Influences: Jesus, Simon and Garfunkel, Elliot Smith, Jon Foreman, Foster the People, deadmau5, Pavement, Bon, Iver, Paul Westerberg, Joseph Arthur, King David, Sesame Street, Arcade Fire, U2, the Replacements, Miyazaki, Stephen King, Orson Scott Card, Wilco, Sufjan Stevens, M.Ward, radiohead, Japandroids, The Innocence Mission, and YOU.
FAWM RESOURCES AND HELP VIDEOS: https://bit.ly/fawmresources
I just released a new album called Hallelujah Heartbreak. https://stevenwesleyguiles.bandcamp.com/
Steven Wesley Guiles aka Applehead aka Mr. Gee
FAWMER from 2008-Present
2018 COLLAB COMMITMENTS:
SONG TITLE IDEAS TO WRITE:
Annihilation With Portraits
Dr. McNinja Rides SparkleLord!
Trampoline Cannonball Luxury
Cut Some Ghost Lemons
Any songs about joy.
Local SoCal Allies Squadron: @johnq, @billysea, my friend Brandon (@bru2), bro-in-law Michael (@michaelmtn)
SoCal FOP Thread 2018- http://fawm.org/forums/topic/7555/#c1...
|#1||Stay With Me @ajna1960||
|#2||If I Can’t Have This Joy, Then I Don’t Want Anything||
|#3||Banjo Loop (mmmmmmmm)||
|#4||I've Got My Doubts That You Can Manage This On Your Own||
|#5||Five of Everything !!!!!||
|#7||Do That Disco Dance All Night Long||
|#8||Something That's Not Nothing||
|#9||Can't Remember When We Last Kissed @ajna1960||
|#10||The Parts of One @ajna1960||
|#11||How Do You Dry Off In The Shower Every Day?||
|#12||Panda Puffs I Love You||
|#14||So This Is How The Ninjas Sleep||
|#15||Jesus, Simon and Garfunkel @mikeskliar||
|#17||What's This Joy Thing Anyway? @metalfoot||
|#19||White Lightning @benjo||
|#20||I Want Joy||
|#21||Dance Like Dancers Dancing||
|#22||Slip Hop Trip Hop||
|#23||Whose Side Are You On? @bru2||
|#25||Baby Look In My Eyes (Take A Ride)||
|#26||Accident Prone @standup||
|#27||Puppies In Space||
|#28||At Play in the Fields of Sorrow and Joy||
|#30||Shortcut Ghost @jacobeverettwallace||
|#31||You Can Write A Song Without Electricity||
|#32||Power Out Writing Songs and Helping With Haw||
Thanks for all the comments!
Thanks for the comment on "End of the Line". Re instruments: bass and guitars are live; the drums are hand sequenced, and the B3 is from the "setBFree" virtual instrument.
Sorry to hear you're a guitar wanker. I'm probably that too. We should get together and wank some guitars. I think that's socially acceptable.
Thank you for your great comments. I’m not sure how I’ve missed listening to your song. I’ll rectify that.
Hey Steven, Sorry to discover the rest of your stuff so late. You've got some great songs here! Oh well, I've got 10.5 months to check 'em out now... To answer your question about the drums on Psychic Enemy, @airbagtester sent me a stereo mix with no click. I'm not one of those metronome drummers, so it was a challenge to get it synched up. I've been accused a time or two of freight training. Grr... Anyway, I basically just played it many times, simpler and simpler until I had a buncha steady tracks to choose from. The fill around the rack toms at the end I had to time stretch because I rushed it a bit. I was amazed that it actually worked without a bunch of artifacts. I LOVE Cubase!
really appreciated the super nice comments and you taking the time to check out those songs. For Surf Chase, I recorded the intro single note on the Hammond first, recorded electric guitars second, then recorded the rest of the Hammond. Finished up with drums and bass. Doing things solo means recording 'backwards' quite often, although I have 'written' songs on drums a number of times, which is fun. 😀
you are SO awesome!!! that was such a blast (so sorry I was late coming in)
Thank you so sorry...just feeling under the weather
have fun you guys...
There is a possibility that I won’t be able to make the party tonight..
I appreciated your humor... Just wanted you to know. 😀
Hey, thanks for listening to "Can't Stand to Slow Down". After hearing your music, I -really- appreciate your comments. Thanks!
Thanks so much for your comment on Brotherly Love! Yes, it’s a harp over the top of a uke. Don’t think I have the uke-skills to make notes like that ring out in that way. I do love how well the two fit together sound-wise though, that was something I hadn’t been expecting!
Thanks for the kudos! For now, it will remain acapella, but I would love to have someone add music if their heart so desires. 🤘
thx for your comments. we discussed the sound on the Mac mic and decided for this performance it leave it as it gave it a bit of a haunting feel.
Hey bud thank you so much and for making this a great fawm for me,
just to say bud if you post our song anywhere could you credit me as, Tony Mcglinchey it's how i promote my work, thanks bud
Hi Steven, just wanted to update you, collab-wise...unfortunately I'm bowing out for the month in terms of writing (except for one song where I've already recorded the backing track and am just waiting to receive some vocals to mix in). Real life has caught up with me and I need to focus on stuff outside of FAWM. Sorry to disappoint. Let's definitely do something together next time?
Yes, real trumpet! Thanks for listening and commenting!
Thanks for listening to Freedonia. The amp is a Fender Princeton I got last year, the greatest amp EVER. Maybe. Distorted parts were through a Vox AC4. Both were miked with a Sony C38 microphone.
If you sent me a couple of stems that would be perfect! I need the drums though, can’t do drums for a couple weeks probably.
The space is dry and I have 1-2 tracks at a time capability. There will be contractors doing stuff in the coming weeks, so I won’t be able to track drums for a while, or a whole band. But I’m back to functional status.
So any time now I could add bass, backing vocals, or whatever.
Thanks! I’m rather excited about this one.
Hey thanks so much for your words on Monuments! I’m so glad you liked it...it was a late night rush to figure it out before bed. I so dig “Eleanor”...the inspirational kid behind it will love it!
Hey, I finished up a lyric if you still feel like doing a collab and have time. I think it's kind of a Courtney Barnett self-deprecating thing. If you're a fan of her work you probably know what I mean.
Can I send you the lyric?
FWIW I just posted my song with those drums
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!!
BTW, regarding the Moon vocals, you might want to check out VocalSynth by izotope. I think there's an N-day trial period, else it will will probably go on sale again for $99 in the next year. Anyhow, I used that for the glitched vocals and harmonies. I'm in love with the effect sounds like a Speak-and-Math. It's a fun robot sound, and it cuts through the mix well too.
Thanks for stopping by my page and doing some listening! I’ve got some listening to do... you’ve been busy 😀
BTW - Sorry, I don't have a blog or anything. I don't think my outcomes are consistent enough to warrant that 😁, but I'm getting a little more stable this year. In general, if you watched me, I'd be staring at some plug-in saying "WHY WON'T YOU DO WHAT I WANT?". It gets old. 😀
Holy pants, thanks for all the listens and comments! I'm happy to try some funky bass. Keep in mind, it's keyboard bass, but I'm happy to try as long as it's at a relatively steady tempo (quantization and I are best friends). Just email me the mix or whatever you want me to add to and I'll give it a shot!
Hahaaa! When we were recording it I said "Guiles is gonna hate this." I was hoping you'd avoid that one. But yes, from what I understand there is a protagonist, and he does believe he is helping. I have received a stern talking to from my extremely disappointed sister who doesn't understand why I "have to make everything ugly". The plan is to write some actual lyrics for it as to not waste the melody =p. In the meantime, the song I'm finishing up now will atone for my sins thus far. Nice and easy, nice and pretty.
PS. My setup this year has generally been deliberately basic. The bass on most tracks is Modo Bass - a really lightweight bass guitar emulator (the advantages being it's always perfectly in tune, unlike my actual bass guitar, and the midi notation means when I come back to the song months or years later, the instructions on how to play it are right there!)
The guitar is Line 6's Helix plugin - Les Paul copy, with the left channel using the bridge pickups, the right channel using the neck. The drums are a mix of Drumforge and SSD.
There's a bit of compression, tape emulation, etc on the master.
I think it sounds pretty polished 'cause I based the template off a batch of 'proper' recordings I was doing 😀
Thanks! And it's not a quick process for a quadruple album... I've tried doing versions of it before, when it was a double... the first attempt was a decade ago! But I've expanded the plot since then, and my production skills have vastly improved, so it's about time I gave it another go.
Thanks for stoppin' by man! The 8-bit VST's i used is Peach and Toad by Tweakbench. Peach is the music and Toad does the percussion and sounds effects. I found it free somewhere's. The verb comes from CLA Vocal thing. It's a nice one stop tool box.
since inquiring minds want to know: the bass on "meditation" is actually just my jazzmaster through a digitech whammy on octave drop. i picked up the whammy before FAWM this year (the other guitarist in delicious pastries has one) and it's been fun figuring out how to use it...
Hi! Looks like you're having a super productive FAWM output! I am so glad you still have that! I actually was looking at the old photos just this week and wondering about that so thank you for alleviating my wonders! 😁 hopefully sometime I'll be able to attend one!
Thanks for commenting on, "Guilty". I do play the instruments myself (it is probably apparent) except for that drum machine I play through my mini Vox amp. Thanks for inquiring.
You're the best. In "Maple Bacon Donut", I used logic's electric piano thingy, one of the MKII's, and upped the treble and tone to make it crazy sappy sweet! Can't wait to get a chance to listen to your double-FAWM album here! 😀
Jenn Foss is very good at that I think 😀 I'll chat to her 😀
Anything is good with me - I've done all of those! No set way of working.
My sister sings the Panda Puffs song every morning while she's getting ready for work and I'm entirely certain she has no idea she's doing it.
You know you'll just always be apple head to me ❤
Hi, I only just now saw your comment on my song! I usually make them up on the spot.. I usually start with a single line and just go from there & keep writing.
Okay, emailed a lyric just now. Ignore the attached recording if you like, that's totally fine, it's just a vocal reminder I sang into my phone to remember the melody I had when I was writing it, but not required or anything.
And "Yesterday's Moon." Wow. Someone besides my daughter listening to my music in the car. Woohoo.
Appreciate the comment on "We Are Water." Definite leanings, that one.
just spent some time listening to
White lightening and i cant get over your voice man you really got a gift there just had to say that anything of mine you'd like to collab on you're more than welcome if you need lyrics just ask bud Thanks again Steven i'm honoured
Heya Steven! I would love to collab with you. I'm aware that I have 6 collabs stacked up already that I've agreed to, though....can we see how it goes - maybe a little later in the month? I'm back to work on Monday, so my FAWMing time will soon be decimated...
Hey Steven oh man i cant thank you enough i just swtched on to find this
what a great job you did here
love everthing about this you painted the picture and adding the oooohs just works so well really Steven stunning thank you so much great vocal and music cheers bud
I'm on strict vocal rest this year, but I'll writevand add instruments if you like. I'm available this weekend. All next week too really.
Did you get a google doc set up for our potential collab? 😀
You poked me before we started about music or lyrics.. I get a little worried about the flow before it starts so I hesitated. Like maybe it won't flow! But it'll be fine. Man, that's never your issue, wonderful.
I'll see if I can't shoot you some lyrics this time. You've got a lot on your plate, so no prob either way, but seems like you might be tearing through it. 😀 What's the musical equivalent of nom nom...
Do it. Thank you for being so thoughtful about the impact on me, but honestly. I'm so touched you want to - so go for it 😀
You know the M in FAWM is for month right? 😂😂😂
15 songs already you are a Machine!!!
thank you again for all the kind words! I need to listen to your stuff now. WOW you have a ton of songs!
I did, and I had a brief chance to listen to it last night, but basically I'm out of action until I get my mac back, which will hopefully be tomorrow evening. What I heard was lovely though - thank you!
Were you thinking of posting it as a collab?
Yes 90 BPM exactly
Thank you for your kind comments and congrats on the win already.
Sweet! I'll check out your album soon! I'd love to collab... but I've been in my studio exactly ONCE all month (the first) 'cause it's Mardi Gras season down here... If you have a little seed of something you'd like me to play with - that'd be awesome. Otherwise, it's going to be until the 15th or so that I'm actually actively FAWMING, I think.
Congratulations on reaching the goal.!
Just listening to your latest album...first song "Disenchanted". Wow. It's pretty damn cool!
Thanks, Steven, I took care of the firstfruits song. I wasn't here last year and I've forgotten the drill. I appreciate the help.
Thank you Master FAWM-da! 😂 Dang man! 12 songs alreqdy?? You're a MACHINE! Dig the stuff!
Klaus told me about the first fruits thread, and I think my first song "Pinhole through the Veil" would qualify. How do I add it to the thread? Not a techie. Pam
Hey thanks for listening to my song! I forgot to add some notes about the gear stuff which you asked about: Guitar is a tele through a Tech21 Flyrig5 DI. The bass is a Peavey P bass through another Tech21 Bass DI with no effects. The fuzz near the end is a cool MXR Variac fuzz I got recently that can adjust the voltage from 5v to 12v.
Most of my guitar and bass is through Tech21 DI's, except my first song which I used a strat and this cool little Japanese solid state amp for guitars:
Are you human ? 😁
Seriously? Your output is ridiculous Dude. Kudos to you you're on a roll. Thanks so much for dropping by and leaving your your feedback on" this ship has sailed". That chord I hit has a second in which adds beautiful dissonance and is very warm. Thanks for noticing!
Cheers and keep keep having have a great time!
That's awesome!! It's always great to find people you can collab with like that!! Kudos to both of you!
yeah, thanks for the skirmish idea. it proved I can write a song to a deadline but I'm still struggling to write any of the songs I hoped I'd write
Here I thought I was prolific and you're already double digits! 😉
(I will be double digits before Sunday's through, mind you)
Hi, yes, sure, that would be lovely! firstname.lastname@example.org if it'll go or use something like wetransfer, or send me a link... Thank you! That was an unexpected surprise 😁
Thanks, for the kind words on my skirmish song, "The Face." I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks 😀 The face song has main vocals doubled + some automated harmonies from a TC Helicon Voicelive touch. Robot choir.
Very much appreciate the compliment on my song. Being mistaken for a potential VGM author is one of the more flattering things that's ever happened to me. 😀
I want to get a wardrobe that says "Ask me about my autoharp!!" My autoharp is an Oscar Schmidt 21 chord autoharp. A have a friend who is a luthier who remapped the buttons/chords for me to give me a more folk/blues setup - this is commonly done - there are as many button set-ups as there are people playing autoharp - its where we want the patterns to run. Mine's kinda circle of 5ths - so middle finger on I, 5 is always ring and 4 is always index. Relative minors are down and 7ths are up.
The lineup of my keys, from top to bottom is:
Eb F7 C7 G7 D7 A7 E7
Bb F C G D A E
Gm Dm Am Em Bm F#m B7
I use it primarily as a rhythm instrument because I'm lazy - but the technique I'm working on is chording every note, then plucking at the strings - I'm stretching it further into negative harmonies and such to get a more accurate melodic sound - It's just like an old electric chord organ. And it tunes just as poorly. Character limits:grumbles I went on to say that I think you should try and find one and start noodling around. I think you'd find some joy in it - and it is the ultimate teaching accessory - and studier than a guitar. I thank mine for the two crowns on my front teeth LOL
Thanks for your skirmish comment.
This is just a normal egg slicer. It looks a bit like a small harp and can be played the same way. The strings are "tuned" accidentally, so I had to use the five strings that worked out best. There was no bending or technical treatment besides some noise reduction.
Wow. Go steve!!
HAHAHAHA of course you're already 5 deep, buddy. Looking forward to listening to all 27 that live come tomorrow AM. You're a beast!
Thanks for your most kind comment to Country Singing Man, SWG! I think I'll re-record in March, just to iron out the shakes in the rhymin' and the crunches in the pickin'.
Thanks for your comment on "Down To The Ocean." Yes the ukulele was a BIAB RealTrack. First time I've used one of their uke tracks and was pleasantly surprised. I was ready to break out my ukulele but no need.
Thanks for stopping by my first fruit. I'll let you know when I've posted the demo. The guitar piece it was written for is super lovely.
Steven, what I love most about your Stay With Me performance and production is you managed to make something really fresh and modern sounding! I struggle with that! I went from crappy production of 70s/80s sounding songs to better production of 70s/80s songs. Now I wanna produce something that can rival Sia's Chandelier or Pink's What About Us or Lorde's Royals! I am basically a 14-year-old girl again and dammit I wanna make music for me! 😁
Thanks man. Funny you should ask, I wrote the lyrics and had a tune in my head and then worked out the chords later. I very rarely write this way...
Yo thanks! That bridge part is literally just me singing the same thing three times.. One left, one middle, one right - and all sent to the same plate reverb. I think the chorusy effect is enhanced by the fact that I can't hold a pitch to save my life!
Thanks for the comment! I actually did a Stranger Things inspired piece back in 2016 (as part of my unsuccesful 50/90 effort that year). It's on my soundcloud and it's called Perkeltron.
Yessir hoodie to harness the power of FAWM
Don't mean to rush you or anything... but there's people waiting on that Stay With Me song... 😉
Woo hoo! Welcome back
Hey, you too, SWG! Excited for this FAWM!
Hey fellow Southern Californian!
always a pleasure and delight to hear your music.
Heya Mr Gee 😀 Happy FAWMing !
Please maybe add me to your FAWM collab list !
Also add Future Kings Of Denamrk to your band list for 2018 !!!
Thanks for your kind words and for listening to my Soundcloud. I admit that I've listened to these bands a lot in my youth, so a certain influence might be noticeable. 😉 Cheers and have a happy FAWM!
Tomorrow's the big day, I hope you'll have a great FAWM.
Re: Collabo- I'm in.