Influences: Radiohead, Steve Reich, Noisia, Amon Tobin, Earl Sweatshirt, Flying Lotus, Mr. Carmack, Moody Good, Death Grips
I grew up in sunny Southern California, studying music composition with the rosy dream of someday becoming a famous or world-changing composer. I studied lots of Bach, minimalist composers (my favorite was Steve Reich), and I loved me some aleatory.
Then I moved away from home and started exploring some other musical avenues. Started getting into music production, electronic music, and more recently started trying my hand at rap for funsies.
Now I'm in Pittsburgh working as a software developer and making orchestral-infused electronic music in my free time.
This is FAWM #4 for me.
2018 I was one half of @slowpotion and we got 2 songs in and then vanished from the face of the earth.
I think I skipped 2017...
2016 I only managed a couple songs.
2015 was my first FAWM and I got about 7 or so and made lots of friends and worked on a few collabs, and it was great!
So this year, I'm looking to get more than 2 in (that appears to be my hump), and then worry about doing 14. I'm also looking to collab this year, as inspiration has been pretty thin recently. If you want to lend an instrument, a voice, or even a full song idea, I'm happy to jump in and create something together!
Did those drums ever end up as anything? Just curious... 😀
It would probably be better if someone else did the vocals. I've played around so much with the tracks in my DAW that I don't think they are good for anything, and the dry stems are totally off key and just plain awful. To make this a good production we need better vocals in the end anyway, so why go through the trouble of spending time on my inferior tracks?
Received. I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around it, but I'll give it a shot. The structure of the song is very unfamiliar to a guy who's used to verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus. The first verse seems to begin at 0:28, but it would be good if you could send me a few pointers about where the chorus is supposed to start and end, and so on.
Hi there! I've emailed you the last ten seconds of my Exquisite Corpse. Please confirm receipt when you have a chance. Thanks!
I think the more efficient route would be for you to just make an instrumental, and I could build from that. I'm pretty intuitive.
Crap, I'm even more abysmal, but I could try. Do you want to start with a melody? I'm able to write lyrics and vocal melodies to music if you tell me where the verses and choruses should start.
Hi, random partner! Got any thoughts or ideas, or do you want me to send you some lyrics?
Sadly, no, we maxed out at 11.
Thank you Saumera, glad you liked Particle Life. I'm familiar with Xerxes' music too, he still puts out new stuff now and again! If I remember right, he was once here doing FAWM too 😀 I'm actually finding Bitwig fairly easy to get on with, it shares quite a lot of similarities to my main DAW (Studio One Pro), as far as navigating and the browser etc. One of the things I love about Bitwig, especially coming from modular, is the modular rack, so fun to use and encourages experimentation through modulation.
what a talented lad right here, buckle up
I am really excited to not be able to recognize any of my drums (but know they are in there, lololol) 😁
That would be wicked. I'm up for making something a little mad.. I'll hit you up at some point and we'll see what we can do!
Great - I'll send you reverb-less versions of all three in WAVs tonight. This will be fun to hear. 😀
I can send you dry wavs tonight. Which of the three songs were you using? I added reverb to the surfy one for sure, but maybe not the others? Some of it would be the overhead mics in the room. Do you want the whole kit or individual drum mics? Can't wait to see what you slice and dice! 😀
Ha, just a Rhodes sound on my digital piano I'm afraid! I should have tagged electric piano really...
Good seeing you here again! Thanks for checking out the creepy subway song! I added some dark EBow guitar and so now it is about 1000 times more creepy with a ton more dissonance, in case you wanted to check that out, lol. I ran out of time last night and just wanted to post something. 😀
Hey man, thanks for the comments and advice. Re: the brighter comment, I wish I knew how as I totally know what you mean and it's something I've always struggled with forever. And then the more I tamper with EQs, compression, saturation etc, the more I seem to strip the life out of it. I also struggle to make various instruments stand out properly which is why I usually go for the "sound landscape" route. I wish someone could sit down with me for a day! Also LOL at your gf thinking Radiohead is a person.. and why step brother? 😂
Anderson took seven men with him into the Yucatan. Two came back - more or less. Technically, three men made it out of that jungle alive, but Mitch Brown's not exactly himself anymore. As a point of fact, he's a blithering madman now, and has already been shipped off to the asylum.
Leo couldn't read the tablets they found in those ruins - only Dr. Volk could, of the seven of them - but he's holding the good doctor's notes in his hand. The ones Volk took before he went mad. Before he killed two of Anderson's men.
Now Anderson's fresh off the boat and he's got word that Dr. Philips, the man who organized the Yucatan expedition in the first place, is dead. Philips is dead, and that leaves Anderson holding the scribblings of a murderous lunatic - scribblings with today's date circled in blood.
The name: Leo Anderson, the Expedition Leader.
The hook: "Leadership"
Hey, thanks for the nice comment (make more! they don't even have to be nice). To answer your question, no, it wasn't made with an analog synth, everything I've done this year was basically made on an iPad with a bit of further processing on Reason on my laptop - in this case with an effect unit called "Polar Dual Pitch Shifter" on a preset called "Analog Drifter" - so, fake analog! Not that I know anything about all that stuff, I just fiddle around till I find a sound I like.
Hey I had a quick listen in the car on the way home from work. Sounds great. Let me have a few more listens tonight and see if I can come up with something! Cheers.
Ooh yeah, consider me very interested indeed! If I get something suitable I'll get in touch and arrange to whiz something across 👍🏻
I've got something germinating but I don't really know how to feed it. I'll try to lay it down and send it your way in the next couple of days. Will keep you posted! 😀
I really appreciate you taking the time to comment so thoroughly on my song. I knew the rhythm with the two guitars sounded weird and it was helpful to have a solid explanation for why (other than me rushing to get finished). Already think I know what I'm gonna do with the violin. I'll listen to yours tomorrow (it's very late here) and will try to be as helpful as you. Thanks again
As for style, well, when I started making music I was trying to immitate some different styles and it didn't work well at all, so I just went exploring. I wasn't necessarily trying to come up with a unique style per se, just make music that feels right and natural to me, and it takes me in some interesting directions. I'm also always changing up what I'm doing as I learn more about improvisation, music theory, production techniques, synthesis, effects, etc. It's never boring!
BTW, I am a software engineer by day as well.
Hey, thanks for your kind words. The "pittsburgh filter" I mentioned is a filter made by Pittsburgh Modular -- I have several of their modules, amazing stuff. I think they might have a store you can visit somewhere in Pittsburgh? This is almost the same as the one I have, although mine is a slightly older model, I think.
Thank you! Actually there's quite a lot of digital modules in this setup too. This particular track uses a combination of analog and digital. But even the digital wavetable osc. was being run through an analog filter, so trying to get the best of both worlds 😀
Thanks for listening to my track. The vocals were just straight output from the pi using espeak. I randomised the vocal style and speed in the script and then just layed them on top of each other.
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Hey there, glad to see you back!
Thank you for your sweet comment. You've got me intrigued, I'll have to try that "touch of # 11" someday. My music theory skills are very limited - I understand all you said, but I'm not good enough at this to know what I'm doing when I'm doing it : I play what I hear in my mind and that's all. After FAWM, I'll try and analyze. 😀
Looking forward to your creations!
Heeey, just seen your post on the forums, glad you're back this year.. you're half of slowpotion right? I was obsessed with your two tracks last year, then you went quiet!