Influences: >> soundtracks for soundscapes
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|#1||Prologue (we watch the waves for raiders)||
|#2||Enter Grendel: "my chest hair matted with dribbled blood"||
|#3||Enter Beowulf: (beyond the whale road)||
|#4||Exit Grendel: "Mama, Mama! I'm dying!"||
|#5||Funeral Pyre: (carcass flame swirled and fumed)||
|#6||Enter Mother: "blue murder in her eyes"||
|#7||Bloodshot Water: (a strange lake-birth)||
|#8||Exit Mother: "as deadlooking as a red-gray old sea-elephant"||
|#9||Exeunt Warriors: (raise a hedge of spears around you)||
|#10||Enter Dragon: "the scent of the dragon is a staleness on the earth"||
|#11||Fall of the House of Beowulf: (reduced to dust and ashes)||
|#12||Exit Dragon: "fall... through time and space to the dragon"||
|#13||Exit Beowulf: (flames wrought havoc in the hot bone house)||
|#14||Epilogue: "Poor Grendel's had an accident. So may you all."||
|#15||BEOWULF = GRENDEL||
|#16||Paradise Lost (Still Look)||
Thanks for all the comments!
The synths used on "1980s" were Siegfried Kullmann's SQ8L for the arpeggio ostinato and two instances of Steinberg's A1 of which I just today changed the other one to Martin Lüders' PG-8X 2.0. I don't know anything about synths or electronic music in general but SQ8L and PG-8X both seem great for that kind of analog-sounding stuff and both of them are freeware which is nice.
And yeah, the title No Regerts is a reference to the tattoo and everything in that vein 😀
Thanks for the comment on "Locking Jaws of This Ghastly Deathtrap"! I aim to maim! : D
Thank you for all the listens and comments as well! I've enjoyed all your tracks very much. Will listen to the whole project after the fawm-ending frenzy!
Thank you for your comment on "Sokean silmän akoluutti"! Glad you enjoyed it! And yeah, sudden turns in songs can at best work really great : )
Thanks for the comment on "Syksy loppuu"! RE: drums: I liberally employed the humanize-function in reaper for the difference in velocity and some snare hits I made into rimshots. Now, if I could actually play drums, maybe I could (be arsed to) write fills too. But alas! riffs remain my forte.
Interesting point about who is the hero and who is the anti-hero in Beowulf. From Grendel's (and his mom's) perspective, Hrothgar is squatting on land already owned by the "monsters", and Grendel is just trying to "evict" them. And what kind of "hero" hangs a severed arm up in his feast hall?? That's a villainous move right there!
It's crazy that we almost lost the Beowulf manuscript in a fire, am I right?
As well, though I'm sure you already know this, "Beowulf" translates in to modern English as "Bee Wolf", or "Bear". 😀
Thanks for the feedback and for taking time to listen my track... I'm not an art historian either so very just stumbling my way through all of this!!
Haha, awesome! Thanks!
I did perform all the instruments on my track “Are You Awake Yet?”! Thanks for the kind words.
My "wall of sound" as you so nicely put it comes from doubling every track and panning the two parts hard left and hard right. I then double it again with a different amp sound. So the base rhythm guitar track on one of my metal tunes is typically 4 tracks, two through a Peavy 5150 and two through a Marshall JCM 2000, both sounds provided by a Kemper Profiler. There's absolutely no reverb on the guitars! There's a tiny bit of plate reverb on the vocals, but to create space in a dense mix like that I prefer to use delays 😁
Thanks for the comment on "Käärme", and for the repost as well! I myself wouldn't call the track folk metal per se, 'cause the metal touch is very slight in it. But since we're both kinda metal guys, I guess it shows in one way or another : ) And yes indeed, a stand has to be truly taken against the racist scum.
Thanks for the good words on “Dante’s Inferno”, the comparison to early R.E.M. alone made my day, love that stuff!
Thanks so much for the kind words on withdrawn. Cheers.
Thanks so much for listening to and giving me feedback on my track... Greatly appreciated.
Thanks again! Yeah, I think that one uses IRs. I must look into paulstretching as well, thanks for the info!
Haha, I'm glad you enjoyed the comment. I've stubbornly refused to abide by any standards for years myself (I'm always surprised when I find out that some people actually listen to my stuff). We are musical siblings of sorts, even though our styles are different.
Thank you for your time and your lovely feedback, I really appreciate.
I have a Slack (work)space where a few others fawmers can be found too. If you are so enclined, drop me an email and I'll send you an invite.
Thanks so much for listening to my guitar song, "Contemplation". Appreciate the kind words.
Thanks for your listens and comments! And yes, I love Cave In, to be compared to them makes me very happy.
Thanks for the comment on "Kalmanväki"! Yeah, the vocal styles reflect those of my death/black metal band (and I recorded the vocals at a practice space, so the neighbors are likely still indifferent about me). For the drums I used Ugritone's KVLT Drums.
Hello, thanks for your comment. Yes, I've been taking classes for more than ten years now and each year I feel I'm a little better.
Hey! Unfortunately it looks like Kurt is going to be unavailable this month. He and I make music year round though, so hopefully we'll get to jam soon enough. For Feb I'm flying solo.
My pleasure, really! I enjoy your music very much, and your concept is great.
Thank you for listening and commenting on my stuff as well. Your feedback is much appreciated.
BTW, no, I don't actually own the 78s I'm using for my album. Those are mostly from archive.org's 78rpm record collection. I do have quite a bit of stuff on vinyl I could sample, but not 78s.
VHS, neon and big hair! Yes! Absolutely.
In the past I was always stopped by a lack of raw material and that's partly why I started the 'song seeds' practice at the end of last year. My thought was that by breaking up the capture of those bits of keyboard smashing, I could clean up the MIDI, find bits and pieces I liked and jam them together to see if they fit. Then while it's still a highly-quantized piano piece, I can listen back and if I 'hear anything' to add, I'm working in a template with several sounds already loaded. If I don't hear anything, I can go play Minecraft on the main computer and listen to it on repeat until I do.
The other issue I'm working on is not allowing space around musical phrases, so by breaking things up like this it's a lot easier for me to add just a short phrase here and there, little hooks and riffs as I hear them - capture and quantize.
Quantizing MIDI in the piano roll is a meditative practice for me and keeps me rooted to how I started writing music on the computer back in '03 and even though it's less desireable these days, I can always add a layer of artificial humanization to the MIDI afterwards if I want. I also preserve the original MIDI as I bashed it in just in case I want to go all the way back to that mess.
I guess I have a lot to say about my process. I should try and collect it all up in form I can post online.
Thanks for the comment! Yeah I’ve always been a huge Fugazi guy, so I appreciate that. They are bound to influence my style at times, if only in feel and mentality. Thanks!
Yes, they played twice in Finland and I was there the both times! The first one's especially among my most cherished live experiences. Such a moving and emotional show, I still have shivers down my spine when I think about it. Cult of Luna is also a great live act, I've managed to see them couple of times as well!
Oh, and thanks for the Agalloch comparison! They're among my top 3 favourite bands of all time!
Really appreciate your comments on "A Frozen Glance" and "The Scavenger’s Hunger"! I'm also very honoured that you decided to repost one of my tracks!
Ps. Forgot to watchlist you earlier, had to do it now, since I'm really interested to hear what you'll come up with based on the few tracks I gave a go.
I love Utopia Banished! I've been a huge ND fan ever since that album 😁
Thanks for the comment!
You could say it is exploring the feeling of being a part of an organized predetermined system where each character plays an assigned part, instead of having the freedom to entertain your own ideas 😀
Thank you for you kind comments, much appreciated!
"Do you listen to your music when working on your novel?"
Actually, no! I've read specific scenes listening to the matching songs to make sure they were aligned (in terms of meaning, not of length). But otherwise, I avoid listening to my soundtrack while writing, that would distract me too much - I'm super-critical with my own stuff, I keep finding details that could be improved.
Thanks for the comments : ) Cool to see some ambient in FAWM! I've usually done a few each FAWM, but not yet this year.
Glad you enjoyed my song and thanks for the feedback! I make my own samples using various VST's to make my music and I use Audacity to put all the samples together, add effects, and all that.
thank you so much for the kind words on my song!
Thanks for commenting on "Lenusha". The piano sound is made basically with "Ragtime Piano" on Kontakt 6 factory sets and some reverb. Then some compressing on top of it.
Thank you for your comments on "On A Desolate Road"...You are very kind.
Thanks for your comments on Isle of When. Nick Drake was famous for mostly playing in the CGCFCE. Look forward to listening to your music too.