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||
|#17||The Unspoken and Unseen (Collab) @fearlessflight2014||
|#18||The Importance of This Moment With You (updated with vocals!)||
|#19||Flicker On The Grid (with @leomozi vocals and lyrics) @leomozi||
|#20||Where's My Stuff? @srcoops||
|#21||Nervous Night @zecoop||
that worked thanks!
Ok it actually works fine on my computer if I use iTunes to play it, but when I insert it into my recording software, it just sounds like static. This is so strange.
Hi, running into problem. I could hear your drum track fine on my phone but when I try to download the file to my computer or to Dropbox, it won’t play. Not sure what’s going on
Got your drum tracks for the post February collab. They sound really good. I’ll try to put together a guitar track of some kind today and then see who wants to go next . Thank you!!
This song sounds terrific! My vocals sound so much better with your mixing than my mobile GarageBand stuff. Thank you!
Sweet! Thanks for mixing and posting it. I’m going to save listening for the morning, so I don’t get all excited and inspired to stay up late doing music (trying to rein myself in after last month).
I’ve got a four-year-old and a 15-month-old, so I can relate to having to wait until after bedtime for music (except sometimes during lunch when I’m working).
You can go ahead and post the track. I’m sure your mixing will be excellent as usual.
Just sent you an mp3 with your instruments and my vocals. Thanks for checking out my vocals and for the compliments. Jeff Buckley and Lenny Kravitz-- those are both flattering comparisons! Come to think of it, your guitar on this tune sounds very Kravitzesque.
Just WeTransfered two files (I’m firstname.lastname@example.org). Hope you like the vocals, but no worries if you don’t. I felt the urge to do some screamy vocals, which I haven’t really done much since my high school’s 1997 Jesus Christ Superstar production.
Finished my vocal part for Flicker on the Grid. Will it work if I email you two m4a files (one track each)?
I know it’s March, but I’ve got some lyrics and vocals brewing for Flicker on the Grid. Interested?
Mate, thank you so much for all your encouraging comments.
I hope you poor son wasn't too creeped out!! Tell him he did a great job on the drums 😀
My son played improvised keyboards with me once, but never again. I think he was disappointed in my performance!!
Hey, I just wanted to say thank you so much for the kind note you left on my soundboard. Sorry my reply is late, I haven't been doing too well, and have been trying to stay offline as much as possible. I really appreciate your words, and hope all is good with you.
Hello mate, it's 10:20am here in Japan. I'm out with my son, so I'll reply when I get the chance. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LISTENING!!
Details about the source material for the videos is in the descriptions on YouTube 😀
Thank you so much for turning me onto the Innocence Mission!
Thanks for your kind comments on Heartbreak. That was my old Guild 12 string with the capo on 6th fret I think. I wish I had access to a mellotron - I just used an Apple Logic software flute.
Well, since you asked, I love collabs, they usually push me in new directions and make me create different melodies or lyrics. I do have to be aware that I need songs to perform, so I keep collabs that I can't play out down to a minimum (still do one or two) and I try to make sure I'm creating songs I can play out but I do make more money playing songs I write all on my own, but I wouldn't pass up a collab that called out to me, those are always awesome experiences...did that answer your question?? Depends on the collab and where it takes me,....that's the short answer........
Thanks a lot for listening and your very kind comments. I very much appreciate it! I will come to FAWM in 2020 with a new mindset.
Rob, yes I agree that I felt less connected this year. It seems that in other years there was more connecting conversations back and forth on the soundboard. it almost felt like there has been a time shift and there just wasn't enough time to slow things down and just communicate. For example, one year your brother John and I went back and forth in a discussion about hot peppers. I imagine many people feel the same, but haven't necessarily said anything. At any rate, happy to have connected to another member of the Cooperider family!
Hey Rob, just a quick note to say thanks, again, for letting me add lyrics to your music to create A River Away From Paradise. It has become one of my favorite songs. I look forward to future collabs with you again! You create wonderful music.
Thanks for commenting on my collab song "Move On", I appreciate the listen!
thank you for your comments, really appreciated
Thanks for your comments on "Wanktastic" and "One Step At A Time"....much appreciated!
Thanks re: "Tidal Wave," though it could have used your amazing drum skills to hold it together 😀
Thank you for your comments on "The Wedding Sleigh." I tend to write looooong poetic stories and then set them to music. Folklore and myth provide lots of material to draw up--the challenge is fitting the story into the song. Now that the hard part is done, I'll be taking time to go back through all the songs on all the commentators who've left notes for me--so I'll be back in touch over the next days/weeks. 😀
Dude, that's quite a musical happenstance. What are the odds?! I'm sure you lost your nerves once the gig got going though!
Yeah, I like a lot of different kinds of music to be honest, but I've got a lot of time for the post-punk era especially, there was a lot of authentic urgency and anger in those chops. Brilliant time for music.
Wow! FAWM and a half for you. That's impressive. We appreciate your comments and look forward to listening more now that we crossed the finish line.
Such fun! It was a bit of a push to get to 14, but I got it done. Now to do a ton of listening...
Hey thanks for checking out my afro-eletro song...yeah, I would like to hear more of that style from me too! Ha. I liked that one and I think I'm gonna explore doing a few more like that. I juts recorded that one on the computer to Pro Tools.
We have been pretty productive. Unfortunately the songs are not playing after uploading from the FAWM hosting site. I've sent for help so hopefully they will be up soon. Looking forward to listening to your stuff as well (I see you've already surpassed 14 - nice job!).
Hola! congrats on your 14 + ! rOCKS!
I'm afraid I am struggling for time, so will have to decline. If you want to do something outside of fawm, I'd be very happy to, but I'm just not going to manage anything by Thursday.
Are you going to do Where's My Stuff?
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!