yam655 25


Indiana USA   Apr 2011


Artist Bio

Influences:   Other FAWM musicians. Crap art. Mad poets.

This year I'm doing an endurance improvisation challenge where I'll write 1026 songs from January 1st through the end of the year. It's an endurance improvisation challenge. Details: http://yam655.com/1026.html

It comes down to three improvised songs a day, with about two weeks of missed/sick/off days.

My expected FAWM participation may be more minimal than it has been in the past. I do want to do a couple skirmishes, and I'll be commenting on those songs, but...

Last year's FAWM output was all about "not crapcapella". This year returns to my crapcapella roots.

This year's 1026 output is focused on "story seeds." They're songs that can be explored further as a story, or directly contain a glimpse of a story.

UPDATE: I'm working on "FAWM Squared" right now, where I write fourteen fully improvised 14 song albums during February. I live-stream the whole thing so that folks can clearly see the process.

Feb 20th, 2018 UPDATE: The FAWM Squared is still on track. 10 14-track albums improvised! Only 4 more to go!

Songs (25)

#1 First Fruits (14 song album) 2
3 weeks
#2 Not that love 1
1 week
#3 Chariot (14 song album) 5
1 week
#4 Lady corner (14 song album) 1
1 week
#5 To be announced at the appropriate time 7
1 week
#6 The Winter Olympics (14 song album) 2
1 week
#7 O, pear or ape? 3
1 week
#8 Herding Kittens (9 song EP.) 3
1 week
#9 Bodies and Bucks 9
1 week
#10 Voice (9 song EP) 4
1 week
#11 Take the Bait (14 song album) 3
1 week
#12 The Art of Socialism (3in10) 2
1 week
#13 What the heck was his name again? (14 songs) 1
1 week
#14 Here I Go Again (Travel skirmish) 10
6 days
#15 Happy Birthday, Burr Settles! 11
6 days
#16 I know nothing 9
6 days
#17 Slow 4
6 days
#18 The Cusp (9 track EP) 4
6 days
#19 Beat (14 track album) 4
5 days
#20 Addiction 7
5 days
#21 I'll have another (14 track album) 5
5 days
#22 Love Songs (14 track album) ZONG
2 days
#23 Wonders to Silence (14 track album) ZONG
2 days
#24 Mr. Shape ... (14 song album) ZONG
1 day
#25 Scream It Away (14 track album) ZONG
10 hours


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  • @coolparadiso  1 day

    Thx for your constructive thoughts on just one more. I suspect you are right. I have not revisited my skirmish songs so it may be true of a few. Im hoping early March to decide which songs are worth progressing and tidying up and adding some production. Thx again

  • @jwhanberry  3 days

    Thanks for your comments on my skirmish songs. Much appreciated. You asked about "Steal the beat" in Addiction. It probably came to mind because I was "stealing" the beat from the previous skirmish but for the story of the song it's about being on the street, hearing a beat and using it. The song is about addiction to songwriting so maybe that makes sense in that context.

  • @fonte  5 days

    Thanks for your kind comment on my first skirmish! Yes I think I've seen the light....

  • @haim  1 week

    Thank you for the explenation about your procces, wow, that's very interesting and inspiring. You are like a Goro you should teach people some calmness and concentration.

  • @heuristicsinc  1 week

    Re: my Lady Corner, I got the feeling she liked the other one better (Vaporize). Or maybe she was just feeling less demonstrative yesterday...

  • @complexissimple 1 week

    'S definitely stereo, it's just only recording to one of the stereo tracks. Is there a way to change the settings befoe recording so it isn't all panned left in the first place?

  • @complexissimple 1 week

    Thanks for your *constructive* comment about the recording on "Lady Corner". I've been getting lots of comments this year complaining that my recorded audio is all on the left (it always has been, just people seem to be noticing it more lately). It's been like that so long I don't know if it's something that we did deliberately at some point because one of the earbuds I use while recording is broken, or if I just think the earbud's broken because it's always been panned left. Either way, I'm not sure how to change it. I'm not even sure if it's the settings in Audacity or for the whole computer that I should be looking at. It doesn't really bother me, but the comments kind of do. Any help would be appreciated!

  • @mardeycranbleson  1 week

    Hey thanks for checking out my songs and the comments! I'm checking out more of your stuff and I like your style and work ethic!

  • @brrrse  1 week

    Glad you enjoyed Lady Corner! I enjoyed the prompt. Thank you!

  • @bejubi 1 week

    Thanks for the note about my song and the instruction on responding to folks!

  • @skylermf 1 week

    Thank you so much for the nice note on my soundboard! I totally agree with you about the 60/30/10 rule. I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist so skirmishes help with that a lot.
    Have a great FAWM!

  • @darcistrutt  1 week

    Ah... I was listening on my phone and not looking at the video. If we skirmish together again I’ll watch.

  • @haim  1 week

    Haha it was my pleasure to watch, I love unusual things! Howcome you can stay focused for so long? Tell me something about your process... and yeah I had to listen to a bit of each song because I am trying to really listen to everybody especially on skirmished, and you took the time to come up with so many words so who am I to just give you a 30 seconds listen? It was really amusing to browse throught the songs. cool stuff.

  • @treble  1 week

    Thanks so much for your comments on my skirmish song Bodies & Bucks! Loved your interpretation of this prompt!

  • @tuneslayer2018  1 week

    Thanks for the suggestions, I'm pretty new to all of this and anything I can do to make the process easier, faster, sound better or just better in general is greatly appreciated.

  • @acousticmaddie  1 week

    Oh thats really interesting surely I hace several times been surprised how people interpret things I wrote (that was not intended like the interpretations). I think its the beauty of our art. We see shades in different colors.
    Thanks for telling me how it was intended. I really heard it the other way .♥

  • @tuneslayer2018  1 week

    Hi and thanks for the welcome! I am hoping to get some demo tracks put together somewhere along the way but I seem to have a rough time getting anything persentable when it's just me and the banjo. However I just bought a copy of Band In A Box and am hoping to post a demo or two as time goes on. I doubt I'd be able to do it within the hour usually allocated for a skirmish anytime soon -- it's easy but like any other instrument it takes a bit of work to learn all the nuances and get it to do exactly what you want it to -- but then last night in about a half hour I knocked together a basic rockabilly backing track for "Dead Man Rockin'" which I wrote yesterday, so we'll see what I can come up with. Do you do things like four-part harmonies? I have a song or two that could benefit from some vocals. Thanks again!

  • @arthurrossi 1 week

    Thank you so much for your kind comment!

  • @metalfoot  1 week

    I will try to listen to your Lady Corner album later. I don't have the mental concentration to do it now.

  • @visiblydistorted 1 week

    Thanks for pointing out the abruptness of the ending of the Winter Olympics song. I felt like it wasn't done, but I wasn't sure I'd get caught 😉 Yeah, so I'm looking for a collab to help me figure it out hehe. Thanks for taking the time!

  • @visiblydistorted 1 week

    Hehe, no worries, it was fun and cheeky to go ahead with the prompt that way. I don't mind. Did you have one you were going to use?

  • @francessmith 3 weeks

    Thanks for your comment on Monochrome. Children are truly lovely creatures, but you should, at some point, make the music that pleases you, not that pleases them. It'd be good to hear more instrumental music from you. Eventually you should find it easier to find a space in the middle, that combines both vocals, and music. I've found it very hard, it's just because I could never have sung unaccompanied, I had to persist, but I'm still learning.

  • @odilongreen  3 weeks

    I look forward to whatever exquisitely weird crapcapella tunes you're able to grace us with this year!

  • @cairobraga 3 weeks

    oh honey, crapcapella all over my ears! looking forward to hearing your tunes. send my queer love to your kids as well!

  • @fearlessflight2014  4 weeks

    Welcome!! I very much look forward to your latest creative offerings. 😀 More Crapcapella!!

  • @chandra83 4 weeks


  • @unpronounceable  4 weeks

    I hope to create some songs that surprise me 😀

  • @unpronounceable  4 weeks

    Roots! Yay! Looking forward to some wonderful crap this year!

  • @andygetch  5 weeks

    Hi Steven, looking forward to seeing your 1026 in progress!