Influences: Radiator Hospital, Grandaddy, Baths, Kraftwerk, Pants Yell!
2019! My 12th FAWM.
I've recently started a new job that is slightly less well-suited to this kind of thing (longer hours, further from home) so I'm hoping to compensate by making some music in my lunchbreaks on mobile devices. Mostly though, I'll just be happy if I can improve on last year when I got a nasty cold early in the month and struggled to sing for ages.
I've also recruited two new kittens into my house band so that's sure to have some kind of impact...
|#1||My Favourite Monster||
|#2||Beckon the Tide @paulh1237||
|#3||Easy to Please||
|#5||Study Of Time/Space Displacements #333 And #334 @chriddof||
|#6||I Love You (But You’re Destroying My House)||
|#7||Pareidolia (Bitter Mix) @thelowestbitter||
|#8||Pareidolia (Vom Version) @thelowestbitter||
|#9||Tamam Shud @owl||
|#10||Dropped The Camera @elesimo||
|#11||Sorry Heart @fourtracktape||
|#12||Here Come the Wolves @rayboneor||
|#13||Something New @zecoop||
|#15||We Are The World||
|#16||Bootstraps - https://fawm.org/songs/100013/||
|#17||Solid Ground @fourtracktape||
|#18||Calm After The Storm @fourtracktape||
|#19||Tape 20 placeholder||
'Dog Scientists' and 'Police Horse' sound like they would be awesome songs. I'd love to hear them!
Thanks for the listen and comment on 10 emotions. That was loads of fun....and work
Thanks for the comment on Scented Ford. Much appreciated.
Yeah my job became a bit more intense recently 2 left and 1 is long time sick, so more work and longer hours for me. If I had not used Gadget on the iPad during lunch time it would have been mostly placeholders this year.
Korg Gadget has a free version if you want to try it out.
Thanks for the listen and comment on my 'Elvis' song!
Thanks for your comments on both my 4th and 5th. As for your reaction to https://fawm.org/songs/97148/ : I like that you play piano too. I can imagine if you're struggling (I'm saying this as a mediocre piano player) you'd like to play pieces that are both ear pleasing and easy to play. I like the idea of playing piano in a more 'Arabian' kind of way. I've come to like (when I heard it one night on a Dutch radio station) the works of Gurdjieff-de Hartman a lot. It has the sort of feel to me Chopin and Erik Satie also have.
The Boxer 4-track has been remixed and added to. Thought you'd like to check it out. 😀
Don't feel obligated, the track is mostly the same!! I will also see if I can think of an idea for the next SF that I can send to you!
doh, you are moving just Slightly too fast! I actually just uploaded a NEW-new version of "Desiderata" just now with acoustic guitar instead because I decided I didn't like the electric (left the amp at the practice space and I didn't like the sound of the amp sim on this one).
How is everything post-FAWM? Let me know if you want to collab for the next Songfight, or anything else!
Thanks so much for your iPad advice on the forum.
I need to get out of the sandbox and play with the bigger kidz!!
I'm very grateful to you as a cat lover for liking my dog song.
Thank you for the kind comments on both, "All Night Long (All Night)", and "I Will Eat Anything". I really appreciate them!
It's weird, if I had to pick a favourite song from the first 4(ish) REM albums it would be either Sitting Still or Gardening At Night, but if I had to pick a whole album it would be Pageant. It's just more consistent but never quite hits the heights of those other songs. That said, it's been a long time since I listened to any of them. They've had their moment and there's undoubtedly better stuff out there now.
Way to have a shit FAWM dude! There is a tonne of stuff here I will be whacking on my phone to really get my teeth into. Cool free music ftw! Thanks 😀 and conragulitanos
Yeah every time I've heard Higher Love in the last couple of years I've been seized with the urge to reply to "bring me a higher love" with "Hiya luv!" Now I've done it permanently.
Ahahahaha I really appreciate the feedback and support man! It means so much!
And goddamn congrats on your output this Feb! I'm hoping to get a free minute here shortly this week, and I'll start listening through everything you put out!🤗
I think the ones of yours I left comments on earlier in the month were the only other songs I listened to all FAWM! I need to give your whole list a whirl, and Adam Follett’s, and the nice strangers who bothered to listen to mine! I’m on a late shift today so hopefully will be able to do that then
Good work on finishing! I’m gonna try and catch up on everything you did tomorrow (does FAWM stay up after the end of Feb?). Cheers for all your comments and support too!
Well, I did something with that Wolves thing. I'm gonna post it as soon as I have a host for the file. Do you want to hear it before I tag you as a collaborator? I know you need to protect the VV brand 😀
Actually it’s a concert mate 670, which besides the brand being Realistic, has a different demo tune than Rick Astley!
No worries if you don't have time, just thought I'd throw it out there! (And of course obviously I'm always happy to do stuff post-FAWM too.) Sorry to hear you are sick AGAIN! Feel better soon!
Oh, I definitely also have that opposite anxiety too! Just your standard bundle of neuroses but only some of them actually make it into songs, I guess.
Let me know if you have any collab ideas for the home stretch!
Glad we could help with your cold and enhance the medicine experience!!! Hope you feel better soon.
Hey...I'm trying to think of something to do. Maybe I could screw up Here Come the Wolves. Where would I find that...If you don't mind my giving it a go?
Yeah I know Linacre Reservoir, looks like you have the nice side of Chesterfield to explore at least but no charity shops sadly. Unfortunately, I can't spend my days programming my little pi. Although I did came up the idea through work asking us to wear a loud shirt for some sort of team building day, I took it literally.
Oh god, I don't blame you. That commute to Derby was the reason I packed my bags and went, the traffic to get there was horrific. Glad your new job is going well, I bet the commute isn't that bad and you get to experience all the wonders of Chesterfield. To be fair, Liz and I are there most weekends.
I can see that it has had a lasting impact on you. I think I may have to watch that one with my 3 year old. I saw on my facebook travels that you know longer work at laser snail. How is your new job going?
Ha, yeah. I figured that tag would say it all. Thanks for the listen on my experimental thingamabob "Friend or Foe." 😀
Makes sense - I wasn't noticing pitch - but something about the sound of the onset of syllables. But maybe it's the way owl actually sings and the addition of a delay emphasized it. The track is terrific!
Re: favorite monsters: so, I'm FAWMing with a kinda-new rescue dog in the house. She's been with me for 3 years but only 2017 was a FAWM she lived through before since I missed out last year. Safe to say that she has no idea why she's not allowed to help with vocals, and why tracking and mixing is not an activity she can participate in. I call her "the beast" with similar affection 😀
I know right? 😆
yep same address for me 😀
Cheers for listening to Through the Darkness and glad you liked the mix... It was annoying me today because the vocal was too loud when I listened to it back on my Apple headphones. Sometimes I think it's best just best to mix on ear pods and a Sonos! 😁
Yet another nice review of Yacht - I really wanted to like it, based on the instruments I used. I do actually really like the shakers and cajon additions, and you are absolutely right, I think with the right vocal, it could be a great song. 😀
Thank you so much. If I sit still (toughest part), lyrics usually pour out as though another person is speaking through me. Poetry was my major in college and I’ve always loved Creative Writing (even as a small child) but only started writing songs fairly recently 😬
Ok now I’m gonna need to go back and listen for the pt-30. I love how it’s so portable. Great for a picnic jam.
I guess the ones who encounter noxious gases are in no state to text you. Thanks for the kind words on my song. I don't know whether I'm writing better or just learning to communicate the song better. Every other FAWM I've just sat and strummed an acoustic into my laptop's built-in mic, and I've long thought my stuff doesn't really work as solo acoustic, but I was busy/lazy and I'd not learnt my DAW properly.
And high five. I have several ideas I have started on, if I can't manage to do anything else with them I at least have enough for the 10 x 10 challenge 🤔
I have been fascinated by optigans since I saw it mentioned in an article about Tom Waits 20+ years ago, kinda coveted one until I tested one in a studio some years later, and understood how crappy the build quality was. I love the sound but not the hassle of upkeep. So glad when the long teased app was finally released.
Do you get royalties every time a cat runs onto a football pitch?
Tomatoes are pretty much the best dancers of the fruit and vegetables community although few expect it. Hope you’re having a nice FAWM. Meow 🐱
It's a breathy sax on my keyboard which does sound more like an organ so I'll happily accept both answers. I'm planning on recording that one with my new band and put that in to remind myself of the fact that we need to get sax on it.
I haven't listened to yours yet but I WILL I PROMISE xxx
that's so funny you should say that bc I was trying to keep everything simple this year!
Good to see you here again! Looking forward to listening!
Welcome into the fray!!! I owe you an email, sorry!
Thanks for your comments! I really like The Radio Dept AND Joanna Gruesome, so I don't mind those comparisons at all! Definitely embrace the fuzz, I'm sure you could do something great with it
Okay, first email didn't send... NOW I've sent you an email
Just sent you an email!
Wow thanks so much! I appreciate your thoughts 😀
Cat on the pitch at Goodwin Park just now!
Bring on the cat songs and hey you can do as I am , kissing snot with iPhone for recording 👍😎. I won’t hit 14 but lord there’s gonna be some fun
Thanks for stopping by and having a listen. For some reason by body decided that 1st February would be the day that I would come down with the sniffles, oh well maybe it will push me in a different direction than usual. Eagerly awaiting your first track 😊
I've not done many proper back-n-forth collabs - usually I've just asked for a guitar solo or someone to sing over something for me - so happy to follow your lead if you have a preferred method.
I did have this idea - which could be a complete disaster so feel free to shoot it down - of starting with something very simple like a bassline or a synth pad that would run throughout the song, going off separately recording a load of stuff to go over the top of it, and then coming back together and trying to mash it all together in one song. Could have interesting results?
As always, I'm looking forward to whatever tracks you're able to produce this year -- and *especially* to hearing those kittens participate in the music-making!
Ah fair play, I wish I had stricter rules.. I can't count the amount of times I've heard a song and gone "hey that's cool.... oh, they're playing Manchester on a wintery Tuesday night, I'll get a ticket!". Come the day....... ANYONE WANT TO BUY MY TICKET?
Assume you've seen that the Beths have announced a headline tour? Just bagged myself a Manchester ticket
have fun my 4-track pal!
New kittens! Woop woop! Hope you have a great month. Looking forward to hearing more of your stuff.
I'm in love with a pair of cats,
I like their shoes and I like their hats...
Hey! Hope all is well with you and you have a great fawm!
Looking forward to hearing your stuff.
Hello! Good luck this year, as always looking forward to hearing what you come up with!
Vom! I'd love to work with you this year. Even if it's something dumb that sucks.
...Have your cats call my cats.
(If Bruce answers, just hang up and call back for Malakai)
Woo! That job sounds threatening but the kittens will be generous collaborators. Cats love wires!
Hello! Still on to collab?
Man, I loved that song you did for songfight! Great unexpected changes and a catchy melody for sure. You’ve got to be happy with that one. Happy FAWM!
Happy FAWM to ya
Did I tell you that when I had two cats (20 years ago!) I called one of them Agnes too (the other was Margaret)? I liked the idea of them having old lady names!
Kittens! 😀 Which one is Rafa in the pic? I imagine my Rafa might be slightly more disruptive when it comes to FAWMing this year but I'm going to give it my best shot!
Oh splendid! I've already earmarked a FAWM 2020 irl collab. Just don't lost your job.
I don't want to bore the thread with my story, but basically.. I grew up in Dronfield. We moved to Chesterfield when I was 15 for a couple of years. Lived in Sheffield ever since while my mum and my sister have lived in that house. Mum's moving to Spain with her fella - house is paid off so she's not going to sell but doesn't fancy paying bills and wants it looked after, so me and @judypie are moving in with my sister for x years! Basically until we can save for a deposit and get back over to Sheffield 😝
What's poppin', guy? Ready for some 2019 FAWM action?
I've got nothing for Doom... but there's a week yet. Maybe something will come to me.
I think you are right, laptop is the way forward but I’m petrified of using a new DAW.
I’m going to wait until my desktop blows up (it’s nearly happened twice but I managed to fix it by giving it a good vacuuming) 😉
re: Title quality and the lack thereof. Agreed.
Ah, that's a familiar name! Looking forward to your creations this year.
Heya. Is it odd that I started to think of Fawm as merely a break from songfight?
Holler. Whatever method you use, it'll be great, and I shall look forward to it as always.
Here we go!! You are always a highlight... 😀
Hi Tom, hope you find some time in-between your new job and cute kittens to come up with some new music.
Hey man! Looking forward to hearing what you come up with this year!!