Postcard Helicopters 45


US   Jan 2006

Artist Bio

Influences:   Some Influences, listed chronologically. /// The Beatles /// Mid-1970's AM Radio (U.S. West Coast) /// David Bowie /// Jean-Michel Jarre /// Brian Eno /// Peter Gabriel /// Early-1980's FM Radio (U.S. West Coast) /// Kate Bush /// Suzanne Vega /// Art of Noise /// R.E.M.

I started a new songwriting practice this year and it has been more successful than I expected, giving me more material than I can properly develop during FAWM. Ultimately, that's a good thing but it will take me a while to adjust.

The "Robot Piano Sketch" songs are the daily practice projects ("song seeds") converted to quantized chord sequences and are more like piano sketches played by a robot than demos. I'll replace them as I convert them from sketch to demo, but that might take longer than February to accomplish. I considered not posting these at all, but then I thought the contrast to my more fleshed out demos might give newcomers a sense of the latitude of the challenge and help them move forward with trying something new. (Hello, Newcomers! Welcome to FAWM!)

It seems I'm on a dual path this month with daily practice on the one and more typical demos on the other, and it's been challenging trying to juggle the two directions. Daily practice is taking priority until it becomes automatic and I'm really pleased with how that's turning out. But I feel like I might be getting "caught up" and reaching a point where I'll have some time for that second path before the end of the month.

25 February:
It could be just an unsubstantiated rumor, but, there are some rumblings/questions that there might be a song poacher on site. I feel like I've had my share of distress this month, so for my own peace of mind I'm going to lock all my Robot Piano Sketches. I'll still add them as songs so I can track the progress for the month, but, it'll just ease my mind to not have to worry about that possibility.

Songs (45)

#1 Nostalgie Importune 10
Feb 5
#2 The Invisibility of an Incoming Storm 6
Feb 11
#3 Statistically Speaking, It's the Safest Way 7
Feb 11
#4 In the Factories of the Undoing (Dinner Bell for the Microbes) 2
Feb 22
#5 One Hundred Seconds 3
Feb 22
#6 Oceans of Enceladus 1
Feb 22
#7 Robot Piano Sketch - 01 2
Feb 22
#8 Robot Piano Sketch - 02 1
Feb 22
#9 Robot Piano Sketch - 03 1
Feb 22
#10 Robot Piano Sketch - 04 2
Feb 22
#11 Robot Piano Sketch - 05 1
Feb 22
#12 Robot Piano Sketch - 06 1
Feb 22
#13 Robot Piano Sketch - 07 2
Feb 22
#14 Robot Piano Sketch - 08 1
Feb 22
#15 Robot Piano Sketch - 09 1
Feb 22
#16 Robot Piano Sketch - 10 1
Feb 22
#17 Robot Piano Sketch - 11 1
Feb 22
#18 Robot Piano Sketch - 12 1
Feb 22
#19 Robot Piano Sketch - 13 1
Feb 22
#20 Robot Piano Sketch - 14 1
Feb 22
#21 Robot Piano Sketch - 15 1
Feb 22
#22 Robot Piano Sketch - 16 1
Feb 22
#23 Robot Piano Sketch - 17 1
Feb 22
#24 Robot Piano Sketch - 18 1
Feb 22
#25 Robot Piano Sketch - 19 1
Feb 22
#26 Robot Piano Sketch - 20 1
Feb 22
#27 Robot Piano Sketch - 21 1
Feb 22
#28 Robot Piano Sketch - 22 2
Feb 22
#29 Sickbed Oddity (with Ungrateful & Demanding Cats in Attendance) @helenseviltwin  5
Feb 22
#30 Robot Piano Sketch - 23 1
Feb 23
#31 The Memories of Summer Still Lie Within 3
Feb 23
#32 No Way to Treat Milwaukee @toms 11
Feb 24
#33 Robot Piano Sketch - 24 1
Feb 24
#34 Robot Piano Sketch - 25 1
Feb 25
#35 Robot Piano Sketch - 26 1
Feb 26
#36 Turn Me Off Or Turn Me On @adnama17  3
Feb 29
#37 Echolocation Rhinolophidae 3
Feb 29
#38 Robot Pianos Leap Into the Fray 2
Feb 29
#39 Locked - WIP 1
Mar 1
#40 Robot Piano Sketch - 27 1
Mar 1
#41 Robot Piano Sketch - 28 1
Mar 1
#42 Robot Piano Sketch - 29 1
Mar 1
#43 Zet Mup Beev Toap 3
Mar 1
#44 Every Stubbed Toe Portends a Triumph (I Hope) 3
Mar 1
#45 Te wehe atu, Columbo 8
Mar 1


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  • @toms Mar 31

    Thank you!!!! πŸ˜€

  • @toms Mar 20

    Hey, any chance you could send me the wav file for your vox on Milwaukee? I'd love to try mixing it in with the original stems.

  • @santadharma Feb 29

    Yes 7-11s are the most popular convenience store chain here if you can believe it. We used to have a beautiful Japanese house across the road with a big garden and trees. Now they’re building tacky apartments. Interesting how these things become personified if you’re tuned in.

  • @guatecoop  Feb 28

    Thanks, man. I appreciate your comments. I really do.

  • @boxtape Feb 26

    Thanks for the comment and so glad you like it! (Quiet Arpeggiator) wasn't sure what to do with it tbh πŸ˜€

  • @zecoop  Feb 26

    I think the VolcaBeats is super fun, but the one I couldn't live without is the VolcaBass.... And you can find them so cheap. Those are the only ones I have. Thanks again for the sample!! πŸ˜€

  • @zecoop  Feb 26

    The ambient track with your water fountain is up. You'll hear it. πŸ˜€
    Doorway to Wholeness

  • @dragondreams  Feb 25

    Thank you so much! 😊😎
    And you've been really busy! I'll be back tomorrow to do some catching up. 😊

  • @adnama17  Feb 25

    I have successfully ejected @toms from my brain. This is next! <3

  • @guatecoop  Feb 24

    Wow man, prolific!!! I have to get back to listen!! Thanks for your comments. I appreciate them.

  • @zecoop  Feb 24

    By the way, the water fountain is officially on one of the 8 cassette tracks, with Rob’s big wind chimes and my wok lid (a very nice perfect C low bell sound). I’ll let you know...

  • @zecoop  Feb 24

    Let us know if you do make a song from that structure! It would be nice to hear a song writer from that direction. Rob and I came up with different drum parts together and very very loosely talked about some possible combinations. But when We recorded the one take of him playing all the way through it didn’t exactly go as planned. So when we went to write guitar parts we had to map it out to figure out what exactly we had, lol

  • @adnama17  Feb 24

    Hooray! Still digging on the third one. A little fire under me now too that I know you're alright. Stay tuned! <3

  • @adnama17  Feb 24

    Right?! Musey is so WEIRD...

    Still up for something? I was seriously going back to those three tracks tonight. Coincidence? Hardly...

  • @adnama17  Feb 24

    Hey! You're still on my list. Was actually going to wander around with what you sent me tonight/tomorrow. How's things? You alright?

  • @toms Feb 24

    I. LOVE. IT. I also love Green Bay and Milwaukee!!!! πŸ˜€ Please post it!!!!!

  • @headfirstonly  Feb 22

    "Bell Studies" is in my top 3 favourite Eno albums. Definitely one of his better works, and the concept behind it is admirable.

  • @helenseviltwin  Feb 22

    Sure, go for it. Was that just messing with the tune, or different stuff at the end? Creepystuff!

  • @zecoop  Feb 22

    It’s possible we have discussed this before, lol... #badmemory #oldguyproblems πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

  • @zecoop  Feb 22

    And yes, classic Pink Floyd. Something that has no business working in a radio rock song... but you look forward to it every single time.

  • @zecoop  Feb 22

    Starting at 1:04 or so, it was my answering machine message for years and years...
    Ah ah ah ah ah ah

  • @zecoop  Feb 22

    <thinks... β€˜telephones’...... hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.......>

  • @zecoop  Feb 22

    And, if there was a telephone it was completely unplanned. Maybe I missed hearing it when I was recording one of the tracks, lol. Too funny

  • @zecoop  Feb 22

    Thanks a ton for the listen and nice commentary, and for the sample! My eight tracks were: VolcaBeats drums, VolcaBass, eBow electric guitar, mellotron flute, mellotron high choir, Roland RS202 String synth, Yamaha PSS170 chimes (into an analog delay) and Yamaha CP25 piano. All recorded for the full 12 minutes of the side of the tape. The choir has two notes, the flute, bass and String synth one each. I’m looking forward to trying it again with new sounds!

  • @howthenightcame Feb 13

    Thanks for getting back about your process. Interesting shift in process, and it's yielding good results. Yes, you should work it up and put it online on a blog or something!!

  • @johnstaples  Feb 12

    Hey, I'm really sorry that you are feeling bad about the whole skirmish conversation. And I truly hope this is not spoiling your FAWM this year.

    I am also very sorry there is discord about the superskirmishes. Someone who loves superskirmishes proposed one for the opening bell and several people (including me) expressed their interest. Then several people expressed their opposition to that. There was arguing by both sides and ultimately the proposed superskirmish was cancelled.

    I'm sure there were hurt feelings on both sides and I'm not sure how this should/could have been resolved. Maybe the site owners or mods or someone should/could offer some guidelines.

    I cannot say I am sorry for supporting superskirmishes and being a proponent of one at the opening bell BUT I am truly sorry if I hurt your feelings or diminished your enjoyment of FAWM!

  • @lanasolyluna Feb 6

    Ah yes i think we all do it but I suppose it’s the journey not the destination. 😬

  • @howthenightcame Feb 3

    thanks for stopping by to make such an encouraging comment about eno and places - evoking a specific geography was exactly what I was trying to do!! Will listen in when you upload a track πŸ˜€

  • @adnama17  Feb 2

    Better! That's my 100+ year old upright piano. His name is Lux Luther. I <3 him. πŸ˜€

  • @adnama17  Feb 2

    And none of those links worked. F...

  • @adnama17  Feb 2

    Hahaha! You are a bit, but I don't mind. January is such a busy month at work for me that I literally just crash for the first day or two in February. I don't go all go-go-gadget gangbusters like everyone else in the beginning, but I'll catch up soon enough. πŸ˜€

    Might be easier to have this conversation via email, my email is on my profile page; or as a private message in the FAWM Slack channel,

    I'm fine with the format of the link you sent. The notes would be good, as I write best when I can play along, and can usually figure the chords out. (I'm more Joni Mitchell that Sleater-Kinney for sure, but I do have my riot grrrl moments.) I play a little piano myself, and just did a song for Song Fight! with TC Elliott if you want get a vibe for what I (well, we in this case) write/sound like. I lean towards the jazzy side when a piano is in the mix:.

    And don't worry, I'm a seasoned, albeit slightly off-kilter, usually peculiar, collaborator. We got this!

  • @pipewrench67  Feb 1

    Gildflap it's a discombobulater.

  • @adnama17  Feb 1

    Hi! Excited to be paired with you for the random collab. My apologies to you being stuck with me. πŸ˜€

    I've listened through your stuff up there, and I really dig it. I am mostly a girl-with-guitar musician, so this will be a stretch for me. I know I'm on for lyrics, but can do whatever else you might need if you want. I assume you'll sing?. BGVs are my jam! Or it might be cool add an acoustic. Or I can just shut up and write some lyrics for ya. πŸ˜‰

    Any thoughts on content?

  • @elainedimasi  Feb 1

    Hey, it was really nice to hear that! Thanks!

  • @klaus  Jan 31

    Hi Postcard. Have a great Fawm. ( Yes, I've finally forgiven you for hoarding all the donuts. ) πŸ˜€

  • @pipewrench67  Jan 31


  • @boxtape Jan 31

    "Boxed Ape" that's a cool concept! I can't say that it was intentional but I like your thinking!

  • @lanasolyluna Jan 24


  • @santadharma Jan 24

    Hey we're back! Let's make some great tunes or least some bleeps and bloops πŸ˜€

  • @elainedimasi  Jan 23

    Chomping at the bit this year πŸ˜€

  • @petra777  Jan 19


  • @zecoop  Jan 17

    Looking forward to hearing you this FAWM again! πŸ˜€

  • @tsunamidaily  Jan 14

    have the best FAWM this year!