Influences: Most anything raw and loud and in-your-face catches my attention.
I really like that @robs included pics of his studio in his bio. I wish everyone would do it. So here's mine:
I would have shied away from this in the past cuz I can never seem to organize the junkiness of it. I always think it should look like a brochure of one of them highfalutin New York studios. Then I saw a video of David Byrne's home studio. There was stacks of shit everywhere! Then mine looked liked Martha Stewart had been through.
I've strived my entire life, literally since I was five years old, to be where I can sit down at a moments notice, any time, day or night, and record one of the songs bouncing around in my head. I am so grateful to be here now.
I started having some preFawm activity this year, like some sordid foreplay with December and January. I've settled into a statndard two hours in the studio after work most every night, which is very satisfying. Here is one of the bastards from that affair:
You can hear it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfR9c... This song is NOT about my Dad. Just sayin.
So this fawm, I hope to finish the concept album started last fawm, which is part two of the concept album from the fawm before that, which was called, "We the People: Weapons of Mass Dumbass".
You can hear it here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...
Last fawm, I only got three songs done, but I did finish the cover art!
It continues my observations on the insanity of modern American society.
|#3||Too Full To F*ck||
|#4||Words Are Stupid||
|#5||Ain't Got Nuthin||
|#6||Where's All That Pussy Grabbin' I Voted For?||
|#7||Analog Girl (In a Digital World)||
|#8||F*ck Guns (America Is Completely Insane)||
|#9||Psychic Enemy @airbagtester||
|#10||Rock Star From Mars||
|#11||Christendom (now with drums) @andcarl||
|#13||Vote 'Em Out||
|#14||Welcome to the Twilight Zone||
You sang on it??!!?? Oh my, I have completely lost track of what people have sent me. I'm really sorry about that. I certainly don't mean to give you some impression that I didn't have. I will look for that now. So sorry about that. I did get a bit buried in the middle of the month...actually, the whole month after about the first week.
So, are you going to sing on "Strangers In My House"? I am interested in what you are going to come up with! Feel free. Also, don't feel obligated. I was just reviewing the comments to thank those who I didn't thank and saw your comment. Go for it!
Congratulations on the win, a well-deserved one!
Thanks so much for the comments . I will get to listeninfvto some of your extensive work once in Thailand . Cheers
Thanks for your feedback on Bentley Hop.
Answer to your question, the percussion consists of two things, firstly the built-in drum machine of the android app I'm using to record everything, and secondly the verses have me clapping over the top.
Definitely a case of something being more than the sum of its parts.
Thank you for your critique on My Life is a Fairy Tale. I had fun working on that one. Girls do like the tales of the princesses.
Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comment on 'bones' - I think you're right it has a kind resigned upbeat feel and I think there is resolution in it which kind of hides the traumatic origin - not that I consciously planned it that way!!
Hey, I got your email. I was going to see if I still had the recording with the click track but everything's on my computer in Milwaukee. Still in the middle of moving, I'll check today!
thanks for the encouragement, I'm pretty shy about lyrics mostly but with some prompting I posted the rest of the lyrics. again thanks for the kind words
Haha, my mistake! It sounds exactly like my office chair. It pops into some of my recordings. I remember I did this one mic uke and vocal take, and it was in there like another instrument. I should probably oil the sucker one of these days(:
On a completely unrelated note, I have basically the spiral from your profile image tattooed on my arm. Long story...
Thanks for the feedback! Drums on Christendom would be great. If you're interested I could send the tracks. My "drum set" here is strange to say the least - I'm in the middle of moving, hence no drums on the first half of the tunes. Spare Some Hope each part was recorded separately and various parts looped. Trying not to wake the landlord...
Thanks for listening to loosening. Well i listened a lot to the rhino king, but the guitar chords in that tune were "inspired" by a snarky puppy tune
Thanks for your comment! Maybe I'll go back in and add a third verse at a later date. And in answer to your question, it's "tossed" as in "thrown out."
Thank you kindly for listening (and commenting) to my third. Much appreciated.
Thanks! Yeah...a ruby red 4003s 👍🏻
Your drums are kickass! I just cut off the click track count in and I'm adding it now. Thanks! 😁
Thanks for the kind words about my tune! It's not a steel string uke, that's probably just the reproduction of my phone microphone. In any case, I tried to play a few of your tunes and none of them would work for me! Is there another place where they're hosted that I can go listen?
I'm cool with "psycho enemy" as well FWIW 😁
Glad you like the title! "Psychic Enemy" is just from a random list of auto-generated song titles from FAWM's titular tool: http://muse.fawm.org/titular
If you want to write lyrics to that theme, that's cool, or if something else sounds good to you I'm cool with renaming the song 😁
Hi! No, I don't have any vocals, but if you want to add some that's cool. Or not - I leave it up to you 😁 Unfortunately I don't know the exact BPM - I recorded it to an Alesis drum machine beat... I think it's somewhere around 130 or 131 BPM? It might be hard to match up precisely in a DAW now that I think about it 😞
Hey! I sent you an email 😁
The eurorack synth is a ton of fun, but it's easy to get lost in experiment land and get away from 'musical,' whatever that means. I love that Tele - didn't think I could love an electric more than my Gretsch until it came along. The green baritone is my newest, just in December, so it's getting most of the action right now. Great to have options, that's for sure.
Thanks for the comment on "Broken Down in Fargo." I definitely like mixing genres/flavors up. Hope to bust out an acoustic + synth one by the 28th. Also, I like the idea of 'studio' photos in the bio. I'll get on that.
Thx for comment on my sound board. Carpenters had a album Singing this song for you! I love that title song. We all not so unalike and need the same things so even though a song may be written for an audience of 1 it may still reach the masses. Ananlog girl inspired my song She is a strange one!
Thanks so much for your lovely comments. Down for the matriarchal revolution.
Wow, already at 7, right on schedule! Great picture of your studio, love the long couch (I could use one 😀).
Thank you for your kind words on "Adrift", I'll have to see if I can find that doc on Freddie Mercury. I only starting using vibrato a few years ago. I never thought I could sing high notes and then doing a cover I realized I could. I have used it a lot more since then,
Melissa Etheridge is one of my biggest influences, the first songs I wrote and performed were definitely someone who hadn't found their own voice. I sounded like I was doing a bad impersonation of her. I like that people can see the influence in there without it feeling like an imitation of her.
"snowflakes out of folded paper," wow, that's awesome, thank you so much! And for your other encouraging words too, I need it!
Thanks for your comment on Riff Age. Take a listen to Arctic Monkeys ‘Arabella’ and you’ll hear where my inspiration came from. I programmed the drums section by section while listening to that song.
Thx a lot for comments on "Simple Choice". Much appreciated! … A soon there will be some spoken words on the same song…. Thx again.
Hey man, thanks for the kind words. You're talking about those gated stabby chords? Sure, here's how I did them.
Fat saw waves for the chords, with a distortion effect to make them crunchy. Started by making the chord progression.
Then I did the gating effect with the free dblue Glitch v1 plugin. http://illformed.org/
It lets you make patterns that turn specific effects on and off in a rhythmic, musical way, and then you can trigger those patterns with MIDI notes. Very powerful, creative tool.
Here is a tutorial vid that shows you the basics of dblue Glitch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcSLF...
It's an old plugin, but I'm broke, and can't afford the new V2.
Hey thanks for offering some live drums! I will definitely think about it.
Wow... thanks for the great comment on Falling Away. I had to refrain from saying I thought it sucked in the description because I didn't want people to get turned off. Malbec sounds really good right about now...
Thanks so much for your awesome comment on If You Want Him! You really made my day!
I don’t have cymbals yet so if I am ever in the area I will take you up on the attic drums. Thanks for listening and participating this year. Peace
"XTC meets Ben Folds." Ha! Thanks!
Of course you can. I'm the kind of person that loves creativity. helen w said that she would give it a go, too. I certainly encourage anyone to use the music to create...that is why I do what I do. I'm glad it inspired you!
Hey thanks! Actually, because it was Feb 1 and my whole day was disrupted by the intruders, I wasn't happy with them. Certainly not a peaceful song...haha. Wow, that is an amazing studio space and equipment that you have!! Great!
What about posting up a forum topic to see if there's a female singer interested in singing the song? Would be cool to hear what it sounds like with female vocals.
Thanks so much for your comment on Heading West! It's been so interesting to hear what people are getting out of the song.
Your comments make me laugh. Thanks for that. Oh and I love George Carlin. Of course he's gone...all those ahead of the game leave this dump.
Hi, thanks for all the great feedback! If there are typos on the blog I would like to know because I was too lazy to proof read the OCR app’s interpretation of the printout! 😄😜
Thank you for the kind comment! I went one better than the Ash, I had 3 guitars on the chorus! 😀
Good luck! I wonder what you will come up with...