My Formula is ambient-electronic-experimental-jazz-rock written, recorded and produced by Chris Bihuniak in 2018.
The A.C.M.E. (Ambient Collaboration Music Experience) album is an expression of Chris's music ideas, collaboration with guest musicians* and home studio capabilities.
Every My Formula song uses a similar arrangement. They all start with an electric piano chord progression that repeats from beginning to end.
Vocals combine different singers and speaking voices with minimalistic lyrics.
Although most of the sounds are synthesizers and samples, real electric guitars and an Irish flute was used.
Although Chris wrote and performed most of the parts, he invited guest musicians to collaborate in an unexpected way. Every guest musician was only given a brief sample to record their parts.
For example, they might only receive 8 measures of just piano and drums in order to create a bass line or guitar riff. Singers were given creative freedom, but Chris only selected portions of their recordings.
Once the song was finished, guest musicians received a surprise about how their parts were used.
* Guest musicians:
1. Pleasure and Pain: Fritz, vocals; Ali, beat; Brooks, bass; Remy, strange noises; Voices: Text-2-Speech.
2. Motivation: Grace, vocals; Remy, clean guitar.
3. Stuck in My Head: Mick, vocals; Max, guitar solo; Remy, strange noises; Voices: Avery, Emerson, Sam, Hannah, Meridith, Casey, Mollie, Luke.
4. Water Fall: Grace, Remy, Fritz, vocals; Voices: Text-2-Speech.
5. Organic: Will, alternate beat and bass; Voices: Fred, Britton, Maddie, Cameron, Text-2-Speech.
6. Forward Rewind: Grace, vocals; Brooks, guitar; Ali, synth lead; Voices: Text-2-Speech.
7. In Love With You: Fritz, vocals; Christian, guitar; Voices: Text-2-Speech.
8. Say or Do: Voices, Mollie, Oliver, Text-2-Speech.
9. Sense of Dread: Cori, vocals + lyrics; Voices: Text-2-Speech. This song was previously recorded by Pure Cane.
10. Be Free Dance: Shelby, Mick, vocals; Christian, guitar.
11. I Can't Stop You: Remy, clean guitar; Voices: Text-2-Speech.
12. Someone Else Somewhere Else: Grace, Remy, Fritz, Brooks, Christian, vocals; Brooks, bass, outro lead.
Recorded, produced, mixed and mastered at Rock Band Academy studios in Prairie Village, Kansas between June - October 2018.
Guest musicians with their own albums.
Reviews on "Pleasure and Pain"
APPROVED by Inspot Music, Germamy.
APPROVED by Last Day Deaf.
"Loved it i personally felt the track had a tiny bit too much vocal for me to visualise in a soundscape but loved it please stay in touch." - Mind Chill 360
"While well produced, I kept waiting for the song to go somewhere and it didn't." - Ola's Kool Kitchen
"Great moody jazzy feel. Great energy and live feel. Bit too jammy for the blog." - Asian Dan
"Quite a decent energy but we feel production maybe could have more elements?!" - Culture Mag
"I wasn't a fan of the computer voices throughout the track, and your vocals also felt a bit underwhelming especially when singing in a higher pitch. I think it's still a bit too messy to get featured." - Noisy Road
"I dig the instrumentals on this but the vocals weren't quite for me. Thanks for sharing it with us, though!" - Birp.FM
"Me gusta la propuesta arriesgada pero siento que los efectos en la voz no son mis preferidos. Gracias por enviarnos el track de todos modos." - Rocktails
"Thank you for submitting to us, My Formula! This is very well structured, but we're looking for something a bit faster paced." - Cloudy SH
Reviews on "Forward Rewind"
"The synth use and melodies are quite nice but I can't get into the song overall and the vocals don't appeal to me unfortunately." - Mix It All Up
"We appreciate the talent and collaborative creativity, still, we do not connect much to the songwriting and its more accessible and mainstream pop character. We recognize the talent and abilities the track involved though, and all the best!!" - Destroy//Exist
"Hi Chris, nice single you did here. Still a bit too monotonous and minimalistic. Not really something that stands out in a special way!" - Robaer
"Sorry, I Just wasn't feeling the melody / instrumentals throughout this one. Thanks for sharing, though! " - Birp.FM
"Unfortunately the structure is a bit too flay for me, sorry." - EDM Insiders
Reviews on "Water Fall"
"I liked mostly the instrumentals, such as the electric guitar, the vocals are pretty good too. It's in the edge of meditative. Nice synths as well. Good production." - Synths of Eden
"Great jazzy and heady minimal arrangement. Bit too introspective and spacey for the site." - Asian Dan.
"Loved the feel of the track with the slow tempo and electro vibes. The beat is good and I liked how it progressed but its not for us sadly." - Electro Pose
"I dig the tempo and overall chill sound. There is an instrument (you can hear it from 2:10 - 2:23) which could use some refinement as it sounds very digital and a bit clunky at the moment. cheers keep going." - Blue Bardot
"Nice and chilled sounds. A bit Thievery Corporation. Less keen on the vocals." - Acid Ted Blog
"Enjoyed the production but found the vocals to be a tad predictable by the end." - ADSR Collective
"This has potential, but we feel overall production needs bit more work -- keep going." - Our Culture Mag