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Old 04-07-2014, 04:09 PM   #1
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August Album Writing Month (AAWM) 2014

OK so just under a month to get your plans together for August's Quarterly Album Writing Month.
Got any ideas yet? Are you following on from the last one and developing that idea further or are you maybe trying something totally different under a new alias?
Does summer give you that laid back chilled vibe or does it just make you want to destroy everything with sound?
What you gonna do?

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Old 04-07-2014, 04:20 PM   #2
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Re: August Album Writing Month (AAWM) 2014

I'm taking a break on this as I'm discussing with a label the release of the album I did during May Album Writing Month. Most likely an old school cassette, very diy!
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Old 04-07-2014, 04:25 PM   #3
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Re: August Album Writing Month (AAWM) 2014

That's really cool man, great news, good work.
Proof that you can take control of your own project (not specifically you, I just mean generally IDMf members) get it finished, take it outside of IDMf and have some real world interest and hopefully (at least minor) success.
Good work Auto, very pleased for you.
Our first breakthrough QAWM effort.
Will you be mentioning us in the sleeve notes?

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Old 04-07-2014, 04:32 PM   #4
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Re: August Album Writing Month (AAWM) 2014

I'm really not sure...recently got back into DnB again (thanks to @[Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
Prime 's podcasts!)...I will also hopefully coming home with a boat load of field recordings from the hippie/pagan festival I go to every summer. On the other hand I've been having a blast doing...well...four to the floor stuff...dunno if it's techno or house or what...
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think I remember you saying something about this not long ago? Anyway, congrats man! Will it be tape only? I will probably buy a copy anyway...but having digital download available would be nice too : )

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Old 04-07-2014, 06:15 PM   #5
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Re: August Album Writing Month (AAWM) 2014

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I'm taking a break on this as I'm discussing with a label the release of the album I did during May Album Writing Month. Most likely an old school cassette, very diy!
Call that a success story!
Wow, that is awesome, congrats!

I plan on submitting my May tracks as part of AAWM. Shhhh don't tell anyone. I will make some more too.
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:09 PM   #6
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Re: August Album Writing Month (AAWM) 2014

This is an interesting idea. :O I've participated in a number of remix/original track comps that have lasted a month, but never thought of making an album in a month.

I wouldn't know where to begin, nor even what structure it should be. I don't think I would be able to make a whole album of just the one genre. I find that very boring. Why not have an album of different genres? Break the rules.

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Old 04-07-2014, 10:24 PM   #7
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Re: August Album Writing Month (AAWM) 2014

There are no rules. It's pretty much just raw composing on the fly and getting people to jump in and make tracks and be creative and on the fly. You could even post rough drafts to flesh out later. Hope to see you participate, it's pretty fun and I like to see what people come up with.
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Old 04-07-2014, 11:22 PM   #8
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getting people to jump in and make tracks and be creative and on the fly.
Now there's an interesting idea. :O I could do a handful of originals. Collabs with some mates or get them to remix my tracks.

Done. Haha.

I want to start now!
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Old 07-07-2014, 01:44 PM   #9
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Re: August Album Writing Month (AAWM) 2014

Congrats auto, still moving in the same direction as the last two QAWMs. Plus I moved and don't have internets, so I'm working on music a lot. Depending on how many projects I still like in a month, I may sample elements from the meh ones and build projects from them. Might be my challenge for Augest. No new instruments, just arranging and effecting, etc.

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Old 09-07-2014, 01:05 AM   #10
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Re: August Album Writing Month (AAWM) 2014

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I wouldn't know where to begin...
Have a look back through our previous efforts for some inspiration.

There really are no hard and fast rules other than try to get a collection of tracks together in a month (and that wasn't even our idea).
Try something new, try something you know you do well, use an alias, use your real name, make a concept album based on the noises coming up from your street, make a liquid dnb album or whatever you like really.

It's only the writing/demo we're interested in for QAWM by the way.
You get the next two months off to do final arrangement, mix and master before it's back to the grindstone for the next one in November.

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Old 09-07-2014, 01:16 AM   #11
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Re: August Album Writing Month (AAWM) 2014

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Have a look back through our previous efforts for some inspiration.

There really are no hard and fast rules other than try to get a collection of tracks together in a month (and that wasn't even our idea).
Try something new, try something you know you do well, use an alias, use your real name, make a concept album based on the noises coming up from your street, make a liquid dnb album or whatever you like really.

It's only the writing/demo we're interested in for QAWM by the way.
You get the next two months off to do final arrangement, mix and master before it's back to the grindstone for the next one in November.
This.

A whole month not to give a shit about the mix down? Count me in!

I really encourage you to join us. It's a great exercise. The original project (search fawm.org) asks for 14 tracks in a month....we are much looser than that...but trying to complete a cohesive project in a month is, quite honestly, a fantastic exercise and will get your creative juices flowing.

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Old 09-07-2014, 02:29 AM   #12
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aawm yeah. I hope more than 10 people show up to the party this time
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Old 09-07-2014, 02:45 PM   #13
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Re: August Album Writing Month (AAWM) 2014

Oooh dang I'm ready. I'm going to continue exploring my 404/sampling ideas. I am thinking/looking for an MPC though. Just an MPC and a 404. The problem I ran into last go was that I filled up the sequence memory on my 404 and it kind of stopped at about 10 minutes....and my hardware only aspect was kind of limited.

But I've already got some samples in mind... I just got a 909 card for my Roland R8M and have a TX81Z on the way. I've got 4 sample-able drum machines via the R8M(808, 909, CR 78) and DR-110. I had a drummer buddy come by the other day and record on two other tracks I wrote, all of that is sample fodder. Doing a jungle/d&b remix for my buddy's band.... that kit is sample fodder. I'm hype.

I'll be sampling more hardware besides the volca keys for this one too... Prophet 12, Lil Phatty, MS-20, MS-2000, maybe some R3. I'm going to stick with hardware, a certain amount of samples, and some process. But if I snag an MPC before August then shit is going to get shook up.

If all else fails I'll just do some shit on the 404.

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Old 09-07-2014, 02:51 PM   #14
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Re: August Album Writing Month (AAWM) 2014

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I'll be sampling more hardware besides the volca keys for this one too... Prophet 12, Lil Phatty, MS-20, MS-2000, maybe some R3.
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If you ever felt like...you know...sharing some samples from any of these...I'm sure no one here would be all over that...


Anyway sounds awesome and glad to have you participate in QAWM again

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I'm in.
This will be interesting.


I'm going to take/pick 3-4 photographs.
I'll spend the whole month trying to describe them.

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Re: August Album Writing Month (AAWM) 2014

Well I'm about to take WaxDat's MV 8800 preset and to record some multi-sample banks. You know, just go through and one shot the patches in super long files that you can just Recycle in about two seconds? I'll make some sample packs once it's all said and done. Recycled WAVs, Ableton Live Racks, and maybe some MPC programs.

The R8 is sounding way better since I got a power conditioner for it so I'm really hype about these drum samples. Get some super clean, some with 404 Lo-Fi, and I'm thinking about pitching some up to take to tape and pitching it down with a slower dub speed. Like super grit worble.

I'm ready for the AAWM to pop off. I guess I better get to sampling.

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I'm in.
This will be interesting.





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Also, just throwing this out there...again...collabs are a big part of the FAWM.org project...I'm always open to seeing more of that here.

I'm up for some collabs...it might be cool to plan some shit out ahead of time. I usually work by trading .wav files over dropbox...
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...is collab chat cool in this thread to an extent or keep it all to PM?

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Re: August Album Writing Month (AAWM) 2014

I had to start over, so I picked up Reason Essentials and gave it a go. I might hop in this month if things go smoothly.

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Cool new blood.
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I had to start over, so I picked up Reason Essentials and gave it a go. I might hop in this month if things go smoothly.
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