owl 18


53703 US   Feb 2014


Artist Bio

Influences:   here are some things currently in heavy rotation: Big Thief, the Byrds, Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley, Sharon Van Etten, Laura Stevenson, Yo La Tengo, Courtney Barnett, Okkervil River

"the perfect is the enemy of the good"

This is my seventh year FAWMing.

Check out some previous FAWM songs (and others) done up proper at my band Gentle Brontosaurus's site here:
@ndavies = keys, pocket trumpet, vox.
me = keys, guitar, vox.

Also check out Vowl Sounds, collabs with @vomvorton, also made possible via FAWM: facebook.com/vowlsoundsmusic

other musics from the past you could also listen to: tldrband.com (surf-tinged indie rock; I sang), www.facebook.com/RedTapeDiaries (math-tinged power pop; I played keys)

pronouns: she/her

Songs (18)

#1 Squid Linguistics @vomvorton  57
Feb 1
#2 Liberty Street 27
Feb 3
#3 the god whisperer @tsunamidaily  23
Feb 5
#4 Dover Beach 25
Feb 6
#5 Peak Misery 39
Feb 10
#6 Follow (Tape 16) 6
Feb 12
#7 Blood on the Tracks @vomvorton  33
Feb 16
#8 Saying It Makes It Real 23
Feb 18
#9 Elegy 27
Feb 22
#10 Shibori / Shibori Remix @thelowestbitter  16
Feb 24
#11 Wool to Do the Mending @frenchcricket  25
Feb 26
#12 Sketches Of The Great Auk @kristian  21
Feb 27
#13 Graduation Day @vomvorton  24
Feb 28
#14 Snow Filtered Sun (*Vocal Version*) - plus GuateCoop @zecoop  16
Feb 29
#15 Fireflies 12
Feb 29
#16 empty cups (@circle/@nancyrost collab) @circle 4
Feb 29
#17 Death 8
Mar 1
#18 Broken Machinery @vomvorton  23
Mar 1


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  • @tamsnumber4  Mar 8

    Thank you for listening to my song "Back to Banbury", I appreciate it!

  • @billwhite51 Mar 7

    especially a brit pop fan trapped in a techno disco world hoping to find a boyfriend who prefers suede to John Digweed

  • @billwhite51 Mar 6

    i wrote a science fiction novel from a far more intersesting theory, and the interested publisher eventually passed on it t because she thought there was too much science in it. I argued that the main character was a graduate student in marine geology and that there woud be no story had she not got wind of what mayhem the aliens were causing inside the undersea volcanoes in the Strait of Juan de Fuca,

  • @billwhite51 Mar 6

    i am not smart enough to have a theory, just curious enough to ask the question. thats an awfu lot of water..willl it freeze or turn to gas or will atmospheres form around some of the asteroids? Will there be a new asteroid belt that is like a chain of islands in the sky where new life forms will evolve? i was wondering about these things when i wrote the song, and the song new needed a bridge, and since i was thinking about the stars and the ocean and fatima at the same time, i was wonderng if all three things could come together somehow.

  • @billwhite51 Mar 6

    thank you for your comments on fatima. i wrote it for someone who i only met once. and who fatally threw herself m front of a car a year later because she did not believe love was able to exist in the world as it is today. maybe you know the answer to this. what will happen to all the water if the planet explodes?

  • @iveg Mar 5

    So sorry about Lily.

  • @iveg Mar 5

    Thanks for the lovely comment blitz. I'm not in a place where I can listen today. Maybe tonight. Rush definitely gives people a strong reaction. My wife is very pro-Canada, but hates Rush.
    I don't see any more cat songs. I was very glad to see from liner notes that Death was not about Lily. I'll try to listen to more later 😀

  • @ayehahmur  Mar 5

    Ahhh, that? It's like a phaser pedal effect or something, right? I have no idea. There's no effect on the drums apart from a little reverb. Might have been a rendering glitch? But yeah, i kind of like it.

  • @ayehahmur  Mar 5

    There's...a zap sound in Heaven Scented? Where? Did you find a ghost sound in my ghost smell song? How incredibly synaesthesic!

  • @iveg Mar 4

    Thank you for all the kind comments on so many songs. This has been a rough month. I hope you have a great spring, and hope to see you at Nur Ein!

  • @pcob1993  Mar 4

    Thank you so much for your comment on Amsterdam #2
    I fell completely jn love with the town and lived there twice; eleven years and five years. I'll probably end up there.
    I just started listening now so I'll get back to you. very soon.

  • @paulh1237  Mar 4

    Your second person to make the orange juice reference in "Did anybody notice", so I finally decided to work out what accidental reference it was! Was not aware of the band, do recognise the song though! I'm worried the lyrics seem much less interesting now xD

  • @standup  Mar 4

    Thanks for checking out "Unravel".

    At some point I noticed that cymbals, after the crash, have a low fundamental note that lingers for a while.

    So I recorded some of that. The rushing wind sound is probably a cymbal wash sound, possibly pitch shifted after the fact.

  • @sbs2018 Mar 3

    Thanks for commenting on “Everybody Lies.” Funny you should say the lyrics were sad. It started out quite differently as a poem and more of a commentary on the world. Then my songwriting mentor gave me some direction on making it sound as if it was a personal story (like a character in one of my novels), including the bridge lyrics that threw it back saying she lied, too. Lol! I think of it more as a dance song with attitude but always interesting to hear what others think. Thanks, again, for listening!

  • @pipewrench67  Mar 3

    Can't sustain it very long, that's why there are only 2 verses. The detuned stuff was generated the avocado ducking glitch generator (If you use reaper, I think you do, and haven't played with it you should, it's one of my favorite effects)
    avocado: constantly records your input into 1-16 buffers (randomly chosen, upper limit and buffer size is selectable). when the input level drops below a certain point, it starts playing back from one of those buffers. you can set how likely it is a buffer will repeat after it is selected, how like a buffer will play backwards, and whether buffers should decay after playback. there's also a sort of harmonizer thing built in that plays back buffers at different rates according to major/minor scales etc (very basic, likely to change in the future). the end result is a glitcher that only comes in after an audio "event".

  • @balancelost  Mar 2

    This has definitely been my worst fawm for listening. I reckon I'll still be here in April I've got so much catching up to do.

  • @barbara  Mar 2

    Yes, it was me! I tried to identify myself on the second one with a note, so it wouldn’t be mysterious on your end. I absolutely love your music, and am happy to have realized I can have copies to load up on my player. Glad to be in the fan club! I love the email alert function for new postings too. It makes me happy to see that there are so many red hearts left to explore here in March. That’s sure to be a treat!

  • @alboe Mar 2

    Thanks for listening to “ I don’t know.....”.
    And for spotting the bass.
    I’m first and foremost a bass player, the guitar, keys and singing (pffff) are things I hardly ever do outside of FAWM.
    So everything I record is hard work and requires lots of takes except for the bass, when it’s time to do the bass I usually haven’t got a part worked out yet and just play what I feel and it’s mostly first takes.
    I could only wish to achieve that level on the other instruments and my singing.

  • @vomvorton  Mar 1

    TOLD me before. Get my ass

  • @vomvorton  Mar 1

    Hmm that ASMR story sounds familiar, I think you must have hold me before and maybe it even subconsciously inspired this lyric! If so, thanks!

  • @pipewrench67  Mar 1

    Ha, someone wrote a song for you, well not specifically for you, but, yea for you.

  • @fuzzy  Feb 29

    Hey, thanx for the awesome music this February!
    You know I always love your tunes!

  • @loveonamixtape  Feb 29

    Thank you for your comment on "Quittin' California"! I thought if anyone (I knew of, at least) could relate, it might be you, so I'm glad you did! Or, you know, also NOT glad, because it's all kind of a bummer....

  • @adforperu  Feb 29

    14 👏👏

  • @rubberbandage  Feb 28

    Thanks for listening, @owl 😀
    I’d love to overdub a hundred harmonies on all these songs like you, but it’s as finished as I can manage—maybe next year!

  • @circle Feb 27

    Hi owl, I have sent you an email, I think. Thanks for your lovely comments and support through these difficult times (by which I mean FAWM)

  • @judypie  Feb 26

    Thank you Owl, that is my most coveted award! 😄

  • @karenwheelock Feb 24

    Thank you for your sweet words about my songs “waltz across the clouds” <3
    I started off FAWM strong, but I haven’t been keeping on track lately!

  • @zecoop  Feb 21

    Left you a message on FB messenger... 😎

  • @rayboneor  Feb 21

    Thanks for the kind comments! I was in a hurry and borrowed a bit from Dorothy Parker, I must admit, though it seems like fair use 😀 I'm kind of picturing Penelope with an electric guitar

    He shall ride the silver seas,
    He shall cut the glittering wave.
    I shall sit at home, and rock

  • @stephenwordsmith Feb 20

    Goodness me, but Peak Misery is very good. Like, really, really, really good. Blimming heck.

  • @rwc Feb 20

    Thanks for your nice comment - I am here, but I'm away next week so it's not looking like a very productive FAWM this year!

  • @vomvorton  Feb 20

    I've never dared go into the equestrian superstore that gave the song its name. There's a fake horse outside! I want to look closer but what if somebody asks me a question about horses!

  • @ductapeguy Feb 20

    Thanks for the kind comment. All 3 are huge influences.

  • @tsunamidaily  Feb 20

    Hey! I sent you an email.
    Hope to hear from you.

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 20

    Alas it's a Sears banj... I mean a synth banjo, but it's a really good sample. I loved playing around with it.
    Thanks as always for taking a listen, pal.

  • @wolfkier Feb 20

    Thanks for the listen and kind words! 😀

  • @paulhenry  Feb 16

    @owl, if you put California Zebras to music, I'd be honored. I love how the world moves in such a way to put a herd of wild zebras on the coast of California. And what that means to the person in the lyric.

  • @marvsmooth  Feb 15

    I've now made the song Follow downloadable - https://fawm.org/songs/104398/

  • @dianaviney Feb 12

    Thanks for the comment on Fine. The melody of 'wasnt i fine..." came out quick as I was trying to remember the melody that I had come up with the night before to the same chord progression. Ha- I couldn't remember the original melody so i got Fine instead. I hope you come back and listen to Moonbird once I post it because that was the original melody I came up with. 2 songs for one chord progression but very different I think. I'll post later today. Thanks again.

  • @marvsmooth  Feb 12

    I actually decided not to do anything at all with your track, except to add a little reverb, which I did with my glockenspiel as well.

    I normally like to mix with each individual part separated, but found out when listening to each track separately that your track was a perfect mix of vocal and guitar.

  • @marvsmooth  Feb 12

    The four-track song Follow, featuring yourself on vocal and guitar. is posted up - https://fawm.org/songs/104398/

  • @celineellis  Feb 12

    Thanks for your really great feedback on my song ‘follow you’ I appreciate the time you took to offer advice and suggestion. I will definitely take it on board when I spend more time on the song after feb!

  • @ndavies  Feb 12

    My growly bass synth is a Moog Sub Phatty, and the weedly wee one (and on the chords) is a Korg Minilogue

  • @miltz  Feb 12

    Thank you, owl.

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 11

    Thanks! Don't think I've ever been compared to KKR before. Not in my writing-writing, but *definitely* not in my song writing. That's a helluva nice thing to say, thank you! And the Watchmen series was just about perfect, wasn't it? I loved that particular reveal.

    ETA By the way I saw Big Thief live last year. They're just mesmerizing.

  • @paulh1237  Feb 10

    The puppy is called percy, potentially because I just live for alliteration! I'm still trying to build him up into a true fawmer, music mostly just makes him bark aha.

  • @pipewrench67  Feb 9

    more drums here (some you need Kontakt, I don't have but i think there is a free stripped down version out there) ;https://thehomerecordings.com/free-dr...

  • @paulh1237  Feb 7

    Profile now updated with permanent puppy picture aha.

  • @neonpaul Feb 6

    Thanks for the well wishes, hope you have a great one too 😀

  • @rayboneor  Feb 6

    You and loveonamixtape have got me fired up to grab a pick and start practicing for the first time. Any advice on where to start? Picks make me very nervous 😀

  • @slawbleu  Feb 5

    Jinx!!! 😀 Seriously, thanks for the tip -- I'm pretty comfy with Reaper after 5 years, but punching in has always been challenging. Thanks so much!!

  • @ferry0123  Feb 5

    Thank you for leaving your nice comment. And also thanks for mentioning me!

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 4

    Cool! Spoopy is the zeitgeist!

  • @ferry0123  Feb 4


  • @loveonamixtape  Feb 3

    Hahahah omg yesssssss, I love that! What a goodboi, 12/10 groundhog, would leave alone, would respect his personal space.

  • @sailingmagpie  Feb 3

    Wow, your sandworm is incredible! Now there's a sentence I never thought I'd type today.

  • @coolparadiso  Jan 2020

    Great to see you here. looking forward to some more of your gems!

  • @pipewrench67  Jan 2020

    Yo, still have yet to see Cats.

  • @loveonamixtape  Jan 2020

    I am! I'm excited to show off my marginally better guitar playing now that I practice and use a pick. 😅 Plus FAWM has kind of ruined me for songwriting for the rest of the year, so it's almost like this or bust!

  • @gregthehero Jan 2020

    hey owl, happy 2020! maybe this is the year we collab again... ( last time was 2015 ?(!) )

  • @loveonamixtape  Jan 2020

    Always glad to see you here! I hope you have a good February, and I look forward to hearing what you come up with, as always!

  • @rayboneor  Jan 2020

    Hey! Nobody here tells a story like you do--and you wrap them up in such pretty music. Don't let me down 😀

  • @thelowestbitter  Jan 2020

    Hello! The controller is confusing and annoying me at the moment so we'll see how much use I can actually get out of it. Looking forward to hearing your stuff this FAWM!

  • @slawbleu  Jan 2020

    Hello hello!! So excited to see what you come up with -- you always astonish me. Happy FAWM! 😀

  • @circle Jan 2020

    Hi owl!

    I don't know if you remember me, but I'm the one who does lots of pitch shifting to make me sound like a girl (or a chipmunk?)

    Last year you said to ask you if I wanted some real female vocals, and i didn't ask, but I appreciated the idea!

    I feel like it would be fun to collaborate this time as I've barely done it before, so if you still have the time, and the will, and the muse... well, let's see

    Anyway, I'll be checking out your stuff regardless! still a big fan of Black Ribbon

  • @guatecoop  Jan 2020

    Hi hi and hello! How are things up your way? I’m looking forward to hearing your music again this year, as you are willing to try anything and come up with so much variety. Your willingness to take a shot and take risks is something that I admire about you. Maybe I will try to do more of that. Your results are certainly motivating. I will see you around....happy fawming to you!

  • @ferry0123  Jan 2020

    Hey thanks. Same to you of course. Looking forward to hearing what you'll create!!

  • @tamsnumber4  Jan 2020

    Happy 7 year FAWMversary!! Glad I'm in a class with you and will always stop by for a listen, you are music to my ears!!!

  • @kovbleu  Jan 2020

    Have a wonderful FAWM!! 😀 Excited to hear what you do this year.

  • @elesimo  Jan 2020

    Happy FAWM, @owl!

    I'm also excited to see that tape, I recruited @cnidaria to record track 3 with me before sending it to the UK. Can't wait to hear it!

  • @johncrossman  Jan 2020

    Longtime listener, first time (in 2020) commenter.... my ears look forward to your fawm-creations!

  • @balancelost  Jan 2020

    Oh hi yeah, back at it again. I have a new egg shaker so it's going to be AMAZING! Good luck

  • @ayehahmur  Jan 2020

    Hey! Good to hear from you and welcome back! Looking forward to yours too. Can't wait to get started.

  • @adnama17  Jan 2020

    Hey there! Fancy meeting you here. 😀

  • @sailingmagpie  Jan 2020

    Hope you have an amazing FAWM this year! Looking forward to hearing more lovely tunage from you!

  • @zecoop  Jan 2020

    Super excited to hear your awesome FAWMing... You write amazing stuff. Hope we can collaborate again! 😀

  • @kristian  Jan 2020

    Whooo! Wanna do a thing with me?

  • @w1n  Jan 2020

    Have a great FAWM, looking forward to hearing some new tunes from you.

  • @expendablefriend  Jan 2020

    I await your beautiful musics.

  • @hummingbear  Jan 2020

    Happy FAWMing!

  • @tsunamidaily  Jan 2020

    have the best FAWM this year!

  • @fuzzy  Jan 2020

    I'm really looking forward to hearing some more of your unique sounds!!!