Influences: Max Richter, Clint Mansell, Cliff Martinez, Mac Quayle, Philip Glass, Loscil, Gridlock, Brian Eno, Nine Inch Nails, Tangerine Dream, Joan Jeanrenaud, Nils Frahm, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Aes Dana, Deepchord
This year, my FAWM project is quite different from those I've done in the past: I'm creating a soundtrack for a beautifully-shot, black and white indie movie called Eating Cars that is currently in production. See http://www.imdb.com/title/tt7325582/ for more details. I also expect to have contributions from some co-conspirators in a band I play with, which should be interesting.
I expect to continue in a similar lush soundscape style to past years, but I intend to incorporate piano, which I have only dabbled with a few times before. We have a real piano, so I'm hoping that I can harness its acoustic qualities.
My typical styles range from ambient to IDM to Berlin School electronic (i.e. Tangerine Dream), sample mangling, modular synth weirdness, drones, etc.
I use a variety of hardware and software -- mostly analog synthesizers and sequencers (including Eurorack modular), but also a sampler, and a couple of guitar effects pedals. I also use some VST instruments and effects.
I may be recording some violin as well, but I'm not sure about that yet.
Guitar-wise, I will be using a Fender Strat, Gretsch Lap steel, and a Breedlove acoustic-electric.
I've done FAWM 6 times (well, only 5 times did I complete a full album) and aim to do so again this year.
No songs by this fawmer (yet).
Hope you’re around. Your stuff has been inspirational, and I look forward to hearing more.
Ps - congratulations on your new son! You’ll have more time for FAWM this year and next than you possibly will have for the following ten! 😬
Thank you for making contact! I’m not fully back into the swing of checking regularly so apologies for the delay in seeing it! Your film soundtrack sounds fascinating, I should like to see it.
Certainly up for trying a collaboration. Last year I was totally focused, having the concept of the family album meant that I came into the month with a notion of what theme each track might cover, and that is the hardest part for me I think. So this year I feel at a total loss.
As for fitting it around children, I did a lot in evenings after bedtimes and in naptimes on the days I wasn’t working (and therefore had the youngest at home). I couldn’t sustain that longterm but with the buzz of FAWM it really spurred me on! And the kids loved hearing them as they were on most tracks, so they were fairly forgiving of the time it took! I generally spent about 2 hours on a song.