gwozdziec: pounding the last nail in

i’ve decided to call the gwozdziec album done.  it’s been almost a year since i first started the project, and it hasn’t moved an inch for several months.  my goal was to produce 10-12 tracks for the album, but rather than trying to drag out a project i sort of lost interest in, i’m quitting while i’m ahead.  i listened to the tracks this morning and i actually quite like them.  i’m not the sort of person who would do an album like chinese democracy and go over and over and over it for 10 years, i’m pretty much the sort to record it, mix it, and be done with it as soon as possible.  and i’m taking the lack of momentum on gwozdziec as a sign that the album is done.

so, i’m gonna get my shite together and upload tracks to the bandcamp site and get the same sort of package deal that s3quence has with the bonus content, except that, this time, everything is free.  it came from free, creative commons sources, and it goes back out into the world with a free, creative commons license.  much like my old band the loafmen, anyone can become a member of gwozdziec by taking the material and doing something with it.  i only ask that if you did want to remix it, to leave the gwozdziec name attached to it, just so there’s a breadcrumb trail left behind to follow.

look for stuff in the coming days — i’d like to get it out before february when my musical thoughts should be focussed on RPM 2010.

get ready…it’s time for gwoździec!

i threatened when i made my random album cover that i would do a full on music project based on the fake album i created.  well, i’ve decided it’s time.  get ready bitches, it’s time for gwozdziec!  in keeping with the creative commons-ness of the whole thing, i’m going to blog the progress and make available all my sources along the way.  when it’s done, the whole thing will be available for free download and/or remix.  and i’ve decided that i’m going to use a virtual dice rolling app to randomize elements that don’t have something easily built in.  not sure exactly what, but we’ll see what happens.

creative commons this, yo!



grabbed a dice rolling app: rock’n’roll dice roller from mad ogre games.  the one i used to have, windice is nowhere to be found.  this one is free and has pretty graphics to boot.

i rolled 1d20 to determine the number of tracks on the album.  i got a 14.  there will be 14 tracks.

so now to work on track 1.  i rolled 2d10 to determine the number of samples to be used from  i got a 1 and a 5.  for the sake of not going insane, i’ve determined the low number is automatically going to be the 10s, so 1 and 5 is 15 (as opposed to 51).  this makes it somewhat less random, but much easier on my sanity (and the sanity of potential listeners).  now to download 15 samples for track 1.

i’m giving myself creative liberty to do whatever is see fit to the samples i randomly find.  on the flip side, i’m deliberately not listening to the samples until i start to assemble the actual songs.  here are the 15 samples in track 1:

By jukkis111 (
pandora huuto1.wav (

By james duckett (
out5FX.wav (

By thammo (
granulatum1.ogg (

By euroblues (
Trainwhistle SBB Re 420 euroblues.wav (

By xanthorp (
SH-5-259_103bpm.wav (

By jamieclarko (
emergencyalertsystemdistortedfmnoise.wav (

By anndee (
aufdie.wav (

By fille1000 (
slurping.wav ( By dimitar ( a sound of bells.wav (


By ashassin (
take_porte.wav (

By Mae Sekhmet (
DSCI0011.WAV (

By BuddhaMaster (
bathtub hitting inside and outside Ceramic Bowl inside cupboard PROCESSED.WAV (

By wanna73 (
Fountain_01.wav (

By mitchellsounds (

Random Album Cover – the Creative Commons Way

i’ve been waiting for someone to tag me on that 25 things meme, mostly because it’s come across a couple of the blogs i read, but i guess i either have no friends or everyone knows everything there is to know about me.  either way poor, poor, pitiful me.  anyway, i’m getting my revenge by having the most bad.ass. random album cover, and it’s inspired me to up the ante on this whole thing…



To Do This

1 – Go to Wikipedia. Hit “random”
or click
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 – Go to Quotations Page and select “random quotations”
or click
The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.

3 – Grab the photo randomly generated from Creative Commons licensed photos on Flickr here:

4 – Use Paint.Net or Gimp or similar to put it all together.


this all started because i got the most awesome band name, and it only got better from there:ździec,_Lesser_Poland_Voivodeship

my random quote was
When you relinquish the desire to control your future, you can have more happiness.
Nicole Kidmanin The Scotsman 

and my random photo was[email protected]/3304450435/
by /meaghan préfontaine 

here’s the result:

gwoździec - more happiness

i am so happy about this result that i’ve decided this album needs to be made.  so to go along with the spirit of random and creative commons, i’m trying to devise a system by which one could create an entire album in the same vein as the album cover thing.

– so, the first step is to decide how many tracks are on the album.  i’m not sure of a cc way to do this, my idea is to go to (there’s gotta be a random  page thing?) or possibly a better idea is go to  there’s no random album thing there, but i did a search for my album title and i think the answer is to pick the first full-length release you come to (my first 3 search results were singles).  that is, unless you just want to do a single/ep, which, i suppose, could be an acceptable entry.  so my first full length result is this:
my album will have 11 tracks (i guess an even easier way is to roll a d12…)

now you need songs.  you can cheat and just do a compilation based on full-length creative commons tracks, but…that would be cheating.  a better idea is to scour or some other such sound archive and create your own songs based on what you get.  most of these are fragments so they will require software and time and inspiration and some amount of musical talent (but in these days of GarageBand and song mashups, not really all that much musical talent).  freesound does have a random sample search, so i think the method is get as many samples as you need to compose music that is entirely created with cc’d samples.   there’s a couple other places to get sounds that you can find on the creative commons site, freesound is just what i used for the rpm project.

last, anyone who actually completes this, let me know and put me in the liner notes or send me a copy or something.  you can expect gwozdziec’s debut to be coming in the next couple months.

note: i have no idea how to even pronounce gwozdziec, that’s part of what makes it so awesome.