thedustcollector 5


NZ   Jan 2012

Artist Bio

Influences:   The Danish String Quartet. Arvo Pärt, Palestrina, Sufjan Stevens. Britten. Mozart. The Oh Hellos. Morten Lauridsen, Jon Foreman, Sondheim, Jars of Clay. Simon and Garfunkel. Enya, surprisingly. A whole bunch of musicals, including Les Misérables, The Last Five Years, Chess and Anaïs Mitchell's Hadestown.


i have a voice. it sounds like this-

i like to experiment with singing.


8-3-21: aaaaaand all the recordings i owe people are DONE. time to actually reply to comments! and listen to songs! and leave more comments! extremely belatedly, but still!


23-2-21: this is my thirty...fourth hour awake? but i have a tiny frankenstein of a song now and it's done and i don't love it (appropriately Shelley, I suppose) but it's done. i can stop being pursued through my every waking moment by the creeping dread of deadlines.

(it also inspired a Complaint Song, which is always delightfully motivating.)

this is my first finished, constructed demo in, like, five years, so I'm not mad at having the practice, just extremely sleepy.

i'm going to need to reconsider some of how i'm wanting to construct harmonies, however; i've realised (somewhat belatedly) that string quartets can do things that one voice can't (different timbres, longer phrases with no need to breathe, more consistent sound across takes, rhythmic options that don't sound corny or jazzlike; the entire glorious range of a cello).


18-2-21: so our current tally is three (3) complete but unconstructed/unrecorded songs on the theme of giving up and dying, six (6) half-written song fragments about, variously: time blindness, the resurrection of Lazarus, suicidal ideation, self-parenting, God being difficult, and snakes, and nearly one (1) recorded demo about the aftermath of loss which briefly existed until Audacity ate it.

frankly, songwriting would be much simpler if I could play a portable instrument that wasn't a kazoo.


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  • @oswlek 8 weeks

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving the note on my page. This is my first time on FAWM and I enjoyed myself, so I fully expect to jump in the 50/90 waters. Hopefully we can connect then. 👍

  • @timfatchen  Mar 10

    If you are looking for a serious DAW, you could do worse than try Cakewalk by Bandlab (Windows) partly because it's free, partly because I've been using Cakewalk in one form or another since the mid-1990s. I know what Mike the D is getting at re Audacity. i also use Audacity but only for quick n dirty and a couple of simple tasks (like setting final levels of a complete stereo track) something which is quite unnecessarily complicated to do in Cakewalk. Cake walk is full featured so it's a bit overwhelming at first, but plenty of good video tutorials and BandLab seem to like their non-paying customers!

  • @timfatchen  Feb 28

    God is difficult, and sometimes I wonder about his sense of humour. He sure has one, but being God, it can't actually be warped, just...beyond us? Put placemarkers up for the incomplete ones, then you're not hounded by deadline fears.

  • @mikedebenham  Feb 19

    Excellent. Could one of your song fragments use some maudlin guitar, or would you like to start afresh? Answers on a postcard to my email address.

  • @mikedebenham  Feb 19

    You're back! This pleases me greatly. Hearing new music from you would please me further. Hope all's well (give or take 2021). If you're feeling collaborative, give me a shout.

    P.S. I think losing a demo about the aftermath of loss is venturing past irony into Alanis Morissette irony.

  • @scottlake Feb 17

    Andrew Peterson is a master. My sister was a singer in the recent reissue of Behold the Lamb

  • @stephenwordsmith  Feb 17

    Fifty billion is a little generous; I'm yet to hit my fourteenth unique one, and nothing I've yet thought to put that little heart next to.

    Commiserations on the black hole of uugh. I get that it can be a difficult place to leave, much like Auckland at the moment, but I might join you for a visit if the years keep coming and they don't stop coming.

  • @scottlake Feb 17

    Came here looking for your lyrics and found your good taste in music instead. Jon Foreman, Dan Haseltine; some good lyricists there. I got to hang out with the guys from JOC for a day back in 2013 at their rehearsal space. The photo I use in SoundCloud of some rack gear was actually taken there.

  • @timfatchen  Feb 1

    Dust, I know it's easier just to...not. It's something I've always had to fight and there are some things I'm now just giving up on. But I'd love to hear one of your amazing flowerpots again. A statement, not a demand.! Okay, I guess it is psuch pressure but then again so is everything, including our local bluetongue lizard who is possed off at me disturbing its house and shows it by swiftly shuffling away when it sees us.

  • @tamsnumber4  Jan 28

    I have done a fair share of acapella singing myself, so really appreciate the skill, Happy FAWM, I'll come back around to give you a listen!!

  • @stephenwordsmith  Jan 26

    Change is the only constant in the universe, and it's been a little more constant than usual lately, so seeing your face around these parts is a nice reminder that I'm still living in the same timeline.

    Of course, it's great to see you again in its own right. I look forward to seeing what a decade of experience has done to the madness you create.

  • @timfatchen  Jan 26

    ref the grandson (you asked). The last effort was in October where we (Deb and I) took him and grand-daughter camping in the Flinders Ranges. We had 42c heat, gales, duststorms, huge thunderstorms, water streaming through the camp, flash floods alongside and got cut off, and that was just the first 3 days...I did return him physically if not mentally intact from the boat though.

  • @timfatchen  Jan 25

    Well, well! Welcome back!