Elesimo 15

Artist Bio

Influences:   Tycho, Boards of Canada, Sylvan Esso, Elis Regina, Emancipator, Beatles, Manatee Commune, Ibeyi, Evenings, Vallis Alps, J. S. Bach

I've been making music on-and-off my whole life, and for the past 5 years I started to produce regularly. I like using vintage equipment, open source software and cheap gear in my tracks.

I'm open to collaborations, hit me up!

The Three Laws of Art:

1. Create: the worst it can do is suck.
2. Create again: bad art happens to good artists.
3. Just create: art is cheaper than therapy.

The name Elesimo means 11th in a made up language. I play in a one-person band called "The Fishermen & the Priestess".

Pronouns: they/them

My goals for FAWM 2020:

☒ have fun
☒ 14 songs [14/14]
☒ 4 4-track collaborations [5/4]
☐ comment on every song from my watchlist

If you comment on my songs here, the comment will be automatically copied to my blog (eg, https://blog.taoetc.org/aurora/index....). Let me know if you don't want your comment to be displayed there.


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  • @metalfoot  Mar 5

    Added music to Black Storm Coming

  • @cts  Mar 5

    Aaaaaaand the demo with Shary is done.

  • @cts  Mar 3

    THAT, sir, would be a yes! Send me your email address, please.

  • @frenchcricket  Mar 3

    That's so lovely of you to say! Thank you xx

  • @cts  Mar 3

    So I totally messed up with the tape 2 situation. I thought that click track on channel four was the drum track. I do apologize for the mix up there, friend.

  • @alboe Mar 2

    Thank you for listening to “ I want tot thank you”.
    The Brazilian connection wasn’t planned or intentional at all but I’ve listened to lots of Brazilian music in my life and I’m indeed a fan of the style and language so some of it must have been seeping through.

  • @emkaydeebee  Mar 1

    Thank you for your comments on my first few songs in the musical - kind of you! The mum-lives do get better, but definitely very real too I think!

  • @sw1n3flu  Mar 1

    Whoah. Thank you for the kind words on Fall Down xxx

  • @standup  Mar 1

    Yeah, "Give Me" might have been played on the radio if it was still 1965! Fantastic that you're NOT a bass player, I had no idea. The part fits, it has a certain naivity to it that I thought was intentional to fit the song!

  • @katmtl Feb 29

    Thank you for listening!!❤️

  • @metalfoot  Feb 28

    Oh good. There are so many stupid graph of sin(x) and csc(x) lines in that lyric it's nuts.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 28

    It's also ridiculously nerdy, since sin(x)=csc(x) wherever sin(x) = |1|

  • @bitshred Feb 27

    Thank you so much for all the listens and kind comments. I really do appreciate yah!

  • @marvsmooth  Feb 26

    Hey there Beto

    I have updated the demo for one of my collaborations with @cindyrella - The Ghosts Of Sachs Bridge https://fawm.org/songs/106412/

  • @zecoop  Feb 24

    Sorry I biffed that! My brain is about 40 different places, as it usually is in February. 😀

  • @zecoop  Feb 24

    So do you just want to send SWG a self address stamped envelope? I know he's still got a bunch. Let me know...

  • @fulanin Feb 23

    Hey Beto!
    I just published a song that I think you might find interesting (i'm sounding like a bot but i swear i'm not haha):

  • @leleyukon  Feb 22

    Thanks for all your comments, I appreciate it. I keep planning recording days and then life happens. Trying for a day of beats on Monday! Cheers

  • @barbara  Feb 20

    Wow. Thank you! That’s maybe the nicest thing someone could say to me. I love that one of my own songs could be a go-to for someone else looking for some calming or soothing. That’s probably my main listening mode, and I love the notion I can contribute some of the same for others. You made my day!

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Feb 20

    Ha! Thank you for your kind words.
    I love a good random quickly recorded four track beat box.

  • @delwoodworks  Feb 19

    Thanks for your comment on 'Summer of 65! Happy FAWMing

  • @phoenixash Feb 19

    Hey hey, firstly thanks for the comments and compliments they really touch my heart <3

    Secondly, yes I will make a ninth life (and actually a couple more things) for this series, I'm just perfecting the music for them so they make take a while still.

    Thirdly, yeah I actually thought first about making Seven Lives, not Nine, but it hit me that for most of the world cats have nine lives, so I fiddled with it. Maybe the brazilian version only gets seven installments hahahahaah

    Again, thank you so much

  • @frozenlonesome Feb 19

    Thanks for sticking with me this year. Glad you enjoyed Full Circle Nebula.

  • @barbara  Feb 19

    Thank you for commenting on my ‘talktodeath’ lyric. “Ominous” does capture what I was feeling on the subject very well!

  • @vomvorton  Feb 19

    Hey! I suspect the soup-can mic would be a very easy DIY project, but since I'm lazy I bought one from here: https://www.soupcanmic.co.uk/
    I kept getting targeted ads on Instagram and I'm very suggestible!

  • @ustaknow Feb 19

    Wow, I never expected anyone would read those, and if did may not get it. -- Glad you did and said so (and you read all three). Thank you.

  • @srcoops  Feb 16

    You have been most kind in your comments regarding things I have written. Thank you. The response of the FAWM community has been a great help in our effort to come to grips with the loss of our son.

  • @marvsmooth  Feb 15

    I've now made the song Follow downloadable - https://fawm.org/songs/104398/

  • @aeye Feb 14

    I'll send you an e-mail about DAW, gear, process all that stuff. I might not get to it until later or tomorrow but I'll definitely get it out to you. ( This is chapter 4 of the explorers so there is still a lot more exploring to do in future FAWMs)

  • @aeye Feb 14

    So Manoptic ( the other half of us) chose the name, and it is based on Latin. He's also got a big list of locations, places. factions etc that on Sibir. We're hoping to keep using this as a backdrop for future explorers (have at it with the music during D&D)

  • @aeye Feb 14

    You know I really wish that one day we could pull it off and make some sort of film involving the explorers, or something. Thanks for continuing to listen to all of the things 😀.

  • @haim  Feb 12

    That's great, I might check it out if ill have spare time soon. Listen, I wanted to let you know I'm working these days on my website, and I'm building a blog in that website as well. I'd love you to be a guest writer, you can write about any topic you want that relates to music/self something educating. If it sounds something interesting to you we can contact via email. I know it might not sound so attractive but I'm planning on my website blog and other pages to be a major part of my promotion efforts.

  • @sph  Feb 12

    Thank you for listening and commenting. Hope you have a good year!

  • @hummingbear  Feb 12

    Your comment game is strong this year! Thanks for keeping up with all my lyrics. Local newspapers, the smaller the better, are a real window on a community. There are odd happenings everywhere. Odd neighbors too.

  • @haim  Feb 12

    Hi elesimo!
    Ive read your blog post "100 songs in 2019" briefly, loved it. Thanks for the inspiration. Did you also posted all of those 100? Do you have a twitter account? I wanna be in touch about something. Cheers!

  • @balancelost  Feb 11

    Hey, thanks for listening and your comments. I'd love to do a tune about a Brazilian but they are notoriously rubbish at football 😀
    But seriously, yes I did one for Romario a couple of years ago.

  • @moonraccoon  Feb 11

    I, too, don't know what's up with the Nic Cage account, but I loved the Easy Shed "project", and got a great song out of it.

  • @lisamarie777 Feb 10

    Thanks for stopping by and the kind comment. 😀

  • @tsunamidaily  Feb 10

    thanks for commenting on the god whisperer.
    hope you are having a great FAWM.

  • @msisto Feb 10

    Thank you for the kind words on my track "My Glitchy Organ"! I am glad you enjoyed it! It means so much 🙏. Added you to my watch list, and will come back tonight to listen!

  • @treble Feb 2020

    Thank you for your lovely comments on Endless Journey. I'm encouraged to edit it and add music.

  • @aesthetic72  Feb 2020

    Thanks for your kind comments 😀

  • @dzd  Feb 2020

    Thanks for the comments! Watched ya to remember to come back after work! I really enjoyed For Kim! Excited to hear it with some headphones

  • @zeekle1998  Feb 2020

    Thanks for your kind words on Love is foreign, truly appreciated.

  • @frozenlonesome Feb 2020

    Thanks again for your heartfelt comment on Vortex Dynamics Folktale!😎

  • @frenchcricket  Feb 2020

    Thanks so much! 😊😊😊

  • @tsunamidaily  Feb 2020

    thank you for commenting on santo cello. i'm doing a whole series of experimental instrumentals based around my rudimentary cello skills.
    keep having fun this year! it's fun to listen to.

  • @keithcuts  Feb 2020

    whoa! the genius in that palindrome songlyric writing is not lost on me. Wow. just wow!

  • @tsunamidaily  Feb 2020

    there's a demo up for moon's over mississippi.
    i hope you enjoy it.

  • @vegansongs  Feb 2020

    Thank you so much for the sweet compliments on my Druid Animal card song "Nathair".

  • @metalfoot  Feb 2020

    I think I owe you three dozen comments and a big thank you for listening to the bizarre array that is my FAWM output so far!

  • @avah Feb 2020

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I'm glad my song made you smile. I really wish I had the talent to actually sing it and make it a little more real.

  • @yewnorker Feb 2020

    Thanks Elesimo for your kind words regarding recording Hobo using an old out of tune guitar. Not a bad suggestion. I have an a capella version including whistling an intro and outro on SoundCloud under the name kuya. I'll make a point to listen to your songs. Thank you again.

  • @apertome  Feb 2020

    Thanks for the kind words! Yes, I enjoy Bitwig a lot. I also love open source software (in fact by day I mostly write open source software), but I do use a bunch of commercial software for creative pursuits. I've tried Ardour and liked it, but I never gelled with the workflow. I should give it another shot sometime.

  • @yam655 Feb 2020

    That _is_ great news about your employer! My employer is a 200 year old public university. Plus side: they not only know about gender studies, they offer gender studies. (ex. There were pronoun buttons at a recent internal work conference I attended.) Negative side: Business inertia is a thing, even when the current folks have the best of intentions.

  • @kadmad202  Feb 2020

    Thanks for the nice words for Kindness. Appreciate you listening!

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Feb 2020

    Ok. Got your tape. Gonna throw down some DRUMS yo.

  • @s7even  Feb 2020

    Thank you for your compliments on “preacher”!! Very much appreciated.

  • @yam655 Feb 2020

    Thanks for all the lovely comments. I am an uncle. I guess I'm sometimes cool? I'm mostly working on staying a trustworthy parent as my kids rapidly become teenagers. I'm far more okay with "cool" being flexible than I am with their trust in me being flexible.

    I just asked my 8 year old, and he said I'm cool. His facial expression was super cute and seemed to imply that "cool" was an understatement.

  • @frozenlonesome Feb 2020

    Thanks again for listening to my tracks. Glad you like Captain Z-R0.

  • @tsunamidaily  Feb 2020

    thanks for commenting on moon's over mississippi.
    oddly enough, as regards not being in alabama, where there's love, in the second verse-- i ike the image myself. it is the one technically untrue line, as i am currently in alabama. but up until 3 years ago, when i moved back, i had been away for a decade, so it was easy enough to capture that feeling. though oddly enough, on the trip home, it was nashville i missed the most, and i was more homesick for it from my decade there than i was for my home town.
    keep on keepin on!

  • @crisp1  Feb 2020

    Thanks so much for all your recent comments! I don't know about you, but it sure helps inspire me to see my stuff is resonating with others.

  • @francessmith Feb 2020

    Thank you for your very nice comment on my song, it's much appreciated.

  • @frozenlonesome Feb 2020

    Thanks for your comment on Floating in Shallow Pools. TBH, the app does a lot of the work because of its generative nature.:) When you have chance, look up moodscaper, pianoscaper, guitarscaper or the latest app which gives you a lot more control touchscaper on youtube. Many good tutorials and examples of how folks have used them.

  • @hummingbear  Feb 2020

    Thanks for all your kinds comments on my songs! You know, a good diet including pancakes will give you all the stamina you need for making all those comments. : D

  • @leleyukon  Feb 2020

    Thanks for your comments on cite me baby one more time. Appreciate that is crosses the social/science divide 💖

  • @phoenixash Feb 2020

    Thnks a lot for the comments on my tracks dear

  • @valeriecox  Feb 2020

    Thanks for dropping in on my first fruits song with your very kind comment. 😀

  • @frozenlonesome Feb 2020

    Just saw your comment on Discretion and thanks for you kind words. I do all my recording on my iPad Pro and in fact I never played a note until 7-8 years ago when I got my first iPad (which led me into hardware synths and keyboards). The interface naturally lends itself to the most delightful and creative apps. For app reviews, the best in mobile music making, and a vast guide of music apps, visit https://discchord.com
    it will give you a sense of what others are doing and apps to suit all styles and needs.

  • @frozenlonesome Feb 2020

    Thanks for checking out my other track Fish and glad you liked it. I agree Archive.org is a treasure trove of wonderful finds. Note I only use Public Domain / copyright free source material.
    It was my goal this FAWM to try and do some vocals (just got a mic from my friend yesterday) rather than sourced vocal samples. However, if you like that kind of thing, check out my previous FAWM projects listed on my profile page which all use theme based samples. My personal favourite is Tales From The Indestructible Man.

  • @philkmills  Feb 2020

    Thanks for your comments on my lyrics.

    Yes, I did get to see some of SF on that trip. We were actually staying with friends in San Leandro, and then San Jose, but the spots that I enjoyed most were Golden Gate park, Haight-Ashbury, and the City Lights bookstore...all icons of my long-ago teen years.

  • @zuza Feb 2020

    Thank you for your kind comment.

  • @yam655 Feb 2020

    Re: The Fog of my Mind, you figured out my process! It's all improvised, so I discover the lyrics and melody as I sing.

  • @wacha  Feb 2020

    Thank you for all of your kind words on my songs!

  • @franniezest Feb 2020

    Thanks for checking out my song!. I’m still working on making the guitar and vocals make sense together before posting a demo.

  • @vegansongs  Feb 2020

    Thank you for commenting on Climb the food chain - We should collab on some "For the animals" songs!

  • @leakyplusme2 Feb 2020

    Thanks elesimo for commenting on my "Fuck The DNC" lyric it's pretty fucked up in Iowa at the moment.

  • @nancyrost  Feb 2020

    Your different pronunciations would just add to the wonderful diversity of Explore The Core songs!

  • @frozenlonesome Feb 2020

    Thanks for listening and your kind comments on Space Patrol Super Cereal. I'm glad you enjoyed the track!

  • @brandondale72  Feb 2020

    Thanks for the kind words on my song, "Trapped". Appreciate the visit 😀

  • @zecoop  Feb 2020

    Still starting a tape? I was going through the list and saw you have one. Just checking in. 😀

  • @cts  Jan 2020

    Hello there! Good to see you're back for another round of FAWM goodness! All the best to you!

  • @mdavisto  Jan 2020

    Have a stonking FAWM.

  • @cairobraga Jan 2020

    e então, tudo fixe?
    #lusitana 😝

  • @peternh Jan 2020

    Thanks for the welcome message. This is my first FAWM, so looking forward to learning a lot and hearing some new music.

  • @fulanin Jan 2020

    I never know if we should speak in Portuguese or in English on public posts, but I will keep it in English for the sake of the community haha.
    Anyways, how are you doing? Are you still living in SF? Any big news since last year?
    Looking forward to hearing back from you.

  • @owl  Jan 2020

    Happy FAWMing, I'm excited to hear our 4-track from 5090 whenever it gets finished!

  • @nancyrost  Jan 2020

    Looking forward to listening and 4-tracking. One of these years I'm going to have to join that Bay Area FAWM sleepover party, too!

  • @looprication  Jan 2020

    Hey hope you're back for another round, really dig your stuff!

  • @pfoo  Jan 2020

    Hi Elesimo - have a great FAWM! Looking forward to your music and some 4-track collabs 😀

  • @sailingmagpie  Jan 2020

    Hope you have an amazing FAWM!

  • @pearlmanhattan  Jan 2020

    I remember listening to the tape you sent, and not noticing a problem with it. I'll check it out before Feb 1st. Life is definitely better than it's ever been but busier also. Again, so sorry I never got that tape forwarded on, Summer is my busy season, and it just fell through the cracks.

  • @tsunamidaily  Jan 2020

    have the best FAWM this year!

  • @aesthetic72  Jan 2020

    hey! @elesimo I'm not sure I'll be able to plan my weekends in February - work stuff happening. That's really too bad since your get together sounds awesome. I would, however, be interested in doing a collaboration with you. I enjoy your sound.