FAWM is over, for me anyway – managed to do all 14 tracks in 17 days. On the whole I was very happy with this year’s efforts. One of the things I like best about my FAWM work each year is the pared down minimalist sound that I get. I am generally very bad at minimalism, but the constraints of FAWM lead to to create songs that have “just enough” going on. For me that usually means 2 drum parts, a bass part and two leads. Effectively I write songs for a 4 part band, with drum/bass/rhythm guitar/lead guitar combinations… but all electronic of course. I started the month using my “traditional” synth/drum apps, then went through a few tracks using Korg Gadget plus a couple of guest synths. The last 4 or 5 tracks are different, I started using iMPC pro and came up with a workflow on that app that suited me well, effectively creating 5 or 6 parts on there consisting of drums, fx and some bass. Lead synths and pads were added later in Loopy.
As usual I am now utterly spent creatively… my musical libido has dropped to nothing. Well, that is not quite true, I am still coming up with stems and ideas but cannot find the motivation to do anything with them. I am still interested in music but cannot get a musicboner… I have a FAWM hangover. Having gone through this twice before I am less distressed than usual at my sense of ennui, inability to get it up musically and general malaise.
Strangely the most popular track of the album so far has been “Now then Now then Burn in Hell”, but that probably means nothing, the mass of music FAWM produces often means I get relatively low listening figures on FAWM track, so far only the first track has broken 100 listens, but over the year I expect a couple of hundred more. This makes sense as I have failed to listen to the work of most of the people I follow through lack of time. Anyway – for my money the best track on the album if Naughty Naughty Hartley which I think is really good!