visiblydistorted 61


Canada   Jan 2014

Artist Bio

Influences:   Chill Step, Trip Hop, Deep House, Chill Hop, Electrostep, Psytrance, Baladi, musical scores, Industrial, EBM, Hard Rock, 90s and 00's Alternative Rock, international sounds, ambient.

Small town artist with big city experience. Love combining genres 😀 I write lyrics and poetry, play the djembe, (have dabbled in keyboard) and aspire to produce electronic music and 3D-animated music videos when I acquire the skills to do so. Challenged myself this FAWM not to throw anything out. This might explain a lot.

As for collaborating and adding music as per my song tags - I am open to any kind of reworking of the pieces I've posted, I've just recorded and uploaded them here for the sake of including a melody idea with my lyrics. Please, feel free to negotiate a creative expansion on these ideas 😀

I've been introduced to the terms "Crapcapella" by @yam655 and "a crapella" by @donna, and I totally dig it. I guess that's what the word is for my lo-fi vocal tracks? Anyway, humour and humility are aweseome *jazz hands*

Songs (61)

#1 Viennese Winter Dreams @benschiem  23
Feb 2017
#2 Alive 3
Feb 2017
#3 Warming Up 5
Feb 2017
#4 Stumbled 5
Feb 2017
#5 Ego Determines Capacity 7
Feb 2017
#6 Candy Popper 3
Feb 2017
#7 The Element of Surprise (Fine) 4
Feb 2017
#8 Songs That Pay 6
Feb 2017
#9 Pusher's Theme 2
Feb 2017
#10 Always Listenin' 2
Feb 2017
#11 Songs that Pay @ductapeguy  20
Feb 2017
#12 Just Run 2
Feb 2017
#13 Candy Poppin' @michaelepic 2
Feb 2017
#14 Can't Wait For Spring Again 2
Feb 2017
#15 Critical Thinking 3
Feb 2017
#16 Catch A Wave 3
Feb 2017
#17 Jaden 2
Feb 2017
#18 Dodging Diamond Rings 2
Feb 2017
#19 Skelephant 3
Feb 2017
#20 Healer's Prayer 1
Feb 2017
#21 Spaces Tween Words 1
Feb 2017
#22 Small Talk 2
Feb 2017
#23 Small Talk @ductapeguy  9
Feb 2017
#24 Spiritual Laxatives 1
Feb 2017
#25 Hilarious Strategic Plan 2
Feb 2017
#26 A Lap Dance for my Headstone 8
Feb 2017
#27 The Faerie Knight 3
Feb 2017
#28 MAX 2
Feb 2017
#29 Isn't A Romance Story 3
Feb 2017
#30 Utilitarianism 1
Feb 2017
#31 Zamboni Twice 3
Feb 2017
#32 Queen of Disks 2
Feb 2017
#33 Storytime Again 2
Feb 2017
#34 Morning After Valentines 4
Feb 2017
#35 Beware of the Goblins 3
Feb 2017
#36 Dupe the Consumers 2
Feb 2017
#37 My Magic Bag 1
Feb 16
#38 Humbly Magnificent 2
Feb 17
#39 Spelling, Be. 2
Feb 17
#40 Loose Troubles 2
Feb 17
#41 Spring Again @izaakalexander  17
Feb 18
#42 Welcome To Our Home 1
Feb 19
#43 Emergency S-- (NSFW) 1
Feb 19
#44 We Stand Still 3
Feb 19
#45 Long, Hot Night 2
Feb 19
#46 Over The Edge 6
Feb 19
#47 All the long hot nights @timfatchen  10
Feb 19
#48 Powers Three 4
Feb 19
#49 Fate 4
Feb 19
#50 Never On A Road Trip 6
Feb 19
#51 Mouse and Lion 2
Feb 20
#52 Time To Fly 1
Feb 21
#53 Trust 1
Feb 21
#54 Inner Critic 2
Feb 21
#55 Call My Joints Ideas 1
Feb 21
#56 MaFiChMo 1
Feb 22
#57 Social Media Anxiety 2
Feb 22
#58 Rash Decisions 1
Feb 23
#59 She Cries At Night 1
Feb 26
#60 The Hungry Farmer's Bountiful Harvest 1
Feb 28
#61 Tongues 1
Feb 28


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  • @chrishope  Feb 23

    i mean Shit Girl! or shit lady! you choose 😉

  • @siebass  Feb 23

    Sorry to distract you with my avatar; I thought it would be cool to turn the shadow of my handle in to the word "FAWM", so that's what I did. I didn't think it would turn into a point of confusion! Thanks for the listen and the comment on It Smells like Purple.

  • @odilongreen  Feb 23

    Thanks you for your non-Zong-busting comment on my zong-song! 😀

  • @yam655  Feb 23

    Here's a couple links for you, 😀 first, the forum post regarding the Slack channel:

    Then, you have the 50/90:

  • @andygetch  Feb 22

    Thanks for the listen and kind comment on The Last Words.

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 21

    Thanks for listening and commenting on "Fate". Glad you liked it. Have a great week.

  • @vaticanvamps14 Feb 21

    Thanks for your kind comment 😀

  • @snoozin  Feb 19

    I think we Canucks have a unique view of things 😉

  • @yam655  Feb 19

    Have folks talked to you about 50/90 yet? It's 90 days to write 50 songs. I mean, since you're nearly at 50 songs in February... 😉

    If you ever want a breather from song-writing, there's several of us that hang out on the Slack channel, too. 😀

  • @thetau  Feb 19

    You've got my attention
    Russ 😀 😀

  • @lowhum  Feb 19

    Thanks for your comment on "The Edge will provide". Just as a pun it occurred to me that it could have a pre-title: "Since Bono doesn't..." 😀)

  • @timfatchen  Feb 19

    I thought it came out well too! And so different from my own! I love my cigarbox! <3 Two afternoons in the shed to make it!

  • @timfatchen  Feb 19

    You said you were going to record a demo at Reasonable o'clock, so I'll put my backing + singing up shortly as a collab between us and label it "Long Hot Nights (Collab)", okay? Will avoid confusion between that and both of our personal versions.

  • @timfatchen  Feb 19

    i'll do a bluesish cbg thing with #45, if you want to list me as collab. about 20 mins (lo-fi!)

  • @ductapeguy  Feb 19

    My goodness. Did you stay up all night skirnisging?

  • @dunwich  Feb 19

    Adorno was all about the Negative Dialectic, so it's completely fair to bring up the Frankfurt School guys! In case you never get to those uni books, the tl;dr version of those guys is: capitalism is the worst and dominates every aspect of your life. You know, uplifting stuff 😝

  • @dunwich  Feb 19

    Not a bad idea! But actually it comes from the philosophical and political idea of the dialectic - the idea that something new (a synthesis) can be born out of a concept (thesis) and its opposite (antithesis). I tried to explore that musically, with Synthesis containing ideas from both Thesis and Antithesis.

  • @michaelepic Feb 19

    LOL dang! You've written 40 songs! You're on FYAAAAAAH 🔥🔥🔥 great job!

    Thanks for your comment on 90s swag lol I'm glad it made you laugh! Usually I try to write serious dance pop songs but this time I just said fuck it and focused on all the coolest stuff from the 90s lol

  • @ductapeguy  Feb 17

    Look at you. 40 songs. You can have your own hit parade.

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 17

    Thanks for your Nice comments on "Im so over you"!

  • @mungus  Feb 17

    Your comment on Look Back On It Fondly meant a lot for me to read - You hit the nail on the head, and put it very poetically. Thank you, I'd swear from your comment that you know me, I'd no idea I'd successfully expressed myself with that track.

  • @yam655  Feb 16

    Congratulations on hitting Century Club! 😀

  • @timfatchen  Feb 2017

    Not to worry. All sorts of things creep into my stuff (well, at least the non-Flying Tadpole stuff) that I didn't intend and wasn't planning, but they're there all the same. When you're properly in the writing groove as you seem to be at the moment, there's something else in control.

  • @timfatchen  Feb 2017

    "you don't find the chocolate smeared on my face/ don't need to mind my waist part a little bit funny and sarcastic"? It brings a smile, sort of, but that's what really gives the whole lyric its forlornness. It conjurs up an image of a lonely soul, normally careful about appearances, willing to forget the waistline just for a romantic or at least comforting chocolatey time with a Significant Other who doesn't exist, Yet. I hope someone nice finds her.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 2017

    Thanks for listening and saying nice stuff about 'Lie Down'. I was a little nervous posting something like that but you have given me strength with your encouragement.

  • @yam655  Feb 2017

    A children's book about philosophical concepts? That sounds freaking _awesome_. Yeah, I could see the song as an experiment along those lines.

    I've adapted essay (about Fermi's Paradox) and short story (The Cats of Ulthar) to song.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 2017

    Thanks for dropping by and your kind words. I'm a bit behind on demos but hope to get to some this week...

  • @ductapeguy  Feb 2017

    I love how you share your mind's eye narrative for instrumentals. I can't say I thought that deeply about the Noodles Ascend, but yup.

  • @aprilm Feb 2017

    Yes, it's kind of an anti-gushy-Valentine song. Thanks for checking out Your Sweet Valentine. I really had fun putting it together. Gotta love the raunchy blues!

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 2017

    Thanks for your comments on "Sweat and Blood". I'm glad you liked it. BTW giggling is my awesomeometer too. Hope we get more giggles out of the rest of FAWM.

  • @janeg  Feb 2017

    Thanks for your comment on Blood Prophet. Making people super curious and wanting to,read the book was my goal.

  • @standup  Feb 2017

    Thanks for listening to "I'm not going to New York City," I think you got what it I had in mind. The narrator is a petulant mofo pretending he didn't want what he can't have anyway. Because he didn't accept it. Thanks!

  • @acromie Feb 2017

    Thanks for your idea on my currently untitled piece. Although not exactly what I was looking for, perhaps it may be inspiration for another song.

  • @arthurrossi Feb 2017

    Thanks so much for your lovely comment!

  • @jessica14  Feb 2017

    Thank you for listening to "Breaking no more bread"!

  • @ductapeguy  Feb 2017

    You keep a 'rocking. Have you checked out some of the instrumentals needing lyrics by @monplaisir or @plainwhitetoast? Some of them might strike your fancy and you could record your vocals over them using audacity.

  • @cloudhopper  Feb 2017

    thank you for your review of "its not the thief... its hard to be a player of middle eastern instruments in the midwest without some hill billy/hippie showing lol

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 2017

    Call me mitochondria if you want! Looks like I need to check out some of your songs!

  • @krayzie003  Feb 2017

    Thanks for listening to my song. Glad you enjoyed and got the humor in it.

  • @ductapeguy  Feb 2017

    That trophy looks good next to your profile pic. Keep 'em coming. There are 3 weeks left in FAWM.

  • @ductapeguy  Feb 2017

    You are rocking the FAWM. You may just be over your 14 before our Saturday songwriting group. Keep it up.

  • @michaelepic Feb 2017

    Thank you! It really did! I'm super pumped and super proud of the song we wrote!

  • @sph  Feb 2017

    Thanks for commenting on "Sweet Summer Sun". It's a fun collab.

  • @iankraemer Feb 2017

    hey, thanks for the comment! 😁

    the song's actually literally from the perspective of this guy who is actually an alien so... heh yeah

  • @metalfoot  Feb 2017

    Midland, as in right around the corner from Port McNicoll, where I spent most of my childhood? Cheers!

  • @yam655  Feb 2017

    Yes, go ahead and mark me as a collaborator on the lyrical version of Warming Up if you get a demo. I'd love to hear it. I feel a little silly getting it when I've provided you with just a few words, but then I recall that some people have given shared credits when someone helped them out with a single word they were stuck with. It's no fun to feel stuck.

    Just know that for legal purposes, I distribute my stuff as Creative Commons Attribution (S.W. Black). It means you can to use a commercial license and make all of the money from it, and I just get my name listed as a writer. (It may seem like this is unlikely to matter right now, but this means you don't have to worry if it ever matters in the future.)

    And, yeah, that's seriously how I roll. I have an album on Bandcamp that's not only CC-BY licensed, and pay-if-you-want... it includes the complete songbook. (A songbook with source available!) I self-describe as a mad artist for a reason. 😀

  • @yam655  Feb 2017

    Just an FYI, you want to respond to people on their wall for them to see the reply most easily.

    I tried to think of lyrics for your "Warming Up" song. I broadly broke the drum sounds down in to three noises, "thump", "ratta", and "pop". Then if you know the sequence of sounds, you should be able to map it to words... but I had problems getting the sequencing correct.

    I do, however, have a simple mapping that *might* work for you:

    ratta : fuzzy
    pop : cat
    thump : ow

    With the words directly mapped to drum sounds it should be easy to remember. It's like a song about petting a cat whose nails need trimmed.

  • @ductapeguy  Feb 2017

    So sorry I missed that you were FAWMing-- and you're kicking butt. I will go and comment on your songs now. We need to get together and write another one this month. The last one was a keeper. Did you get anything out of the verb cloud exercise we did? Should I post that picture on the forums as a challenge?

  • @izaakalexander  Feb 2017

    I'm pretty much ready to collaborate. If you have a set of lyrics for me just email them and I'll start musicifying them and bouncing ideas off of you. If you have any particular instrument sounds in mind, let me know.

  • @michaelepic Feb 2017

    I emailed you!

  • @benschiem  Feb 2017

    Thank you for your comment! I love that image of curiously unpacking a present that was wrapped into too much paper. That just fits perfectly! I would totally go for your suggestions to put a bit of Djembe on it, or Handclapping. Do you want to give it a try? How do we do that? I am completely new on this 😀 do I send you my garage band file?

  • @visiblydistorted Feb 2017

    @yam655 "Sheet music for the ears" really resonates with me, because I have always learned to play by ear. I dig it. I can read basic baaaasic sheet music, but don't ask me to write it, or tabs! lol.

    I do have a copy of LMMS sitting around waiting for me to do some tutorials. I was messing with Blender for a bit trying to figure out how to edit videos or build basic models or anything it does for that matter, and let that go by the wayside. So maybe picking up LMMS isn't a bad idea. I have seen FLStudio in action before and I am assuming it's a similar concept. Always happy to have some nudges in the direction of skills!

  • @yam655  Feb 2017

    I'm glad you like the word "crapcapella." 😀 I didn't want people to have the wrong expectation about what they were going to be hearing when I started posting songs. The word seemed to convey fair warning. 😀

    Still, though, time and time again, when someone takes one of my crapcapella songs and covers it, it's not just "woo! those are my lyrics" it's a resonant, "That's *my* song. That's what I heard, just better." That's really what I love about the genre. It's like sheet music for the ears.

    I'm slowly working my way up to making lead sheets, but I have no real musical training, so things are all very wobbly.

    Do you have software to dabble in electronic music? Because, if you're going to just "dabble", you can get started for free. Acquiring the skills, for many things, is a matter of practice. Check out if you need software.