Influences: Tim Hecker, Loscil, John Luther Adams, Biosphere, Gas, Ben Frost, Max Richter, Peter Gabriel, Arvo Part, Popol Vuh, Philip Glass, Gridlock, Autechre, Brian Eno, Nine Inch Nails, Tangerine Dream, Joan Jeanrenaud, Nils Frahm, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Alio Die, Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Aes Dana, Deepchord, The Caretaker
Last year (2019), I worked with my friend Kurt (locally), and we recorded an album that mostly consisted of my viola playing, while he manipulated my sounds in real time with his Eurorack modular synth/effects. We had a few "suites" with multiple movements each.
This year we're going to take that concept and explore it a bit differently, using existing recordings from early 78rpm records, and using them as source material, rather than my viola playing. This will give us more of a variety of sounds and, I think, a sense of nostalgia from the old records. Yet the extent to which we mutate the source sounds into something completely different will lead to a result that doesn't sound much like the raw records, and that sounds different from our other work.
|#2||A shadow cast by darkness||
|#3||In a Kreisler reverie||
|#6||Shards of humanity||
|#8||The blurring of the shale||
|#9||A survey of extant shapes across the plain||
|#10||Beneath the surface||
|#14||Swirling in a brook||
Hey, thanx for producing so much interesting and experimental music this FAWM!!
I always love your tunes!
Thanks for listening to Angel. The guitar solo leans heavily on the Walrus Julia pedal, ostensibly a chorus but does some wacky pitch warble stuff.
Thanks for listening to "Made out of love". A lot of the lower pitched sounds are cymbal decay, something I lucked into recently. Cymbals do a crash, yes, but if you listen from a short distance, there's a tone in the decay that's often a really low note, and a really rich sound. So I recorded some cymbals, edited out the crash, and cranked up the decay note. It was fun.
The sub bass stuff is probably a cymbal that I then pitch shifted down and octave or two.
Hey - now's the song online. I'm looking forward to your comment on the music - much more interesting if you don't speak german. Thanks for checking me out though.
That is awesome. I will listen through your Periodic Table album! 😀 Thanks for the kind words. I'm slowly plugging away at it; FAWM and 50/90 last year, FAWM this year... maybe by 2025 I'll be done. LOL (though I suppose the synthesized elements above 104 or so are really only worth 10x10s, aren't they?)
Wow, thank you for all the listens & great comments! I'm glad you're enjoying my musical journey this year. I'm really enjoying yours. Makes me want to pull out the small collection of '78's I own (they were actually left in the closet of my son's room when we moved into the house shortly after we bought it. I've never actually listened to them (my record player doesnt have a 78 RPM setting), but you're inspiring me to find a way to play them).
See You In The Shadows…
Thanks for dropping by again!! I'm getting battered at work, but I'm looking forward to catching up on your tracks this weekend. Speak soon
Thank you for the comment on "Käärme". And also thank you for the comparison to Agalloch, one of the best bands ever! : D
Holy moly, that Melodica guy is crazy talented! I need me one of them flexy blowy tubes!
You're welcome for the comment.
That's what I saw when I listened to your track. 😀
Thanks very much for taking the time to listen to my track and, especially, for the feedback. That is much appreciated!
Thanks for the feedback!
Thx for once again for you`re comments!
Thanks for your kind comments. I like to express my thoughts on topical news through music. Glad you liked them, I’m working on one more.
Thank you for your comments on "A Frozen Glance" and "The Scavenger's Hunger", I really appreciate it! Yeah, death metal is mostly done with lower growls, but it also can be and has been done with higher harsh vocals as well : ) I didn't feel that low growls would've fit the song's atmosphere, as I felt it needed something raw.
Thanks for the tip about archive.org having 78s. I had no idea.
My tracks are specific lengths because I want the album time to be 17m31s (the Beowulf manuscript was almost destroyed in a fire in 1731) and I really enjoy working within self-imposed restraints. Hilariously, YouTube keeps adding a second to all my tracks. I'm hoping bandcamp doesn't do the same when I upload and release the finished album!!
Yeah, the punk label is more about the loose feel of the songs - I'm not a particularly sharp guitar player, so it always feels like my riffs are about to fall apart. That's all I meant by punk.
You might be right about prog. I've never really thought about that...
Will give your new tracks a listen when I have time to give them proper attention.
Best wishes, and good luck. (Is Kurt better?)
Thanx for the comments.
You have a Melodica?
I urge you to use it!
In that case, pitch shift is your friend. 😀
Thanks for checking out "Frozen Lake". Seems I've caught the writing bug this February.
Thanks for the feedback and for the time you're taking to listen. I will be looking more into your music, which I love.
Welcome back! Yes, I'm going to do some world-building for my novel. I might also work on side projects if my collaborators show up.
Your concept sounds interesting, looking forward to hearing what you come up with.
I will find some time. Just not sure how much. I am remaining optimistic. Looking forward to hearing your work this year!
I enjoyed all of your works last year and am excited to hear new material!
Thanks, yours ain't lookin' half bad either! Good luck with putting a new spin on some old records!
this is likely more than you will ever need or want of bulgarian women's choir music.
if it plays in order, the first dozen tracks or so are volume 1 of le mystere des voix bulgares, the original tape i saw in a bargain bin in a music store in the late 80s in nashville.
i likely have a dozen CDs or so at this point, and some tapes that i have no idea where they are, and some downloads as well. that's a link to the motherlode. if you are familiar with the music, the backing vocals of the trio bulgarka on kate bush's the sensual world make a lot more sense.
Glad to see you back! I wish there were more of us in this area!
Woo, congrats on your son! Inspiring no doubt! Looking forward to viola jams! Any new modules you're looking forward to using? This year I'll be trying to use euro in an effects capacity!
I picked up a violin at a garage sale, and for the last week have been practising the bow and intonation - kinda getting there, but lots of screeching - my poor family and neighbourhood. May the themes of 2020 find their way. Good luck!
Hey, happy FAWM. I'll keep an ear out for what you're doing.
Looking forward to more of your amazing songs. Happy FAWMing!
Your music is always unique and interesting!!
Looking forward to hearing more of it this FAWM!!
Congratulations on your son! I did FAWM twice with new sons and it is different, but doable. Sleep will probably be a little short, but that’s FAWM with or without kids. Best wishes to you!