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)
|#1||Squid Linguistics @vomvorton||
|#3||the god whisperer @tsunamidaily||
|#6||Follow (Tape 16)||
|#7||Blood on the Tracks @vomvorton||
|#8||Saying It Makes It Real||
|#10||Shibori / Shibori Remix @thelowestbitter||
|#11||Wool to Do the Mending @frenchcricket||
|#12||Sketches Of The Great Auk @kristian||
|#13||Graduation Day @vomvorton||
|#14||Snow Filtered Sun (*Vocal Version*) - plus GuateCoop @zecoop||
|#16||empty cups (@circle/@nancyrost collab) @circle||
|#18||Broken Machinery @vomvorton||
Thank you for listening to my song "Back to Banbury", I appreciate it!
especially a brit pop fan trapped in a techno disco world hoping to find a boyfriend who prefers suede to John Digweed
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,
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.
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?
So sorry about Lily.
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 😀
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.
There's...a zap sound in Heaven Scented? Where? Did you find a ghost sound in my ghost smell song? How incredibly synaesthesic!
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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".
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.
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!
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.
TOLD me before. Get my ass
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!
Hey, thanx for the awesome music this February!
You know I always love your tunes!
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....
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)
Thank you Owl, that is my most coveted award! 😄
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!
Left you a message on FB messenger... 😎
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
Goodness me, but Peak Misery is very good. Like, really, really, really good. Blimming heck.
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!
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!
Thanks for the kind comment. All 3 are huge influences.
Hey! I sent you an email.
Hope to hear from you.
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.
Thanks for the listen and kind words! 😀
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.
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.
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!
My growly bass synth is a Moog Sub Phatty, and the weedly wee one (and on the chords) is a Korg Minilogue
Thank you, owl.
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.
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.
Profile now updated with permanent puppy picture aha.
Thanks for the well wishes, hope you have a great one too 😀
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 😀
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!!
Thank you for leaving your nice comment. And also thanks for mentioning me!
Cool! Spoopy is the zeitgeist!
Hahahah omg yesssssss, I love that! What a goodboi, 12/10 groundhog, would leave alone, would respect his personal space.
Wow, your sandworm is incredible! Now there's a sentence I never thought I'd type today.
Great to see you here. looking forward to some more of your gems!
Yo, still have yet to see Cats.
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!
hey owl, happy 2020! maybe this is the year we collab again... ( last time was 2015 ?(!) )
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!
Hey! Nobody here tells a story like you do--and you wrap them up in such pretty music. Don't let me down 😀
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!
Hello hello!! So excited to see what you come up with -- you always astonish me. Happy FAWM! 😀
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
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!
Hey thanks. Same to you of course. Looking forward to hearing what you'll create!!
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!!!
Have a wonderful FAWM!! 😀 Excited to hear what you do this year.
Longtime listener, first time (in 2020) commenter.... my ears look forward to your fawm-creations!
Oh hi yeah, back at it again. I have a new egg shaker so it's going to be AMAZING! Good luck
Hey! Good to hear from you and welcome back! Looking forward to yours too. Can't wait to get started.
Hey there! Fancy meeting you here. 😀
Hope you have an amazing FAWM this year! Looking forward to hearing more lovely tunage from you!
Super excited to hear your awesome FAWMing... You write amazing stuff. Hope we can collaborate again! 😀
Whooo! Wanna do a thing with me?
Have a great FAWM, looking forward to hearing some new tunes from you.
I await your beautiful musics.
have the best FAWM this year!
I'm really looking forward to hearing some more of your unique sounds!!!