guatecoop 16


LorainOH US   Feb 2012  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Anything that sounds good to my ears or that I can't get out of my head.

Please feel free to critique! It helps me to learn.

I play what sounds good to me. FAWM is fun because I have complete control, for better or for worse. My goals this year are to improve on my mic choice and placement, mixing/eq-ing, and hopefully encourage as many of the people around me to be a part of FAWM to any degree, including my wife and son, if possible. I also would enjoy collaborating again with my brother, Zecoop (thank you for getting me into this), as well as others who are interested. Writing another children's song with my son is another goal; I did manage to reach that goal last year and I just love doing it.

I truly admire the creativity in others and am energized when I am fortunate to have a spark myself, too. I also do appreciate collaborations and will do whatever I have time for.

Everything that I record is with a variety of microphones and mic preamps into Reaper, as I want to learn and practice these skills. I am planning to do the same this year, but hopefully better...let me know how I can improve. Advice and constructive criticism is encouraged.

I moved in May and am getting used to my new house and recording spots. The area in the basement that I have claimed is right under the bedrooms, so nighttime recording, mixing, and listening will have to be in the upstairs guest bedroom for FAWM. We also had a new son in late May, so that will affect my FAWM routine a lot.

I DO NOT have any preconceived notions of what the vocals should or could all. I don't write words. I try to focus on the music. So, if you have ideas for vocals on any of my songs, please feel free to do so (just ask). I don't write lyrics, but generally try to write songs that give singers a great opportunity to do what they do best.
Best wishes to you!


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  • @fearlessflight2014  7 hours

    Oh good! Glad you like it.:)

  • @fearlessflight2014  14 hours

    Hey there Rob- I’ve just emailed you an mp3 of my vocal idea The Unspoken and Unseen. I’m just exporting the raw files to send to them. I’ll send them without reverb and any fx but they will need some for sure. The mp3 gives you an idea of how I’m hearing it. I’ve really loved working on this one- thanks!

  • @sjbatavia  1 day

    I sent you an email.

  • @airbagtester  2 days

    Hey thanks for the tip about how to EQ the kick drum! I am definitely gonna try that. That has been driving me nuts... did all 3 songs one take each on drums, rolled the dice on mixing them and finally just said "screw it!" and posted the songs. I have a cheap(ish) kick drum mike pointed inside right where the beater hits, but I either need to angle it or move it around more. Probably doesn't help that the kick is kinda small (18x12). Man this is probably the least amount of time I've had for FAWM ever! Still, glad to learn something new.

  • @jnatiw  3 days

    Thanks for the listen and kind words!

  • @kovbleu  4 days

    Check your email, I just sent one of your songs with vocals on it! Wanted you to get a listen before I post it. 😀

  • @unkept  5 days

    Awesome! I'm on the road now with only a hotel room, so no vocal booth. 😝 I'll have a chance at it tomorrow night and if not then, maybe Friday or Saturday night.

    Looking forward to another collab! 😀 Thanks for letting me have a stab at it.

  • @seemanski  5 days

    Sounds promising 😀 Looking forward to hearing it.

  • @seemanski  6 days

    Sorry for not replying earlier, I thought of some lyrics for our little tune and have sent you an email with what I am thinking. I have tried to keep it repetitive. Let me know what you think, I figure you can have a crack at arranging something instrument wise and then I can sing and attempt to get my daughter to sing and you could attempt to get your son to sing if you like. Might be a bridge too far for a 3 year old but you never know.

  • @kovbleu  6 days

    Are you in Michigan??

  • @fearlessflight2014  1 week

    No rush- I have so much to do. 😀

  • @fearlessflight2014  1 week

    Hey there, sorry to be a pain- it seems that my DAW doesn't like working with 64bits per sample, can you get me a 24 bit version of Unspoken Unseen?

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  1 week

    Did you already send me tape 9?
    Just checking...i'm in a time warp.

  • @fearlessflight2014  1 week

    Did you get a chance to email me that wav file of Unspoken Unseen? My inbox is such a mess at the moment I'm not sure if I've missed it!

  • @w1n  1 week

    Having fun while writing and recording music is the most important thing. Impressed that people with small children and hectic daily life's manages to find the time to make and record music. Have a lot of friends who have completely dropped out of music after becoming parents. Hope they'll find back once the children get older.

  • @fearlessflight2014  1 week

    No rush! I got a full dance card 😀

  • @fearlessflight2014  1 week

    If you send me a mixdown wav file I can make sure the vocal track has the same start time so as long as you save the start location of that particular mixdown and tell me the sample rate/bit rate then there should be no problem with the file I send synching. My email is on my profile. 😀

  • @fearlessflight2014  1 week

    Should I just download the mp3 into logic and send you a file that starts the same position? Or do you want to send me the .wav and I’ll send a vocal in the same format?

  • @crisp1  1 week

    @guatecoop You asked if I write my lyrics with an idea of music or melody and the answer is not really, though I may have a general idea of the genre (say, country, as opposed to death metal 😀). But I was taught by masters like Donna and igg to pay great attention to prosody and I think that makes most of my lyrics singable. So cool that we ended up collaborating without even talking to each other first!

  • @theresaj  1 week

    I'm glad you like "A River Away From Paradise"! And as you wonder how I do what I do with songs, I wonder the same about you! You create some fantastic music and to do that without lyrics seems impossible to me. It was a privilege to work with your music again! Thank you for the kind words.

  • @w1n  1 week

    I mainly use it just for mixing jobs, I prefer writing and producing in Ableton since I'm so familiar and a bit quicker with it.
    But for mixing bands and more rocking stuff I really think Harrison sounds great.

  • @jwhanberry  1 week

  • @marvsmooth  1 week

    Thank you Rob for the kind words about H2O.

  • @aesthetic72 1 week

    Hi! I have something for Roses in Winter. I've changed the name slightly to There'll Be Roses. I'll be singing and posting shortly. Super fun to set some words and melody to such beautiful music in a style that I don't normally have the opportunity to employ. My guitar playing is awful. (Certainly miss this from my first days as Aesthetic72. Chris would just send me music and I'd carve the meaning and the melody. Plus all that arrangement is just so much work!) 😀 I will say that I don't think my mix will be the greatest. but I think it gives the idea. After FAWM I could always send you the raw vocal track.

  • @w1n  1 week

    Hi Rob, I've been sick and a bit unmotivated so far, started on a lot of songs but first managed to "finish" and finally post a song today. Seems like you have had a good FAWM so far, looking forward to listening through them tomorrow.

  • @erucaesounds  1 week

    Thanks for your kind comments on “Where’s My Coat”, much appreciated!

  • @dragondreams  2 weeks

    It was a guitar riff in G minor that came first. I was just messing about, thought I'd record it to hold it in reserve in case I make it into round 2 of the badass riff tournament. Once I'd recorded it, I decided to do it again, but with some drums, so I laid down a really basic, four on the floor drum track and replayed the riff. Then I decided to add some bass. But my basses were all downstairs, so I just picked a bass synth voice at random and chugged it out. Then it needed some chord progressions. So by this time, the original riff had been muted. Then the piano line suggested itself. Then the horns seemed to want to be in there.

    After about twenty minutes I really liked the bed track, so added an intro and some odd noises. Then another ten minutes later decided to plug in the Schecter and an older Dragondreams amp, the infamous T'Watt, which is why it sounds a but muddy.

    And there, in a nutshell, you have the making of a Dragondreams tune. 😁

  • @karlsburg25  2 weeks

    Yeah really good thanks mate . I got two days from tomorrow where I hope to record . Been listening to your first two tracks . Reckon I can do something with those if you fancy

  • @dragondreams  2 weeks

    Thank you once again for being so kind to an elderly bass player! 😀

  • @majordanby  2 weeks

    Thanks for listening and commenting, not sure who Joe Jackson is, i will investigate. Everything about yesterday’s clothes came as a bit of a surprise, it all came quite quickly.

  • @majordanby  2 weeks

    Thanks for listening and commenting, not sure who Joe Jackson is, i will investigate. Everything about yesterday’s clothes came as a bit of a surprise, it all came quite quickly.

  • @bradbrubaker  2 weeks

    Haha, yeah, I've been inspired so far this FAWM. Hopefully, I still have some in me to get the FAWM win.

  • @airbagtester  2 weeks

    Hey! Thanks for asking; I've just have a horrible, energy-sapping cold I can't seem to shake for a week now, and yeah, it's harder for me to say to the older one "Hey go hang out with Mommy for a while" since her younger brother still needs so much care... plus my basement recording area is freezing cold. Much easier to pour a hot cup of tea and listen/comment after the kids go down. Excuses excuses! 😁

    I wrote 11 songs in a week last 5090 though, so we'll see. I might be able to catch up!

  • @cynthiawolff  2 weeks

    hey thanks for your visit and comment...
    i am getting harassed for not doing any "demos"
    so your idea of reading things might be my way to go...!!!!

  • @theresaj  2 weeks

    Haha, your delay did not mess with me 😉! Thanks for letting me use your music!

  • @theresaj  2 weeks

    Hi! Did you get the email I sent yesterday?

  • @majordanby  2 weeks

    Thank you for listening and commenting. My guitar style is a little rough, so pleased how this turned out.

  • @haim  2 weeks

    ahhhh... oh man you save my brain from extra thinking in this busy days. Thanks Coop! waiting for your next tune! I love to hear live drums.

  • @haim  2 weeks

    Hi man! Thanks, I AM enjoying the electrics... I know they are a bit out of tune but I had no energy left to re-record that stuff. I now feel more connected to your music because I can feel the live atmosphere myself, I admire you for that. Can I get an explanation of your fawm name? it confuses my brain sometimes..

  • @ayehahmur  2 weeks

    @guatecoop Absolutely! From the guitar sound I was specifically thinking of the Look Sharp era Joe Jackson. Brilliant songs.

  • @haim  2 weeks

    Hi! Your tracks sound good! Waiting for more!

  • @jacobeverettwallace  2 weeks

    Thanks for commenting on Believe In Love again. Yeah, I'm definitely a guitar player. Don't tell anyone, but I only really know three keys (C, D, G and sometimes A) and I use the transpose button a LOT. haha. I can't really lead from the keys, but I enjoy writing on it.

  • @tseaver  2 weeks

    > How’s your creativity coming? Unblocked?

    Pretty much. The "Nothin'" song actually started out about something entirely different, and morphed itself into a song about feeling blocked for FAWM. I'm feeling pretty confident for now that I can make steady progress during FAWM.

  • @slawbleu  2 weeks

    Thanks! What's funny is that it sounds layered, but it's really just one track of electric guitar (with an acoustic quietly following it most of the way). Through an 8-inch speaker! lol

  • @unkept  2 weeks

    Alright, it's done! I hope you like it!

  • @unkept  2 weeks

    Woo, I'll get to work on it very soon. 😀

  • @axl  3 weeks

    Actually, I'm not even completely sure that's what you did. 😀
    I just thought: what is it here that makes me go: hmm, interesting?
    So I tried to analyze it in my head. If you can play it it doesn't really matter how it's called.

  • @dragondreams  3 weeks

    Once again, thank you. 😀
    It's amazing how much like a Tele the DD BD sounds. And she's my take on a Les Paul! Chambered body, two double humbuckers and a P90, and an onboard pre-amp. The humbuckers can be switched to single coil, and all three pickups can be selected in any combination through two three-way switches. It's like learning to drive all over again!

  • @erucaesounds  3 weeks

    Thanks for the welcome, looking forward to it!

  • @majordanby  3 weeks

    Can't get FAWM hosting to work. Could be down temporarily?

  • @dragondreams  3 weeks

    Good man, Carry on, as you were. 😉

  • @dragondreams  3 weeks

    That's why I can't have nice things... 😉

    Thank you for the listen. Now get your finger out and post something! 😁

  • @kovbleu  3 weeks

    Thanks Rob!! Looking forward to what you are cookin' up! 😀

  • @tezzbass  3 weeks

    Hey, thanks for the tips -- love it!

  • @tezzbass  3 weeks

    Thanks for the welcome! I'm really looking forward to this adventure.

  • @seemanski  3 weeks

    Also, thanks for checking out my track 😁

  • @seemanski  3 weeks

    The back and forth technique works for me. I've never done that before, I am up for trying new things.

  • @dragondreams  3 weeks

    Go for it. My camera is an elderly Canon with a bunch of vintage lenses from my days of 35mm Olympus. I picked up some adaptors cheaply and experiment a lot. 😎

  • @cts  3 weeks

    Welp - I'm all for a little experimentation. You drop that rhythm however it moves you and I'll dance with it. Not sure if I'm gonna play or sing, but however you move me that's how I'll go. You down for that?

  • @dragondreams  3 weeks

    You're very kind! 😀
    The water drip stuff is done at home, in a darkened room, with a rig I built using an Arduino board and some cheap solenoid valves. The macro stuff is anywhere that I spot something. Or in my living room, on the dining table if I decide to stage a shot.
    The long exposure stuff has so far been done at various local beauty spots where there is running water that I can make look like smoke. 😉
    Some of the pics are available to look at here:

    And thank you loads for the interest.

  • @cynthiawolff  3 weeks

    Thanks for stopping by..
    Looking forward to your incredible talent..

  • @lhcisco  3 weeks

    Sup man! Hope everything is cool. Reaper man after my own heart. Probably to say after 400 years, I finally bought a licence. No regrets. Good luck brother.

  • @theresaj  3 weeks

    Hello friend! All is well though my motivation is lacking this year. I’ll be around to check out your songs, as I always look forward to doing!

  • @dragondreams  3 weeks

    Well hello! Sorry it's taken me so long to pop round and say hi. I'm really looking forward to hearing what you come up with this year! 😎

  • @apertome  3 weeks

    Yeah, fortunately I have dedicated(ish) recording space, that's downstairs from the regular living space, and little of my noise makes it upstairs. The real struggle this year will just be finding times where I can go downstairs and work on my music, since my boy still needs basically constant supervision, unless he's asleep.

    Over the years, I've gotten more adept at recording more off-the-cuff / quickly, which makes a huge difference. If I were on my first or 2nd FAWM I don't think I'd even be attempting it this year.

  • @apertome  3 weeks

    Hey, congratulations to you too! Indeed, my main concern in talking FAWM this year is to make sure that I don't put too much burden on my wife in the process. She's supportive, but I do think it's important to be available.

    I'm looking forward to hearing what you come up with this year!

  • @sph  3 weeks

    Hi, sending music over and see what others like to sing to or add to sounds to me like the digital version of the 4track cassette challenge 😀

  • @haim  3 weeks

    Hi, late response I know, anyway... You got lots of changes, fun stuff! It's always nice to add "new" stuff even if they aren't new I think. Hope your'e enjoying your new house. See you around! Fawm is around the corner now.

  • @sjbatavia  3 weeks


  • @ephemeralstreams 3 weeks

    Thanks for the welcome! Looking forward to hearing your tunes!

  • @leepat  3 weeks

    Hey, happy to hear that and thanks for reading! Have a great FAWM!

  • @slawbleu  4 weeks

    Well, my space is currently under construction (we're finally finishing the basement properly), so it's going to be....interesting!

  • @ghostinyourpiano 4 weeks

    Thanks for the welcome! 😁 I'm excited to hear what everybody creates over the next month and a bit!

  • @reklov 4 weeks

    I'm sorry that I posted the link without any comment. I am German and a bit lazy with explanations, especially in English!
    The song is a "10x10 song suite" and the last thing I did at last year's FAWM to do a challenge. It's a way of transforming minifigures of a certain Lego Set (People in the park) into music. Different kinds of people, such as a hot dog vendor, an old couple, a woman at the bus station, a family etc. It's a bit "hippi-esque". Glad you liked it!

  • @nuj4x 4 weeks

  • @mosley  4 weeks

    Right on! Looking forward to hearing what you come up with this year too!

  • @petra777 4 weeks


  • @slawbleu  4 weeks

    Ready for this craziness again? 😀

  • @max  4 weeks

  • @unkept  4 weeks

    Mostly whatever happens, hoping I can push myself to new styles, play a bit more of my other instruments and work on my singing again. 😀

    Hoping I might squeeze in another collab to one of your songs! Last year's was fun.

  • @unkept  4 weeks

    Looking forward to your songs again this year! 😀

  • @sunnymae  4 weeks

    Hi @guatecoop thank you for stopping by and commenting on my sound board. I'm always happy to find Kindred Spirits on this amazing Forum. It is really a magic time for so many of us. Enjoy your Explorations into the technical aspects of recording and all of the wild and wooly spirits that will come to dance with you!! Cheers @sunnymae

  • @marthie 4 weeks

    Happy FAWMing 2019.
    Looking forward to hear what you come up with this February.
    I am planning to focus on songs for Easter in this year’s FAWM.
    Let’s play, write and listen!🎶🎶🎶🎶
    MarthieNel- #WOmanOnFire

  • @thelostcartographer  4 weeks

    Hi! I've done four years of mostly acoustic recordings, and I want to force myself to write something different - putting these restrictions on myself seemed a good way to start.

  • @yarimurray  4 weeks

    Nice to hear from you. We are here again this year (my wife and I) and we're looking forward to a creative month. We are also hoping to listen more to others and comment. Didn't do nearly enough of that last year. I'm totally looking forward to hearing what you come up with this year.

  • @petemurphy  4 weeks

    Woo woo! Nice to hear from you. The Kemper amp is a ridiculous piece of equipment. I couldn't do it justice with an explanation, but it's worth googling.
    No, I don't have any kind of plan. Whenever I do make FAWM plans, they always end up changing once I get into the flow.
    Hope all is good with you, and hope you have fun.

  • @axl  4 weeks

    For Axel Auerbach I'm trying to focus on music I can do live without accompaniment. Also, I really dislike lugging around a lot of equipment so it comes down to me singing and strumming or fingerpicking an acoustic guitar. I'd like to be more experimental though and maybe expand that setup a little in the future.

    And during FAWM, anything is possible anyway 😀

  • @tcelliott  4 weeks

    Heya, dude. I hope your fawm is awesome (and I know it will be.)

    re: Drums - No idea if I'll drum at all (although I've been challenged to a newbie drum off already... oh, and a tentative punk song collaboration.) Drumming is just the most fun musical experience I've ever had in my life. I'm definitely a beginner but then again I've learned a ton already this month so... no expectations?

  • @toms  5 weeks

    I think the CP30 is one of the greatest instruments ever created. Just my 2 cents. But I'm right! 😁

  • @thesteadfast 5 weeks

    Yeah, I've been doing some harder rock stuff, mostly instrumental. Not really sure what genre it is specifically, but basically anything harder than what I would put on my own album. I might throw some previous demos on a cloud for people to listen to soon. 😀

  • @chaplino 5 weeks

    Thank you! Excited to be involved in this.

  • @cts  5 weeks

    Yep - Prince last year. I hope to produce demos for other FAWMers here this go round. We'll see. All the best to you this FAWM!

  • @vomvorton  5 weeks

    Cheers! I was really pleased with it, hopefully I can keep up that level of quality for FAWM!

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  5 weeks

    Now, what tapes do I buy for this thing? Give me some tips!

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  5 weeks

    I got the Tascam 424 MK II Portastudio. 😀

  • @headfirstonly  5 weeks

    Yo! It's going to be a good year this year, I reckon. .

  • @w1n  5 weeks

    Hi Rob looking forward to hearing what you'll come up with.
    Hope we can find some time for a collab this year. 😊

  • @jackdawfactories  5 weeks

    Thanks! Here we go again...

  • @mikeb 5 weeks

    Thanks for the welcome!

  • @andygetch  5 weeks

    Hi there! I once had a roommate from Lorain OH.