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Post by gloom button » Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:15 am

Sylvie wrote:We've posted one song to the RPM site now, mainly because it's an instrumental, the opening track and the only one that doesn't need vocals or drums adding. I think I'm less happy than Andrew about the project on the whole, but I think that's down to my stupid levels of perfectionism.

http://www.rpmchallenge.com/component/o ... user,4484/

And why does everything I write sound like it could be a Tim Burton soundtrack?
That's a really really lovely piece. It could almost be A Hawk & A Hacksaw at the start!

The gloombuttons are lagging a million miles behind, but I've recorded one of the new songs that I wrote for this and miss squirrelboutique is adding her magic to it. One song! I like it though. It's called New Hampshire (It's What's New) after a line in the West Wing.
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Post by Sylvie » Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:58 pm

gloom button wrote:That's a really really lovely piece. It could almost be A Hawk & A Hacksaw at the start!
Thanks!
gloom button wrote:The gloombuttons are lagging a million miles behind, but I've recorded one of the new songs that I wrote for this and miss squirrelboutique is adding her magic to it. One song! I like it though. It's called New Hampshire (It's What's New) after a line in the West Wing.
Think of it this way - you have one song you like, when you could have ten songs you're not sure about. I'd say that's a success.

I've just been adding bits and writing melodies (on Nuendo....on my own!!) so we're getting nearer to completion. I still have two songs to write lyrics for. Crap.
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Post by tompony » Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:05 am

I've booked tomorrow and friday off work, just to work on my FAWM songs. This has become some kind of dangerous obsession!

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Post by tompony » Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:26 pm

Here's my collaboration with Mr. Hibbett (his lyrics, my music)

http://fawm.org/songs.php?id=4000

It's song number FOUR THOUSAND - cool!

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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:42 pm

tompony wrote:Here's my collaboration with Mr. Hibbett (his lyrics, my music)

http://fawm.org/songs.php?id=4000

It's song number FOUR THOUSAND - cool!
It sure is pretty. Is that a baby guitar coming in about half-way through?
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Post by Contravene » Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:51 pm

There should be more of this sort of thing, people writing songs for other people.

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Post by tompony » Tue Feb 26, 2008 1:45 pm

Jeezy Creezy wrote:
tompony wrote:Here's my collaboration with Mr. Hibbett (his lyrics, my music)

http://fawm.org/songs.php?id=4000

It's song number FOUR THOUSAND - cool!
It sure is pretty. Is that a baby guitar coming in about half-way through?
Thanks! Yep, it wouldn't be quite right without a bit of ukelele.

I have another collaboration in the works that I think will be somewhat different... then just another four or five songs to write. I'm starting to think I might actually manage it...

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Post by Sylvie » Tue Feb 26, 2008 2:25 pm

tompony wrote:Thanks! Yep, it wouldn't be quite right without a bit of ukelele.
I agree, but is yours pink?

Image

I wish that wasn't so big.
Just be nice to me.

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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Tue Feb 26, 2008 2:41 pm

We just bought one of those mic things but the mic itself doesn't work and I said we could just use a pair of tights to stop skrshn.
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Post by tompony » Tue Feb 26, 2008 5:06 pm

Sylvie wrote:I wish that wasn't so big.
Small - Ukeleles are SMALL ;)

Sadly mine is generic brown:

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Post by Contravene » Tue Feb 26, 2008 5:09 pm

tompony wrote:Image
The loneliest uke

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Post by gloom button » Tue Feb 26, 2008 5:18 pm

Sylvie wrote: Think of it this way - you have one song you like, when you could have ten songs you're not sure about. I'd say that's a success.
Thank you; that is a good way to think about it.

I have no ukelele stories, just a borrowed mandolin that I can't really play.
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Post by squirrelboutique » Tue Feb 26, 2008 5:19 pm

I have magic to add?

This being magical is very exciting for me.

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Post by Contravene » Thu Feb 28, 2008 11:29 am

Recently I have been listening to this song far too much. Several times a day in fact.

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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Thu Feb 28, 2008 12:41 pm

Contravene wrote:Recently I have been listening to this song far too much. Several times a day in fact.
Is it stopping you from doing the things that you had planned?

I had lots of things planned last night but I fell asleep on my sofa at 8 and woke up at at 6 and my cat was outside and is now traumatised but I just couldn't open my eyes and now my back feels carbonised.
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Post by tompony » Thu Feb 28, 2008 12:50 pm

Contravene wrote:Recently I have been listening to this song far too much. Several times a day in fact.
Hooray! Cheers.

I posted a song about squirrels yesterday that brings me up to a total of 10, so I have tonight and all of tomorrow to write four more songs...

Hmmm, challenging.

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Post by Concrete » Thu Feb 28, 2008 6:55 pm

Well, I'm off work again tomorrow, all our lyrics are written (well, I'm going to change some of mine, but they're 98% finalised or something), all our backing tracks are down unless I decide to do some last-minute drumming... So there's vocals to record and some bits of mixing here and there before we commit it all to CD. But it's starting to feel as though we've done it. And I'm actually fairly happy with the results, which is unusual for me.

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Post by tompony » Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:14 pm

Two more songs done, two to go. I've noticed that FAWM base their countdown on the international date line so I have til midday tomorrow to finish - which is a help - but I'm going to try to get to 14 tonight so I'm not panicking tomorrow.

Today's songs thus far:

The Secret of My Success
A Sign of Weekness

(edit at midnight:)

...aaand A Walk in the Park

Looks like I will be trying to do my final song tomorrow morning after all! Argh!

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Post by tompony » Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:29 am

I wrote most of the lyrics for my final song in bed last night, so it turned out to be easier than expected!

It's rather appropriately called Last Minute.

Having WINNER! appear on my profile page is oddly satisfying.

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Post by Concrete » Sat Mar 01, 2008 11:42 am

Our RPM album is in the post now. It was a mammoth task in the end doing the final bits of recording, and I wish we'd had a bit more time to do more takes and mix the tracks properly, but I'm fairly pleased with it. There are 3 songs up on the RPM site now, and we'll probably do a Myspace later this month or something (once we've had a bit of a break).

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