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Old 24-12-2015, 04:54 PM   #81
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So is anyone keen on starting one up for the new year?
I realize it won't be 2015 anymore but January looks like it is going to be quiet at work for me!
Any takers?
Yea. January will be quiet for me as well, so I'm down. This project isn't dead b/c its 2016 as far as I'm concerned.

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Old 24-12-2015, 05:48 PM   #82
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cool man!
i have not tried this before so not sure the deets
can i have ideas from before that aren't arranged yet?
maybe i can start a 2016 thread!

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Old 24-12-2015, 05:50 PM   #83
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I'm just going to say it: I really feel like the spirit of what FAWM is about has been watered down here. This year I am probably going to go back and do FAWM at FAWM.org. I'm not trying to start shit or get on anyone's case.
awesome, thank you mate. i think ill stay around here with it in order to piss in the water and get some colour back to it.... doesnt really work that metaphor but ahh well
doing something like this

im already sort of 3 tracks in, is that ok? im starting my jawm now :/

ill be working full time from some point mid to late january so thats cool i guess. also what definition of an album are we going by?

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Old 25-12-2015, 01:50 PM   #84
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One is supposed to write/arrange/compose an album's worth of music in a month. Does not have to be mix, polished, finished etc. The point is to finish the album's worth of music in a month no matter what. As a creative exercise. I find I get much more out of it when I actually stick to this. I get better material over all. It is about getting ideas down on paper, not making a finished product in one month.

In February (FAWM) it is 14 songs in 28 days, though I think one can reinterpret this into something a tad looser. Like 45 minutes of music in a month.

For someone just writing songs on guitar, for example, it is a way different experience. Electronic musicians tend to get too caught up in "oh, I can't share because it isn't perfect enough I need to tweak this patch and that EQ for 1,000 more hours".

I'm just going to say it: I really feel like the spirit of what FAWM is about has been watered down here. This year I am probably going to go back and do FAWM at FAWM.org. I'm not trying to start shit or get on anyone's case.

I highly recommend checking out the website and taking a look at how they do things. It is also highly collaborative and very much about sharing rough, rough, rough wips.
You're entitled to your opinion man.
And yeah, we did purposely water it down, partly because most people here are very poor at motivating themselves to get anywhere near that target and partly because we expanded it to 4 times per year.

I will be further watering it down this year to be a collaborative effort, ending in a compilation LP. If you're not interested in being a part of that then that's cool beans yo.
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Old 25-12-2015, 07:32 PM   #85
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You're entitled to your opinion man.
And yeah, we did purposely water it down, partly because most people here are very poor at motivating themselves to get anywhere near that target and partly because we expanded it to 4 times per year.

I will be further watering it down this year to be a collaborative effort, ending in a compilation LP. If you're not interested in being a part of that then that's cool beans yo.
I think one track per person resulting in a compilation is an awesome idea. I like the idea of focusing on one track and having a finished product at the end. I think February album writing month is also in theory awesome to sketch out an album, however, for me it's too much as I'm working full time and going to school full time.
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Old 25-12-2015, 11:46 PM   #86
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isn't that just like a standard compilation?

I get where relic is coming from... The whole point is to force yourself to make shit regardless of quality and I think saying you only have time to do 1 track means either you have 1 or 2 hours spare time a month or that you dont fully get the point. This is coming from somebody who is new to this and doesn't fully get the point so pinch of salt and all that.

surely though if you only want to/can make 1 track in a month this isn't at all for you??

well whatever happens Im gonna do my thing and thats fine by me. If you did a genre rule for example id just do what I was gonna do anyway tbh. Hope that's fine with everybody else

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Old 26-12-2015, 12:21 AM   #87
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^^ Yup same here cuz tbh I don't know if I could do anything beside weird and sucky lol!
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Old 26-12-2015, 10:56 AM   #88
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isn't that just like a standard compilation?

I get where relic is coming from... The whole point is to force yourself to make shit regardless of quality and I think saying you only have time to do 1 track means either you have 1 or 2 hours spare time a month or that you dont fully get the point. This is coming from somebody who is new to this and doesn't fully get the point so pinch of salt and all that.

surely though if you only want to/can make 1 track in a month this isn't at all for you??

well whatever happens Im gonna do my thing and thats fine by me. If you did a genre rule for example id just do what I was gonna do anyway tbh. Hope that's fine with everybody else
Look dude, turns out QAWM isn't for 99% of IDMfers. That's cool, we gave it a go, you have to try stuff and sometimes it doesn't work out, no biggy, try something else.
So we could completely sack it off or we could just jiggle some rules into something that works here to get some output.
Why do some people always need such die hard rules to feel like they're really doing the musics anyway?
You write your million tracks in a month, then submit your bestest to us and we'll compile an album to promote the project and it all becomes a loop of activity instead of literally 1 or 2 of you doing something no-one's heard of or cares about. You know? Like you a couple of weeks ago.

If you guys have better ideas then shout up, after all it's your forum yada yada.
But do not panic, it's boxing day ffs and we have all year to figure this out.
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Old 26-12-2015, 02:06 PM   #89
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Look dude, turns out QAWM isn't for 99% of IDMfers. That's cool, we gave it a go, you have to try stuff and sometimes it doesn't work out, no biggy, try something else.
So we could completely sack it off or we could just jiggle some rules into something that works here to get some output.
Why do some people always need such die hard rules to feel like they're really doing the musics anyway?
You write your million tracks in a month, then submit your bestest to us and we'll compile an album to promote the project and it all becomes a loop of activity instead of literally 1 or 2 of you doing something no-one's heard of or cares about. You know? Like you a couple of weeks ago.

If you guys have better ideas then shout up, after all it's your forum yada yada.
But do not panic, it's boxing day ffs and we have all year to figure this out.
I dont need the rules man I was gonna do this anyway pretty much cause I just bought a new sampler and it links up sexy with some other shit I've had for a while.

it was being discussed and I lead a boring life so I chimed in for something to do... I dont care... This is not a rebellion/uproar... Outrage level is at a Nordic lake of tranquility style 4/100

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Old 26-12-2015, 09:14 PM   #90
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You're entitled to your opinion man.
And yeah, we did purposely water it down, partly because most people here are very poor at motivating themselves to get anywhere near that target and partly because we expanded it to 4 times per year.

I will be further watering it down this year to be a collaborative effort, ending in a compilation LP. If you're not interested in being a part of that then that's cool beans yo.
I just wanted to say my peace is all, if it came off as anything but simply blunt, I apologize. I will be participating for sure as I am all for more community projects on IDMf.

True, expanding it to four times a year probably does requiring some watering down. I wouldnt be able to crank out four albums a year.

Anyway. Thanks for running all these. Sounds great. Im in.

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Old 28-12-2015, 11:34 PM   #91
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Re: QAWM 2015

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Look dude, turns out QAWM isn't for 99% of IDMfers. That's cool, we gave it a go, you have to try stuff and sometimes it doesn't work out, no biggy, try something else.
So we could completely sack it off or we could just jiggle some rules into something that works here to get some output.
Why do some people always need such die hard rules to feel like they're really doing the musics anyway?
You write your million tracks in a month, then submit your bestest to us and we'll compile an album to promote the project and it all becomes a loop of activity instead of literally 1 or 2 of you doing something no-one's heard of or cares about. You know? Like you a couple of weeks ago.

If you guys have better ideas then shout up, after all it's your forum yada yada.
But do not panic, it's boxing day ffs and we have all year to figure this out.
I think this is a smart move, tbh..and what you said about "QAWM isn't for 99% of IDMfers" is spot on..you only need to go back and look at how many actually finished to get an idea of how ell it worked in general..and that's not pointing any fingers or a need for ANYONE to feel shame about not completing..the whole point was it was a test of you own abilities and pushing yourself..not to actually get a full album at the end..though that was the starting goal..not everyone had either the time, ability or both to do that..and that's just how things turned out.

I think this new direction with the project is a much better one..at least it's more doable of everyone and even if you only turned out one good track, then that would be better than starting 14 and never finishing any in a month.

just my 2 cents worth..

..and, yeah..I'm up for this, too..so count me in there as a certain.

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Old 29-12-2015, 12:40 AM   #92
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Re: QAWM 2015

I am still going to try a JAWM to test myself but I would also be in for trying for another compilation as well of course!

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Old 15-01-2016, 08:54 AM   #93
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There's some talk of a possible series of regular compilations in the back room, so there probably wont be an official QAWM comp at this point I'm afraid.
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There's some talk of a possible series of regular compilations in the back room, so there probably wont be an official QAWM comp at this point I'm afraid.
Cheers, lolirl..thanks for the heads-up. Might be a good idea to lock this thread off in light of the same.

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Old 15-01-2016, 10:34 AM   #95
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I like the idea of having two outlets. Two tracks a quarter seems doable.

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I like the idea of having two outlets. Two tracks a quarter seems doable.

Yeah..I agree with you, but I seriously don't think it's going to happen, if the past is anything to go by on here. Not putting anyone down or anything, but getting folks to complete a track for one release on here is hard enough as it is..I just can't see two different simultaneous releases flying on here on a regular basis..it's just not going to happen realistically speaking.

The only way it would happen would be if the same few got together and produced stuff, but there doesn't seem to be enough people to make it happen..just look at how the QAWM project on here panned out over the last few months..that should give you an clear indication of what I'm talking about.

For whatever the reasons, folks just don't seem to be able to stick with such projects on here. Sad, but true.

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Re: QAWM 2015

I don't see how having something official in the works means a few of us can't try having some kind QAWM or whatever else to help motivate us to write music. Shit, just seeing people discuss this stuff is a bit of motivation for me. Now I really have to finish this coffee and get from the kitchen all the long way upstairs to my studio...lol

I would say the safe bet is to not post everything publically then what we are writing might be able to serve double duty, though maybe that won't be in the spirit of what the mods and admins are cooking up.

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I apologize if that came off as snarky at all. Totally objective tone intended...

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I don't see how having something official in the works means a few of us can't try having some kind QAWM or whatever else to help motivate us to write music. Shit, just seeing people discuss this stuff is a bit of motivation for me. Now I really have to finish this coffee and get from the kitchen all the long way upstairs to my studio...lol

I would say the safe bet is to not post everything publically then what we are writing might be able to serve double duty, though maybe that won't be in the spirit of what the mods and admins are cooking up.
Not snarky man, this is bang on.
Absolutely nothing stopping people from still doing their own QAWM projects, collaborating, sharing private SC tracks etc.
Although it has faded as AM mentioned, the general idea of this whole QAWM thing was/is a way to give people the motivation to do their own projects by starting out with a small, low risk but achievable target which they can chat over with other members who are in a similar situation and discuss ideas and techniques, artwork etc.
That aim still seems as relevant as ever.
TBH I think it's much better that people regularly churn out material for themselves rather than just firing up their DAW in the hope of writing a track for the odd forum compilation. If QAWM can help people get to that position then it has succeeded to some degree.
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Re: QAWM 2015

Finally catching up with this thread. So slammed recently but in a good way. Mix down another country/folk album and in general think about my mixes. I hate mixing.

Maybe I'll actually get a track out I feel like's worth sharing. MarAWM might be me at this point.

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