Vom Vorton 17


Matlock UK   Jan 2007


Artist Bio

Influences:   the human league, other stuff


This is my first FAWM in a new house. Listen out for those extremely slightly different acoustics!


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  • @scubed  Apr 4

    I've been away for several weeks and have just read your lovely comments on "Moments of Joy." Thank you so much for listening and for your very kind words!

  • @irfrench  Mar 21

    Ha ha! No doubt we've shared a stage or two. And probably a few drinks. Weird thing is now I know its you the avatar makes total sense - don't take offence!

    Thanks for taking the time to listen to the stuff - I never really wrote when I was in DDF (only the occasional one) as Tom and Simon had that covered more than adequately so it's good to get back on the horse.

    I have some serious catching up to do so I'll be working my way through your output in the near future. I just experienced the @adforperu output - there's some amazing stuff on FAWM just waiting to heard. I hope I get to hear it before its too late!

  • @colgoo  Mar 21

    Thanks for commenting on "Pi Day Waltz"!

  • @atitlan  Mar 18

    Grateful to get any comment on 'Nine Times Out of Ten' given the late posting, so thanks a lot. The guitar sound is AAS GS-2 Strum, so not real guitar or samples, but synthesized using physical modelling. Depending on effects it seems to be a bit 'uncanny valley' with respect to real guitar.

  • @fineexcuses Mar 16

    Cheers for the comment on Amazing Slowdown, Vom. I think the version that would do it justice is all clattery and ancient in the verses like Tom Waits, and romantically transcendent in the chorus like Mercury Rev. I think it'd be an innaresting contrast.

  • @brrrse  Mar 14

    Thanks for your sweet words about "There she goes" "She" is the tall one in the picture. 6 foot and beautiful and so smart and talented. I wrote a song for all 3 of my kids.

  • @audrey  Mar 12

    Thank you so much for listening to and commenting on my songs "Different" and "Downsize to Us". You left such kind and encouraging comments. I appreciate it.

  • @karlsburg25  Mar 11

    Cheers matey. I still have a few of yours to get through but I shall. Am currently deaf thanks to stupid flu bug taking out my one and only ear!!!

  • @sailingmagpie  Mar 11

    Regarding your comment on Moth to a Flame, the reason the fuzz sounds so authentic is I've got one of these bad boys:


    My local music shop changed hands and they were trying to get rid of all the old stock, so I got it for £100 off.

  • @trolls2 Mar 11

    I'm glad you liked "I think of you". I've actually never seen schindler's list but somehow it seemed to fit in ...i appreciate your sensing the sadness in the humor of the lyrics too...

  • @trolls2 Mar 11

    I'm glad you liked "I think of you". I've actually never seen schindler's list but somehow it seemed to fit in ...i appreciate your sensing the sadness in the humor of the lyrics too...

  • @sph Mar 11

    Thank you for the comments on http://fawm.org/songs/64470/
    You're right I just unlocked the placeholder for this full version. I mixed it late last night, which might be the cause for the drums being too punchy - all I need is a pair of fresh ears and some more tips and tricks for improvement. Will also check out Jens Lekman...

  • @santadharma Mar 9

    Thank you for all your comments! Sorry we're still catching up from being in Ethiopia for work. Nice to come home to such kind words from you. Hope to listen to more tracks of yours soon.

  • @owl  Mar 9

    Hey, check out what @balancelost did! http://fawm.org/songs/63086/

  • @fineexcuses Mar 7

    Wotcha there, Vom. Cheers for the kind comments. You know, I really did like 'Mary Star Of The Sea', probably more than anything he's done since then. A bunch of good tunes on that one. Looking forward to diving into your offerings this year!

  • @karlsburg25  Mar 6

    Cheers fellow peak pal for all your comments. Once again a writing blast was had by all. Loving your output again matey . Maybe catch ya in the fish pond one of these days 😜

  • @nancyrost  Mar 4

    Glad to hear they still crop up on UK eBay. There was talk in the forums to the contrary, so I wondered.

  • @staticcaptain Mar 4

    That's for the nice comments on "FeierAbend." It occurs to me that, rather than Krautrock, it's more heavily influenced by the British group Stereolab, which in turn was influenced by Krautrock.

  • @nancyrost  Mar 4

    Just saw this reasonably priced four-track up on eBay. It's in the US, so I'm not sure about shipping:

  • @balancelost  Mar 3

    Advice heeded, and do I feel another song with a ridiculous storyline coming on?

  • @balancelost  Mar 3

    Should I only watch the first half of Phil Spectre then? Or better yet, start halfway through, is that an idea or what.

  • @shortdan  Mar 2

    A polyphonic analogue synth is all I'm really missing (ha, as if!). I'm very tempted!

  • @viktiglark  Mar 2

    Wow, thank you for all of the thoughtful comments, and for undertaking such a huge listening session for Mundane Space Adventures! That's just unbelievably cool. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    I hope you're not too burnt out from FAWM and you're able to start exploring your Minilogue!

    FWIW, those bell tones and some other pleasant sounds are made by turning the resonance all the way up, flipping the 'Key Track' parameter to its highest setting, and then 'tuning' the pitch that you get by adjusting the cutoff. You can bring in the VCOs underneath - they may be faint because of the cutoff, but I think that adds to the sound. Especially in chord mode, you can really layer a bunch of tones at once. It's such a joy!

  • @zecoop  Mar 1

    I'm finding them one by one, but FAWM decided to drop a lot of my watchlist this year, so I am adding you and many others back. Loved what I heard and I'll hear more. Thanks for the listens and comments. I really appreciated them and they meant a lot coming from you.

  • @trolls2 Feb 28

    i'm glad you enjoyed my 'dreamy' song 'mugshot' last night. I had fun recording it even though it was so late at night.

  • @frenchcricket  Feb 28

    The tracking does look a bit iffy! Have you seen the youtube of the guy trying to play Mario on it?


  • @adforperu  Feb 28

    Well it's gotta be done sometimes.. to be fair, sometimes you just don't want quantised beats - I do it too often and it can sound robotic. Awesome.. well, it's nearly bonus month..... have a 3 page review on my desk by 27th March. thanks.

  • @adforperu  Feb 28

    Ha oh sorry! It's just that off-beat snare thing at the end of each bar seems to throw off the start of the next a teeny tiny bit! Bah, that's the synth I want!

  • @shortdan  Feb 26

    YES! Book me in for next year then 👍 As for faves - book-wise 1984 has always been a favourite. The Handmaid's Tale has to be up there too. On screen - Logan's Run!

  • @shortdan  Feb 25

    Don't like Prince 😮 Haha, no I get it - he's definitely on the list of obvious marmite artists. I was a bit obsessed in my teenage years then kind of forgot him for 15+ years. He's recently had a bit of a renaissance for me though and I've been playing the odd album (or at least I was until he went Tidal exclusive!). Still can't take to anything he's done post 1991 though.

  • @balancelost  Feb 24

    Actually a quick search proves that to be bullshit. Sorry, should have factchecked before believing anything that came out of @girlsinuniform 's mouth. One would think I'd have learned that by now. (hangs head in shame)

  • @balancelost  Feb 24

    It constantly baffles me that Silver Sun weren't way bigger than (say) Weezer. Fun fact: did you know James Broad wrote Whole Again by Atomic Kitten? 😂

  • @repsurepa Feb 23

    Wow, thank you for the Nick Drake comparison! I love his music.

  • @songsville  Feb 19

    Hearts and crafts is so sweet, short and intense! Love it. And blu-tack, I wish I'd remembered that, it's very iconic and rhymeable .... I wasn't getting anywhere with trying to rhyme 'ink cartridge' ...

  • @songsville  Feb 19

    I've done a tribute song but I see I am behind the times as your sound has been rapidly evolving ... I guess it's still a bit like comfortable jumpers though. Anyway, thanks for being so inspiring! http://fawm.org/songs/60774/

  • @monotone Feb 19

    thanks for taking the time to check out 221!

  • @repsurepa Feb 18

    Thank you for your comments! Really nice to hear. If you want, take a listen of my new song and comment.

  • @thelowestbitter Feb 18

    Yes to the Trust Fund spot! My liner notes were getting very long so I didn't mention it in the end, but I was definitely inspired by the use of "clagged" on Michel's plan. It's a great word!

  • @owl  Feb 18

    I'm really excited for you to wake up and listen to the tracks I've sent you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1! I hope you like it

  • @tinam Feb 17

    i managed to download your auntie song in the end
    at the start of fawm i couldnt get anybodys songs to play & people said to me dont use internet explorer use chrome ...so i switched & the songs all played ....but...... they wont download in chrome! so i went back to IE & it worked ok...

  • @jiah  Feb 17

    Thanks for your comment! Another trick for piano is to just "tune" the electric piano in a way that makes the key for your song all white keys haha.

  • @jondelaney Feb 17

    Many thanks for your comments on "Remixed Feelings" Really appreciated, Cheers for listening

  • @shortdan  Feb 15

    Just downloading Polychord Mini for my iPhone. Good shout!

  • @shortdan  Feb 15

    I have looked now and again (including just now!). The ones in reasonable condition that work always seem to go for a fortune though. I'm watching three or four at the moment. Fingers crossed!

  • @marvsmooth  Feb 14

    Thank you Tom for the nice words about Storm pt 1.

    Actually the bass and the drums are both a case of me playing them for a number of bars, then picking out by the best section and creating a rhythm loop, with everything else added in live.

    I loved using the Moog and, in fact, it was nice to just have everything there at hand with areas mic'ed up ready, just in case an idea came.

    Not that they were all used, but two acoustic guitars (my Dobro and the studio's Yamaha), two electric guitars (my Ibanez Artcore and the studio's Gibson SG), the studio's bass guitar (Fender Precision - a four string as opposed to my own five), my tenor uke, my mandolin, drums, various percussion, piano, electric piano, and my didgeridoo were there just in case, but not all of it was used.

    Free time this year is not an easy thing to find, and my internet problems are making things tricky.

    Thanks again.

    Sorry for waffling on!

  • @samsorrow Feb 14

    thanks so much for listening and for your comment.

  • @frenchcricket  Feb 13

    And it WAS both. Good ear!

  • @fourzeroes Feb 13

    You seemed like you might, and one of the uk four track people has had to drop out. Do you know anyone who does still have one?

  • @fourzeroes Feb 13

    Have you got a four track?

  • @frenchcricket  Feb 13

    Thanks. Mixing that one nearly broke me. Something simple next!

  • @zecoop  Feb 12

    The low sound in my PSS170 song was in fact one higher than Cello (42) and was the "Strings" setting (43) A little more synthy meat sound to that one.

  • @zecoop  Feb 11

    Very cool - Let me know when you record something - I'd love to hear it!

  • @zecoop  Feb 11

    It is fun using the retro keyboards. I have that Yamaha and a Casio CT360, also from the 80s. I use them often actually, but not usually exclusively like that song was. I know the lead lines and chords were the elec organ 1 sound. I'll need to check what that beefy bass sound was. Definitely could have been cello.

  • @gerrybhoy Feb 11

    Thanks for the kind comments, much appreciated.

  • @lieke Feb 2016

    Thanks for your comment on Olé!
    It is a melodica! Wohoo! I love it.

  • @anouk Feb 2016

    Thank you so much for your comments I'm so experimenting with different kinds of writing inspiration now, it is my first year and I like it very much!

  • @arthurrossi Feb 2016

    Vom! I would like to thank you very much for your kind comment!

  • @fourlife Feb 2016

    Hey, thanks for comments on my song! Funny you should mention a demo because I literally just posted it when I saw your comment. I'd love it if you'd take a listen. Keep FAWMing!

  • @owl  Feb 2016

    Glad you liked the song! I'm thinking at some point I might try and make an entire song that's just vocals and stylophone just to see what would happen.

  • @thelowestbitter Feb 2016

    Okay so I'm definitely adding "Power Ballard" to the tags for Ballardian! Thanks for the comments

  • @frenchcricket  Feb 2016

    Thanks VV! You know how all music is based on tension/resolution? I have a theory that holds true for time signatures as well, so going to 4/4 is throwing a bone

  • @owl  Feb 2016

    Yeah, it's just a floor tom, although a special cult one made of human skin--good ear!

  • @popmythology  Feb 2016

    Yup, no worries!

  • @popmythology  Feb 2016

    Hmm... maybe. I'll think about it. I mean, it was definitely super fun last year. In the meantime, stop by my Superhero Challenge thread sometime and see if it interests you! http://fawm.org/forums/topic/5757/

  • @santadharma Feb 2016

    Thank you. We're huge fans of Tom Tom Club, so we take that as a huge compliment.

  • @owl  Feb 2016

    Miss Parker is Dorothy Parker! I added a note about it. But I think she was maybe a Mrs. and I got that wrong. Too late now! Onwards!

  • @musuko Feb 2016

    Yeah, I love my omnichord (probably too much haha.) I'm a bit stuck on simple chippy sounds and straight up, dropped in breakbeats right now. Hopefully I'll get it all out of my system and start other stuff as well!

  • @owl  Feb 2016

    Clearly all real bassists will soon be replaced by machines and will only betray their presence by inappropriate emotional responses to the Voight-Kampff test and also by playing bass for a measure and a half after everyone else has stopped.

    Lady Meow-Meow just left me a memento! Lily did too, I accidentally stepped in it this morning when I walked out of my bedroom without my glasses on.

  • @lieke Feb 2016

    Thanks so much for your comment on my first song. And have a great FAWM this year!

  • @kissinginpublic  Feb 2016

    Nooooo... A broken melodica is a sad thing. Oh well, there's a song in that somewhere.

  • @balancelost  Feb 2016

    Aaaah, that best of all fruits, the egg.

  • @balancelost  Feb 2016

    I mean, what order does the fruit go in? Not like ordering online or something. Alphabetical, size, pungency?

  • @radioovermoscow Feb 2016


  • @jonniegrunge  Feb 2016

    Howdy! Welcome back to FAWM!

  • @arthurrossi Jan 2016

    We will be listening out for those extremely slightly different acoustics! Have a great FAWM, Vom!

  • @caterwauler  Jan 2016

    Indeed, it's crazy... That almost makes me feel old, haha. Wishing you the best of acoustics in your new house, and the best of inspiration too.

  • @caterwauler  Jan 2016


  • @balancelost  Jan 2016

    Yeah, it's a new addition. I saw them on Sunday in their first ever UK show! They are totally wicked.

  • @balancelost  Jan 2016

    Word to thine face

  • @cts  Jan 2016

    What up, dude? Hope your FAWM is fulfilling and meaningful as a sunny day with two scoops of raisins in your bowl of bran flakes...that is, if you're into that kinda thing.

  • @seemanski  Jan 2016

    Things are great thanks I think I will probably struggle with FAWM this year, either that or I will write lots of silly baby songs that I can sing to Lucy.

  • @the3queens  Jan 2016

    Happy FAWMing!

  • @tinam Jan 2016

    hiya! I think I lost touch with what you were doing at 5090 or maybe you werent there? your songs are always so entertaining & clever,....good luck for FAWM!

  • @seemanski  Jan 2016

    Hello Tom. Congrats on the new house. Hope everything is going well for you, presumably your new digs are in Matlock.

  • @marvsmooth  Jan 2016

    Hey... *waves*

    Have you moved? *scratches head*

  • @orinoco  Jan 2016

    Ha, fair enough. Turns out taste is subjective. Who knew?

  • @karlsburg25  Jan 2016

    Alright there Peak district musical man. I have joined you now and am also a peak district musical man. Have a great FAWM dude

  • @orinoco  Jan 2016

    Re: Emma's solo stuff, out of interest were you listening to the EP on vinyl or download? I have the vinyl but not sure it's a great pressing - the downloads sound an awful lot closer to the quality of the live gig!

  • @rayboneor  Jan 2016

    It feels like the first time, like it never did before. Looking forward to some live drums in your new house

  • @shortdan  Jan 2016

    Oh man yeah, I've seen it alright. Very very tempting indeed. As you can store presets it looks like something you could use live too (unlike my Odyssey say, which would be a nightmare live!).

  • @shortdan  Jan 2016

    Hello there!

  • @oddbod  Jan 2016

    how do

  • @owl  Jan 2016

    oh, it ate the rest of the comment. I was just explaining that that's what Princess Diana ASCII art looks like in a non-fixed-width font and apparently with some whitespace normalization happening. I like her eyes and many terrifying chins.

    Let's make some Sounds soon!

  • @owl  Jan 2016


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  • @adforperu  Jan 2016

    Alright, bro.

  • @kristian  Jan 2016

    Wotcha! Kinda stole that line from EF; I dont know how you english say "hello"

  • @orinoco  Jan 2016

    That would be good, and hopefully will have more time this year... let's share our ridiculous ideas and see what we can do.

  • @orinoco  Jan 2016

    Hi you! Looking forward to hearing what you come up with this year!

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  • @atitlan  Jan 2016

    I only came across it because I periodically check the U-he forums for any progress on Zebra 3.