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Pronouns - he / him
I've been taking part in FAWM (and 50/90 on and off) since 2012.
It is where I learned to write lots of songs in a short space of time.
In 2017 I started releasing my solo music, mainly due to the help and encouragement of the lovely people here (I'm lookin' at you, Mr Fatchen, Mr Graham, et al). I've made around 40 albums and 12 EP's in the last four years.
In 2018 I started having some of my music used in TV shows and films, again thanks to the advice / encouragement of some of the people here. I've since had music used in lots of shows, including The Voice USA, which is quite funny if you read on a little, and find out what's going on with MY voice.
In 2021 I discovered that I've been living my whole life with an undiagnosed case of what used to be called Asperger's syndrome (but is now called ASD), which has been a very helpful and freeing thing to find out.
Onto now. The present. Here. This moment...
This year I'm doing things a little differently.
I pretty much can't sing any more. My voice is, as they say in all the top singing schools, faaacked.
I can talk, but that mid range belting thing (which is pretty much the only style of singing I could do) decided to have a strop and run out the back door when I wasn't looking. The last thing I heard from said voice was a rather disturbing phone call late one night, which went -
Me - hello?
My ex-voice - ha. Ha. HA! HA! HA!
I have several albums worth of songs that are musically recorded, but I've been unable to finish them because I can't do the vocals. They're packed away in a nice little velvet lined box, just in case my voice decides to return. It's a blue box, but that's not important.
So, I've adapted...
I've spent most of the last year doing spoken word collaborations. I've loved doing them. I LOVE doing them. I've been working with musicians, non-musicians, psychoanalysts, actors, and lots more. I've just released a solo spoken word album that heavily leans into the cut up technique (y'know, the chopping and rearranging of words to make a new thing, like the Eno / Bowie, William Burroughs, Brion Gysin type stuff). I love this stuff. Like, I LOVE this stuff.
So I guess spoken word is my new thing.
This leads me to...
Last year I mentioned to someone (can't remember who, but it was a fellow FAWMer) that I would like to do an entire FAWM that is all collaborations.
I don't think this year will necessarily be ALL collabs, but recently it got me thinking that I'd like to put some extra focus on that aspect this time around, for a 'Pete Murphy and Friends' album (to be released on my Bandcamp page as a free download).
This is how I see it working for anyone who might like to be involved...
(TL:DR at the bottom)
* This is, first and foremost, about fun and enjoyment. I'm all about the fun and enjoyment when it comes to making music. Aren't you? I hope you are.
* I'm mostly interested in / inspired by lyrics that are surreal / absurd / erotic / weird / avant / experimental / random.
* Ideally you'll be able to recite + record your lyrics, then send me your vocal file so I can build music around it. I mean, you can sing it if you want, or yell it, read it backwards, upside down, inside out, your dog can be barking in the background, you can record yourself talking whilst making a cup of tea or singing in the shower or riding an exercise bike or taking a walk or doing the weekly shopping or any other way you want to do it, but being able to send me a recording would be helpful.
* Some of the people I've recently been working with prefer me to cut up their vocal and make it into something new and completely different to what they actually said.
Other people prefer me to leave their vocal as it is (other than maybe making gaps between the lines longer or shorter, in order to fit with the music).
I'm good either way, or doing a bit of both, or listening to any other ideas you have.
* Hopefully you will be cool with our collaboration being on the album, which will be released as a free download on Bandcamp. Obviously if you hate the song, it doesn't have to be included, but the plan is for it to be listened to by people outside of FAWM. (I know, scary huh? I feel ya)
* Ideally I'd like a bit of choice, so if you have several lyrics to see which one inspires me the most, that would be cool.
If not, and you only have one thing to show me, that's cool too.
* They don't have to be structured like a pop song (verse, chorus, verse, chorus, etc). In fact, I rarely work with traditional song structures these days. I don't mind if it's just random words shouted into the voice recorder app on your phone. Whatever you want. It can be 10 seconds long or 2 minutes long or 5 minutes long (it would be good if it wasn't 60 minutes long, because I might run out of music, and not have any left to put into the other collabs. A chap can run out of music, y'know. Then I'll have to wait until Tesco can deliver some more, and with the pandemic and all that, they might not be able to fit me in until next Thursday)
* Other things may be added later, but that's all I can think of right now, and I hate lists. Do you hate lists?
TL:DR - send me weird vocal shit, I'll put music to it and release it as part of a 'Pete Murphy and Friends' album on Bandcamp as a free download. Hopefully we'll have fun doing it.
No songs by this fawmer (yet).
Yes! hey fab gear...no, it's not Paul but I'm happy to borrow his bass for a little bit till things get sorted in Fawmland....
So sorry about losing your voice but great to see your rolling with it...
and let's face it everything you do is magic...can't wait to hear what's percolating here in Brum land...xxc
Hi, Pete! Hope you have a fantastic FAWM 2022!! My oldest daughter has Asperger's. There's a book out there that really helped her immensely called "Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's" by John Elder Robison. It's good because it's written by someone who has Asperger's, not someone who has studied it. She connected with it. My experience is people that have Asperger's have the sweetest hearts and personalities, very creative and unique ways of thinking, and I was always wanting my daughter's perspective because she'd see things in a way I never could. Always love your work and looking forward to hearing your new works this February!
I might be sending you a voice file at some point this February for your collab album. Of course, once FAWM starts, all my plans seem to fly out the window...
Would it be possible to send you something in March if not in February?
Cool beans. I guess what I’m trying to say his, how do I go about sending you my spoken word brilliance?
Hey, Pete. Glad to see you. Sorry to hear about your voice. Sometimes those we love hurt us the most. I would be greatly interested in sending you some shit to turn into a song. Let me know exactly how to go about doing it and let's make sweet sweet beautiful weird fucky art.
Your collab project sounds fascinating!! I’d certainly love to send you something. It would be awesome to break out of my usual verse chorus bridge rut and try something lyrically more intense and obscure.
It’s been a rough couple of years in so many ways, especially in regards to mental health but I’m still in the game.
Wah, thanx for naming me in the "Favourite albums of last year" thread.
I am extremely honoured!
Thank you so much! I see that you also got a P Bass, and i can’t wait to hear what you do with it!
Hi Pete, thank you. I'm okay, thank you. Please take care. I hope one day your voice will return. It was truly amazing. I know though your speaking voice is absolutely awesome.
Hey, hope you have a great FAWM!
Likewise looking forward to hearing your stuff this year!
I'm looking forward to hearing new music from you this FAWM!!!
I'm really looking forward to hearing what you come up with this year!
Hi Pete. Have a wonderful fawm time. There are so many different ways of creating. So glad to see you are finding new ways and you are happy to collaborate.
So glad to see you here. Let's get up to some antics. Or possibly shenanigans. Tomfoolery if you're feeling up to it.
good to see you up and at it over here, Pete :) love the sound of your collaboration project, i will get to you on that :)
A very big hello to you!! I hope that you’re back again this year!
Good to see you my friend! I've been wanting to tell you that I'm in awe of how prolific you are. You inspire me! Can't wait to hear what you do this FAWM :)
Pete! great to see ya here! and yeah, that spoken word collab idea you detailed in your soundboard sounds great, I'd love to send you something in Feb for it!
PETE!!!! Have a great FAWM!
It is always good to see you here. It made my night! Looking forward to all kinds of amazing creations. Perhaps a creation together... it could happen! :)
So great to see you here again!!!