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Clambering Out Of Here

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Last night I finished my 7th FAWM song — this means I’m halfway done!

Notes
Synth lead/sequenced part: Pittsburgh Modular modulated by Microbrute and sequenced by Beatstep. Two channels, one with Small Stone analog phaser, the other a Malekko analog delay
Synth pad: SQ8L
Beats: Arturia Beastep
Vocal effect: Zoom ST-224 Sampler
Reverb: ValhallaRoom

Lyrics

Kneeling down
Driving around
Further and back again

Shimmering down
Shimmy around
Clambering out of here

Pouring around
Clanking it down
Spilling and mopless

Shimmering down
Shimmy around
Clambering out of here

Mollified crown
Arrested and drowned
Under and always away

Shimmering down
Shimmy around
Clambering out of here

Out of a sky of plasma
A sinking miasma
Streaking across the sky

Shimmering down
Shimmy around
Clambering out of here

Raining Down Ether

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Sometimes I’ll write a song and be completely surprised by the outcome. This one was like that.

Synth lead – Pittsburgh Modular (modulated by itself and microbrute), run through Malekko E616 Dark analog delay
Pad – soft synth
Beats – Arturia Spark LE
Reverb – Valhalla Room Reverb

Written in 7/4, and paced at dance music tempo (130 bpm), my original intent was to write what I envisioned as “seven on the floor” as a play on typical electronic “four on the floor” beats (bass drum on 1-2-3-4). However, once I got started it took on a life of its own and became something else entirely.

I had written some lyrics that just happened to have many lines with 7 syllables per line, but then I proceeded to twist the rhythm in such a way that that didn’t really matter.

Lyrics:

Ticking gently in your ears
Awaiting transmission shortly

Skin shines through
Flailing all around you
Asking for a longer stead
Rejected by your own head

Closer feelings closing in
Can’t escape the pain within
Handling your rejects
Without any sense of pretext

Foreign bodies entering
And leaving fire in a ring
Time is over, ring expires
Fleeting melody inquires

A full spectrum
Shades of void
Rays of darkness
Piercing through the light

Raining down ether
Light-headed and disjointed
Measuring your causal link
May have pushed you to the brink

Ratty steel wool ablaze
Sparks, your face, a maze
Not conducive to repose
Slip into your Sunday clothes

Gods of nuisance overlaid
Payback will be back paid
Tones of brilliant azure
Nothing further can endure

Across The Sky

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

A song in 6/8. When I started working on this, I was feeling a little burned out and uninspired but I got caught up in working on a modular synth patch, which I recorded in an unusual way (one track with analog delay, the other with a phaser). I also had the microbrute hooked up to the modular and had them modulating each other, plus I used the oscillator on the microbrute but ran it through the modular so I had 2 oscillators. I also recorded the microbrute’s sound on a separate channel for additional depth.

I like the double-tracked vocals in this.

The lyrics I wrote in advance. I’ve found that’s a way I enjoy working — writing a pile of lyrics all at once and having them ready so that when I’m making a song I can choose from lyrics I’ve already written. I always need to do some editing, but if I have to stop mid-song to write lyrics it really breaks the flow of what I’m doing.

Synth lead: modular+microbrute recorded on 3 separate tracks with analog delay and phaser on 2.
Bass: minibrute
Beats: Arturia Spark LE
Reverb: ValhallaRoom

Undertow into the dark
Drowning in the deep
Undertow into the dark
Drowning in the deep

The last one inside
Is the last one alive
Many ways to oblige
A tall crushing tide

She heard a fleeting voice
Across the sky
Flowing to another
Magma line

She stood in disbelief
Of what she was hearing
A crowless dynamite
Atmospheric explosion

Listen to your apathy
Running through the room
Listen to the gravity
Endure the molten plume

She stood in disbelief
Of what she was hearing
A crowless dynamite
Atmospheric explosion

The sky closed and burned
A vast and glowing ember
Crushing the spirit of all
Living matter

She is responsible
But she can’t stop
If she can’t identify
She cuts right through it

The sky closed and burned
A vast and glowing ember
Crushing the spirit of all
Living matter

She went on her way
In silent drones
An eerie vacant world
Through rote motions

Cleaning solution
But the blood spilled
Is our own
Cut down by
Our frightened hands

She went on her way
In silent drones
An eerie vacant world
Through rote motions

Until the tides swept her away
Out from under
The tides swept her away
Further under

Undertow into the dark
Drowning in the deep
Undertow into the dark
Drowning in the deep

The sky closed and burned
A vast and glowing ember
Crushing the spirit of all
Living matter

Undertow into the dark
Drowning in the deep
Undertow into the dark
Drowning in the deep

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