Joanne Gabriel 20


FR   Feb 2008

Artist Bio

Influences:   阴阳

Short version :
I'm a soundscapist and a fantasy writer. Music is my main world-building tool.

Long version :
I'm writing a fantasy novel taking place in a paracosm. It took me nearly six years to complete the first book, and I'm now starting to lay the ground for the second book.
The world is fairly fleshed out now : I've established cultural, historical and geographical fundamentals, the bases for the main language, and a solid background for the many characters who play an essential role in the story.
From the start, I've used songwriting as a world-building tool.
How does that work? I let music take over and possess me. In the process, I see landscapes, I hear my heroes' thoughts ; I become aware of sub-plots, sometimes of new characters. It feels like exploring and observing more than like creating, which I enjoy very much.

About the vocals in my stuff :
This is real voice (my voice, layered to get a choir effect). I'm pointing this out because people often ask what library I use.

Songs (20)

#1 Fielding 27
8 weeks
#2 Dohanda 18
7 weeks
#3 Burdens 23
7 weeks
#4 Engines Getting Slow @alphanerg 19
7 weeks
#5 Growing Up 12
6 weeks
#6 Failing @#*$&%! (Failing Ship) @alphanerg 18
6 weeks
#7 Celestial Love @phoenixash 22
6 weeks
#8 Hondshandeen 13
6 weeks
#9 The Tempest @sirius 15
6 weeks
#10 Indomitable 13
5 weeks
#11 Winged Paws @sirius 10
5 weeks
#12 Vortex @alphanerg 9
5 weeks
#13 When The Water Runs Out @brandondale72  12
5 weeks
#14 Through A Hole In The Clouds @kenficara 13
5 weeks
#15 Darkness Spreads 13
4 weeks
#16 The Lynx @sirius 11
4 weeks
#17 Doorway To Wholeness @zecoop  20
4 weeks
#18 Sunspots @alphanerg 9
4 weeks
#19 3001 : A Feline Space Odyssey @sirius 16
4 weeks
#20 The Living Drum @phoenixash 7
4 weeks


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  • @howthenightcame 2 weeks

    (sorry, my message got split and is now in reverse order!!)

  • @howthenightcame 2 weeks

    It's looking like my next project will be Milton's Paradise Lost. I'm currently torn between writing one song for each of the twelve books, writing one song for my favourite quotes, or just writing music charting Satan's progress. I'm gravitating towards the latter, because it feels like a natural extension of my Beowulf work. (i.e. letting the outsider speak - gods and heroes already have more than enough platforms!!)

    Thank you again for being such a careful and intelligent listener -with a few choice words you really did cut to the heart of what I was trying to do.

    Good luck with your world building project. Hopefully our paths will cross again next year!!

    Best wishes, as always, htnc

  • @howthenightcame 2 weeks

    Dear caterwauler, thank you for such a lovely post-FAWM comment!!

    I base almost all of my music on literature, so in one sense the structure is already there. I spent December and January reading the Beowulf poem and the Grendel novel, and also listened to a half dozen podcasts and lectures.

    I'd already decided to do alternating ambient / noise sections, and to have a specific length for each track. Things like that really keep me focused.

    Other than that, the actual music itself was worked up during February. The noise sections started as improvised guitar blasts which I then recorded on the 4th or 5th take. Then began the laborious task of working up the drums. Also, I buried the drone tape in December, and was pretty sure I'd dig it up for FAWM.

    It's looking like my next project will be Milton's Paradise Lost. I'm currently torn between writing one song for each of the twelve books, writing one song for my favourite quotes, or just writing music charting Satan's progress. I'm gr

  • @heliosonorous 3 weeks

    Thank you for all the listens and detailed comments! I appreciate your amazing sound worlds and the creative way you weave your story into the sound. I ran out of time for any collabs, but would be interested in doing so next time!

  • @brandondale72  3 weeks

    Congrats on a wonderful performance this FAWM! Would love to collab in the off-season if you're up for it and can find the time. 😀

  • @iwilleatyou  4 weeks

    Just watched Grotte Des Sarrasins. Sirius is adorable. Hats off to both of you for accommodating Sirius's curiosity 😀
    The soundtrack fits it nicely of course. Thank you for sharing this!

  • @candle  4 weeks

    Félicitations pour la victoire!

    On Ce Vera Dans Les Ombres…

  • @brandondale72  4 weeks

    So many kind comments on my music ahhhh! Thank you for taking time to listen to some of my latest offerings.

  • @candle  5 weeks

    Merci pour vos commentaires! And congrats on the FAWM Win with still a week to go! I gotta get back to Slack & catch-up with you & the others.

    On Ce Vera Dans Les Ombres…

  • @teapot 5 weeks

    Thanks for your comment!!! So lovely!!!

  • @zecoop  5 weeks

    So the mystery Tascam you saw is my 488mkII 8-track cassette player. That is also what I used for the 'Truth' song, after Steven recorded a bunch of stuff on his 4-track. I've done a TON of songs on the 8-track now, many of which you have heard (THANK YOU) and it runs at 2x speed with Dolby NR so it sounds great. 😀

  • @zecoop  5 weeks

    No you certainly have not turned me down... I'm been terrified to ask, to be honest. I'm wayyyyyy behind in my listening and commenting for the obvious reasons listed on my profile. It's been a tougher FAWM than normal, but ultimately very rewarding and healing. I seem to be in a groove right now. 😀

  • @nictesla 5 weeks

    Wow, lots of great work this year, Joanna. I have much catching up to do on your music. I hope to listen more this weekend. I should not have tried to load up 3 different fawm accounts with songs this year... its daunting and slowing me down.

    Thank goodness I have your great music to inspire me!

  • @nictesla 5 weeks

    Wow, lots of great work this year, Joanna. I have much catching up to do on your music. I hope to listen more this weekend. I should not have tried to load up 3 different fawm accounts with songs this year... its daunting and slowing me down.

    Thank goodness I have your great music to inspire me!

  • @anonymouse 5 weeks

    Same reasons as usual. But I have been spending time painting 😀. I plan to set aside some time in a few days and try get a song.
    On the plus side, I just watched Dark Crystal (finally!)

  • @heliosonorous 5 weeks

    Thank you for all the comments and listens thus far! I enjoy your sonic creations and the images and themes they evoke.

  • @iwilleatyou  5 weeks

    That's Sirius?? Didn't sound like a cat to me. Ok cool thanks!

  • @emplate 5 weeks

    Thank you for your comment on "Käärme", I'm glad you enjoyed it! : )

  • @judypie  5 weeks

    Hahahahaha, that’s the best pic ever 😍 He’s just a long piece of fluff!! 😂

  • @judypie  5 weeks

    They’re just so darn FLUFFY AND BEAUTIFUL, they can play us for fools!

  • @judypie  5 weeks

    She says HIIIIII Sirius! 😁 She totally thinks she’s a rockstar now and has started demanding prawns with ever meal. Such a diva-puss!

  • @candle  5 weeks

    You're really on a roll this year! Great job so far. I can't wait to hear more. Et merci pour vos commentaires. As you know, I always look forward to your thoughts & reactions to my music. Merci beaucoup.

    On Ce Vera Dans Les Ombres…

  • @geronimodeleon 5 weeks

    You're welcome! I'm always moved by the beauty of your work, Jo.
    I look forward to listening to more of your work on my days off.
    I do plan to participate this year. I already have one track that I may post, and have numerous ideas for additional work. I have two small windows to get it done. I'll see what I'm capable of doing within them.

  • @howthenightcame 6 weeks

    Hello, just wanted to check in to say thanks for listening and commenting so much these last two weeks!!

    I've been really enjoying your sonic world building, so thank you for sharing your music, too

    Also, I cannot believe you used the word "insolent" to describe my guitar playing!! It made me very very very happy. With Beowulf, I'm taking great pleasure in creating music that has zero commercial appeal. A lot of the angularity in my playing is a rejection of certain kinds of 'designed by committee' pop music that seems to be controlling people now. You basically made my whole FAWM worthwhile with your comment!!

  • @calumcarlyle 6 weeks

    I'm sorry to hear that.
    Amazing that Sirius is carrying on the tradition though.
    The cats in our house are the silent type, usually.

  • @howthenightcame 6 weeks

    Just wanted to say a quick "thank you" for spending time listening to and commenting on my songs. You help to make FAWM a welcoming and supportive space!!

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  • @anonymouse 6 weeks

    I arrived back in Beijing today and was immediately impounded in a hotel...
    well, not quite immediately. It took a while for the paper work to get done (still ongoing).
    I'll be here for 2 weeks - no leaving the room allowed. The good news is I grabbed my Ukulele 😀

  • @rshakesp  6 weeks

    Thanks for visiting and your kind comments 👍

  • @judypie  6 weeks

    Hi from Ichabod!

  • @brandondale72  6 weeks

    Thanks for listening to a couple of my new ones. I was doing some volume knob tremolo effects on "Frozen Lake". Glad you enjoyed a couple of my latest instrumental pieces.

  • @judypie  6 weeks

    Omg I just saw your cat exploring a cave vid, amazing! Can’t believe you got her to leave! If I took my cat there we’d be in there for days while she sniffed every single crevice and leaf 😂

  • @chriddof 6 weeks

    Thanks for all the recent comments 😀

  • @kristian  6 weeks

    Aah @mojo... may he forever enjoy catnip in the sky 😀

    You have been on my watchlist for ages; you’re like a superstar.. mildly intimated by your stuff in the best way possible...

    So what library do you use? 😂

  • @iwilleatyou  6 weeks

    Ah yes! Throat singing. Whenever I meet someone for the first time, I introduce myself with throat singing. It makes them run away which is a good thing. Fekking humans. As for the lyrics, I write when I'm drink....I mean drunk when I right...or left. Or something.

  • @judypie  6 weeks

    Ummmm.. the lyrics pertain to.... it’s like an allegory of.. no, a metaphor, a metaphor for.. the afterlife? I *think* that’s what Pete said it was about!

  • @iwilleatyou  6 weeks

    No I have never seen a cat explore a cave but that sounds very cool. I'll do all my video watching later for sure (have a few to watch). On to reciprocating.

  • @iwilleatyou  6 weeks

    That pic of Sirius is too fucking cute. It's a yawn right? Talk about a Kodak moment. Thanks! Keep 'em coming!

  • @chriddof 7 weeks

    Hello there - hope you're okay. I haven't spoken to you for a long time! Was it you who had that problem with your ears (loud sounds causing actual physical pain)? If so, and you still suffer from that, be VERY careful listening to my stuff this year as it's all extremely harsh so far. (Sorry!)

  • @rayboneor  7 weeks

    Thanks for listening, as always. I must warn you that you took in more than the recommended daily dose of Fresh Spotless Youth

  • @candle  7 weeks

    Merci pour toutes vos commentaires descriptif. I'm going to make time today to catch up on your newest soundscapes.

    On Ce Vera Dans Les Ombres…

  • @brandondale72  7 weeks

    Well, thank you thank you for all your gracious feedback and taking the time to listen to what I'm putting out there. I know you're rocking out on your own fantasy trip, but if you need a break and want to collab I'd be totally down. Maybe if you have something you want guitar on or anything else... I'm open to ideas.

  • @iwilleatyou  7 weeks

    Hey! Getting ready to leave here. I'll be back to listen to your new tunes but just checking in to say Hi and Bye and I don't give a fuck if Sirius doesn't give a fuck.

  • @judypie  7 weeks

    Thank you, it IS a stupid title isn’t it?! Also, when you say ‘you’re hilarious’ I just want to check you mean me and not @iwilleatyou 😛 Thank you for listening, I am looking forward to reciprocating!

  • @fuzzy  7 weeks

    Hey, thanx for your comment on "Salvation". You got exactly what I was going for.

  • @brandondale72  7 weeks

    Reading mostly non-fiction I haven't noticed any musical sequences to conjoin the books I've been reading. haha. So out of interest, I did some investigating...

    Apparently, you've locked into the future of reading!

  • @brandondale72  7 weeks

    ahh thanks so much for leaving such wonderfully kind comments on "A Song for Sam". That was a tough one to make, appreciate you saying it was a good farewell.

  • @anonymouse 7 weeks

    Ha! Amazing Chinese! 春节快乐你!
    I have the potential for some songs (when I return to my ukulele in 北京) but at the moment I'm confined to my hotel roo... I mean... I'm traveling 😁


  • @engebretsen  7 weeks

    Thx for comments on Guilty pleasure. Much appreciated. I agree in what you say! A lot!

  • @karlsburg25  7 weeks

    Well massive fawm creativity happiness to you. I feel i am behind already but can't wait to hear what creative magic you produce this year

  • @headfirstonly  7 weeks

    FIFTY layers!!!??!!!!
    (Thinks: I wonder what fifty guitar tracks would sound like? 😁 )

  • @pinky 8 weeks

    Can't wait to inhabit the worlds you create! Happy FAWMing!

  • @mikedebenham  8 weeks

    Thanks, J. I really hope so too.

  • @roy  8 weeks

    Looking forward to your beautiful creations this year!

  • @mikedebenham  8 weeks

    Yes, scary indeed. We've been pretty safe from the fires here, but all those animals and forests gone - it's just tragic.

  • @iwilleatyou  8 weeks

    Oooh Chinese! Mandarin or Cantonese? Challenging language! For the cedilla and accent grave etc my Mac has the option to switch the keyboard to accommodate but on these library PCs.... I have no idea how that works.

  • @apertome  8 weeks

    Welcome back! Have some kind of concept for this year?

  • @mikedebenham  8 weeks

    Welcome back, Joanne. Hope you have a wonderful FAWM.

  • @iwilleatyou  8 weeks

    What's with the Asian fonts??? I have difficulties enough with the accent grave and the cedilla!

  • @rayboneor  Jan 27

    I trust that you'll be bringing your particular brand of body-enveloping soundscapes again this year 😀

  • @iwilleatyou  Jan 26

    Oof! C'est beaucoup de "f--ks"! Dis à sirius...SHADDAP!

  • @candle  Jan 24

    Yes, I got the invite. Logged on a couple of times but didn't post much. Will be hanging out in Slack more probably next week (I'm off Winter Camping with the Scouts this weekend so I won't be around).

    On Ce Vera Dans Les Ombres…

  • @nancyrost  Jan 24

    Looking forward to hearing what you make this February.

  • @iwilleatyou  Jan 24

    I don't give a f--k that Sirius doesn't give a f--k. 😀
    So glad you are FAWMing this year-
    J'attends aussi avec impatience votre musique apaisante et curative! Did I say that right? Sigh, i still suck with my French.
    -Mr. Reznor.

  • @sapient  Jan 19

    You ready for this? I know I am! 😃

  • @heliosonorous Jan 19

    I found all of your music to be quite incredible last year and I am excited to hear what sound worlds you create!

  • @zecoop  Jan 17

    As always I am looking forward to more gorgeous sonic joy from you. You are inspiring - Happy FAWM!!

  • @candle  Jan 14

    You know, it gets to be January & I suddenly realize I've lost touch again. But I will be on Slack again this year. I sort of miss that crazy bot's antics & all the great convos our little group had. But I most look forward to the music. C'est pourquoi je revien chaque anné. Joyeux FAWM Joanne!

    On Ce Vera Dans Le Ombres…

  • @adforperu  Jan 13

    Heeey, give us some sounds!