yam655 71

@yam655

  Apr 2011

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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!

Feb 25th, 2018 UPDATE: The FAWM Squared is complete! Fourteen 14-track improvised albums have been created this month.

Final tally: I had 31 songs complete for the year on February 1st. I have 301 songs complete for the year now. This means 270 songs were improvised during February. It almost makes me want to do 10 more songs, just so I could also have ten songs for every day of the month. Almost. But I'm also double where I need to be for my 1026 project, so I'm going to rest.

Songs (71)

#1 First Fruits (14 song album) 2
Feb 1
#2 Not that love 2
Feb 10
#3 Chariot (14 song album) 5
Feb 10
#4 Lady corner (14 song album) 1
Feb 10
#5 To be announced at the appropriate time 7
Feb 10
#6 The Winter Olympics (14 song album) 2
Feb 10
#7 O, pear or ape? 4
Feb 10
#8 Herding Kittens (9 song EP.) 3
Feb 10
#9 Bodies and Bucks 9
Feb 10
#10 Voice (9 song EP) 4
Feb 10
#11 Take the Bait (14 song album) 3
Feb 10
#12 The Art of Socialism (3in10) 2
Feb 10
#13 What the heck was his name again? (14 songs) 1
Feb 13
#14 Here I Go Again (Travel skirmish) 10
Feb 16
#15 Happy Birthday, Burr Settles! 11
Feb 17
#16 I know nothing 9
Feb 17
#17 Slow 4
Feb 17
#18 The Cusp (9 track EP) 4
Feb 17
#19 Beat (14 track album) 4
Feb 17
#20 Addiction 7
Feb 17
#21 I'll have another (14 track album) 5
Feb 17
#22 Love Songs (14 track album) 1
Feb 21
#23 Wonders to Silence (14 track album) 1
Feb 21
#24 Mr. Shape ... (14 song album) 2
Feb 22
#25 Scream It Away (14 track album) 1
Feb 23
#26 SS2324-I 3in10 3
Feb 24
#27 You Were There for Me 8
Feb 24
#28 No Wonder 6
Feb 24
#29 Getting Boulder 6
Feb 24
#30 The secret of my success (14 track album) 4
Feb 24
#31 Round Up 9
Feb 25
#32 Yo! Simple Gut! 1
Feb 25
#33 Feel (6 song EP) 4
Feb 25
#34 ...And we laughed and laughed and laughed! 2
Feb 25
#35 Explosion 5
Feb 25
#36 Green Note / Green Button (14 track album) 3
Feb 25
#37 Headache 7
Feb 25
#38 Goodbye 11
Feb 25
#39 Classic Title Challenge (5 song EP) 1
Feb 25
#40 Creepy Songs 1
Feb 26
#41 A Sleepy Song 2
Feb 26
#42 The Saddest Song 2
Feb 26
#43 Drive-By Skirmishing (14 skirmishes in an hour) 1
Feb 27
#44 Bouncing Heads 2
Mar 1
#45 Don't Bounce My Head 1
Mar 1
#46 Bouncing Between Worlds 1
Mar 1
#47 Bounce Back Home 1
Mar 1
#48 Bouncy Bounce-Bounce 1
Mar 1
#49 The Children are Bouncing 1
Mar 1
#50 Even Bouncy Children Sleep 1
Mar 1
#51 Bouncing Fingers on the Keyboard 1
Mar 1
#52 Bouncing Balls on the Screen 1
Mar 1
#53 Bouncing Tigers 1
Mar 1
#54 B-ounce 1
Mar 1
#55 I might bounce 1
Mar 1
#56 They did not bounce your check 1
Mar 1
#57 Thank you for the check 1
Mar 1
#58 Escape Velocity 1
Mar 1
#59 Lost in space 1
Mar 1
#60 Escaping the gravity well of your heart 1
Mar 1
#61 Escape room with velocity 1
Mar 1
#62 Escaping that hair 1
Mar 1
#63 Out in space, you need a spacesuit, not hair 1
Mar 1
#64 Floating in a vat of brains 1
Mar 1
#65 Use a backup brain 1
Mar 1
#66 Don't Hoover the Computer 1
Mar 1
#67 Little Jim the Turnip 1
Mar 1
#68 The Radishes will Conquer Space 1
Mar 1
#69 I've lost my mind 1
Mar 1
#70 Going Deep Inside (Without My Mind) 1
Mar 1
#71 FAWM Escape Velocity 1
Mar 1

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  • @hummingbear Mar 8

    Thanks for your comments on "If You Share with a Bear," and "Carabiner." Yeah, carabiner is totally metaphorical! Glad you caught that.

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 28

    Thanks for the kind words on Behind SIlent doors<3

  • @mantra  Feb 28

    Maew mew. Eow eew aew. Meow.
    [Very interesting, thanks for sharing your process. Me, I don't want to work under pressure, but my human has followed an improvisation course in a Conservatoire years ago, and she learnt how to frame her experiments. It's the first time I make a whole fawm on my own (I sometimes took part in my brother @mojo's songs, but I never really played until this year. My human and I have a lot of things to discover about each other yet. Maybe there will be a live process at some point (there was one with @mojo). Anyway, my human says I break enough standard musical rules to make the non-live process most pleasurable.]

  • @wacha  Feb 28

    Thank you for your kind words on "Things Pile Up", I had a lot of fun working on that song.

  • @aprilm  Feb 28

    Ha! I always have to do one protest/activist song - Spies and Lies is bit depressing...but I just couldn't resist the turn of phrase "Coming heroes with colourful capes, pull the drapes"

  • @treble  Feb 28

    Slow getting back to you, but I think you're onto something suggesting that I was typing son instead of song because our songs are like children to us. 😏

  • @treble  Feb 28

    Thanks so much for your kind words about my skirmish song, Explosions of Joy. Glad you thought it was fun, -it was a fun prompt!

  • @mantra  Feb 28

    Maow eow hhm. Aow mehew mmr. 🐾
    [Mantra thanks your son and your daughter for their comments. He's glad they enjoyed his music. The squeaking they heard comes from Mr Squeakers, who as his name suggests, is supposed to squeak in the most perfect manner. No dog was involved of course. That would be too dangerous for them.]

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 27


    Oh my goodness Dupletarion Warrior you are AWESOME!! You took the time to write 200 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your hefty contribution to our community. You have 200 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!

  • @fourzeroes Feb 26

    Wow. There's some determination. I like the concept of crapcapella.

  • @alphanerg Feb 26

    Thank you, I am glad you guys enjoyed the song "Mysterious Cardboard Box". Seeing how Generation Z likes it, i think catcore is the future πŸ˜€ The squeaking you heard might have been Mr. Squeakers vocals? Unless you are talking about the first couple seconds of the song, in which case it was something Mantra did on the Synth, but i have no idea what it was. There are no dogs in this though, just cats.

  • @cairobraga Feb 26

    it is about Bitcoin, indeed! more specifically the fact that it was also co-opted and kidnapped by the "old capitalist establishment". though digital micropayments may also fit more loosely as well.

  • @siebass  Feb 25

    Thanks for your kind comments on the bathroom song and the car song. There was only one cut on the main vocal on the car, as I thought I was done, but then a minute later thought of another verse, and turned the recording app back on. Tons of sequence on the backing though. You are prolific as always, I will take a few random picks for comments. I'm always impressed with how you manage to follow a thread.

  • @haim  Feb 25

    Thank you on your comment on my skirmish "Took the bait"... I think you are right. I try to give my songs a chance, but on that particular skirmish I was really stressed and I had my confidence level so low that it hurts. The nice comments helped me to realize I'm too hard on myself, after all, fawm, and especially skirmishes on fawm are for fun and for experimenting.

  • @treble  Feb 24

    I'm in an alternate universe at the moment. This computer won't allow me to type a 4 letter word that starts with s and ends with g.

  • @treble  Feb 24

    Actually I meant son, not son. πŸ˜€

  • @treble  Feb 24

    Thanks so much for your comments on my skirmish son, "No Excuse."

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 21

    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  Feb 19

    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  Feb 17

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

  • @haim  Feb 12

    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  Feb 12

    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 Feb 12

    '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 Feb 11

    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  Feb 11

    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  Feb 11

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

  • @bejubi Feb 11

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

  • @skylermf Feb 11

    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  Feb 11

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

  • @haim  Feb 10

    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  Feb 10

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

  • @tuneslayer2018  Feb 10

    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  Feb 10

    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 .β™₯

  • @tuneslayer2018  Feb 10

    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 Feb 10

    Thank you so much for your kind comment!

  • @metalfoot  Feb 10

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

  • @visiblydistorted Feb 10

    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 πŸ˜‰ Yeah, so I'm looking for a collab to help me figure it out hehe. Thanks for taking the time!

  • @visiblydistorted Feb 10

    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 Feb 2

    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  Jan 31

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

  • @cairobraga Jan 27

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

  • @fearlessflight2014  Jan 23

    Welcome!! I very much look forward to your latest creative offerings. πŸ˜€ More Crapcapella!!

  • @chandra83  Jan 22

    \m/

  • @unpronounceable  Jan 20

    I hope to create some songs that surprise me πŸ˜€

  • @unpronounceable  Jan 20

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

  • @andygetch  Jan 19

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