FAWM

William Afham: like lions breathing fire (DEMO)

February 8th, 2011  |  Published in FAWM

Info

  • Title: like lions breathing fire (rough demo)
  • Artist: William Afham
  • Time: around 3:30
  • Download: MP3 link
  • Rights: composition and performance Copyright © 2011 William Benton; all rights reserved

Liner notes

This year, my FAWM project is making music for my kids to listen to as they fall asleep. (I’m working under the assumption that anything I finish will wind up under my “William Afham” pseudonym.) This first track is a little outside of my usual genre boundaries: a solemn, dubby passacaglia that wouldn’t be totally out of place in a spaghetti Western. It’s not about the West, though; think (much) further East. Parked-wah guitars (both picked and bowed), drawbar organ, and recycled drums feature prominently in this one, as do some excellent Valhalla DSP reverbs.

madcap ontic: twilight

February 14th, 2008  |  Published in Beat-driven, FAWM, madcap ontic

Info

  • Title: twilight
  • Artist: madcap ontic
  • Time: 3:47
  • Download: MP3 link
  • Rights: composition and performance ©2008 Will Benton; all rights reserved

Gear used

  • Logic Studio
  • Zebra 2
  • Guru
  • Kontakt

Liner notes

For FAWM 2008. This is a demo of another dubstep-influenced passacaglia. (I will be refining the arrangement and mix in the future.) I like the overall structure and pacing of this one; I really like the way the South Asian flute samples fit in. I’m not as happy with the way the sub sits in the mix.

madcap ontic: grains of snow

February 6th, 2008  |  Published in Beat-driven, FAWM, madcap ontic

Info

  • Title: Grains of Snow
  • Artist: madcap ontic
  • Time: 2:27
  • Download: MP3 link
  • Rights: composition and performance ©2008 Will Benton; all rights reserved

Gear used

  • Logic Studio 8
  • Reaktor
  • AudioRealism Drum Machine

madcap ontic: sometimes you are not so fond of me

February 27th, 2007  |  Published in Beat-driven, FAWM

Info

  • Title: sometimes you are not so fond of me
  • Artist: madcap ontic
  • Time: 4:30
  • Download: MP3 link
  • Rights: composition and performance ©2007 Will Benton; all rights reserved

Gear used

  • Ableton Live 6.
  • u-he Zebra 2 and MFM 2
  • iZotope Trash and Ozone
  • Sonic Charge Microtonic
  • various other samples and effects, some homegrown

Liner notes

For FAWM 2007. Mix is rough. Hope you like it.

William Afham: lapsus

March 1st, 2006  |  Published in 2006, Ambient, FAWM, Noise, William Afham

Info

  • Title: lapsus
  • Artist: William Afham
  • Time: 4:31
  • Download: MP3 link
  • Rights: composition and performance ©2006 Will Benton; all rights reserved

Gear used

  • Ableton Live
  • iZotope Ozone
  • LinPlug RM IV
  • Tom Erbe’s Soundhack
  • various samples

Liner notes

Written for FAWM 2006. This one’s about the Fall, and I don’t mean autumn.

William Afham: andouille (draft)

February 25th, 2006  |  Published in 2006, Beat-driven, FAWM

Info

  • Title: andouille
  • Artist: William Afham
  • Time: 3:07
  • Download: MP3 link
  • Rights: composition and performance ©2006 Will Benton; all rights reserved

Gear used

  • Ableton Live
  • AAS Lounge Lizard EP-3
  • Hamer Telecaster clone
  • iZotope Trash, Ozone
  • u-he Filterscape Q6
  • WaveArts MasterVerb, TrackPlug

Liner notes

Looks like we managed to assemble an extremely sloppy guitarist and an extremely sloppy keyboardist for the same session. Sorry, but this track is a little rough around the edges. This one started out as a ludicrous breakbeat exercise but rapidly became a fairly accessible pop song. (I took out most of the slicing/dicing and clicks/cuts because they scared the dog.)

William Afham: captain tournevis (slight revision)

February 17th, 2006  |  Published in 2006, Beat-driven, FAWM, William Afham

Info

  • Title: captain tournevis
  • Artist: William Afham
  • Time: 6:22
  • Download: MP3 link (or original version)
  • Rights: composition and performance ©2006 Will Benton; all rights reserved

Gear used

  • Ableton Live
  • GMedia ImpOSCar
  • iZotope Ozone
  • PSP MixPack
  • WaveArts MasterVerb, TrackPlug

Liner notes

“Captain Tournevis” is the sort of absurdist super-antihero I would have invented to keep myself amused while studying French as a teenager. This song has a sort of “tinkering” feel to it, as if the antihero is futzing around with the eponymous screwdriver.

William Afham: akvavit

February 10th, 2006  |  Published in 2006, Ambient

Info

  • Title: akvavit
  • Artist: William Afham
  • Time: 5:57
  • Download: MP3 link
  • Rights: composition and performance ©2006 Will Benton; all rights reserved

Gear used

  • Ableton Live
  • Audio Damage DubStation
  • iZotope Trash, Ozone
  • Linplug RM IV, Albino
  • PSP MixPack
  • u-he Zebra

Liner notes

This was my third effort for FAWM 2006. Ambient loops and djembe beats.

William Afham: paralipsis

February 7th, 2006  |  Published in 2006, Ambient, William Afham

Info

  • Title: paralipsis
  • Artist: William Afham
  • Time: 3:55
  • Download: MP3 link
  • Rights: composition and performance ©2006 Will Benton; all rights reserved

Gear used

  • Logic 7
  • iZotope Trash, Ozone
  • NI Battery 2
  • u-he FilterscapeVA, Filterscape
  • Wave Arts MasterVerb, TrackPlug

Liner notes

Written for FAWM 2006. This one is substantially grittier than previous efforts and uses a lot of weird synthetic percussion. The lengths of percussive sections are taken from the Fibonacci sequence: 1n bars, 1n bars, 2n bars, 3n bars, 5n bars, etc. You may be able to hear the entry of the initial percussive motive at the beginning of each section. (This formal conceit breaks down about halfway through.)

William Afham: exophora

February 7th, 2006  |  Published in 2006, Abstract, Ambient, Electroacoustic, William Afham

Info

  • Title: exophora
  • Artist: William Afham
  • Time: 3:03
  • Download: MP3 link
  • Rights: composition and performance ©2006 Will Benton; all rights reserved

Gear used

  • Logic 7.1
  • SampleTekk harpsichord
  • EXS24, tuned with Fokker 12 Just intonation
  • DSP-Quattro
  • A lot of plugins!