yam655 74


Indiana US   Apr 2011


Artist Bio

Influences:   Other FAWM musicians. Crap art. Mad poets.

Pronouns: he/they. The gender binary is like Newtonian color theory: two scientifically unsound ideas that just won't go away.

In 2018, I did FAWM Squared, Fourteen 14-track improvised albums. When I completed my 14th, I celebrated with a 15th. Then to help the community hit a song-count milestone, I did two more albums on the last day.

[edited for brevity]


Interested in doing a collaboration? Have I earwormed you enough you want to cover one of them? Free free.

Pretty much all of my stuff is released Creative Commons Attribution, which is similar to Public Domain in nearly every aspect except that you need to credit me.

You can make derivatives. You can use traditional copyright on your stuff. You make all the money, etc. You _just_ need to credit me.

I'm also giving explicit permission to feel free to post without waiting for me to approve it. You already have permission.


After FAWM, how do you want to attribute me?

My bandname is "yam655".
My website is https://yam655.com
My legal (and anonymous) name is: Steven Black

I don't care how you attribute me, as long as you attribute me. When in doubt, "Steven Black (https://yam655.com/)" is always good.


Albums in the works:
(not bringing anything in from previous sessions)
- FAWM 2021 (for one-offs)
- Very Slow Friends: a slow LP

Songs (74)

#1 Unconditional Love 8
Feb 2
#2 Just a dream 3
Feb 3
#3 That's Kind of Distracting 4
Feb 3
#4 Out In Space 2
Feb 3
#5 The Calamity 2
Feb 3
#6 Ain't no Frost 1
Feb 4
#7 Humorously Bashful 11
Feb 4
#8 I brought my egg shakers 9
Feb 5
#9 Leaving 13
Feb 6
#10 I think of the future 13
Feb 6
#11 Negative 30 8
Feb 6
#12 Jabberwokian Tale 6
Feb 6
#13 Night Silence 5
Feb 6
#14 Terribible Terre Haute 9
Feb 6
#15 Dancing With Sorrow 12
Feb 6
#16 What Will I Sing About? 3
Feb 8
#17 I wanted to read my book 7
Feb 9
#18 I want that person's book 3
Feb 10
#19 I remember the setting sun 1
Feb 10
#20 Come Back It's Cold (vocals only with yam655) @thesoundof 4
Feb 10
#21 Is anybody listening? 5
Feb 10
#22 Sacred Cow 2
Feb 12
#23 I thought I'd go faster 3
Feb 13
#24 Simple and black and white 11
Feb 20
#25 I've been away too long (breaking the ice skirmish) 12
Feb 20
#26 The Mint Milano Miracle 6
Feb 20
#27 Winning Streak 8
Feb 20
#28 I should use the rest room. 1
Feb 20
#29 I'm feeling hungry. 1
Feb 20
#30 For the love of Orcus (meteors and comets skirmish) 5
Feb 20
#31 A lyre is not a harp 1
Feb 20
#32 Pet food 15
Feb 20
#33 Eight songs behind 1
Feb 20
#34 Pushing Upward 9
Feb 20
#35 Change of pace 12
Feb 21
#36 Under the beard. 2
Feb 21
#37 The coin purse 5
Feb 21
#38 The butcher and the defender 1
Feb 22
#39 Swim like a torment 1
Feb 22
#40 Paul, the highest of doors 1
Feb 22
#41 I untitled a dish 1
Feb 22
#42 Enter the overload. 1
Feb 24
#43 Before the vine 1
Feb 25
#44 I should be working 1
Feb 25
#45 When the Spades Suicidal 1
Feb 26
#46 Don't You Wanna Me 1
Feb 26
#47 Hell Dandy Extinction 1
Feb 26
#48 Who Beatles a Cup? 3
Feb 26
#49 Lets Your Justice 1
Feb 26
#50 Impossible Havin' Affection 1
Feb 26
#51 I might regret here 1
Feb 26
#52 Forever Insatiable 1
Feb 26
#53 And so it falls 1
Feb 26
#54 Am I Dandy? 1
Feb 26
#55 Hear my grind 1
Feb 26
#56 90 Morse Evidence 2
Feb 26
#57 Soil at the Invasion Torture 1
Feb 26
#58 100 More Songs 1
Feb 27
#59 Wounds From Chicken 1
Feb 27
#60 Wrecking Temples 1
Feb 27
#61 The Casualty Inside 1
Feb 27
#62 Guessing of the Collector 1
Feb 27
#63 Thorn Ruin Ohio Dirt 1
Feb 27
#64 The One 1
Feb 27
#65 Endings, cowboys, fingers and plains 2
Feb 27
#66 The Mill of Short 1
Feb 27
#67 My Shady Silent Operation 1
Feb 27
#68 I only have five minutes 1
Feb 27
#69 Mend to Heroine 1
Feb 27
#70 (The Experience a) Sturgeon 1
Feb 27
#71 Americans of a Hated Nuthin' 1
Feb 27
#72 Engine for Special 1
Feb 27
#73 Continental and Urba Clothes 1
Feb 27
#74 Just a Paradise 1
Feb 27


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  • @kathym  Mar 5

    Thank you SO much for your great comments on "If I Could Live at the Zoo". I plan on having some fun with this song and will be taking all comments to heart as I go back and work on it. Your time and support are truly appreciated! πŸ˜€

  • @scottlake Mar 4

    Yes I have tried to get her into FAWM and songwriting for 15+ years. She says she has no interest. She is a studio singer in Indy at Air Borne studios and lately she has been doing sessions at Ocean Way in Nashville, primarily for game soundtracks and trailers. It’s one of those things that she will get into eventually. She now has a small home studio set up and does demos for choral arrangers. It’s pretty insane the kind of work she gets. She lives in Fishers/Carmel area. https://m.facebook.com/heatherbaysmusic/?__nodl&refsrc=http%3A%...

  • @kenmattsson  Mar 4

    @yam655, I figured you'd get the concept of my One Small Flame song. πŸ˜€. Now that I've got some time, I can work on it to try to make it a bit better.

  • @coolparadiso  Mar 2

    To be honest it was a stroll. I could have done loads more, i have a book of ideas full for the future! I didn’t do many other than skirmishers in the last 2 weeks. decided to move over to listener and enjoyed that!

  • @kanttila  Mar 2

    You know, now that you mention it I really don't know how I didn't pick up on endings meaning butts 😁 . I don't really know what registered in my brain when I heard "putting their fingers in their endings" but now the song makes a lot more sense! I was thinking of endings in a very literal sense like the end of a movie.

  • @liz561  Mar 1

    How on earth did you write that many songs!!!! I did hear about the 50/90 but I'm HOPING to be vaccinated and doing some traveling this summer which might make writing difficult (or could give me lots of material!). I will give it some thought!!!

  • @apertome  Feb 28

    74 songs!! That's incredible. Very impressive.

    Yeah, Eurorack is expensive, there's just no getting around that aspect of it.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 27

    Yeah its probably best 🀣 like you said just because you can doesn't mean you always should, and since all improvised now you have to go back and listen and type it all up! Cause I'm sure there's some keepers in there! I woke up did one skirmish and said nope, NEED more sleep! According to time stamps you did almost 30 in a day 🀣

  • @kenmattsson  Feb 27

    Yes @yam655, you never know what sort of ripple you start when you take an action. Because I heard you mention this a little over a year ago on a podcast, it has gotten me to start writing songs, and I've brought 3 other friends in this year and it's changed them too. Thanks! You've made me an addict to this! I'll be back for 2022!

    And congrats to you for writing enough for 4 people to finish!

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 27


  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 27

    Yeah I was shooting for a triple fawm start of the month. I'll get that tonight. I might as well hit up some of the skirmishes this weekend and go for 50 at least. You got 100 more no problems πŸ˜‰ Who needs sleep? LOL

  • @willow1 Feb 26

    Yessss great insight and lyrical choices, I appreciate it!

  • @willow1 Feb 26

    Thanks for the comment yam! Yes my kids both inspire and create major barriers writing music, but if I relax and go with the flow we all seem to be happy!

  • @berni1954  Feb 26

    Queen Beaver thanks you for your praise, darling! 😘

  • @gb9  Feb 21

    @yam655 Thank you so much for your kindness and encouragement. FAWM has been a splendid experience largely because of people like you. Thank you!! πŸ˜€

  • @gb9  Feb 21

    Thank you so much for the kind comments on 'Pushing Upwards' πŸ˜€

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 21

    Hey guys! Just wanted to say thx to you guys for the fun and companionship in that manic set of skirmishes! Was fun. @dzdandcunfsd and @yam655

  • @crutherford  Feb 21

    thanks for your comments on hankerin' - yeah... i'm into unreliable wayward narrators... πŸ˜€

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 21

    hah! putting things up in between the skirmishes too! what a trooper!

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 21

    Thanks! I actually might make that one another no-listen challenge put something down the R something else down the L and add some drums and get some real nice chaos going. I'll not listen to it yet for the sake of that.

  • @danpelgar Feb 21

    Hi! The juglar thing is called a vocodex, the most famous one its a japanese one called vocaloid but the one im using is eleanor (which can be set to male gender) from synth v. There is a free version if you are interested to test it 😁

  • @berni1954  Feb 20

    Glad you liked my take on Orpheus. Your suggested line change is a good idea for a more international audience and it sticks to the rhyme scheme. πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 20

    I just NSFW anything I'm not sure exactly what I said lyrically as I'm pretty foul mouthed in person, and nope not a sexual reference, just something in my youth we used to tag on stop signs 🀣

  • @winchperry Feb 20

    Thank you for your comments about Annamarie (last night's skirmish for "Miracle"). I re-recorded a new version today. I tightened up the lyrics and melody and added a drum track Check it out if you are interested. https://fawm.org/songs/120250/ All comments and critique welcome.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 20

    That's an excellent idea with the disaster noises! Thanks! and that beats writing another verse or two hahah I don't mind super short stuff.

  • @trolls2 Feb 20

    when you talk about cookie clicker all i can think about is the Cookie Monster from Sesame Street "COOKIE'...

  • @gb9  Feb 20

    Thank you so much for your kind comment on 'Winning Streak', this one went much better πŸ˜€

  • @gb9  Feb 20

    Thank you for your kind comments on 'Black and White' it really didn't go to plan, and became all grey!

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 20

    🀣 I'd forgotten about those little guys in Discworld! That is a good philosophy. I need to read the rest of those. I've probably only read about half of them, and still haven't seen the mini-series that got made some years back now.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 20

    Delicious miracles might be the best of the bunch 🀣 I just found a candy bar myself

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 20

    I might tart up break the Ice if I do I will let you know!

  • @trolls2 Feb 20

    oh wow i haven't heard of 'cookie clicker' yeah the B+W cookies are a classic NYC cookie...thanks for listening to the song. Looking forward to hearing yours!

  • @apolez3 Feb 16

    Thanks for the suggestion about the punk squirrels, ps. did you ever hear the outcome of my first song you weren't sure what genre it was? it became new-age... I'd like to know your take on it.. https://fawm.org/songs/110953/ there is two versions English & French , French lost some translation but sounds great still. & thanks for the congratz πŸ˜€

  • @theodamus  Feb 16

    Oops I double commented. Hello!

  • @theodamus  Feb 16

    Thanks so much for your comment on Don’t Look Down - i am so happy to be spreading the tale of Pan Twardoswki! 😁

  • @eargoggle  Feb 13

    Thanks, those are some very wise words you left about my song sugarcoated love...there probably are some things i'm avoiding singing about, so gotta get to that. To answer your question- no, the vocals were not recorded on phone, I probably worded that awkwardly, I meant that doing phone recordings is probably all I'll be able to manage for the next few days, long story, but this one was in my studio with a nice condenser, a RodeNT1 that I use sometimes.

  • @jorh  Feb 13

    Well I’m glad you connected to the message, that’s a great motivator πŸ˜€ oh me too - I’m not really a crier, sometime I get annoyed at myself like come on you need a release now let them tears flow haha - so I’m very much in the camp of embracing them when they come!

  • @jorh  Feb 12

    Thanks for recommending mine and Will’s collab β€˜Hey mum’. @websheldon did a fine job with it - got me in the feels too. Sorry for making you bawl - I need to remember to write some happy songs this FAWM too πŸ˜‚

  • @judypie  Feb 11

    Thank you for your ears dude! I have realised from people’s comments on that song that my sarcasm did not come across *at all*. I probably use more swear words than none swear words, even when I’m not angry 😝 A fan of variations too tho, feck is an especially fun one yes πŸ˜ƒ

  • @apolez3 Feb 11

    Hey, thanks for the comment on the 'Unbelievably Annoying' lyrics... when I first read the title of the group I got... It remined me of these, as I refer to them now as Suicide Squirrels. I was going to college @ Montclair State University and got to drive closer to the building to drop/pick up art stuff.. . and these squirrels would fly in the front of my car like testing me or them and lol. Think I wrote a poem or jotted notes about them.

  • @thesoundof Feb 11

    I think the songs (Come Back It's Cold) mood changed so much that I just had to make you a collaborator in it. Because without your idea and whispers, it would have not evolved to that direction and that direction in my opinion was great. Just what I meant it to be. And I love the fact that the songs name may give a pretty different idea than what it's all about or how it sounds.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 11

    I'm working slowly this year but I'm really enjoying the process! Thanks for your words. πŸ˜€

  • @thesoundof Feb 10

    OMG! This is hilarious! And AWSOME! Thank you so much. I am trying so hard not to laugh out loud because it's the middle of the night and everyone else is sleeping and I was also just about to shut down my computer and get some sleep too but how can I now? I mean, if I don't edit it right now I don't know how I'm gonna sleep at all. Not tired at all anymore. You clearly have the same sense of humor as I do. Thank you so much for the many variations. I think I'm using all of them because there's a clear narrative there. πŸ˜€

    I downloaded the files so you can delete the link if you want. I thought I had my e-mail visible but somehow had managed to tick the not visible box. But now it's visible again. Or the first time.

    I think I do need to leave the editing for tomorrow, though. And again, thank you! πŸ˜€

    And I am, enjoying FAWM a lot!

  • @thesoundof Feb 10

    Thanks for your comment! Indeed, I do need more warm blankets. And perhaps someone whispering on the background: "You need an electric blanket" would be a good addition to the song too.

  • @nateger Feb 9

    My cannabis days are behind me too. I totally agree about ending the war on drugs! I love that you can your prescription meds and water drugs. Your kids must be so confused πŸ˜‚

  • @improvyssey  Feb 9

    Oh yes...I have Audacity and have created many WAV files. I'm just not sure how to do that when starting with a video file, though there's doubtless a way, and Google will reveal the secret. I can definitely record straight to Audacity--I even have a marginally better mic for that--but I've been doing the improv series as phone videos for over 500 days now and am following the path of least resistance. Making a second unique album via Audacity is a good idea. I'm familiar with Bandcamp and have a couple of albums of amusing geeky ukulele songs up there (made with the help of people who knew how to record things properly). I even make money from them occasionally. What's always holding me back from producing music myself is that I don't really know how to take the raw file and make it sound marginally closer to something not recorded in a noisy apartment. But this summer may be a good time to explore the possibilities. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • @improvyssey  Feb 9

    Thanks for your comments! To answer your questions: 1) I haven't worked much with lyrical improv. I do write plenty of songs with lyrics, but the lyrics tend to be pretty fixed, whereas the music grows around them. 2) My recording setup could best be described as "a phone." I haven't recorded the pieces separately from the videos and don't know how to extract the audio tracks. If I did, I would still have music with plenty of background hissing, all recorded in an apartment that is next to a freeway. Someday, I'll have to figure out how to record and edit my music properly.

  • @reklov  Feb 8

    Hi! Thanks for your kind words to my "Single-Tasking Man"!

  • @abudabard12514  Feb 8

    I appreciate that story about your kids and fear of the dark, man. It's very cool to see some paternal empathy and understanding like that.

  • @abudabard12514  Feb 8

    Thanks for enjoying my bug dream song! Always honored when people can relate to my work, especially when it's about spiders crawling into and living inside you. Looking forward to your creations!

    15 songs already! You're a sick dude and I'm all about that.

  • @wacha  Feb 7

    Thank you for your kind words on "The Cemetery".

  • @doggolito Feb 6

    Thanks for your nice comment on "I need a doggo" πŸ˜€
    We all need one, don't we ^^

  • @berni1954  Feb 6

    Glad you enjoyed my "Light in the Darkness" πŸ‘Œ

  • @chroes  Feb 6

    Thank you so much for your kind comments! Yes, I'm trying to make up for the late start. Somehow, I always start late. All my nanowrimos can sing a song about that.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 6

    ah! I haven't got around to listening to all the slothcores yet, but I will its my new favorite genre 😁 Tell the kiddo thanks for me......they've got some odd tastes hahaha

  • @cseversin Feb 6

    I'm gonna need you to write that "Mint Milano Miracle" song right away, haha. Thank you for listening!

  • @apolez3 Feb 6

    The kalimba sounds really neat.. πŸ˜€

  • @beat  Feb 5

    Thx for listening

  • @dragondreams  Feb 2

    Thank you kindly. πŸ˜€

  • @cblack Feb 2

    Thanks for the comment. I appreciate it. πŸ˜€

  • @unpronounceable Feb 2

    <3 <3 <3 Why are you the fucking sweetest? Please write all my clinical paperwork for my internship and classes and I'll get you those songs you requested, sir.

  • @apolez3 Feb 1

    Sounds to me that you like the skirmishes? Happy FAWMing!

  • @fearlessflight2014  Jan 31

    You too!!

  • @alonetogether  Jan 29

    Its good to see another fediverse user on here! im pretty excited for this year. hope your fawm goes well.

  • @ginomakesmusic  Jan 28

    Life is absurd and I'm glad you acknowledge that musically. When I write I tend to fall into rigidity traps, so I like that you go for the flexibility of the process of discovery when writing. I'll be looking to ya for inspiration in the form of you being you through song! Gotta love the authentic self, warts and all. πŸ˜€

    Also thanks for checking me out, and thanks for the reminder - I totally DO have a bandcamp. Now it's available to click to from my page. I have exactly one album with two songs on there, but I worked extra hard on those. I feel perfectionism is keeping me from posting much on there, so perhaps I'll work on getting more content up.

    Anyhoot, much love from MD and happy almost FAWM!!

  • @ginomakesmusic  Jan 28

    Hi! Your thoughts on love posted in the queer forum really struck a chord with me, pun intended. I didn't know you could string enough words together to convey such a powerful truth about love - and now I've realized I identify quite similarly. I'm very much looking forward to exploring YOUR beautiful loveable universe through the songs you post, and perhaps through a dialogue or two!

  • @hummingbear  Jan 27

    Another year of happy tinkering and innovation! Happy FAWM!

  • @judypie  Jan 24

    Hahahahah your poor 9 year old πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • @judypie  Jan 24

    Cannibalism? I’m in! πŸ˜ƒ

  • @coolparadiso  Jan 20

    Hmmmm to my benefit i think so! Someone to share those ridiculous long skirmishes with! I recall once when it was about you and I for a few hours!

  • @coolparadiso  Jan 19

    good to see you back again!

  • @cleansupafterburn Jan 19

    May you be outrageous and prolific this year

  • @apertome  Jan 17

    Yes, good to see you back, too! Hope it's a good one.

  • @alyxanderjames  Jan 15

    Hello! Great to see you back. I'm also unsure what I'm going to do with this FAWM, but I'm looking forward to seeing what the month draws out of us. πŸ˜€

  • @cairobraga  Jan 15

    yay yay yam! great to be back, great to see you back as well. let's rock this month, yeah? kisses from Portugal!

  • @metalfoot  Jan 12

    Let's rock!

  • @nerdjealous  Jan 12

    Hey yam655 dude! Glad to see you here, and let's hope for productive months! 😁

  • @andygetch  Jan 10

    Hey let's do this!