memphis Jug Band, Frank Zappa, Robert Wyatt, CAN, plus whoever else I can rip off without anyone noticing.
I live out in the woods of Southern Ontario with two dogs and a couple of chickens, but I am preparing to move at the end of March, so I'll have to fit in songwriting between frenzied bouts of packing.
Some of my songs will be written and played on the ukulele, either acoustic or electric, as well as the Melodica. I'll try to work in some kazoo and maybe some harmonica.
Some songs will probably attempt humour.
Some songs will be experimental effects-heavy weirdo noise, as well. I've really been getting in to the experimental sound manipulation thing lately.
This is my seventh FAWM. Gosh, time flies.
If you care, here's my 50/90 output from this past summer;
And finally, two great quotations that express my attitude toward FAWM and 50/90;
“If a song can’t be written in 20 minutes, it ain’t worth writing.” - Hank Williams
"Earlier eras of pop music were characterized not by the search for perfection but by bizarre enthusiams, small budgets, erratic technique, crummy equipment and wild abandon." - Brian Eno
|#4||She May Be Crying (But She May Be Loving It) @adnama17||
|#6||They Did Sight Stimulation On My Brain @roysmith||
|#7||Transmission From Inside A Dog Skull||
|#9||Unwind A Little Bit||
|#10||Requiem For A Superhero @paulh1237||
50/90 with bells on!!
Yeah man, I really wish this month was a little less busy so we could've collaborated! We'll have a killer 50/90 though, I can feel it!
Thank you so much for making and playing and listening <3
Fuzzy! Thanks for the support! I really needed that, it was a struggle this year. See you at 50/90, I'm already looking forward to it! Good luck with the move, don't forget to bring your animal farm with you 😀
Thanks for being supportive throughout Fawm. Means a lot to me. And thanks (again) for sharing your songs, they cannot be missed, not by me at least.
thank you fuzzy! i have no plans to do 50/90 yet but who knows ....
i hope your move goes well.. i wonder where you are going? is it somewhere weird! 😀
Thanks man! I've not done 50/90 yet, but we'll see! I'll be returning to Australia in a few months so might be a but otherwise busy.
Thanks for noticing. My unfortuante late-FAWM kidney stone attack meant that, while I did succeed in 15 songs total, I only finished 6 of the 9 projected Cell Phone Tower songs, so yes, the boy is still stranded in the woods. 😞 But I *will* be finishing (and re-recording the music or vocals of some of) the album in the coming weeks. I plan to use the finished version to launch my website pre-50/90, so if you intend to participate at least a bit in that summer event -- and I hope you are! -- and you remain interested in the story, you'll be able to find a link to the whole album on my 50/90 profile page in a few momths.
(I actually think I may work on the final songs as part of the Song Skirmish Facebook group in the coming weeks / months; I hope to see you over there! Or, if you don't participate there, is there another goid place to follow your ongoing music?)
Thanks, Fuzzy for comments on Read My Hips. I appreciate it, especially when you had to move and all. 😀
Brill - am on facebook as Roy Smith ... my profile also has a microphone it it for some reason 😉 perhaps it would be good to try and put together a fbook fawm noise group, for those interested in that sort of thing
Do it, and keep in touch. Would be good to keep links with people who enjoy the more abstract side of things
Cheers for the comment...yep we're pretty lucky to have a noise jam in Rochester...guessing they're a bit of a rarity. We started it about a year ago in the back room of a local pub, who tollerate all sorts of odd sound and wierd sonics, from homemade synths, adapted and created instruments to extremely effected guitar and vocals. Its a lot of fun...more can be heard and founds at https://www.facebook.com/theminimus/
That is also fine. I care not those things!
Hey, go for it! I look forward to hearing it!
Tiki Bar was for my brother, whose main hobby involves his basement tiki bar. 😀
Yeah, I thought of your music when I was making the experimental melodica stuff. Also, you should still definitely write your Uncanny Valley song. I would like to heart it!
Thanks so much for the comment on my drum song. (I love titling instrumentals.)
My first half-dozen FAWMs I had to experiment to get to 14. My first year I did 4 versions of the same 2-minute instrumental, on different instruments in different keys, but still, same song 4 times.
Since I started performing a lot I've focused on writing for performing and as a result I've stopped doing the wild stuff that comes into my head. This is my year, all year long, to stretch and play and write 10 songs for every 1 I mean to keep.
Just an acoustic with a pickup. I haven't found a true electric I enjoy playing (haven't looked too hard i guess)
Thx for comments on Lunar Soil. We must hope the aliens never show up. 😀
Thanks Fuzzy, I'm glad you like my music!
Thanks again, Fuzzy. Your comments sure are motivating to finish the album I'm working on. I will let you know of course when it's there!
I'm sorry that there are no lyrics there, but then again @jamkar didn't leave me with any either...
The full piece of mine is very nearly done, and will be going to @headfirstonly very soon - just the vocal to add, unless I decide to leave it instrumental.
Anyway, a snippet of my ending to the exhibit e exquisite corpse;
I just had a shortly listen to your songs. I like what I hear. I must hear all of it, when I have time later. Must logout now. But keep up the good work. Love what I hear from you.
Hey thanks for your comment on my collab with wobbie Tip Of The Iceberg. It was a fun write and yes we really do have a lettuce shortage here 😀
Thank you so much for your gorgeous comment! 😀
I'm glad you liked Call A Friend! 😀 Thanks for the kind words.
Congratulations on hitting Century Club! 😀
Why didn't I think of doing that? 😀 I think I know my listening playlist for tonight...
I remember listening to your swell Zombie Trouble tune last week (and just listened again), and it does have a very similar (and fun!) off-kilter sensibility. I think we need to scour this year's songs for more Zombie tunes for a Zombie FAWM 2017 album. 😀
Thanks again for your encouraging comment, on my latest this time. Seriously, I'm glad you like what I do, keeps me creating.
The two things I naturally end up doing when I play with brass samples are fanfares and horn stabs. Sometimes you just have to run with the first thing that comes up. A fanfare for fantasy royalty? I think I like that ...
Hey there Fuzzy, thanks for checking out my stuff! Appreciate your comments. And yes, Eno is influential for sure!
I look forward to the King Leopoldo hamster/blizzard song.
Thanks for comments on Do You Wanna Rock (Live!). Six entries already! And some intriguing titles you got. 😀
Hah! Thanks for listening and commenting! I meant no harm to any actual instruments.
What happens if you go down *another* octave..?
Cheers, love it
Hey, well, you did tag it sexual-assault. I think I saw that movie a long time ago, but don't remember that piece of dialog. Your song was cool, but slightly disturbing, so I would say "effective". The cavalier attitude of that guy. Dang.
Thanks! The kazoo sound is actually my electro-harmonix synthesizer app set on "Telstar"
Love that app.
Go for it, post when your ready. And thanks for the tip
Thanks for commenting on my one chord song. I know - I have to break out of my sadness funk! I'm going to listen to your Stinkin' Thinkin' song again. 😀
Thanks for commenting on my woodwind piece. I always enjoy your melodica tracks and see that you already have a couple. I'll be back to check them out shortly.
Hey! Have a very productive and wonderful FAWM 😀
I forgot to tell you thanks, Fuzz. Thanks!
Yeah Fracture is definitely in my top 10 Crim tracks. One day I'll master it, one day!!
Hey, Fuzzy! Thanks for listening. I *might* weave in one more part, not so much a lead vocal with a ton of words, but a lower-register voice with a longer arc that would slip into some gaps with a few words. Maybe. I don't have any idea what the words would be saying yet. Probably smarter to just keep moving, eh?
Oh, thanks! I've realized this code is rather shaky at times... 😁
Thanks man! I usually try and do something relatively standard for me when I start FAWM, and that 99% of the time means I do a Crimsony influenced tune.
Can, King Crimson & Groucho Marx as influences. So, follow I must.
That makes one of us! 😀
HI FUZZY! Are you ready?!
And the link that you provided to the Help / FAQ is perfect! Just what I was looking for. Thanks again! 😀
Hi Fuzzy, Thanks for your welcome message and explaining a bit about how it works here. I like the quotes you have at the end of your bio. 😀
"Songs to Move Chickens By"?
Can't wait to see what actually happens!
Hi Fuzzy. Hope you have time to do some Fawming in the midst of your move. 😀
Hey Fuzzy, glad you're here this fawm too. Likewise, man!
Thank you, Fuzzy!
Hello Fuzzy, I am only here as an observer,
checking for kazoo safety & correct microphone height etc.
How are you? and you're moving house? Leaving the woods for the town?
Such a shame nothing came of the Psychedelic Cat Project. I was looking forward to working with you, it would have been good.
I will check back when the weird noises beckon!
Thanks, Fuzzy - glad you liked it!
Looking forward to your explorations as always.
See You In The Shadows…
How's it goin', eh, Fuzzy? You bet I'm participating this year. I hope you are, too - because you're an integral part of my FAWM experience at this point! I dunno how many tunes I'll have time to to do, however. Last year, I did only one. But this year, we'll see if I can kick my family out of the house and get some "me" time! hehe
I have been told about your psychedelic graveyard pics & tho I was a bit shocked at first ,I then thought thats actually a nice little hobby for him & totally what I would expect
I do hope you will be playing a few gravestones for us this year !
Let the annoying noises commence! 😀
Hello again Fuzzy
May the FAWM be with you
Hi Fuzzy, hope we can manage to do a collab.
Your the man...
Looking forward to all you put out..
I truly look forward to hearing what you got.
You're back! Happy FAWMing!
Hi, Fuzzy!!! That's the plan. Can't wait to hear your stuff this year!
FUZZZZZZYYYYY!! yes we must!
Yo Fuzzy, let's make some noise! (By which I mean organized sounds causing a pleasing sensation when audited by humans!) 😀
Thanks for the message! And I'm delighted to see you're around again as well. Looking forward to hearing what you come up with!
Yeah! I'll be a bit busy but hope to get some good stuff down.
Thanks Fuzzy - looking forwards to hearing your new musical stylings, too!