Influences: Some of my favorites are Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello, Pulp, Jorane, Kathryn Locke and Kate Bush. Post FAWM ETA: While I like them, I don't mean I am like them. I don't know what I am like.
I mainly play cello these days and write and arrange instrumental and experimental music but I'm a songwriter at heart. This year I'm trying a really simple recording setup: Garageband, midi keyboard, and a USB mic for everything else. I'm looking forward to the time challenge: I think I'll be cutting corners but hope something interesting will come of it.
Thanks! yeah best is never most expensive in my book 😉 I'll figure it out I'm fine making any after adjustments I'll have to later, I'm usually pretty handy with those things, the "luthiers" I do know are people I borrow any specialty tools from if I need them real quick 😉
Hi, so you're 'thinking about getting a super cheap cello'.
By all means buy cheap, but avoid the cheapest as they can be unreliable (not stay in tune, have an ugly sound, age badly...).
Also, get the right size so you can sit comfortably with it. And if you want to play standing, make sure the spike is long enough.
Sometimes luthiers import cheap factory-built instruments and improve them (adding a tailpiece with tuners, changing the bridge, etc.), which can be a good option.
If you choose to do this yourself, there's something to watch for: inside the cello there is a 'soundpost' between the front and back of the instrument. It's not attached in any way (which lets it freely transfer vibrations) and is partly kept in place by the pressure from the strings pushing down on the bridge. So, if you change the bridge or remove all the strings at the same time for any reason, tread very carefully. If the soundpost falls, the only way to get at it to put it back is through the sound holes, which are really small. If this happens, it's best to take it to a luthier.
Yeah I had been doing things the hard way for years, especially edit-wise. I've never used garageband, but some people do get good results with it. I don't do much with MIDI personally either, though I need to start and is the main reason I even went farther with a DAW other than Audacity or the freebie StudioOne as I do have an e-kit, but have just been using the onboard sounds which are good enough for demo purposes, but not quite there if I wanted to get a really nice drum sound which can be done with MIDI anymore.
As with anything it just comes down to finding one you're comfortabe with that works, for the money and the ease of use I've had no problems with Studioone. I did the free trial of a bunch of them last year and finally decided on that one. Good luck!
Actually thinking about getting a super cheap cello as well I'm not super picky about quality as I can do most luthier work that may need done, but something I've always wanted to play just never went ahead and did it........sorry sidetracked just was listening to some of your tunes again 😉 Think I'll just get a cheapo one and upgrade bow/strings and adjust the bridge if I need to.......... any recommendations?
I had never used a DAW until about this time last year, when I saw live music going away as well. I found StudioOne to be the easiest to hop into as its interface is friendly and its easy to track stuff and mix with. Even the free "prime" copy. The only difference is you can't use 3rd party VST's unless you pay for the artist, which I don't use plug-ins or virtual instruments anyway. It would work fine with even your zoom mic to track multiple layers of stuff and mix later, but for that matter so would Audacity or any of the other freebies out there. I just found StudioOne to not have much of a learning curve if you're familiar with a 4-track and a mixing board at all.
If there's one thing I'm good for, it's finding meaning where none exists. Salut!
Do you have a chord chart and bpm for the song,
Thank you for your very kind and considered feedback on Catastrophe! Quite touching you'd take so much time to think about one of my songs... Let's work together again next year.
Je rejoins apolez3, merci pour tes commentaires sur love the moment, je suis super contente de l'accueil qu'à reçu cette chanson, quelle que soit sa langue. Et si jamais une collaboration hors FAWM te tente entre Frenchies, I'm only one email away ^^
Hi, thanks for your comment on' Love The Moment' yeah it was even said to be a spoken word piece, and the genre was up in the air, which she partly did by speaking words a bit...but I am so amazed of the outcome, super happy 😀 I didn' t take the picture down, the site must have. It's on my facebook... I took it long ago but can't get to it my internet too slow atm, I have a feeling it was clothes or something. Not exactly sure myself. I always pondered on the moment reading about it in a few books though so heh,
Hi - thank you for listening and commenting on Boris. Not easy on the ears I know, but I guess you appreciate where it all comes from! Amplified Flatulence is a great description of our so called prime minister....
Hi, thanks for the comments. I appreciate the feedback, and I'm glad it made you smile.
@lennie you said that "Perhaps indeed this isn't an innocent human couple about to be devoured, but a were-couple who are happy to go frolicking under the full moon together in their wolf forms"
The feeling I had gotten from "the Full Moon in your eyes" and the narrator wondering about "The smile on your face" and wondering "if this is unwise" made me think of a mixed couple: the narrator is human and the other is were ... but I really don't know.
I have been known to howl to the full moon on occasion and I'm definitely not were ... at least, not the last time I checked 😁
Thanks for your comment and support!
Thanks for the comment on my lyricloud skirmish song!
It's like not noticing everyone has the same colored car until you buy that color 🤣 I've always preferred things with their own onboard noises. Keyboards/etc, but I've also always had a lot of guitar pedals around and would rather manipulate the sound that way instead of fine tuning stuff digitally. It's just what people are most comfortable with. I just hate being tied to a computer musically and otherwise.
Thanks for your comment! Now I can't get that Eurovision diva with tons of glitter and layers of clothing out of my head! In my mind this sounds rather upbeat dance pop ... whatever. Let me sleep over it 😁
Thanks for your comment! The BassVI is actually an extra-baritone guitar, one octave lower, so it reaches the frequencies of a bass. And interesting instrument for sure!
Happy that this can give you different ideas on using a looper 😀
Hey Lennie, thanks for you comment on my Cohen interpretation. I only know how to play a bit of piano so everything on my profile is made with virtual instruments, either completely programmed or played with my MIDI keyboard. I usually remove my VSTs after real instruments were recorded.
I am unsure whether I should finish this song or not. The lyrics were planned to be more spoken than sung. That's completely new to me. Of course I don't record vocals on my own. If someone feels inspired he or see may give a try but it's not a prio one choice. What do you think?
Thanks for your comment on that ambient song. 😀
It's really just meant to be there so silences between people talking aren't completely silent. It's not noticeable until it's gone. I have the music extremely low.
Sort of like the music at a restaurant, turned down so that it's just noticeable when no one is talking.
Thanks Lennie for listening to and commenting on Never Let Me Go and surfacing it in the books thread 🙏
Hi. Thank you SO MUCH for your very considered comment on Carried on the Wind. You are spot on: it is not the same person. The idea was to take quotes that were taken from conversations that people had on the Wind Telephone in a documentary I once watched. I'm very glad you got that, as I was worried it would not be clear enough. Chris has done an amazing job in bringing out exactly what I had in mind. I had the melody and most of the words, but he found the right chords and played his guitar beautifully. For me, I have learned that when you thinking who is the songwriter, it is not just the melody and words. The chord choices you make play a massive part in in what the song sounds like, before any production is added. So for me, this song is totally a 50/50 collab because without Chris, I would have put the song in a drawer because it just did not feel like a song until he came on board. Thanks again for taking the time. It means a lot when people really, really listen.
Thank you for the comment! I just recorded everything into FL. Drums are a vst, but all guitar is played by yours truly 😁
I think the effects from those days have aged pretty well because they were all physical (no computer) effects. The ones that dated *really* badly were the early years of CGI. Even now bad moments of CGi can really ruin a movie. Bad physical effects are kinda endearing. 😀
Hey - on Carpenter. He made some of the best science fiction/horror movies of the 80s. Utterly iconic, and the music is a big part of their unique appeal. I'd recommend Halloween, The Thing, The Fog, Escape From New York, but if you're not a fan of super creepy films (with horror effects etc), They Live is a bit easier on the eye.
Hey Lennie - absolutely either me or Marieke will send you an MP3 of the demo. i'm sure we have your email address somewhere so will send as soon as we can!
Glad you liked my "Working on it" response to the skirmish prompt.
I like the challenge of a single rhyme in the verses contrasting with the ABBA of the Chorus. I think I have been far too influenced by spending the entire month of January reading Byron's longer poems. I ended up speaking to my wife in rhyming couplets. 😜😁
thanks for the comment on 'Multitudes'! I don't actually have a drum machine, it's just me whacking the dulcimer and looping the thuds. very low-tech over here.
Hey Lennie - first of all thank you so much for sending a cello part to the song @Mariekevinkmusic and I wrote! it fits so perfectly even on the rough demo we put together! We will be re-uploading the demo for that song when Marieke is available to do it but i wanted to stop by and say a huge thank you!
Thank you for your comments! You’re totally spot on about June, ‘water under the bridge’ is definitely a good characterization of the way I view the situation now.
thank you for your kind words on my skirmish song 'playground' glad you like the 'asides' i am working on a theater piece/musical monologue on keyboard and this might become part of it...
Hi. That would be awesome. My email address is in my profile so send me an email and I will get the file to you?
Thanks for listening to my skirmish tune! I think I will take the story and turn it into a proper song, with chords and everything 😀
I never thought about tapes deteriorating. I'm glad you said that. I have 5 or 6 more to salvage. Thx for listening to 'It All Right' and the heads up.
Hi Lennie, thanks so much for your comment on the 14x14 - I'm so glad you enjoyed the fun of it, and that you think it works!
thanks for listening to my recent song and sharing your thoughts! I see that you have one posted now, too. I'll be checking it out soon 😀
Thank you for listening and your kind response! 😁 Looking forward to listen to your stuff. Have an nice FAWM!
Thank you for the listen and the feedback on my track ❤
Hi, thanks for checking out my song that I linked on YouTube! Happy FAWM!
Hello, Happy FAWMing! 😀