Influences: This year, my influences will probably be varied. I became a fan of Kings of Leon's last 4 albums (and disappointed in their first couple as I picked them up in thrift shops). So I'll probably go there but seriously need drums to pull anything off like that. I will probably do some DCFC-like songs this year. The War on Drugs - I would love to rip-off some of the mastery of the gauzy two-chord songs this guy has done. Fantastic. Also love Sufjan Stevens Carrie and Lowell/Seven Swans/Michigan kind of beauty.
This is my 12th FAWM. I think. Not entirely sure.
I am up for collabs - I play guitars, bass and keys and sing. Collabs will be with lyricists that have 'safe for work' lyrics.
Some of my collaboration capabilities that are not so common here on FAWM:
I have added B3 to several FAWMer's past offerings - if you don't know what that is, you probably aren't looking for it - which is cool.
Mandolin (If the song is in G, and I can use my knowledge of two-finger chords!)
Freestyling acoustic piano and singing to lyrics without music.
Other stuff like that.
Here's something you might find useful this FAWM: A zip file containing about 35 .wav files which are song count in numbers and song section call-outs for you to drop in to your DAW on your songs, so you can use them while you record in a different part of your room - at least that's what I do: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GWQV...
Riffage Drum Track - I uploaded three different compressed versions of my attempt to program the drums from Arctic Monkey's "Arabella". You can use them if you like. If it helps you to get a song done this FAWM, add me as a collaborator - (if lyrics of your song are safe for work)
|#1||David Is My Brother||
|#2||In The Morning||
|#3||Suddenly I Know it All @kraftec||
|#5||Basement Kombucha Factory||
|#7||Before She Was Grandma @brendamueller2000||
|#8||Catching Up - Scott Lake||
|#9||If I Could @oddbod||
|#11||Seeds or Kites @jacobeverettwallace||
|#12||Stone Follower @solarrainuk||
|#13||While My Guitar Exits Gently||
Yes I got your e-mail! I’m sorry I haven’t responded yet, been super busy. I wanted to take the time to answer you as throughly as you did me. Thank you so much!
Also, I forgot you play organ... I have enjoyed my new 1960 Hammond a ton even though I stink. Not a B3 but good enough for me and definitely delivers the real deal sound. It made it into quite a few songs, including Surf Chase, obviously. 😀
I do say every year that I'm going to keep writing outside of FAWM... And very rarely do. I'm hoping this year is different! I'll definitely keep you in mind if something shows up. 😀
For Fiery Ends I added a distortion plugin on the vocal track to make it more gnarly and ... distorted. 😀
Plus, I'm using my Shure Sm7 and yelling right up into it. Lips touching the mic the whole time pretty much. On the more "screaming" parts, I leaned back a little bit, but I was still pretty close. Plus I run it through my UA tube preamp. 710 Twinfinity. I use it for pretty much everything.
Wow... thanks so much for listening and commenting. I really was happy with how Surf Chase turned out and it really does have a lot of power in that chorus section's guitars. Even surprised me when that part came into my head. I had three surf songs this year, so I was feeling it, lol.
Sorry I didn't get to the planned collab with you this year. Having my appendix die in the first week set me back a bit, and FAWM was a bit of a blur.
Thanks for the details. Your pronunciation sounded fluid and effortless.
"That was at least 20 years ago so it could be that nobody is left living that speaks Huron natively"
Yes, what a sad idea.
I wonder if people who speak Klingon or Elvish teach their children the language...
Ha. That's funny. I actually wrote three sets of profanity free lyrics this year.
Hey man. I sent it to a guy. Waiting to get it back. Are you down for such endeavors?
Thank you for the comment on my song February. I stopped because there's a lot going on in my life at the moment and i am just too tired to make music, but i hope to be making more during 50/90!
Hey man, I might get a chance to record that tune to a click this weekend. If I actually do it I'll get back to you. Thanks for the comment. I've listened to a few of your songs here and liking what I'm hearing.
Thanks for the thoughtful comment on my song, "Thoughts and Prayers." There are certainly many things to consider about this issue, but I, personally, would be willing to limit my access to weapons if it made the children safe. And I say that as a handgun owner and a concealed carry permit holder. The fact remains that, for our legislators to do nothing in the face of this carnage is cowardly at best. The only positive thing I can say about them is that, at least once they are bought, they stay bought.
Thanks for listening to my track "73". Feel free to make that forum post and/or cover the song.
To be honest, I'm not sure what I was doing with that C major chord under "silent key". I wish I had a good music theoretical explanation for why I threw that into a song that's otherwise in D major, but I really don't recall having any clever thoughts about it... I think my fingers just fell on it, and I just went with it for the sake of the skirmish.
It's an amazing listen -- soulful and moving, and the Huron language is definitely fascinating. I enjoyed getting lost in it.
Thank you for sharing.
Thank you for listening and commenting.
Re layers : For the "choirs", I record 6 to 10 layers per vocal section (during fawm, I limit myself to 6). Lead vocals are often doubled.
Vaerin is a constructed language. It is spoken by the heroes of the fantasy book I'm writing.
I would love to listen to your song in Huron. Ancient and lost languages fascinate me.
Hey Scott! Thanks for checking out Vapor. I will also come check out your songs, but I wanted to answer your questions:
I capo right behind the fret wire, and I make sure I pull on the capo levers to make sure it's a good grip (opposite of how you squeeze to take it off). Then I retune the guitar with the capo on.
For mic'ing, it's just one mic (and a lot of initial futzing) run through an EQ, reverb, and compressor in the DAW. it makes for a great sound, but it also picks up the pick hitting the guitar and other incidental sounds. It's excellent for just a live sound though.
Thank you for your comment on "Etherials." I don't think I've mastered BIAB but I feel like my musical training has given me the skills needed to use it tastefully. I've only had the full version of the program since December and therefore Im just diving into the wide range of possibilities that it has to offer.
Sounds good! Helen and I used an mp3 Hoops had mailed us, but I should be getting the wav well before next FAWM and will make sure to dropbox it to you once I have it.
Thank you for your advice on ‘My Only Friend’ one of the reasons I really wanted to do FAWM was because I write by myself and wanted others input. I’m gonna shoot you an e-mail about reordering of the lyrics, maybe you wouldn’t mind helping me try a different take on the song?
You can be. I'm toying with the idea of making this an annual thing, but it sort of requires me to have a crowd-worthy idea every year. Imma have to hang out in the produce isle more often.
Hi Scott! Thanks for listening to my last fawm song. I plan to come back and hear what you've been up to also. Making my way around....
I noticed @stnada had a couple avatar/emojis and a few other fawmers by songs or in comments and I have a bunch on my tablet that pop up, so I put them before my titles and I couldn't stop with just one so I did one for each. Annoying but kind of silly fun. 🎸🎧🎤
Thanks, Scott. Maybe we could use it next year for common drums? It's in 5/8.
Hey Scott sorry for the late reply. I would be interested in guitar on counting seconds. I need to to do another vocal take and fix the mix but a guitar would be great. 😀 lemme know if you’re still interested and I’ll share my email addy.
Hi Scott, there is no bass so feel free to add some if you can hear something that works.
Thanks for listening to Habakkuk! And oh my goodness, let me tell ya, I have about 10 songs started and none finished except for 2. 😀 But that's FAWM for ya, do what ya can, I suppose!
Hi Scott - thanks for listening to my Folk-Rap. The instrument in question is a Mandola, not a Ukulele. But you are correct about the fact that the right are on the march everywhere.
However, Spain seems to be a test bed. Here you can be imprisoned for taking video of a policeman beating up your pals. You can be sent to prison if more than three people are gathered in the street with a political slogan (it gets declared an illegal demonstration). That can mean four friends in a public place - one has a t-shirt in favor of some political issue the Govt don't like. So all four are arrested as an illegal demo.
There is no separation of powers - the judiciary simply do what the govt tell them to do, etc, etc.
A police chief who tried to control the violence against citizens attempting to vote has been charged with sedition. Those paramilitary cops who baton charged old ladies and others on October 1st last year got medals and citations.
And the international community say next to nothing.
Thanks Scott, I have it now, nice work! I'll upload it later after I've mastered it to bring the levels up
Thanks for listening to "Empty spaces" and yes, some hand percussion would be a nice addition. Already hear some bongos in my head 😁
Yes sir. Had a three year healing process. Ha. Thanks for the support.
Thank you for your kind words in regard to My Grandpa.
Thank you for your kind words in regard to My Grandpa.
Hi Scott, seems I have to request access to that file, so I just did that. Glad you liked the Gyroscope track. The little sequencer with the row of flashing lights is a Monome Grid 128. Didn't use it for that track, but it makes a nice light show!
I posted Before She was Grandma. It sounds great! Thank you!
Hi Scott, I know it's getting kind of late but I've managed to get something together here: https://www.dl.dropboxusercontent.com...
It's 116bpm. Can't remember what key! Don't feel any pressure, but it's there if you want to have a go at it. I left it quite open for additional stuff, and could always add more to it afterwards. Let me know what you think.
That sounds good about adding a line. I understand about getting a tune in the your head and then making the lyrics fit.
Thanks for your comments on "Phil Yerbuts". Appreciated.
What about Catherine Blair for grandma's name? That's the name of a famous race horse.
Hey Scott, did you get my email?
Thank you! Yup, quite many hours passed by whil trying to record the violin parts 😁 but I'm glad it seems that it was worth it!
Hey Scott, I need permission for accessing Google Docs. I've never used it before.
Hey Scott, here's my email: firstname.lastname@example.org You can give grandma a name if you want to. To me she is just grandma.
I haven't forgot about our collab by the way, but I just haven't managed to come up with anything good yet!
Ah. I has slept very little in the last 48 hours. I see now your joke. It is most amusing. 😁
As to how a doef doef track is crafted, what do you want to know? You're totally welcome to come over and hang out while I do another one. I do live in Limpopo, South Africa, though, so, possibly not in your neighbourhood.
Thank you for your feedback on Burnout. I didn't do it on my phone, I did it in the full desktop version of FL Studio. If I'd had to do it on my phone, I'd have died.
Got your email btw, I really dig the concept. I've got some ideas in my head just haven't had the opportunity to work on them yet.
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!!
Hey Scott, yes, go ahead and work your magic with Before She was Grandma. You don't have to do the country thing with it if you don't want to. I also love the blues. Whatever you are hearing in your imagination, make it happen. It will be fun to hear it. Thank you!
Sounds cool! Shoot me an email and let's get to work on it. 😀
Awesome, I'll let you know when I have something to send you (shouldn't take too long).
I finished writing my 14th yesterday... I guess I need to start recording... but I seem to be having more fun just listening to all of the tunes others are creating.
Hi Scott, thanks for your comment on Hurt Song! Really appreciate it, and especially the FAWMfamily bit!
Oh yes, the folder - I'd completely forgotten about the folder!
Sorry - brain fried through lack of sleep
Hi Scott, did you send it yet because there’s nothing in my inbox?
Thanks, Scott. I just wanted to touch base to see if I'd gone out of bounds.
Ejection seats, huh? Then I guess you're fully equipped to handle Emergency Removal Scenarios should they arise, online or off.
Hi, Scott --
Recent events in the forum have highlighted that I've been pushy and rude this year, and I wanted to drop by and apologize for the comments in the "starman" thread.
Hi Scott, nice to see you here again at FAWM and thanks for taking the time to listen to Hapax. I appreciate your comments.
I've absolutely loved the Lester K for both keyboards and guitar. For me, the extra money for the G didn't add up to the extras which I didn't feel I'd use. Your results may vary. Great pedals though! Thanks for the listen
Cheers Scott. Yeah I'm aware of different ways to get 32bit VSTs running, I use jbridge from time to time also, but I now make a point of avoiding anything that's not 64bit. It either causes my system to become unstable or makes things more clunky to use.
Yeah I've checked out the Arminator, sounds pretty good from the demos I've heard! Unfortunately, it's only 32bit, so I can't use it on my system. I'm strictly 64bit plugins only these days.
Hi Scott, that CS-80 sounding pad is from U-he Repro 5. Very nice soft synth, but quite heavy on CPU!
The song has been updated. Thanks for the collab.
Thanks for your comment on my Song. I‘ll add another Sitar Melody later due to your feedback.
Hahaha! I think they still have a Leonidas at Schiphol, I try stay away from it. The knowledge of fine chocolaterie in the vicinity doesn’t help with recording as much as you’d think.
Now you got me craving chocolate!
Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately Finnish doesn't have similar collective nouns. We only use your basic floks and herds an such, nothing like a flamboyance of flamingoes.
Hey @scottlake - I decided to post this here rather than continue to clutter up the challenge thread. SpaceX is leasing the facilities from NASA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennedy...
(And despite my song about Musk, I'm not a massive fanboy - Musk is a bit weird - but I'm excited to see any forward progress in getting us back to space! 😀 )
Hey, could you send me your isolated vocal track for our collab? Thanks
Hey, if you want to sing for my song you commented on that would be perfect. If you need me to send you anything just tell me. Thanks
Hey Scott. Yeah i may well be onto you for some sort of mad/lots of vocal attempt. keep ya posted
Thanks! Got to listen to Missing Persons again sometime. I think I tried years and years ago but it didn't click.
Thanks Scott. The dry/wet was all done within the rack via a stereo mixer module that has send/return hooked up to my guitar pedals (el capistan and Hall of Fame 2), and I'm tweaking that and the levels live.
Just listened to Tom Sawyer to see what you - and others! - were talking about. Didn't hear it at all, until the two-minute mark - and there it is!
You should have an email from me
Third year in a row of reading through the bible. Awesome. I started this year too. I'm on track so far.
I'm glad to see you around again this year!
Is there anything you haven't done? haha!
Good to see you back, Scott! Have a great month!
Hi Scott thanks for the lovely welcome, good luck.
G'day Scott. Good to see you back. Hope you're brewing up something fun for us.
Thats just my sort of tune matey!! ideal. Lemme know. I can create drums, although not perfectly
Hey matey. Welcome back and looking for possible collabs this year.
I'm committed to using Reaper this year since everyone else in the band are using it but wanted to check out other options at some point. I'll get around to traktion at some point to see if it's for me. 😀
I'm up for it, I'm just very time poor so no promises!
Great to see you back here again. Three cheers for FAWM!
Yeah I'll be doing FAWM, or at least I'll try! We can play it by ear and see how this FAWM goes! I tend to get overwhelmed. 😮 Wishing you a happy FAWM!
Ha - didn't think of that! Might have a play. 😀
Hi Scott - Thanks for the advice. I have a copy of Traction 6 and I like it, but Live has been my DAW of choice for a long time now, and I can't wait to get my hands on Live 10 😀
Here's to a productive February!
I am back, with bigger goals too! I'd love work collab on something like that. Despite being a worship leader for a long time, I've always struggled to write worship songs. Sounds like a great challenge!
They do look cool! Jars of Clay? Those were prob pretty nice pieces of gear then.
Yeah we should try to do a collab this year too.