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 be....at 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!
|#1||New Light At Midnight||
|#2||All Things Above Us||
|#3||All Things Above Us @unkept||
|#4||In Plain Sight||
|#5||A River Away From Paradise @theresaj||
|#7||Roses In Winter||
|#8||There'll Be Roses (Roses in Winter by @guatecoop) @aesthetic72||
|#9||The Unspoken and Unseen||
|#10||10 Emotions @zecoop||
|#11||Tripping Over and Over||
|#12||Labels and Contents||
|#13||Seek First To Understand||
|#14||We Really Want To Go Out And Play @seemanski||
|#15||Pieces on the Ground @kovbleu||
|#16||Tripping Over and Over @unkept||
Oh good! Glad you like it.:)
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!
I sent you an email.
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.
Thanks for the listen and kind words!
Check your email, I just sent one of your songs with vocals on it! Wanted you to get a listen before I post it. 😀
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.
Sounds promising 😀 Looking forward to hearing it.
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.
Are you in Michigan??
No rush- I have so much to do. 😀
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?
Did you already send me tape 9?
Just checking...i'm in a time warp.
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!
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.
No rush! I got a full dance card 😀
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. 😀
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?
@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!
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.
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.
Thank you Rob for the kind words about H2O.
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.
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.
Thanks for your kind comments on “Where’s My Coat”, much appreciated!
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. 😁
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
Thank you once again for being so kind to an elderly bass player! 😀
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.
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.
Haha, yeah, I've been inspired so far this FAWM. Hopefully, I still have some in me to get the FAWM win.
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!
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...!!!!
Haha, your delay did not mess with me 😉! Thanks for letting me use your music!
Hi! Did you get the email I sent yesterday?
Thank you for listening and commenting. My guitar style is a little rough, so pleased how this turned out.
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.
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..
Hi! Your tracks sound good! Waiting for more!
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.
> 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.
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
Alright, it's done! I hope you like it!
Woo, I'll get to work on it very soon. 😀
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.
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!
Thanks for the welcome, looking forward to it!
Can't get FAWM hosting to work. Could be down temporarily?
Good man, Carry on, as you were. 😉
That's why I can't have nice things... 😉
Thank you for the listen. Now get your finger out and post something! 😁
Thanks Rob!! Looking forward to what you are cookin' up! 😀
Hey, thanks for the tips -- love it!
Thanks for the welcome! I'm really looking forward to this adventure.
Also, thanks for checking out my track 😁
The back and forth technique works for me. I've never done that before, I am up for trying new things.
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. 😎
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?
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.
Thanks for stopping by..
Looking forward to your incredible talent..
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.
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!
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! 😎
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.
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!
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 😀
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.
Thanks for the welcome! Looking forward to hearing your tunes!
Hey, happy to hear that and thanks for reading! Have a great FAWM!
Well, my space is currently under construction (we're finally finishing the basement properly), so it's going to be....interesting!
Thanks for the welcome! 😁 I'm excited to hear what everybody creates over the next month and a bit!
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!
Right on! Looking forward to hearing what you come up with this year too!
Ready for this craziness again? 😀
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.
Looking forward to your songs again this year! 😀
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
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.
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.
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.
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 😀
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?
I think the CP30 is one of the greatest instruments ever created. Just my 2 cents. But I'm right! 😁
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. 😀
Thank you! Excited to be involved in this.
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!
Cheers! I was really pleased with it, hopefully I can keep up that level of quality for FAWM!
Now, what tapes do I buy for this thing? Give me some tips!
I got the Tascam 424 MK II Portastudio. 😀
Yo! It's going to be a good year this year, I reckon. .
Hi Rob looking forward to hearing what you'll come up with.
Hope we can find some time for a collab this year. 😊
Thanks! Here we go again...
Thanks for the welcome!
Hi there! I once had a roommate from Lorain OH.