howthenightcame 16

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Songs (16)

#1 Prologue (we watch the waves for raiders) 16
Feb 2020
#2 Enter Grendel: "my chest hair matted with dribbled blood" 13
Feb 4
#3 Enter Beowulf: (beyond the whale road) 7
Feb 6
#4 Exit Grendel: "Mama, Mama! I'm dying!" 6
Feb 8
#5 Funeral Pyre: (carcass flame swirled and fumed) 5
Feb 8
#6 Enter Mother: "blue murder in her eyes" 6
Feb 11
#7 Bloodshot Water: (a strange lake-birth) 8
Feb 12
#8 Exit Mother: "as deadlooking as a red-gray old sea-elephant" 9
Feb 13
#9 Exeunt Warriors: (raise a hedge of spears around you) 6
Feb 14
#10 Enter Dragon: "the scent of the dragon is a staleness on the earth" 3
Feb 18
#11 Fall of the House of Beowulf: (reduced to dust and ashes) 4
Feb 20
#12 Exit Dragon: "fall... through time and space to the dragon" 3
Feb 20
#13 Exit Beowulf: (flames wrought havoc in the hot bone house) 4
Feb 20
#14 Epilogue: "Poor Grendel's had an accident. So may you all." 5
Feb 20
Feb 26
#16 Paradise Lost (Still Look) 5
Feb 29


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  • @arkka  Mar 3

    Likewise! Cheers!

  • @headfirstonly  Mar 1

    Thanks for your kind words on "Metalhead" - yes, that was a deliberate Brian May reference! The clip at the end is Paul McGann in "Withnail and I" saying "My thumbs have gone weird..."

  • @arkka  Mar 1

    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 😀

  • @emplate Feb 28

    Thanks for the comment on "Locking Jaws of This Ghastly Deathtrap"! I aim to maim! : D

  • @caterwauler  Feb 27

    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!

  • @emplate Feb 27

    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 : )

  • @hmorg  Feb 27

    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.

  • @fuzzy  Feb 27

    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!

  • @fuzzy  Feb 26

    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". 😀

  • @jeyemusik Feb 23

    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!!

  • @arkka  Feb 23

    Haha, awesome! Thanks!

  • @fuzzy  Feb 23

    Thanx for your comment on "The Blindfold Of Memory".
    How did I get that background drone?
    It's my modifications on @ZeCoop's Ambient stems; I mixed 'em up, doubled some of 'em, did some pitch and tempo shifting, etc.
    Anyway, thanx again!

  • @gjcoolone Feb 22

    I did perform all the instruments on my track “Are You Awake Yet?”! Thanks for the kind words.

  • @sapient  Feb 18

    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 😁

  • @emplate Feb 17

    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.

  • @joefahey  Feb 16

    Thanks for the good words on “Dante’s Inferno”, the comparison to early R.E.M. alone made my day, love that stuff!

  • @faceofeinstein  Feb 16

    Thanks so much for the kind words on withdrawn. Cheers.

  • @jeyemusik Feb 15

    Thanks so much for listening to and giving me feedback on my track... Greatly appreciated.

  • @arkka  Feb 15

    Thanks again! Yeah, I think that one uses IRs. I must look into paulstretching as well, thanks for the info!

  • @caterwauler  Feb 14

    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.

  • @brandondale72  Feb 14

    Thanks so much for listening to my guitar song, "Contemplation". Appreciate the kind words.

  • @ampersandman  Feb 14

    Thanks for your listens and comments! And yes, I love Cave In, to be compared to them makes me very happy.

  • @hmorg  Feb 14

    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.

  • @phoenixash Feb 14

    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.

  • @apertome  Feb 13

    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.

  • @caterwauler  Feb 13

    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.

  • @apertome  Feb 12

    BTW, no, I don't actually own the 78s I'm using for my album. Those are mostly from's 78rpm record collection. I do have quite a bit of stuff on vinyl I could sample, but not 78s.

  • @postcardhelicopters  Feb 11

    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.

  • @guatecoop  Feb 11

    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!

  • @emplate Feb 10

    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!

  • @emplate Feb 10

    Oh, and thanks for the Agalloch comparison! They're among my top 3 favourite bands of all time!

  • @emplate Feb 10

    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.

  • @sapient  Feb 10

    I love Utopia Banished! I've been a huge ND fan ever since that album 😁

  • @arkka  Feb 9

    Thanks for the comment!

  • @torniojaws Feb 8

    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 😀

  • @caterwauler  Feb 7

    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.

  • @torniojaws Feb 6

    Thanks for the comments : ) Cool to see some ambient in FAWM! I've usually done a few each FAWM, but not yet this year.

  • @nursedashie Feb 5

    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.

  • @atam94 Feb 4

    thank you so much for the kind words on my song!

  • @nikke88 Feb 3

    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.

  • @dreamscuba  Feb 2020

    Thank you for your comments on "On A Desolate Road"...You are very kind.

  • @roblincoln  Feb 2020

    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.

  • @pipewrench67  Jan 2020