Happiness Drone 13


Stirling UK   Jan 2017

Artist Bio

2018 will be my 2nd FAWM and I really aim to keep this an annual thing. My Mission this year is to start a website where I discuss songwriting and learning new compositional approaches and practices. Fawm is one of these tools and is training me to get better at FINISHING songs. Forever grateful.

It is in listening to my own development that I enjoy songwriting. If we were to wait to release our music only once we knew it was perfect and we were content, we would never hear anything new ever again and never hear ourselves grow.

I'm also in a Scottish Rock band called 'Dante,' check us out!


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  • @frenchcricket Feb 27

    Yeah I definitely prefer the feel of a pad, and I’ve just got used to the workflow. Started out with an MPC1000 but I use a Push 2 nowadays

  • @frenchcricket Feb 27

    honestly? probably my sampler, lol

  • @sph  Feb 26

    My cavaquinho is a Rozini Estudante. I got it as a present from a friend when he came back from brazil.

  • @paulh1237  Feb 26

    'the recluse' is my favourite cursive tune that comes to mind. All good stuff though!

  • @mantra  Feb 26


    Pleased to meet you.

  • @kenjku  Feb 18

    For the bridge part for Vessels it's all direct in with the guitar, and I believed I used one light overdrive panned to the right and a bit of a heavier guitar on the panned to the left with two different reverbs. I just kind of experiment usually and see what works. While this took awhile and I felt pretty rusty with recording and playing around I enjoyed the way it came out for the most part.

  • @kenjku  Feb 18

    Thanks dude! I really appreciate the kind words. Really dig your stuff as well. There is so much going on behind each layer and arrangement. Pretty impressive, and sometimes it boggles my mind when I hear how much is being done with such little time!

    I have heard of Arab Strap back in the day and probably listened to them a bit back in the day, but I forget what they kind of sound like now haha. I'll have to revisit them then. Trouble will find is such a beautiful record. Love it.

  • @mmmmarcus  Feb 2018

    Thank you very much for the comment on "Into The Deep"! Glad you liked it!

  • @leah0k  Feb 2018

    I write that way too - usually music first or simultaneously with the lyrics, it can be a bit tricky at times can’t it?

  • @gummunq Feb 2018

    Thanks for the counting advice! I can only count to 4, ahahah. But 1234-123 works, as long as i dont forget whether i’m on 1234 or 123. Some day perhaps i will brave the numbers past 4.

  • @arthurrossi Feb 2018

    I would like to thank you so much for your wonderful and that kind comment!

  • @frozenlonesome Feb 2018

    @mungus Thanks for listening and commenting on Make A Fortune.
    Re: process, i didn't move any of the tracks around after the live improvisation with the exception of making room for the sample at the start of the track. The sample is trimmed and processed in AudioShare before I copy it to Auria Pro. I'm a bit of a MIDI idiot so I almost never use MIDI notes in my DAW. However, I do use Korg Gadget for some tracks and will often edit the piano roll after a live recording or just place notes.

    However, one of the things I like to do is record a track with minimal or no FX. I then duplicate the audio onto another track in Auria and apply different FX. i.e. I record my piano with no reverb, just a little on-board chorus. I will then add Fabfilter-R reverb on one track and maybe some compression or EQ on the duplicate version. This allows me to get the sounds and mix I like. I hope this helps explain how I approach live improvisations.

  • @billwhite51 Feb 2018

    thanks for your comments on i am the law. funny you mentioned nick cave, while mking a record in 97, one of the engineers, who had worked with cave, told me the levels on the board when i sang were exactly the same as caves. anyway, i didnt realize it until you mentioned it, but i am the law is a lot like one of nick caves songs. and i dont mnd that a bit.

  • @bradbrubaker  Feb 2018

    Thanks for your interest in Napalm Lipbalm. To answer your question, you can find the other two existing tracks at this link. They should be tracks 2 and 12 on the list:


  • @jani Feb 2018

    Wow you are so so so onto something with our profile pictures. Now that you mention it, I can't even tell the difference!

  • @theneongreen Feb 2018

    Thank you for your nice comment on Imagine If! We're definitely going to try to do some more together this FAWM.

  • @engebretsen  Feb 2018

    Thx for nice comments again. !!!!

  • @tunecat  Feb 2018

    Thanks for stopping by. I recorded the spoken word vocals on my track and then copied them over to a second track (left without effects). I used a preset "Female Narrator" on the original.. but took off reverb, and added pitch shift (+4).

  • @electrocelte Feb 2018

    Thanks @mungus synth was Moog Model 15, I like the grit that preset carries....

  • @sph  Feb 2018

    Thanks for listening for my bass loop beat.

  • @tcelliott  Feb 2018

    Heya. Good to see you about.

  • @frozenlonesome Feb 2018

    @mungus I often layer pads or leads or whatever. I make duplicate tracks of the audio and then give them different treatments. One might be as recorded, one I add reverb, or compression. This can off-set any muddiness unless that's what you want. 😀

  • @mardeycranbleson  Feb 2018

    Thanks for the comment! I use a superlux shure beta 58 copy (love these mics) through a basic usb mic preamp, then kick up the treble quite a bit in my Daw.

  • @nateger Feb 2018

    @mungus I appreciate you commenting on my track and I'm glad you enjoyed the lyrics. On that song, the riff suggested a blues-ish vibe so I thought the repeating lines with one changed line form worked well. I just went with it and thought about Chipotle in the process.

    When I'm stumped I often use this https://www.secretsofsongwriting.com/...

    I find the best stuff (or at least most interesting) comes when I work fast and setting a timer helps a lot.

  • @frozenlonesome Feb 2018

    Thank for listening and your comments on 287,000 volts.