guatecoop 19


Lorain USA   Feb 2012  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Anything that sounds good to my ears or that I can't get out of my head.

Please feel free to critique! It helps me to learn.
I play what sounds good to me. FAWM is fun because I have complete control, for better or for worse. My goals this year are to improve on my mic choice and placement, mixing/eq-ing, and hopefully encourage as many of the people around me to be a part of FAWM to any degree, including my wife and son, if possible. I also would enjoy collaborating again with my brother, Zecoop (thank you for getting me into this), as well as others who are interested. Writing another children's song with my son is another goal.
I truly admire the creativity in others and am energized when I am fortunate to have a spark myself, too.
Everything that I record is with microphones into Reaper using a Tascam 1641, as I want to learn and practice these skills. I am planning to do the same this year, but hopefully better...let me know how I can improve. I will be using some new (to me, but some are older than me) mic preamps and mics, so hopefully the sounds will reflect those additions. Advice is encouraged.
I DO NOT have any preconceived notions of what the vocals should or could all. So, if you have ideas for vocals on any of my songs, please feel free to do so. I don't write lyrics, but generally try to write songs that welcome vocals.
Best wishes to you!

Songs (19)

#1 America Calling....We are So sorry. 31
Feb 2
#2 The Universal Hope 27
Feb 3
#3 Step Up and Speak Out 17
Feb 4
#4 Self-Made Outcome 19
Feb 7
#5 You Are Pretending With Your Mouth 22
Feb 7
#6 Can You, Will You? 22
Feb 12
#7 The New Truth 13
Feb 16
#8 Set Your Own Course @slawbleu  13
Feb 17
#9 The Jumping Off Point 7
Feb 18
#10 Chasing Reflections @theresaj 18
Feb 22
#11 Fade Into Light @kovbleu  11
Feb 23
#12 C Wahine @w1n 12
Feb 23
#13 The Discomfort of Growth @zecoop  16
Feb 26
#14 Seven Year Itch @w1n 10
Feb 27
#15 Kiss You Now (collab with @toms and @zecoop) 2
Feb 28
#16 The Fork in the Road @stephenwordsmith 9
Feb 28
#17 Infinite Game (with zecoop, too) @kovbleu  13
Feb 28
#18 The Universal Hope (with susyblue) @degausser  15
Feb 28
#19 She Never Needed (with @slawbleu @aerlyn 4
Feb 28


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  • @matthew62  Mar 14

    Thanks for your kind comments on Where the Rubber Meets the Road.

  • @nicetrip  Mar 3

    Thanks for your comments! Yeah, I really enjoyed this month. Looking forward for the next FAWM 😀

  • @theresaj Mar 2

    That was probably one of the most fun songs I have ever worked on. It's still amazing to me how your music fit perfectly to my existing lyrics, both in layout and even the vibe. I hope we can collab again! Thank you for your kind words! It was killing me knowing your amazing music was sitting there and I could not sing! So glad it worked out!

  • @susyblue  Mar 2

    Hi Rob, thanks so much! Was fun and glad to be a part of it, thank-you for the lovely track!!

  • @axl Mar 1

    Thank you so much for your great support. This year FAWM wasn't easy for me and your comments were much of what kept me going. Thanks a lot! Maybe next year I'll ask you for a collab (I'm usually a bit shy about these things). Have a great year!

  • @w1n Mar 1

    Updated the Seven Year Itch now

  • @degausser  Mar 1

    Hi Rob, sorry for not too much communication regarding The Universal Hope. Hope you like it and thanks again for inspiring me! 😀

  • @haim  Feb 28

    Hi... Thanks a lot on your persistent lovely comments on my songs, That is really making me happy. I'm happy you enjoy my songs.

  • @hazeyjohnii  Feb 28

    Thank you so much for your comment on Photographs - I'm very pleased you heard something in it. I think I had a reaction against because the subject matter was so raw. I felt a responsibility to handle it as well as possible and didn't feel I quite lived up to it. Also, as with a few of the bleaker ones this year, it depressed me to write it, so when I posted it I was pretty down! But I will listen again in a few weeks. Thanks for all your comments on my songs this year - you have been so encouraging and I really appreciate it. Comments like yours kept me going through the second half. And listening to your excellent tracks has been inspiring. Best wishes to you.

  • @riverbear14 Feb 28

    Oh, on you are not welcome here... it is just layered keyboards.. are you using apple?

  • @toms  Feb 28

    Now we need to write 7 more and hit up a real studio for a weekend. 😀

  • @atitlan Feb 27

    Thanks for commenting on my track 'Human' - it's always nice to get a comment this late in FAWM when everyone's in a mad rush to finish.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 27

    Now you know why I wanted the bpm! LOL. Thanks for giving me such a rockin' piece to follow up on! Cheers 😀

  • @johncrossman  Feb 27

    You're so close, you can power through! I'm enjoying what I've heard so far and looking forward to more listening.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 27

    Thanks for your kind words re: Northern Lights. I am so happy with how that song came together. A real treat to work with zecoop.

  • @haim  Feb 26

    Hi.... thank you so much for your comment on my song "I need a break.." it really warmed my heart.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 26

    Do you remember roughly what your tempo was (bpm wise) for your corpse slice? (I can manually calculate but feeling lazy...)

  • @faceofeinstein  Feb 26

    Thanks so much for the kind words!

  • @heuristicsinc  Feb 24

    Hey, guatecoop, I'm wondering how you would feel if I wanted to release a FAWM compilation CD of my songs and include the one I used your drums on, last year's "Door Jam"...

  • @degausser  Feb 23

    Great, thanks - I think I'm ready to attempt to record something! 😀 The WAV file would be better please as I need to import it into cubase and I seem to remember having trouble with doing this with MP3s.

  • @degausser  Feb 23

    Hey dude, I don't think you've got The universal hope set to download on soundcloud. Any chance of doing that or e-mailing me the WAV to Thanks!

  • @aerlyn Feb 23

    Hmmm... I sent you an email titled FAWM Random Collab: Lyrics. Let me know what you think, even if it might not count for the Random Collab Challenge!

  • @theresaj Feb 23

    Thank you so much for your kind words on Chasing Reflections. I was so surprised with how your song and my lyrics fit perfectly. I literally changed nothing except doubling the pre-chorus lines! It was a privilege to work with your music!

  • @aerlyn Feb 22

    Hey, do you think a 3-way collab counts for the random collab challenge? I sent you some lyrics, but I'm hesitant since there's no three collaborator option here on FAWM.

  • @w1n Feb 20

    Sent you a mail with a song now.

  • @mosley  Feb 20

    Hey! I've collaborated with your brother for the past couple years and he pointed out that you're a fellow FAWMer that i might dig, glad he steered me over to your stuff, I'm into it!

  • @w1n Feb 20

    Cool I'll send it to you tomorrow.

  • @w1n Feb 20

    Hi Rob would you be up for a collab? I have a song that would sound cool with some human drumming and probably some more guitar stuff too.

  • @riverbear14 Feb 18

    Thank you!! I am sure we will talk of these things at some point..

  • @kovbleu  Feb 18

    I've been toying with some ideas for "self-made outcome".... nothing solid enough to send you yet, but I am working on it! 😀

  • @owl  Feb 17

    I don't really know what the Dropkick Murphys sound like, to be honest, i have a vague idea that they sound like the Pogues? So it's pretty unlikely I would have been the one to comment that in any case 😀

  • @w1n Feb 16

    Envy that patience, I prefer just writing and recording songs and not thinking to much about how and why gear works

  • @w1n Feb 16

    My drummer friend is quite handy at electronics and soldering, he has made lots outboard stuff from kits and schematic.

  • @owl  Feb 14

    Thanks so much for all the encouraging comments! I've listened to the Softies a bit--lovely music, "Just A Day" is so good.

  • @theresaj Feb 13

    I had cervical spinal fusion (thanks to two severely herniated discs) so my voice should come back though there is a small chance it may have been damaged.

  • @theresaj Feb 13

    I don't know when I will sing again. They had to move my vocal chords aside to do the surgery and my voice is extremely weak. I'm resting it as much as I can now to avoid any permanent damage. I'll let you know if I'm up to it soon! Would love to collab with you!

  • @rbmarty000 Feb 13

    Thanks for the wonderful comments.. the vocalist (moi) should be taken out the back and shot.. but thank you just the same.

  • @rbmarty000 Feb 13

    Thanks for the wonderful comments.. the vocalist (moi) should be taken out the back and shot.. but thank you just the same.

  • @dragondreams  Feb 13

    Aww. Thank you loads! 😊

  • @odilongreen  Feb 13

    And you are also so kind. Thanks so much for your lengthy thoughts on "Right Hand"! 😀

  • @yam655  Feb 12

    Congratulations on hitting Century Club! 😀

    I haven't always been the best FAWMer. I think my second year I wound up scratching my tonsils with my toes with great precision. Of course, when someone told me I was being an ass, I was like, "Oh crap. I am. I should have remembered Wheaton's Law." And that was how I did my first collaboration (with Steven Wesley Guiles, who took my crapcapella tune and turned it in to a thing of beauty).

    But, yeah. I was apparently commenting on his song _while_ he was complaining... which is just comical timing, really. He'll either figure out how things work here, or he'll move on.

  • @dragondreams  Feb 12

    You are very welcome! I loved listening to your tracks. It brightened up my evening. 😊

  • @atitlan Feb 12

    Thanks for commenting on the final octet. It's been an interesting experiment and a worthwhile learning exercise.

  • @yarimurray  Feb 12

    That is a reel to reel in my profile picture.. A TEAC A-3440. It's a 4-track and one of the first machines I ever recorded with. At that time I borrowed it from a friend. Eventually he got tired of keeping it up and gave it to me after I transferred some of his tapes to CD. It is fun to play with, although it is much easier to record with a DAW (especially the editing and mixing).

  • @kovbleu  Feb 11

    Thank you. That acoustic just sounds so good, so luckily, I didn't have to work too hard micing. I hope you are feeling better! Evan too!

  • @crisp1  Feb 11

    Thanks for the kind words about I've Got to Move On, my collaboration with rbmarty000. Made my day!

  • @yarimurray  Feb 11

    Cool! Looking forward to it.

  • @yarimurray  Feb 11

    Burning the midnight oil I see. I'm listening tonight after spending all day packing and getting ready to move next week. I've been inspired by all I've heard and I've been able to get a few things started (I even recorded a drum circle at work that I hope yo use somehow). I certainly would like to collaborate later in the month once I get settled. I do not have to work right away after I move so I hope to catch up and finish strong. I'm really enjoying your stuff and your recording and mixing skills continue to develop nicely.

  • @yarimurray  Feb 11

    Nice to hear from you. I'm getting a slow start this year due to moving but I'm planning on coming on strong the last half of the month. I'm really enjoying listening to your stuff when I get a chance. Hopefully we can collaborate again this year.

  • @robs  Feb 10

    Exquisite Corpse: Marv will sent you the lyrics, and I will sent you the last 10 seconds (approximately) of what I have recorded. Then you record a bit of music, 1 minute long more or less, using my 10 seconds as a starting point, and using the lyrics Marv has sent to you. When you're finished you sent your last 10 seconds to the one who is next in line, and you sent your whole recording to Marv, he will stitch everyone's contributions together in the end. Piece of cake! I like it because it is short, and you don't have to think much about verses and chorusses, just compose and record some music to the lyrics.

  • @boyatheart  Feb 10

    Thanks for the generous comment. Glad you liked the music.

  • @degausser  Feb 10

    Thank so much for your continued comments. Looks like I have some catching up to do over here! As a matter of fact, I woke up this morning thinking about that. I haven't mentioned anything to her though o she has no idea apart from the fact we keep throwing her name about! I'll download it this morning and have a go at melody/lyrics over the weekend 😀

  • @kovbleu  Feb 10

    Thanks Rob!! I just replaced the new song with another version...bumped up the music track just a hair. So glad you liked it though!! That chorus was giving me all sorts of fits, but glad I finally got something to work out! 😀

  • @nicetrip  Feb 9

    In Reaper go to Preferences > Audio > Device and try to change 'Request block size' value. The higher the value, the greater the delay between processing of the sound by your computer and the actual sound you hear from speakers. But it keeps using of CPU on comparingly low level. It's useful on mixing stage. For recording your aim is to set this value as minimal as possible until you start hear clicks, dropouts and other sound artefacts. On my MacBook Pro 2012 this value is 128 (in Ableton Live), that leads to about 10 ms delay which is practically unnoticeable. Another thing you should pay attention to is that some plugins can add delay to the whole tract, especially those that work with dynamics and have 'lookahead' option. So, it's better to not use unnecessary plugins on the stage of recording.
    Hopefully, this will help. Feel free to ask additional questions 😀
    Maybe you will also find this video helpful:

  • @mikeskliar  Feb 9

    thanks for the reply. Actually, without a melody holding it all together, its very hard for me (and i suspect any other singers) to write lyrics to a set of chord changes or a sketch such as what you've done. Don't denigrate your melodic skills- you should think about sketching out at least a vocal melody for a vocalist to work with. they can always change it slightly later, but at least its a start. You're so good at the rest of it that i'd want to hear what the vocal melody you have in your head is, if that makes any sense-

  • @slawbleu  Feb 9

    Just say when! 😀

  • @spunky4455 Feb 8

    Thanks for listening and commenting! I had fun with the instrumental and I'll do more this month. Happy FAWM!

  • @piney  Feb 8

    Thanks so much for your kind comments. 😊

  • @rbmarty000 Feb 8

    True.. with any chord progression you will get a bundle of melodies.

  • @cblack  Feb 8

    Thanks for the advice! I'm currently planning (in my head, at least) a very simple goth-rock song, purely because A) love me some goth, but B) I really need to go back to basics, I think, if I'm going to learn how to put together the more complex songs. So yeah - going to put together a nice simple drum beat, change it up ever so slightly for the chorus, and then go from there with the other instruments - 1 section at a time. 😀

  • @tamsnumber4  Feb 7

    Thanks for listening to my song "Underneath The Tree", I appreciate it.

  • @rbmarty000 Feb 7

    But there must be some melody weaving its way through your mind as you play the chord progressions.. no?

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 7

    Thanks for taking the time to listen to 'What if you died today? I'm glad you appreciated the rhythmic flow. I worked hard on it and it still not quite right. I'll have a listen while I'm here. 😀

  • @kovbleu  Feb 7

    Hey, I never answered your question from my very first song. That "electronicy" sound was some little effect from the Akai Miniak. Have you gotten yours set up yet?? There's a lot of fun sounds on there. It's inspired me a lot. 😀 I just wanted something to break it up from being another "acoustic guitar track" - ya know?!

  • @standup  Feb 7

    Thanks for listening toDiscomfort Zone. I appreciate it! And you're right, It wasn't my erratic playing! It was a complex time signature! Thanks!

  • @ustaknow Feb 7

    Hello!, thank you for the feedback comment, -- it is very much appreciated! 😀

  • @zecoop  Feb 7

    Yea I will have to redo the drumming in with a start but I like it. I got too busy and forgot to put some stops in to let the bass shine. I'll get there.

  • @cblack  Feb 7

    Yeah, that's fair enough. I'm kind of jealous, really. I'd love to be able to knock out a gothic song this month (not counting dark electro, which I've already been working on), but I can't seem to hear it in my head, let alone play it out loud.

    So yeah... I mean, I understand the whole "follow your muse" thing - that's what I've been doing - but it seems like if I had your impulses, I could finally wrap my head around a genre that I love. Not saying you *should* try for a goth track. Not sure what I'm saying at this point, to be honest... 😝

    Too long, didn't read: I'm jealous, but I understand your stance.

  • @cblack  Feb 7

    Hey, if melancholy and mixed emotions come into most of your songs, have you considered going all the way and doing a goth-rock track? I'd love to hear something like that!

  • @rbmarty000 Feb 7

    Thanks so much for your comoments.. this is my first FAWM.ORG.. A little confused on how everything works..
    Let me know if I can help you with a collab.

  • @thelowestbitter Feb 7

    Hey! Have sent you an email 😀

  • @kc5 Feb 6

    Identity sapper, yes!--You hit the nail on the head with that one! Thanks for the comments.

  • @airbagtester  Feb 6

    Thanks for the comments! I'd love to do a song with some real drums instead of my drum machine, sure! Funk, rock, anything.

  • @kovbleu  Feb 6

    Shoot, thanks! I kinda really like how that one turned out too! I think we should play it as a band!! 😀

  • @degausser  Feb 6

    Sorry dude, I just realised that I didn't reply to you! I've been in a bit of a writing bubble this year, just doing my own thing... It's not neccessarily bad, It's just that I've not really thought about collabs. So yeah, will be a challenge for me and I can't promise anything but I'd like to give it a go. 😀 Can I just download the file on soundcloud?

  • @riverbear14 Feb 6

    I am well. I have moments, like all of us do. Thank you

  • @atitlan Feb 5

    Thanks for your comment on my woodwind piece. I always think there's a bit of similarity between layering mono synth sounds and classical composing so it was interesting to try it - the need for interwoven melody in 'classical' makes it so much harder to make it work.

  • @toms  Feb 4

    151. 😀

  • @toms  Feb 4

    Hey, I'm trying to come up with a surf song, and failing. If you have 2 minutes and 50 seconds, I wonder if you could play a drum track in the style? Just ABACAB or whatever. At about the tempo of Secret Agent Man. I think I need something like that to get some inspiration. What do you think? Bad idea?

  • @faststrings Feb 3

    Hey Guatecoop thank you for the comment on the song. I mainly write lyrics but my favorite sound is Rock and Country.

  • @aerlyn Feb 3

    I'm excited to see what comes out of this collab! I tend to write lyrics with alternative rock or pop punk in mind. However, some of the same lyrics (with a few tweaks) could fit something folksy. I'm also open to trying something new if it's the instrumental that comes first.

    I'm a lyricist, but can't sing so I'm glad to hear you (and maybe your wife?) are willing to fulfill that end of the collaboration! What's the best way to reach you (soundboard, email, etc.)?

  • @shortdan  Feb 3

    Ah thanks man! I'm a bit slow out of the starting blocks this year but I'll do my best once I get started in earnest. Miles behind on listening too!

  • @rayboneor  Feb 3

    It's funny how we think people will understand our references. I was thinking of this song when I mentioned those singers:

  • @valeriecox  Feb 3

    Thanks for commenting on my sax song. It's been forever since I played the sax, and never written an instrumental, so nice words are extra appreciated.

  • @frozenlonesome Feb 3

    Thanks so much. Glad you liked it.

  • @toms  Feb 3

    Drums are the single hardest instrument to record. Any requests as to style you'd like to do?

  • @toms  Feb 3

    Yes, yes, please, I need your excellent drumming! 😀 (thanks for the nice comment, also!)

  • @dragondreams  Feb 2

    Aww. Thank you so much for the kind words! 😀

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Feb 2

    I dunno man, that sounded like some pretty big stadium rock to me! 😁 If it's got drums and bass it's "big" production compared to the one-take acoustic tracks I'm doing this year.

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Feb 2

    The feeling is mutual! I'd love to work on a collab. I love to rock out but this year I wanted to not spend so much time working on big production, so if you do all that, that would be amazing! Haha. I've got a pallet load of ideas coming up, I'll send a couple titles your way and see if it sparks something.

  • @theresaj Feb 1

    Thank you so much for your kind comment on my sad birthday song! I really appreciate your words. I'll be checking back in to hear something from you!

  • @kovbleu  Feb 1

    tick. tock.

  • @dragondreams  Feb 1

    You are so very kind, thank you. 😊

  • @thefuneralcrasher  Feb 1

    Thanks for listening and the encouragement...much wishes for a productive month 😀

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 1

    Have a wonderful FAWM and please feel free to take and run with any lyrics of mine if you find any you like.

  • @nicetrip  Feb 1

    Oh, yeah, I like your rock stuff! 😀

  • @valeriecox  Feb 1

    Well hello there! 😀

  • @billwhite51 Feb 1

    Thank you for the warm welcome. Hope you enjoy some of my songs. I look forward to listenng to your music. Are you in North Dakota? I lived in Rapid City south Dakota in 1961 with my dad when my parents divorced and he was sent there by boeing as an engineer with the ICBM program. I loved the outlaw history there, particularly Boot Hill.

  • @scubed  Feb 1

    Hi! Thanks for stopping by. Look forward to hearing your music. Happy FAWMing!

  • @darkmantle  Feb 1

    Thanks for the warm welcome to FAWM!