Influences: Everything under the sun, and then some more.
Hi all, Melody here. 33 year old music chick from Israel. Pronouns: she/her
I started 2019 with a song-a-day project, and I kept at it for 12 days. As I was doing my regular backups I realized that 12th song also happened to be my 300th song ever written, and decided to stop at that nice round number, before burning out (even though 303 would be more appropriate for me). I'm gonna do FAWM for February, aiming for the full 14 (since 314 is also a nifty number. 😝 it should also come with some pie.)
I ended my FAWM with a live performance. Purely improvised music, which I'm happy to say was in my usual style (that wasn't guaranteed. My last live performances (about 3 years ago) I managed to do cool stuff, but not cool stuff along the same lines of my studio work), and I have some videos that were captured at that show:
KRK RP6G2 monitors
Propellerhead Reason 10
tc electronic Desktop Konnekt 6 audio interface
Behringer B-1 microphone
Fender CD220SCE guitar
Hohner Marine Band (G harmonic minor) harmonica
Some different ethnic flutes
Audiorealism ABL3 1.1.1
iZotope Inc. Ozone Maximizer
Softube Saturation Knob
Jiggery Pokery Steerpike BBD Delay
Jiggery Pokery Animus Shimmerverb
Lectric Panda Fritz
Lectric Panda Nostromo
Orchen K Glitch
My liveact rig (though not likely to use it for FAWM) :
Elektron Machinedrum UW MKII
Elektron Analog 4
Waldorf Blofeld Desktop
--Have a great FAWM, everyone. 😁
|#2||The Everest Incident||
|#5||Myths and Legends||
|#6||Spoke The Brass||
|#8||Succumb To You @iwilleatyou||
|#10||Quod Ab Absurdo Aures Benef||
|#11||Jolene (303 Remix)||
|#12||Become an Impulse||
|#13||The Bell Crow||
Just listened to the final version, I love it! I actually think the autotune works really well with the style. You did a fantastic job with this, it seriously sounds so professional. Let me update the liner notes on the song!
I think a little auto-tune would be good! I'm not sure if there's a specific part per se, it's just that hearing my voice slowed down makes me notice all the pitchiness. 😀 I think it might be pretty subtle though.
Oh wow, I love it! The percussion is honestly amazing, especially with headphones where it pans back and forth. If you want to add more 303s it's totally up to you, it doesn't sound like anything is missing to me, but you're the expert on this stuff, so I'll leave it to your judgement. Honestly the only thing I'm a little iffy about are my vocals, I feel like I should have used some auto-tune? Lol. Maybe having a bit of a robotic feel to the vocals would be a cool touch. 🤔Anyway, totally up to you what you want to do with it. I realize you've worked on it a ton and it seriously sounds so awesome. Thank you thank you!
Awesome, thanks for the update! Totally onboard with slowing it down, since I know a lot of your stuff is downtempo anyway.
Okay I just granted you permission so hopefully you can download it now.
Sorry for the delay, but I have some files for you!
Here's the piano part: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1gXy...
And the vocals: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1U7H...
And both of them together if you want to hear that: https://drive.google.com/open?id=147_...
Some things to note:
- It's at a constant 125 bpm
- Chords on the verse are Bbm - Am, and for the chorus it's Dm - Ebm, so pretty simple
- I left some places pretty minimal so you can add whatever stuff you want. But, feel free to splice and dice as you see fit!
Let me know if there's anything else you need from me. And sorry again for getting this to you so last minute!
You're trying to do 10 songs a month? That's insanity! But also really awesome. I record a lot of song ideas randomly throughout the year, but it's really only during FAWM when I force myself to write full songs. I can only handle this craziness once a year. 😀
Just wanted to let you know, I think I have an idea I like! It's been a busy week so I haven't had a chance to record it yet, but I can definitely get you some files after I'm done with work today. Sorry it's so last minute 😬I guess it isn't FAWM without a crunch at the end, right?
Okay, just saw your lyrics! I'll get working on those and try to send you some files tomorrow (hopefully that gives you enough time). I'm guessing having separate vocals and piano would be easiest for you? And probably some piano snippets rather than a full piece?
Okay, that sounds good! Do you want to start with the lyrics? 😀 That's always my least favorite part lol.
I think a collab would be super fun! I haven't done one in a while. Just a warning that it'll be a busy week for me so not sure I can 100% commit to it, but I think it's worth a shot at least. 😀 Did you have anything in mind you wanted to do? Like just instrumentals or some vocals too?
Thank you for your kind comments.
You seem to put a lot of work in your work too, and you put long pieces together. I hope you're not as sleep-deprived as I am. 😉
Hey thanks for the kind comments! I didn't realize there was a podcast, flattered to hear that they listened to our song!
Ok, vocal files sent. Let me know if all is good.
Thanks for all the nice comments! And btw, love the lyrics you came up with for my song 😁 Do you ever write songs with singing? I think that'd be cool to hear.
Thank you for all your lovely comments. I'll be back for more listens, really enjoying your work!
Re the "vocal pads" : Not sure I understand your question. What you hear is my voice recorded through a mic, layered and layered and layered until it sounds like a choir. Each section = 6 to 10 layers per range.
Thanks for your comment on Nimbostratus. I should do some time-lapse video. You're right, it would fit wonderfully with the song.
See You In The Shadows…
Hmm...that sounds like it might be a bit high on the vocal range. Gimmie your email address and I'll send mine over. I'll give it a shot and see what I can do.
Thanks for the comment on "Polar Lights." Some of the pads are harmonica too. 😁
I had NO idea the name Pons Asinorum translates to a Bridge of Asses. That's too funny. If you mean in your prior message (rebuilding the ol donkey bridge) doing a collab there's only one issue due to my old OS. The only site that works for me is Kiwi6 and they only accept MP3s so that's all I can provide for files (MP3s at 320 of course). I can't even attach files via my email (due to the older version of flash).
Long time indeed. Pleased to see you fawming again, Melody. Hope all's well. I'll be back to listen to your songs when I'm on sensible internet that allows streaming.
I caught up w/ you on Slack about your comment on my track "L'Chaim!" but wanted to mention it here as well. Thank you so much for listening/commenting. I don't really believe there's anything after 'all this,' but sometimes I like to hedge my bets. Just in case.
Cheers! Re-listening to The Everest Incident now. REALLY dig it.
Doing great! Yeah I don't do flashy phones. I'm on a flip phone. I know.... Old Skool. I'm no Deep Purple fan so unsure if my other aliases have anything to do with them but yes....we have collaborated numerous times between here and KVR (I'm S.HUSH at kvr). Here I also came on years ago as Escape 925 and we did a collab then. So yeah....still doing the music thing.
Yeah- not sure what you mean about rebuilding the donkey bridge lol. Good to see you are doing well!
Woah! Been awhile. How have you been? I am on an old OS which I have been unable to upgrade because Mac sucks. Anyhow BAndcamp doesn't work on my browser unfortunately so can't listen to your tunes. Have a good FAWM though!
And I've enjoyed listening to you too -- You're very talented!
Have a great FAWM. 😀
oh! I didn't mean that as a suggestion to release on the labels, just that your soundscape took me back to the 90s, specifically around the sound of those labels.
in other words I was saying that you'd fit in next to Orbital or Sun Electric or (the softer side of) CJ Bolland.
Have a great FAWM!!.. bring on the synths!..
Never knew you were a woman. I've been impressed with some of your past work (Genesis with Debs). Looking forward to seeing your work for this year.
Hello there. I see you're back in the neighborhood and well tooled up too