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 didn't manage to reach that goal last year.
I truly admire the creativity in others and am energized when I am fortunate to have a spark myself, too. I also do appreciate collaborations and will do whatever I have time for.
Everything that I record is with a variety of microphones and mic preamps into Reaper, 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. Advice and constructive criticism is encouraged.
I DO NOT have any preconceived notions of what the vocals should or could be....at all. I don't write words. I try to focus on the music. 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 give singers a great opportunity to do what they do best.
Best wishes to you!
I did a preFAWM cover this year....
Check it out.
|#1||Strangers In My House||
|#2||The Next Chapter||
|#3||Subtraction By Addition||
|#4||Subtraction By Addition (Collab) @unkept||
|#5||The Next Chapter (Collab) @pinky||
|#7||Strangers in my house (now with singing) @helenseviltwin||
|#8||Hammering In A Screw||
|#9||New Set Of Tires||
|#10||The Weight of Perception||
|#11||Two Town Shuffle @zecoop||
|#13||My Grandpa @kingofthemoose||
|#14||Little Snakes @airbagtester||
|#15||Cross The Ocean @fourtracktape||
|#17||The Negotiation @zecoop||
|#19||Glad For Garbage Day||
|#20||Floating With Sandals On @eargoggle||
|#21||Out Of The Dark @kovbleu||
|#22||Shades and Shadows @slawbleu||
Hey, fellow Ohioan! Thanks so much for the comments! You're right, the minor key is more my thing, though I try to change it up now and then. Will give some of your songs a listen for sure!
Send me an email if you could for your live broadcast
I did sing on it. I sent you a mix and you didn't post it. You said I could, but by then you had already posted one with vocals, so I thought it was not prudent for me to post it. Thx for letting me play tho! I had a blast!
Firstlyvmega congrats on such a prolific fawm and massive thankyiu for those wonderful comments . You have really captured my feelings about music making . These days I am either making music that really connects with me or I am doing it for the utter joy of being able to do it . It means so much to hear from such brilliant artists such as yourself and although delayed I can't wait to get back home to properly listen to your output . I still have the demo ideas for the song we were going to do so shall be in touch anyway outside fawm when I she worked some more on that . Then that will be two cooperiders I have worked with . Who knows maybe next year I can say I have collabed with a whole family 😉
Codicil to the addendum: the plan, when life permits, is to get 8-12 in shape for recording very quickly in a real studio. Over 2 weekends,probably. Perhaps in the fall. Interested? Probably a studio near Ann Arbor.
Addendum: altec...mmmm...oh I want.
Don't part with it!!! You'll regret it! I used the 610 for a number of years until I got the focusrite interface, which has good preamps, and also I'm lazy. It is totally awesome. Easier to use than the ampexes, obviously, because it's a full channel strip and isn't 60 years old. The Ampexes need some resistors replaced I think, they are a tad bit hissy. But they are splendid things.
Thanks for listening to Crucial Conversations and commenting and for the congratulations for my wedding and 14 songs completed! 😁 I also appreciate your comment regarding my playing the Rhodes well, however, full disclosure requires that I expose the significant MIDI editing required to clean up after my fat-fingered performance. I see you were quite prolific again this year and my wife and I look forward to listening to more of your stuff now that February is past.
thanks for the comment on ..no more.. good ole fawm..reciprocating march appreciated ..cheers
nice has nothing to do with it...
You deserve every recognition for all those
hours/years/days that you practiced and worked at it..
Hey thanks again for helping me out with drums! I hope your son feels better soon 😞 Lots of fluids - don't skimp on the electrolytes.
Cool man! If you're running short on time and can't get to it of course I will understand.
Yes please, have a track I can send over tomorrow that needs some drums+guitars and sprinkling of spices if you're interested?
Does the track start at 0:00?
Awesome! Can’t wait to hear it!
Hi Rob, congrats. The Warm Audio stuff seem really good, I have only tested the Pultec filter clone, but several friends of mine have the WA12 preamp, and are very satisfied with it. Looking forward to hearing your opinion and recordings. Since I've been considering either their new WA272 preamps or the WA412 for the studio.
Been to busy to FAWM the last 9 day, been up to my neck in mixing, rehearsals every night apart from the 3 gigs I have played. Probably was a bit to overambitious on the first 5 tunes, set the bar a bit high.
Must also admit that spending the few free hours I've had on music, has not been very tempting. Hope to get something done in next week, I have a couple of rough ideas on my Zoom recorder.
Hey! I sent you an email.
Nice! If I make any money on my upcoming album release; it's going straight into new gear (WA-47 here I come!!). I tell you what, that ToneBeast sounds amazing paired with my Shure Beta87C. That's what I've been using for vocals exclusively this year. Haven't even used the large condenser for anything but acoustic guitar. Which I'm still dialing in... I think it's more a mic issue though for the acoustic. Need something a little flatter and warmer. Been going direct into the TB with my Tele though and it's great.
Dude! That's awesome. I'm kinda jealous. I've been loving my TB12's so I imagine you'll have all kinds of fun with that 412.
Oh, marvsmooth just volunteered for Tape 17. 😀
Track 1 - nancyrost, household percussion
Track 2 - bachelorb, guitar
Track 3 - oblivionratula - lead guitar and vocal
Awesome! I'm really excited. 😀 There's no *real* rush, since it will be Feb 25 before I can start working on it due to travel (I requested to be track 4). So as longs as I have it by then, we're good.
So in case this got lost in all the threads and tags, you can mail Tape 3 to pfoo and standup and they'll finish the tape!
Well, we could certainly go down the rabbit hole with this one, couldn’t we? If I had I do one mic for drums I’d probably do a close room mic type thing, good condenser in front of the bass drum, maybe 3-4 feet away and maybe waist high or a little lower? Experiment with the placing...if you have a mixer you can put into one track of the 4 track though that would be better, then you could do 2 mics- snare and room, I would do, or better yet 4 mics-kick snare 2 overhead or rooms. That’s what I would do. More later! I’ve had like no time this month...
Yeah, spiritually too, I'd guess. We did chat about that stuff a little while working on the song!
Thanks so much! They are all preset synths in garageband!
If you're talking about Gabe at Daptone, yeah, I do know him although I think he lives in LA now. I used to live around the corner from them in Bushwick though. Their studio is just a converted apartment, the drums are in the living room I think! They're all about those retro sounds, it helps that they use all vintage analog gear, but yeah, all their stuff sounds great.
So long story short, I went over to my friend Todd's the other night with my 4 track, ready to record 3 of my ideas with drums and bass, so we set everything up to record 4 drum mics (kick, snare, 2 overheads) but mixed down to 2 tracks. then i couldn't get my 4 track to work without this annoying static, so we ditched it and recorded onto computer but kept the mic setup. then when I mixed it I bussed the drum tracks and put a tape plug in on that, and turned up the 'saturation' really high so it got that overloaded tape sound (just using the latest technology to make it sound like it was recorded on cassette, ha!!). It sounds pretty close to the cassette sound I think. When I record onto 4 track though I always do 2 mics- I do a 57 on the snare, through my UA 610 preamp, and then a nice condenser in front of the bass drum, but back a few feet. I totally think you can get great drum sounds with 2 mics. Definitely don't need more than 4 mics, ever, I don't think.
If you're talking abo
Hey thanks for your comments on my song. That's my friend Todd playing drums, if I were playing drums on that song, it would suck. I did everything else though. Can't wait to hear what you do with that 4 track tape! Especially because I can't even remember what I played on it now....ha!
8 songs already?! Got me some listening to do... 😀
Thank you so much for your nice comment on "zauberworte". (And sorry for the late reply. I'm late with everything at the moment...) My first idea was to write some uplifting and slightly ironic political song, something like "tell me something sweet, like of course we're gonna beat the fascists" - well, not my strongest suit...
My personal favourite YLT record is one of their most mellow albums " And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out "
It's funny I didn't here it as a country song at first either. But I just got stuck on that phrase "coming back home to you" and it just kind of took shape. Thanks for making such inspiring music!
thx for your comments. im having to be very lofi at the moment. And this was one of my first non dark songs. so glad you noticed !
HI there. Thanks for checking out my song Gold. I probably got more out of that song that anyone else will, but it really did make me happy to write it. 😀
A twiddling challenge sounds like it could be a lot of fun though! 😉
I'm very glad that you enjoyed my addition to your subtraction song. 😉 I was a little worried about the reception of it. I guess I needn't have been. Thanks for letting me take a shot at it! You made it easy with your instrumentation.
Congratulations Centurion Soldier! You wrote 100 comments for your fellow FAWMers!! You made this place even better. You took your time to listen to other people's songs and you have 100 thank you's from all of them and from me! Here’s your badge. Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
Thanks loads for spending your time with my twiddlings! 😎
Thanks for your kind comment on Tiger.
Umm, iTunes, but apparently not very well. I write science fiction and detective novels. I write and listen to music. I will be doing it differently from now on. Sorry about that. lol!
RE Jumpers: What's the tempo on it, and key? Did you have a specific structure in mind? (for some reason it's hard for me to visualize these things. I'm weird.) But yeah it's super melodic and I already have a couple line ideas.
How ya doing???
I received the cassette...
Will Listen tonight and start getting some ideas started..
Will attempt to finish it and send it out tomorrow...
I am working on the song. It's just taking me longer than I expected, because I keep getting distracted...
Thanks for the warm welcome, still figuring out what's what!
Thanks for the welcome message! I'm a big fan of instrumental music, half of my entries will probably fall into that category like my first song just did. Good luck juggling this with all the great craziness you're posting about. Kudos for still getting it done! Great tunes!
At my age, I can't believe I remember that you wrote it in the bathroom!! LOL!
ask and receive 😀 directly before recording winterfell my computer crashed. i recorded my crappy old piano through apple earbud microphones into garageband on my phone. I then reversed the audio, looped it, and set it for half the original speed. I recorded vox next. finally, i took the flute synth in garageband and put a pretty extreme bitcrusher and wide tremolo, playing random notes withing the key of the song. this supplies the sporadic bursts you here, while the piano is the long swell 😀 thanks for asking
Thanks for the comments on Just Let It Happen. No worries, I've been 'replying' on people's Soundboards first, but also 'replying' to common comments in-thread as well. I appreciate the guidance, though. Still learning the ropes, but everyone is so welcoming.
I uploaded it, I hope you like my strangled vocals! 😁 O_O
Cool. I think I've worked out the chorus. Need to write verses then record when neighbours aren't home 😮
Got it! I'll get to adding some vocals as soon as I'm free... hopefully today!
Thanks, I'd love to try singing to it, but it's not marked as downloaded in SC. 😏
Cool. I'm on it (my neighbours may hate me)
Mind if I download "The Next Chapter" and sing some ideas over top? It's got some ideas percolating with the moving guitar and thoughts of loss and hope. Then I can send you the track to see if it works.
Thank you so much! Those were written freeform, the last two. I don't know...
Thanks for the nice words on Mike Pence.
Yeah you said it in one of my songs I forgot to comment on it on your soundboard, I just wrote comments on your own songs.
Thank you very much for these lovely words... I am really happy to know you think this way. Anyway, for me - fawm is a legendary thing, just thinking about missing it in the last moment made me feel a bit weak.
I've written them down!!! They are chords up the neck, so I'd never remember them, lol. Thanks for the reminder. 😀
Thank you for the nice comment. As far as what comes first? It's different every time. Sometimes a title comes to mind and I go with that. Sometimes it's a melodic riff then i write to match that. Other times just a general idea of what I want to write about.
Hey man, thanks so much for your kind review! 😀
Thanks for your warm welcome! Yeah.. still learning the ropes about navigating this place.
That's a solid guitar track, hope you can find killer vocals soon to go with it 😀
Well, that particular song is a midi keyboard, a PreSonus one to be exact. I use Prologic with my Apples. This one is done on an Air. I have lots of machines and tons of instruments around. I play like a dozen anyway. This is just five or six tracks layered and mixed. I appreciate your time. Thank you
Thanks, man! It kind of is about getting ready for FAWM. But I tried to inject a little ambiguity here and there. 😀
Thank you for your message! I'm a first-timer FAWMer, so it was so nice to be welcomed. Have a great month!
Thanks for your kind comment on Coyotes in the Trees! I appreciate the feedback and the encouragement so much. 😀
Thanks for the kind comment on Wanderer. The background is a just a single note pad sample in Logic that I tweaked and added some spring verb too. Been using a Shure Beta 87C for vox lately. It usually captures me well and being in a new space, it doesn't pick up much ambient noise.
Thanks for the kind words!
The secret is that I don't know of any other way to play... I have so much respect for people who can use acoustic instruments, or a piano, or who can actually sing... 😎
I'm digging them man. The differences aren't as pronounced as I would have thought during recording this first track, but I really saw the differences when I went to edit and mix. I used way less plugins than usual (an admitted problem haha). I'm still dialing in the room so I imagine I'll be able to dial in the pre's as well to get em super sweet.
Thank you for the welcome! So far, Reason still works. We'll see how the rest of the month goes 😉
Hey - we can record at either speed on the 4-track. I sent you an email with the address.
Yes yes back once again. Let’s do this!
Looking forward to the cassette..
Woo hoo..you rawk rock star!!!
Looking forward to more of your goodness this year. 😊😎
Hey dude, Happy FAWM. Look forward to hearing your music too.
Happy FAWM! Thanks for the warm welcome. Yell if you want lyrics or vocals. I teach full time but I'll use my evenings wisely. Have a great month!
Howdy! Looking forward to doing a 4 track with you...
You Coops kick Ass!
I definitely don't feel ready for FAWM this year but hopefully I will by tomorrow 😀 Or 2 am tonight, as is my usual February MO.
Hello! Sorry to say I'm not going to be FAWMing this year - see note on my bio. But good luck!
Hi friend! Happy FAWMing! Looking forward to hearing what you come up with!
Thanks for the congrats! I am looking forward to a whole new way of working. I am also very much looking forward to hearing your stuff.
Thanks... Good luck to you! Enjoyyy
Hi, thanks, but I'm not sure about this year, I don't even have time to think about it, I'm working on my first album.
Hey, yes I'm back! Only few hours left 😀
I *think* I got the crackling issue fixed by moving my usb plug to the back usb inputs on my computer instead of the front. Testing tonight went better. Fingers crossed. I don't know what the deal is. I haven't changed anything up since last year. Stupid technology.
Hey!!!! Are you pumped? I can't wait to hear what awesome stuff you come up with this year!!! I'm still having crackling issues w/ my pre-amp again. Super frustrating, but trying to get it figured out before Feb. 1!
Awesome. I had no idea Crate made such a thing.
Thanks for the message! Wishing you a very happy FAWM!! Almost here!
I'm in! Excited to hear what you come up with...and maybe play on some of it! 😀
Hey! Just another few days to go... I wish you a wonderful FAWM! 😀
Yep.. fancy doesn't move me much. That plus the fact that i ought to be saving a bit this time of the year 😁 You'll enjoy the mic, i can vouch that much at-least.
Let me see how my first week or so goes and i'll try and figure out a way to set about on the collab route. Sounds like fun but i'll probably need a more experienced mentor to go about it once i've figured out my bearings!
Hey! Can you register at the Melda site and send me your email so I can transfer the plug-in? You can email me at elesimomusic at gmail If you want. 😀
Hi, thank you for the welcome! The Mic I use is a Neewer® NW-700... Probably not the fanciest. It is entry level but honestly i have no complaints with it. Zilch! The sound is nice and crisp. Hope you conquer your quest on mic placement.. i'm battling with it atm 😀
Have a great month!