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Old 02-02-2013, 10:52 AM   #21
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tried to record some guitar yesterday after posting here
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:10 PM   #22
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Does this mean I have nine hours to write the first track? I'm quite up for this despite some other commitments. I could just use it as a way of pushing myself to make more sketches, and I can flesh out the ideas that work.

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Old 02-02-2013, 04:56 PM   #23
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Does this mean I have nine hours to write the first track? I'm quite up for this despite some other commitments. I could just use it as a way of pushing myself to make more sketches, and I can flesh out the ideas that work.
Nope, the schedule would appear to be a track every 2 days, but work it however you can! I never make it to 14 (this year I may actually force myself to get up early). But the challenge is great and it's usually ends up the basis for an EP every year for me.

Gonna post up my first go later tonight. Whatever I get done, I'm moving on : ) Drums via Monomachine, Bass by Mopho, a bit of Absynth and 3xOSC and some minimal processing.

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Old 02-02-2013, 06:37 PM   #24
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I would love to jump in on this but I know myself and there's just no time.

Making anything is a fairly arduous process for me and I know it doesn't have to be a complete polished work but, even then there's no way.

Keeping an eye here and in the LB though because I'd like to see the discussion and hear the tracks.

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Old 02-02-2013, 08:57 PM   #25
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Old 03-02-2013, 12:38 PM   #26
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Shit that inspired me to look for new Reaper skins. Check this baby out!


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Old 03-02-2013, 06:23 PM   #27
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hey all, how's it coming. I'm about to check the LB for [FAWM] tags...the GF canceled her girls night out plans last night and ruined my plans for beer and studio time! Well...I still had beer...

Hopefully posting one tonight.

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Old 03-02-2013, 09:44 PM   #29
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^sure do like dem french fried taters...mmmmhmmm...

FAWM tracks anyone? I swear I'll have one up tonight by 11:59:59 PM EST

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Old 03-02-2013, 09:46 PM   #30
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i can't even make one track in a month lol
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:49 PM   #31
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i can't even make one track in a month lol
Usually I take that long too. For me, the idea is to get sketches of ideas down and work quickly as possible. It's a good exercise to do once a year. I always learn something from it.


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Old 03-02-2013, 10:14 PM   #32
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i can't even make one track in a month lol
Same. Maybe I'll try this next year. Haven't really had any spare energy for years now.

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Old 03-02-2013, 10:32 PM   #33
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keep in mind guys, the point is just to WRITE an album, not fully produce it or anything. It's just the writing process you should be focusing on, getting an arrangement and all. The finer details of sound design, production etc. are just a bonus if you can include them.
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:16 PM   #34
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Ive got that one but it only works well with dual monitors so havent used it. Looks incredible though

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Old 04-02-2013, 12:29 AM   #35
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Yeah even my one monitor isn't tall enough to display it, unfortunately. I am rocking the Apollo 4 skin at the moment though, which feels futuristic. I am now going to write some robot music.

edit: I just wanted to preserve your incredible symmetry for posterity


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Old 04-02-2013, 12:58 AM   #36
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keep in mind guys, the point is just to WRITE an album, not fully produce it or anything. It's just the writing process you should be focusing on, getting an arrangement and all. The finer details of sound design, production etc. are just a bonus if you can include them.
Exactly. If you have a hard time seperating the two fawm is agreat exercise.

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Old 04-02-2013, 01:16 AM   #37
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so, I haven't finished anything but I can discuss my failure and what I'm learning in the process
I've been trying to write something yesterday night and tonight and.. yeah I'm starting to feel my weaknesses. Yesterday I made a loop with a distorted beat and some basis melody on top of it but I can't figure out any way forward with it so it's just like that, that repetitive five bar loop.
Today I've realized I built a sort of habit of playing one chord and just listening to it/jam with it for hours. I thought I had just forgot what a standard composition was made of. There's supposed to be that pad and a lead voice. I needed a driving melody.
Trying to work along that idea, I tried to record myself playing guitar and build around that.

I started adding a little vibraphone-like synth to do some melodies and right there I realized I wouldn't be able to go ahead and just play that shit all along. I needed to move forward all the time, drop ideas, whatever comes to mind. Because that synth I was playing, it wasn't going to last the whole song. I'm gonna play it a few bars and then I need to have something else coming up.
Listening back, some parts feel like they can last longer than recorded ; some could be deleted.

Having my guitar as a back track helped because it was the "skeleton" of the track and I could switch instruments, arrange the whole thing differently while still playing the same song, the same chords.

I know, right. Duh.
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Have you thought about instead of adding things just rearranging, chopping, and / or making new parts out of what is already there?

I used to always add add add then I started doing what I said above and I get quicker more effective results.

Edit: You can chop your synth melodies into new ones also you know?

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Old 04-02-2013, 01:37 AM   #39
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yeah that's what I did in the end. I played the cutesy stuff a bit and dropped it and think of something else I could play or do. That's what I meant. Have an idea, quickly apply it, then drop it and think of something else to do. I didn't add any loops, just played the stuff a bit and stopped and played something else instead, move on.
and yeah, having the steady structure behind made me realize if I had that, I could switch arrangements and give the illusion of novelty when it's actually the same stuff
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I was away from my computer for the weekend, so I wrote a couple things in nanoloop on my iphone. I'll probably put them in the lb tomorrow

I get the feeling this is going to be a horribly disjointed album

Edit: Why did I put parentheses around "album?" Also, you can put up just lyrics on the FAWM site?

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