These are the songs I wrote and recorded for the 2016 FAWM (February Album Writing Month) annual songwriting challenge. The aim is to compose and record, from scratch, 14 songs/instrumentals within the month of February, and share them with your fellow participants.
This is my fourth year of participation - the albums from 2013 ("Homecooked") and 2014 ("Conditions Apply") are also available on my Bandcamp page. (My 2015 FAWM was aborted due to family reasons after completing two songs; "B-L-O-C-K-E-D" is available on "Allsorts Vol 1", and I'm holding "Sleep Song" back for Vol 2 :-) )
Everything you hear on this album was composed and recorded between 1-29 February 2016 (although mixing and mastering "spilled over" to the first couple of days of March). As a result of the somewhat frantic pace, you may well hear occasional signs of this - mistakes, garbled lyrics, wrong notes, etc. - which I have left in as a representation of what I came up with during the FAWM challenge.
The songs are presented in the order in which I wrote and recorded them, except where I swapped "Seventh Planet" and "Odd Love Song". During the challenge, I meant "Planet" to come before "Odd...", but was unable to complete and mix it in time, and had to come up with the latter song to keep "on schedule". This album restores the intended sequencing.
Overall, though, I feel that this time around, I didn't do too badly! I recently took a course in studio recording and engineering, which I hope has translated into a noticeable improvement, especially on the mixing front. I'll let you be the judge of that...
(I should mention that if you have heard - or even downloaded - the songs I uploaded to the FAWM website, the versions on this album have been remixed quite thoroughly, and in my admittedly-biased opinion, have a much-improved sound overall. Just putting that out there...)
Hope you enjoy these, and perhaps you'll hear them again in mutated form in the future...
P.S. Before anyone asks: I *know* there's no apostrophe in "Blackbirds". It's intentional...
released March 7, 2016
Drums by the Garageband Drummers: "Kyle" (tracks 1 and 9), "Darcey" (2 and 6) and "Mason" (5)
Other instruments, voices and programming by TA Walker
A Sidingsound Production by TA Walker
All compositions written and recorded by TA Walker at Sidingsound I and various locations on the Sidingsound Mobile, between 1-29 February 2016
Mobile recording hardware: Apple iPad Air, iPhone 5S, Line6 Sonic Port VX
Mobile recording software: Apple Garageband, Harmonicdog Multitrack DAW
Mixed by Tim at Sidingsound I (Logic), February-March 2016
Cover photo by Tim
Cover design by Canva (canva.com
), guided by Tim
Thanks to my family for understanding, support and space; my fellow FAWM'ers for support and mutual encouragement; Line6 for the Sonic Port VX (great recording machine, but how about a hardware gain control on the instrument input next time, eh?)... and you, of course
(p) and (c) 2016 Tim Walker