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 be....at 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!
|#1||America Calling....We are So sorry.||
|#2||The Universal Hope||
|#3||Step Up and Speak Out||
|#5||You Are Pretending With Your Mouth||
|#6||Can You, Will You?||
|#7||The New Truth||
|#8||Set Your Own Course @slawbleu||
|#9||The Jumping Off Point||
|#10||Chasing Reflections @theresaj||
|#11||Fade Into Light @kovbleu||
|#12||C Wahine @w1n||
|#13||The Discomfort of Growth @zecoop||
|#14||Seven Year Itch @w1n||
|#15||Kiss You Now (collab with @toms and @zecoop)||
|#16||The Fork in the Road @stephenwordsmith||
|#17||Infinite Game (with zecoop, too) @kovbleu||
|#18||The Universal Hope (with susyblue) @degausser||
|#19||She Never Needed (with @slawbleu @aerlyn||
Thanks for your kind comments on Where the Rubber Meets the Road.
Thanks for your comments! Yeah, I really enjoyed this month. Looking forward for the next FAWM 😀
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!
Hi Rob, thanks so much! Was fun and glad to be a part of it, thank-you for the lovely track!!
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!
Updated the Seven Year Itch now
Hi Rob, sorry for not too much communication regarding The Universal Hope. Hope you like it and thanks again for inspiring me! 😀
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.
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.
Oh, on you are not welcome here... it is just layered keyboards.. are you using apple?
Now we need to write 7 more and hit up a real studio for a weekend. 😀
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.
Now you know why I wanted the bpm! LOL. Thanks for giving me such a rockin' piece to follow up on! Cheers 😀
You're so close, you can power through! I'm enjoying what I've heard so far and looking forward to more listening.
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.
Hi.... thank you so much for your comment on my song "I need a break.." it really warmed my heart.
Do you remember roughly what your tempo was (bpm wise) for your corpse slice? (I can manually calculate but feeling lazy...)
Thanks so much for the kind words!
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"...
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
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!
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!
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.
Sent you a mail with a song now.
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!
Cool I'll send it to you tomorrow.
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.
Thank you!! I am sure we will talk of these things at some point..
I've been toying with some ideas for "self-made outcome".... nothing solid enough to send you yet, but I am working on it! 😀
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 😀
Envy that patience, I prefer just writing and recording songs and not thinking to much about how and why gear works
My drummer friend is quite handy at electronics and soldering, he has made lots outboard stuff from kits and schematic.
Thanks so much for all the encouraging comments! I've listened to the Softies a bit--lovely music, "Just A Day" is so good.
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.
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!
Thanks for the wonderful comments.. the vocalist (moi) should be taken out the back and shot.. but thank you just the same.
Thanks for the wonderful comments.. the vocalist (moi) should be taken out the back and shot.. but thank you just the same.
Aww. Thank you loads! 😊
And you are also so kind. Thanks so much for your lengthy thoughts on "Right Hand"! 😀
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.
You are very welcome! I loved listening to your tracks. It brightened up my evening. 😊
Thanks for commenting on the final octet. It's been an interesting experiment and a worthwhile learning exercise.
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).
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!
Thanks for the kind words about I've Got to Move On, my collaboration with rbmarty000. Made my day!
Cool! Looking forward to it.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks for the generous comment. Glad you liked the music.
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 😀
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! 😀
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkmou...
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-
Just say when! 😀
Thanks for listening and commenting! I had fun with the instrumental and I'll do more this month. Happy FAWM!
Thanks so much for your kind comments. 😊
True.. with any chord progression you will get a bundle of melodies.
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. 😀
Thanks for listening to my song "Underneath The Tree", I appreciate it.
But there must be some melody weaving its way through your mind as you play the chord progressions.. no?
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. 😀
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?!
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!
Hello!, thank you for the feedback comment, -- it is very much appreciated! 😀
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.
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.
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!
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.
Hey! Have sent you an email 😀
Identity sapper, yes!--You hit the nail on the head with that one! Thanks for the comments.
Thanks for the comments! I'd love to do a song with some real drums instead of my drum machine, sure! Funk, rock, anything.
Shoot, thanks! I kinda really like how that one turned out too! I think we should play it as a band!! 😀
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?
I am well. I have moments, like all of us do. Thank you
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.
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?
Hey Guatecoop thank you for the comment on the song. I mainly write lyrics but my favorite sound is Rock and Country.
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.)?
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!
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.
Thanks so much. Glad you liked it.
Drums are the single hardest instrument to record. Any requests as to style you'd like to do?
Yes, yes, please, I need your excellent drumming! 😀 (thanks for the nice comment, also!)
Aww. Thank you so much for the kind words! 😀
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.
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.
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!
You are so very kind, thank you. 😊
Thanks for listening and the encouragement...much appreciated...best wishes for a productive month 😀
Have a wonderful FAWM and please feel free to take and run with any lyrics of mine if you find any you like.
Oh, yeah, I like your rock stuff! 😀
Well hello there! 😀
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.
Hi! Thanks for stopping by. Look forward to hearing your music. Happy FAWMing!
Thanks for the warm welcome to FAWM!