The Silvermachine Challenge

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  • @dreamscuba  6 weeks

    @silvermachine has decided to sit FAWM out this year. However, in order to prevent a rift in the space time continuum and the opening of a portal to another realm from who knows where, I feel that we need to restore the balance normally filled by the sublime audio trickery provided by @silvermachine.

    Enter stage left ... the silvermachine challenge. The aim is to write a song so obscure and weird in it's musicality that it fits with the music genre more commonly known as wacko. Of course tag it as #silvermachine.

  • @fuzzy  6 weeks

    Oh yeah, I can totally do this.
    This kind of thing is my general MO, anyway!

  • @freaksofnosmo9 6 weeks

    Count me in!

  • @g3darnell 6 weeks

    and me!

  • @headfirstonly  6 weeks

    LOLing so hard and not gonna say why.
    Hell, I'm in too.

  • @jeustan  6 weeks

    Yup. So down.

  • @rayboneor  6 weeks

    That is indeed a dangerous void to leave unfilled. I'm afraid I don't have the tools to fill it, possessing only wax paper, comb, and untuned acoustic guitar with 20 year old strings

  • @candle  6 weeks

    Well, I sort of have to take part in this, right? Couldn't pass it up. I'm in.

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @guatecoop  6 weeks

    Aw man, that IS a void!! I’m not pleased to hear that @silvermachine will be out this year, but I will give it a shot. Sounds like a fun evening to just go as crazy as I want.

  • @siebass  6 weeks

    @dreamscuba maybe post this one in the challenges, so it doesn't get lost once the doors open up? I dunno if I have enough insanity stored up to make a silvermachine song, lol, but we'll see during Feb.

  • @w1n  6 weeks

    Sad to hear that there will be no @silvermachine sonic madness this year :_(
    Have to at least try to make something in his inimitable style..

  • @zecoop  6 weeks

    Sorry to hear Silvermachine will be out, but I do believe I will be able to come up with something that will fit in this challenge. 😉

  • @dragondreams  6 weeks

    At last! A chance to hook the deep freeze up to a ring modulator and beat on it with a live kipper while wearing a bandana knitted from cheese!
    I'm in.

  • @headfirstonly  6 weeks

    @dragondreams I neartly spat tea over my keyboard thanks to that!

  • @dzdandcunfsd  6 weeks

    @dragondreams Is there any other way? Well I guess ones choice of bandana materials may vary 😁

  • @airbagtester  6 weeks

    @dzdandcunfsd @dragondreams I am guessing one can experiment with different types of cheeses to get different sounds?

  • @dragondreams  6 weeks

    @airbagtester - I'm willing to sacrifice the integrity of my forehead in the pursuit of sonic wheywardness if you are? 😉

  • @candle  6 weeks

    @airbagtester, I would think swiss would give you a very "airy" sound with some natural reverb. Mozza might have some string timbres…

    😉

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @airbagtester  6 weeks

    @dragondreams I will have to think caerphilly before committing to that.

  • @candle  6 weeks

    This might degrade into a Monty Python sketch at this point. Not that I'm complaining LOL

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @dzdandcunfsd  6 weeks

    Feta puts the funk stank on all things 😁 @candle beat me to the reverby swiss haha

  • @sph  6 weeks

    Oh, I will miss him: his sonic adventures and his comments

  • @judypie  6 weeks

    I will miss his presence greatly too, he was my favourite discovery last year😢. But yay at a challenge in his honour 😃

  • @dreamscuba  6 weeks

    @siebass...I think this has been moved to Games and Challenges. It shows there for me. Thanks

  • @candle  6 weeks

    Cool 8) I'll be doing that challenge. @silvermachine will be missed this year. Hopefully we keep his spirit alive this FAWM.

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @siebass  6 weeks

    Yep, looks good, and a fun challenge to boot

  • @fuzzy  6 weeks

    Has anyone who has committed to this challenge really thought about what's involved?
    I mean, you're gonna have to sound like @silvermachine, and that's no small feat. I know for a fact that the guy makes music using synthesizers built from alien technology and gifted to him by time traveling dolphins from the far future.
    How are we gonna beat that??

  • @hornesgiftshop  6 weeks

    Sorry to hear @silvermachine isn't here. Happy to step into the darkness in order to restore general reality.

  • @candle  6 weeks

    @fuzzy , I don't think we can beat it. We just have to emulate it. Or die trying… 😉

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @sw1n3flu  6 weeks

    wtf he's sitting it out? Well ok then we shall aim to fill the awesome void he is (hopefully temporarily) leaving. This is a cool cool challenge.

  • @w1n  6 weeks

    @fuzzy this might be hard challenge to conquer, sadly I must admit that my access to alien tech and time traveling dolphins is a bit lacking.
    Actually considering to try using Open AI Jukebox, after my friend played around with it, feed it with a song and then let the "help" me wreck havoc on it up and then try to learn and record it.
    Might at least come close to something sounding like a cheap imitation of a bad polaroid of @silvermachine style.

    https://jukebox.openai.com

  • @fuzzy  6 weeks

    That looks like a really fascinating site, @w1n.

  • @kanttila  6 weeks

    I'll load my washing machine with screws and chunk it down the steps to get his drum sound. It's the only way.

  • @leepat  6 weeks

    good challenge and bad silvermachine.
    may we come close to chastising him with his own hm.. stones

  • @sph  6 weeks

    @w1n that site is interesting, not only does it shuffle with sound but also with lyrics.
    @kantilla Please upload your rhythm track - this way I won't have to wreck my washing machine

  • @spikedirection  5 weeks

    Gutted not to see him around this year. I would be remiss not to participate in this challenge in his honour.
    Now to find an epileptic spider to play the drum parts for me....

  • @dragondreams  5 weeks

    Are we all adding @silvermachine as a collab partner? It'd be great if we could get him across the line in absentia. 😉

    Oops. Must dash. Amazon have just arrived with the battery acid and banana skins I ordered...

  • @candle  5 weeks

    I like that idea @dragondreams.

    Banana skins? You're not using those on your drums are you? 😉

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @darcistrutt  5 weeks

    That will teach you to skip FAWM! Just keep away from the piano in the dungeon. @silvermachine already made a mess of that one a couple years ago.

  • @coolparadiso  5 weeks

    I will see what appears and try but it is not in my usual bags of tricks!

  • @sapient  5 weeks

    🤘😎🤘

  • @dragondreams  5 weeks

    @candle - I was going to brew a mind-altering liqueur... 😉

    @darcistrutt - Geoffrey is still picking piano keys out of his fetlocks! 😁

  • @candle  5 weeks

    @dragondreams, either way, it should fulfill the challenge, I would think. 😀

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @dreamscuba  5 weeks

    @dragondreams Nice idea about adding @silvermachine as a collaboration partner...
    Looks like I need to either dig a pit and install a pendulum or build a dungeon to create the right environment for recording my effort....

  • @spikedirection  5 weeks

    For anyone looking for some inspiration. I found this article put me in the right headspace
    https://blog.discogs.com/en/ben-blackwell-weird-records-for-a-weird...

  • @dreamscuba  5 weeks

    @headfirstonly that was fantastic....all real instruments too.

  • @audrey  5 weeks

    I'm really gonna miss @silvermachine. 😞 I'll try this challenge. It'll be difficult, but wild and wacky here I come. 😀
    @headfirstonly Love your link. Lol

  • @candle  4 weeks

    My meagre entry into this wonderful challenge:

    https://fawm.org/songs/112418/

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @dzdandcunfsd  4 weeks

    @headfirstonly It's a good thing he had that pack on. It was the glue that held the the whole thing together.

  • @flw3rch1ld  4 weeks

    Oooo this’ll be fun

  • @headfirstonly  4 weeks

    Here's my humble submission. After spending the last day trying to figure out how on Earth the master does what he does, my respect for him has grown by an order of magnitude. But this is addictively good fun; I suspect I may have another crack at the challenge before the month is out...

    https://fawm.org/songs/112667/

  • @persaab 4 weeks

    I could byt all my songs under this.

  • @deselby 4 weeks

    Can I enter this in the challenge?
    https://fawm.org/songs/112869/

  • @headfirstonly  4 weeks

    @deselby I think you absolutely should!

  • @leepat  4 weeks

    hello good people,
    I tried to channel @silvermachine’s gift for lyrics:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/18JZuwFLGU-kB8_S2ys1FBjH13o1obV4...

    anyone fancy putting them to noise?

  • @fuzzy  3 weeks

    It was not until I had already recorded and posted this song that I realized it was actually worthy of this challenge - "Spam Deli Escort".
    https://fawm.org/songs/114288/

  • @spikedirection  3 weeks

    Its the text to speech isn't it @fuzzy ? Seems obvious in retrospect.

  • @fuzzy  3 weeks

    Yeah, the text to speech sells it for sure.

  • @psyt 3 weeks

    The first time I saw the tag I thought I'll be treated to a 303, but alas, that's not the silver machine you had in mind. 😞

  • @jeustan  3 weeks

    Y'all are doing a great job but I miss @silvermachine.

    Where do I find the songs of silvermachine? Last year was my first fwarm and I wasn't ready for the fascination and madness.

  • @spikedirection  3 weeks

    I have some saved but I'm not aware of him releasing anything proper. Others may know more...?

  • @sapient  3 weeks

    https://fawm.org/songs/115304/
    Gosh, I wish he was here to collab with. I think he might have been able to add a REAL trombone to this...

  • @dreamscuba  3 weeks

    Here is my first attempt...a dark tale...
    https://fawm.org/songs/113912/
    mmm....definitely missing the trombone....

  • @silvermachine 3 weeks

    Good evening folks,
    it is indeed a rare and huge compliment to find this thread, and discover silvermachine was missed from FAWM. I am a humble weirdo and really had absolutely no idea I was held in such high esteem.
    Some silvermachine news for you:
    After FAWM 2020 I gave up the name 'silvermachine', feeling I hadn't really achieved anything, and split into a duo ( yes I fancied trying being two people at once), I thought it was time to move on.
    I (we) have an album released on the Wormhole World microlabel on the 19th Feb, so some good has come of it.
    https://wormholeworld.bandcamp.com/album/fuck-the-world-doesnt-want...
    You can see by the title how despondent I was about not getting anywhere with the music, which is the lot of us bedroom musicians who only exist in cyberspace.
    I have really enjoyed listening to all the challenge songs posted so far and again can't thank you enough for the huge compliment paid.
    Best wishes to all.

  • @spikedirection  3 weeks

    Ordered! 😎

  • @dreamscuba  3 weeks

    @silvermachine awesome stuff to both of you! I just took a listen to Surrealist Wardrobe Dilemma on the link...haha...I was in a video call with my headset on...and I thought, before the meeting starts, I'll just take a listen. Well, I nearly spat my tea out...This is acoustic weirdness at its best! Well done.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  3 weeks

    I feel stupid now 😁 I didn't know the @silvermachine handle so was hesitant to throw my hat in the ring on this challenge. yes, I know of this knucklehead! in several iterations 😁

    here's my tribute, well most of my page especially this year probably falls into this category! but this one especially, good luck in your endeavors!

    https://fawm.org/songs/113924/

  • @spikedirection  2 weeks

    Finally did mine!
    https://fawm.org/songs/116920/

  • @headfirstonly  2 weeks

    I have my copy of the @silvermachine CD right here. It's excellent. You need a copy.

  • @fuzzy  2 weeks

    Agreed, @headfirstonly.
    Some of the most unique music I've ever heard.

  • @spikedirection  2 weeks

    @fuzzy @headfirstonly how do I procure this CD. assuming its not the one linked above which isn't out yet?

  • @fuzzy  2 weeks

    Well, @spikedirection, as for myself, I've had my copy beamed directly in to my head from Silvermachine's personal satellite.
    I guess you'll have to make do with these videos until February 19th.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ooMIm5-BSSRBOU0oe_y-w

  • @silvermachine 2 weeks

    Wotcha Spike. All the tracks were recorded at 50/90 2020 under my new name, Fuzzy heard them all there and probably downloaded most. HFO got his copy as a Christmas present. It's the same album that's coming out on Wormhole World. Yeah check out the videos, they are worth watching, I made them in the style I make music! 😁

  • @spikedirection  2 weeks

    Pleased to say I ordered the CD in a trice the other day. I was worried id missed out on an earlier one.
    I would pay an unholy sum for an album that included Shake It Till It Falls Off And Dies or Killed By Denim. 🤣

  • @fuzzy  2 weeks

    I just put in my preorder for a CD!!
    It ships on the 19th, the same day Brian Eno's book is released here in Canada.
    It's gonna be like Christmas!!

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