FAWM2022 – the conclusion

FAWM2022 – the conclusion

Hard to believe, but I actually managed to write and record demos of 16 songs  in 28 days.

The most important personal insight that this FAWM brought to me: I still can do it, and it’s actually fun again.

Especially singing.

While with Botany Bay, I always gladly hid behind our respective lead vocalists (with only Laura forcing gently encouraging me to do vocals and providing me with private singing lessons, which is the reason for the many duets in that era). When I started this FAWM, I was very unsure about my voice after not having done proper lead vocals in over 10 years and having had my thyroid out three years ago. The first tries were very shaky und raw, but over the course of this month, I quite literally found my voice… and in one case I’m even actually proud of my vocal performance.

In contrast to my previous FAWMs, this time I didn’t have the muse to churn out comments ad nauseam, and so the reactions to my own material remained at a very manageable level. That’s how these things work. But it’s okay, because for me this FAWM – and blogging here in parallel – was also a deliberate experiment to see if I could live with it.

I can.

And then this one wonderful thing happened anyway, which I hadn’t foreseen, and for which I’m eternally grateful.

One of the songs is an instrumental I wrote in memory of Gipsy – my dear pony friend who died last summer.

As it turns out, one of my co-FAWMers is an elementary school teacher in Ontario. He showed the tune to his first grade class and had the kids draw pictures to go with it; beautiful pictures of what they hear in my music and how they imagine it.

I made a promise not to post the pictures on the internet… instead they are going to get a place of honour on my studio wall (which is better than the internet anyway). I can’t imagine a nicer feedback at all. Especially because Gipsy deserves it.

Some random observations:

  • You should do a lot more for the people you love.
  • I still occasionally make the mistake of confusing online people’s behaviour with real-world-people’s behaviour
  • There are far too few songs about horses.
  • Collaborations don’t work. A whole three didn’t come to pass, for this or that or yet another reason. Ah well, keeping the good stuff for myself then.
  • Actually, I did two and a half very nice collaborations with unici, and one with Andrei. But that’s not thanks to FAWM but rather because I know them in real life and we make music together anyway. Which proves once again that real life is something completely different from online.
  • Synthesisers are not as evil as you think.
  • I have really taken a liking to programming sounds again. I’m particularly fond of FM synthesis at the moment (which is funny, because „back then“ I couldn’t do anything with it).
  • Candor and Buba make a great co-producer team (as can be seen in the pictures accompanying this post)
  • I’m getting really sick and tired of Apple, for several reasons. I could well imagine doing my next project exclusively with open source software.
  • The fakes, anti-vaxxers and tinfoil hat folks are everywhere.
  • Fortunately, there are also those who don’t put up with it.
  • On the other hand, I wouldn’t have managed 16 songs without the two extra arms I grew after the booster vaccination. And the microchip that Bill Gates implanted into my arm did surely play its role, too. So being a sheeple supporting the Rothschild conspiracy and paving the ground for the reptiloids (or some shit like that) has its advantages.
  • The thing I was actually afraid of: meeting supposed „friends“ again. But it wasn’t so bad. They just keep ignoring me, which suits me just fine.
  • War is shit, everyone agrees on that, and there are quite a few songs about it. Although that doesn’t solve anything, it’s a comforting feeling.
  • Silence is important. But there’s also something to be said for letting it all out with as much volume as possible.
  • Even though the creative WWW of the early 2000s was successfully maimed, killed and defecated upon by Mark Zuckerberg & co. (with influencers, crypto-idiots and Web3.0 creeps now holding pissing contests on its grave for good measure): There are still a lot of great, creative, inspired and lovely people out there.
    Sigh.
    One wishes there was a separate web just for them.

and

Where do we go from here, after FAWM?

Even though I have no intention of applying the perfectionism of the past to the new material, some of the tracks are a bit sloppy. So I’m going to rework a few of them a bit and put them in a sensible order and then post them here (I mention that just in case someone is reading this and that hypothetical someone likes the songs as they are now. Because then that ever more hypothetical someone should download them now, because they won’t stay).

And then… well, let’s see what comes next.

There are a few different directions forming in these tracks. I would like to pursue at least one (or two) of them. And then, because real life is much different from online life, I could imagine maybe putting myself on small stage in a dimly lit café somewhere – if such places will still exist in the future – with a few of my synths and giving a performance, should the opportunity arise.

But that’s still far, far in the future. First I’d like to see where the journey takes me.


2 Antworten zu “FAWM2022 – the conclusion”

  1. Moin Stephan,
    deutsche Antwort auf Deine englischen Ausführungen:
    Ich kann jeden einzelnen Deiner Gedanken nachvollziehen und unterschreiben.
    Unsere Generation erlebte nie eine schlechtere Welt als genau jetzt. Aber wir haben nur eine Welt …
    Grüße aus der Pfalz
    Jürgen

    • Danke Dir vielmals… ja, irgendwie hat mein Schaffen für den diesjährigen FAWM eine deutlich umwelt(politische) Prägung, ist mir auch erst im Nachgang aufgefallen.
      Was seltsam ist, denn eigentlich kümmert es mich persönlich nicht so sehr, da ich keine Kinder habe. Ich weiss nicht, wie sehr angepisst von der ganzen Situation ich wäre, wenn ich Kinder hätte…
      Aber so kann ich zumindest sagen, die Welt wird überleben und sich erholen – unsere Zivilisation höchstwahrscheinlich nicht.