Influences: This year I have been mostly listening to ... Jimmy Urine, Power Glove, Sneaker Pimps, IAmX, Sevendust, Blue Stahli, NIN, Tesseract, BONES UK, Alex & Tokyo Rose ...
I have no idea what is happening this year on FAWM, pretty much like most years. I think music has been my saving grace throughout lockdown.
I have ventured out and done GYAW, NurEin and now I am doing SongFight. I have done my music this year than I have done in a long time. I think I have gotten better, who knows. I think for this year I would like to mix doing quick lofi piano (of which I have started learning) and vocals mixed with some full on tracks, probably SongFight songs where I take my time in creating and producing.
I would love to collaborate more, I really enjoyed the collaborations I did last year. I'm glad I decided to reach out instead of living in my own bubble.
I'd like to do some more this year. Maybe I'll reach out again or if people want to do some tunes with me feel free to get in touch.
I'm hoping my sanity holds up until the end of this bloody lockdown, keeping a full time job and providing my 5 year old with an education has proven to be a colossal pain in the arse.
All constructive comments are welcome, I love to learn from what people say. If you think things could be different i.e. melodies, sound choices, eqs, compressors, whatever, go for it. I want to know so I can take it away and try it next time. I know my words tend to be a bit pants, it's the one thing I've never really felt the urge to learn and improve on. On the flipside, if you like it and just want to put the word equivalent of a thumbs up, that's fine.
I hope everybody else is keeping well.
|#1||Take Me To The River||
|#3||Stuck On You||
|#6||Not Going To Back Down @zecoop||
|#7||You've Got Nobody||
|#8||Sandcastles in the Sky||
|#9||I Don't Believe A Word @paulh1237||
|#11||You're Enough @stephenwordsmith||
|#12||City of the Night @ianuarius||
|#13||Mike Forgot The Challenges||
|#14||Playing For The Win||
|#15||Funk Machine @wobbiewobbit||
Loving your Spintunes submission. Good luck!
Hey, just seen you're taking part in the SpinTunes competition so thought I'd drop by and say hi again! Hope your week is going well with the return to school for your little one, I know it's been a great weight lifted for me. I'm fortunate that they seem to have switched back to school-life very comfortably, though I appreciate that's not everyone's experience. Anyways, looking forward to hearing what you do in the SpinTunes thing, it's going to be fun!
Thank you for your thoughtful comments on "Come Play With Me". It wasn't an easy song to write and not easy for a lot of people to comment on, so your thoughts mean a lot to me. I will be reviewing them all as I revisit the song and develop it further. I truly appreciate your time and support, seemanski!
Thanks for listening and for your kind words about my music. I appreciate it.
Thanks for the listen!
Serious thanks for listening to !!!!EPIC!!!! We’re a two man band now! I’m super happy!
Yeah basically - I just had a mic set up at the desk so recorded rough versions of each few lines as they came to me, since I was figuring out the structure of each song as I went (neither of them being obviously verse / chorus adores affairs!) then I listened back and made any adjustments to lines that didn't scan very well etc. Seems like a good system, will be using it again!
Eek, that’s a cool response, thank you for your comment on my Paint card 10x10! (And apologies for the spookiness!)
Appreciate the listen and kind words my friend!
Hi there, thanks for stopping by. It's hard to explain, I just really look forward to February and writing some songs. I guess I don't really worry about quality much, he he. I just see it as an exercise in trying to be creative and I have a grand old time.
Thanks again for your kind words and generosity with observant feedback. Very much appreciated.
Thanks for the kind comments! I've really enjoyed this year. The sub bass video was this one... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRxZ_nldKKM It inspired me to go with some lower bass and higher pitched kick than I normally would. Not sure I got it spot on with the last track but fun to try.
Hello! I've just finished a lyric that I believe is one of my better efforts this year. I wanted to offer it to you before I threw it to the lions. Please check your e-mail. Cheers!
Thank you for the lovely comment on “Sandcastles”!
Thank you so much for the comment on my one-synth challenge song. I hope you get yours sorted out. It sounds interesting. And yes, can one ever have too many VSTi's? 😉
See You In The Shadows…
Thank you so much for your sweet comment on Sandcastle Sky! I was touched that it brought back such a great memory, I actually got a little misty reading it. I hope you get to go back to the beach someday soon. 😀
Thanks for you comment on my collab song with Julie - it was the power of her words that did it!
Hi. My apologies on the random Collab front - I've been unhappy with the material I've written this year, and I tend to hold myself to a higher standard when writing to a pre-arranged Collab agreement.
Feel free to rifle through and choose anything you like. If you don't like anything, there is still half the challenge left - I will think of something.
Ha ha, yes, I had to drag him away from a film I’d left him watching, and he really didn’t want to do it at all! Thanks for your other comments on it though!
Thanks fir the comment - if I remember rightly there was a touch of phase rather than flange - but a similar effect. WRT panning - I’ve always thought that you should use it to reflect imagined stage positions of players so guitars and bass l and r and vocals solos in the middle with kit sat behind and around.
Yeah, that mic seems really even and pretty good to me. Paul and Tim both had it and thought the same, and for $20?!? I got it mostly just for curiousity, but also because there are kits that you can get to upgrade them to nearly a Neumann, which would be pretty cool.
Thanks for listening to my song "Choir's Back!" and for the kind words. Appreciate it.
Hey!! I think I have one for you interested in a rocker?
thank you for your kind comment on my FAWM#1 song...i look forward to listening to yours!
Thank you for your kind words on "The Devil's Playground"!
Thanks for the comment on my playground song. I knew Sebastian was under foot while I was recording but I hadn't realized he wanted a solo part. 😀
really appreciate your comments on the song!! I'm working on a musical monologue on keyboard and this could become part of it. I see you're in the UK! Good luck with everything.
I've just commented on u track and realised you're only down the road.. Great track BTW. Just checked out your Bandcamp.. stuff packs a punch
Absolutely! That sounds great. Thanks for the comment too!
Thank you for listening to "Marie-Astrid's Clock", and I hope you have a great FAWM this year. I'm definitely going to check out your stuff 😁
Thanks. Liked your "Take Me to the River".
Thanks for the post. I am hammering away at a song that answers the week #1 challenge, but it looks like it may be evolving in an un-useful direction. I'll keep at it. My output this year is even fittier and startier than usual. Thank god for Notepad, or I'd be knee-deep in paper balls.
Better than being balls-deep in paper knees, I suppose.
You'll be relieved to note my bass actually gets too parts in the supposedly MIDI song (alongside 2 MIDI tracks).
Howdy, I put up a seed song for #morph3 so it looks like you're up. I'll share some info about the song if it helps, let me know if there's anything else I can provide. Fairly simple chording, let me see if I can accurately transpose... Good luck!
Key of E (I guess, I was in G but tuned down 1 1/2 steps). 94 bpm, Garageband drums, 1 acoustic guitar (direct and mic'ed) and some vocals that seem too build as the thing goes on. None too precise!
Ch chords: E B / A B E
V: Amaj9 (I think) E / C#m B / A E / C#m B
Br: C#m A E B / C#m A E G#7
Why, hello, new friend. It seems we have been brought together by fate... or at least the random collaboration thread.
How would you like to approach this? My usual style is to write the lyric first and say 'help yourself', but I can also write to existing musical tracks (and a bit of indicative 'la-de-da' from the composer goes a long way). The latter takes longer, and tends to end up with lyrics that are a little more at home on pop radio; starting with the lyrics veers more into the alternative stations.
I first discovered you when doing the curation for the 2011 FAWMpilation, and I still enjoy 'falling down'. I'll have to have a nosy through the rest of your back catalogue to get a feel of your style.
Anyway, cheers, good luck with the challenge, and look forward to hearing from you 😀
No worries about GYAWS! A few times a year Amanda does a clean out of anyone that's inactive. But anyone is welcome to rejoin.
And if you're writing stuff consistently...it doesn't matter HOW you do it. 😀
Have a great FAWM!
Fired up and ready to go. Hope we can get together on something.
*CTS tosses up the peace sign* Yo!
Hey hey - all good. If you get kicked out of GYAWs, you're allowed to just join straight away again (or when you have the motivation to do so). I tried songfight once, but my production chops were pretty crappy at the time, and I found it a bit overwhelming. Maybe I'll try again sometime.
Hey, thanks so much for the message. Yeah, the change of recording setup and the limited tools is bringing some new inspiration. I'm not falling back on my regular plugins and instruments, and I'm having to come up with workarounds for things which are having done interesting / unexpected results, etc.
I'm still unsure if I'll be able to collaborate effectively, and unlike previous years I won't be able to carry on finessing collabs after Feb, but if I feel able to collab once the challenge starts, I'll put the word out.
Wishing you all the best, and hope you have a great FAWM.
Hey Michael, great to see you again. Let's do this!
Don't see too many people on here with Power Glove in their influences list. Bad ass. 😁
I got about halfway through my own cover of their Tetris theme a couple of summers back before I ran out of steam.
Yay! Yorkshire present! 😉
Maybe a little less shredding this year (arthritis is affecting my fretting hand on six string) but I'll do my best with the bass (the spacing and spread suits me better at the moment).
Let's have a good one. 😀
Well big hellos to you!! I’m looking forward to hearing your music again, as you are always really thoughtful and your songs are so clever and catchy. Very cool stuff. I need to be inspired by people like you again....immediately. I need it. Thanks for reaching out to me. Happy fawming to you! I will be listening.
Well, my previous profile picture was from when I was a teenager so it was starting to feel a bit dated!
I am now a MIDI expert btw, with my one plug-in and my keen eye for a funny noise, so expect at least one triumphant synth-ony of midi-ocrity. OK. I'm all punned out now. BYE.
Hey! Yup, I'm going to try and give it a go. How realistic that is with a 1 and 2 year old I'm not sure...! Hope all's well at your end - don't envy you with the home schooling 😳
No you just gotta follow the instructions and react to that thing, I forget...
It's for spam protection.
Have a wonderful FAWM! Looking forward to hearing what you create!
Hey! Hope you're well, and good to see you here again. Yeah I did a 3 month online course with Point Blank Music School. My cousin is doing her diploma there and she recommended it. I think it cost me about £480? So a fair whack, but it was really helpful. One 2-hour masterclass every week, one 1-2-1 meeting (30 mins) every fortnight, and endless resources. I gained so much from it, mostly the basics as I've never *really* known what I'm doing, haha!
Hey dude, I didn't even know Com had a new album! I have listened to literally no new releases in the last year. I'll have to check it out. Good luck!
I’d love to collab! I really enjoy your stuff 😀
Hey hey!! Good to see you here and yes, I would love to collaborate again!. How am I? I am actually pretty good now, but it's been a tough start to the year after a bout with C19. Ugh. How are you?
Hello, I like your comments about mixing in one of the threads.
Wassup wassup!! Have a good one! And did you SOB UNCONTROLLABLY when IT HAPPENED in Lou2? Or just me? 😂
Hey, I'm excellent. How are you doing? No worries about past. Let's have a great fawm!
Hi Mike! Unfortunately this year I was going to go for "straight up depressing" but since you put it so kindly I'll try to slip one insightful and witty song in there somewhere for old time's sake!
Hi there fellow Songfighter