Tuesday, January 7, 2014

This made my day!

Originally posted on November 20, 2012.

Today when I checked my Tumblr account I had a message:

So awesome. It definitely made my day.

None of Those Things (Demo)

Originally posted on October 23, 2012.
I wrote and recorded this demo version of None of Those Things yesterday. It was pretty easy to write. At first, I came up with a melody that I liked, then the first three lines were written immediately. Spent about an hour writing the lyrics for the rest of the song. I looked through my notebooks where I write down stuff I come up with. Like lyrics and words and stuff. I found these lines: “Everything we thought we’d say / Everything we thought we’d do / None of those things / We became none of those things”. Then I wrote the rest of the lyrics from that, pretty much. When I had written all the lyrics and played the song through like five times, I recorded a demo version, just to have something to built upon when I’m going to record a “real” version of it.
The song is about dealing with my mum’s death. She passed away back in August this year.

Trying to accept the fact that you’re gone
Knowing nothing will ever hurt for as long
If I could, I’d go back, back into your arms
Press my ear against your chest just to hear the beating of your heart
Everything we thought we would say
Everything we thought we would do
Trying to escape from the rest of my life
Knowing every breath will hurt like the edge of a knife
’Cause we can never go back; reality has changed
I really wanna go back but everything has changed
Everything we thought we would say (none of those things)
Everything we thought we would do (we became none of those things)
Replace the memory of your cold skin with your warmth
Replace this emptiness with a feeling that I’ve grown

Finally: an official site!

Originally posted on August 9, 2012.

Fraction of Sounds finally has a real official site. No more .blogspot.com or .wordpress.com or .bandcamp.com. Well, there's still a Bandcamp page, too, but it won't be treated as an official website. www.fractionofsounds.com is the real thing, from now on. It's the address you should first and foremost visit for the latest news, new music and downloads. This blog is still the official blog, though.

I'm also quite proud about the fact that I've made the website all by myself. I wrote the HTML and CSS code from scratch. Registered the domain and signed up for a web hosting site. Uploaded all my files and got the Fraction of Sounds site running. Yep. That's some serious DIY shit! Learned quite a bit along the way by doing all this, actually.

Well, that's pretty much what I had to share at the moment. Hopefully, I'll get som music recorded in the next few days. Later today, I'm going to visit a friend and borrow a bar stool from her. That stool will come in handy when recording guitar, using my mic stand.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

10 albums that inspire me

I've decided to list 10 albums that have inspired me a lot for years. When I started thinking about which albums have inspired me the most, I started thinking about the songs I've written to figure out which musical references I could see traces from. That way, it was pretty easy to see patterns concerning where I've found ideas and inspiration for my songs. All the albums that are featured in this list still inspire me a lot, in different ways. I never grow tired of them. I always find new, interesting things, every time I put them in my CD player.

Please note: there is a difference between a list of the most inspiring albums and the best albums. This is not a list of my favorite albums ever. That list would look a lot different. Just a note!

Let's go!

10. Laleh - Laleh

Laleh is one of my favorite artists. Ever since I discovered her music back in 2005, I've been astonished by what she's doing. Her first album, Laleh, has inspired me a lot. The way she mixes and blends different genres is amazing. When I listen to this album, I feel like she manages to express so many different things, by using all these different genres instead of just sticking to one or two. That makes this album very unique. A brave debut.

9. Meleeh - Heartland

Heartland is my favorite album by Meleeh. The lyrics are very... honest. This album actually has some of my favorite lyrics ever. They go straight through your heart and leave a big hole. The way the lyrics on Heartland are written has definitely had influence on me.

8. Pianos Become The Teeth - Old Pride

Of all albums in this list, this is the one that has been a part of my life the shortest. It has been intense, though. I loved it the very first time I heard it. I've listened to it constantly since that day. Sometimes you like a record but have a break from it for a month or two or longer, but that has never happened with Old Pride. Always on my mp3 player. Then I got an iPhone and put the album on there. You have never heard straight forward lyrics until you've heard Pianos Become The Teeth. This album is their pre-death album, as I like to call it. That means Kyle (vocals) is screaming about his father, who is dying. Kyle's screaming on this album is the saddest thing I've heard since Hope There's Someone by Antony & The Johnsons. It sounds like he's about to cry. Last year, Pianos released what I refer to as their post-death album: The Lack Long After. On that album, Kyle is screaming about his father who has died. Liquid Courage, from that album, makes me cry right away every time ("On the day you died / I cut my hair for the funeral..."), because I always think of Cripples Can't Shiver (from Old Pride) when I hear it. You have to listen to the albums to understand.

7. From First To Last - Dear Diary, My Teen Angst has a Bodycount

As you've probably understood by now, lyrics are very important to me. Of course the music itself is also important, but it's always the lyrics that get stuck in my head and repeated hundreds of times. They are what can suddenly remind me that I instantly have to go and listen to a certain song or album. They mark me. This album is, in my opinion, From First To Last's best piece of work. I'm not very fond of anything they've done after this. Nothing could ever compare. I like the combination of vocals. The lyrics. It's just a really good album that I always come back to at some point.

6. Underoath - They're Only Chasing Safety

I think that this album is one of those that really made me appreciate bands that use both screaming and singing. When I look at my songs and compare them to They're Only Chasing Safety, what I can definitely see that I've picked up on is the way the songs are structured, though. That's what really inspires me about this album. It's not all verse/chorus/verse/chorus, and neither are my songs.

5. Box Car Racer - Box Car Racer

A lot of people complain about Tom DeLonge. Those people claim that he's not a very good guitarist and not a good singer. Those people should just shut the fuck up and pay attention to the artist Tom. Because he is an artist. An inspiration to a lot of people. A person who writes music because he wants to and because he has something to say. The fact that he is not the best guitar player in the world inspires me; it makes me believe in the fact that you don't have to be perfect to get somewhere. Even if you're not the best singer, sing your fucking heart out because you want to and because you really mean what you're singing. Your feelings that you have written down on a paper can never sound more true than when they're coming from your mouth. That's the inspiration I get from Tom DeLonge. Playing "easy" chords and stuff on your guitar actually inspires me a lot more than people who play "advanced" stuff. Simplicity will always inspire me more than anything else.

4. The Used - The Used

Here's another album where I get really inspired by how they combine screaming with singing. It also has great lyrics, that I can find myself sitting and thinking about from time to time. Another thing that is really good with this album is how The Used manages to blend "soft" music with "harder" music. Quotation marks needed, of course, because everything is relative. But you know, electric guitars are very well combined with acoustic guitars and stuff. I really like it.

3. Blink-182 - Blink-182

Not sure what to say about this album. I just love it. The lyrics, the combination of genres. The way Blink-182 proved that they had "grown up", and that they could still contribute with something new to the scene that is their home. I find this album very progressive, in relation to the bands that share the same scene as Blink. I can't think of any band or album that has managed to pick up on everything Blink opened up for on this album. Not even Blink themselved, on their latest album Neighborhoods. Not saying that this is a bad thing, just saying that it's very inspiring to me. Blink-182 sounds fresh and progressive even 10 years (almost) after its release. That's pretty cool to me.

2. Brand New - Deja Entendu

So, I look and listen to my songs, and I feel like I'm the biggest Brand New fan on earth. I'm not. But I like them very, very, very much. They have obviously made a huge impression on me in my songwriting. Especially this album. I love Jesse's vocals, and the way he uses his voice in different ways. The layers in the songs. The words. Everything is just perfect. I've been very inspired by Jesse's way of writing songs. That's for sure.

1. Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends

Yep, this is it. Number one. Choosing number one and two for this list was easy. My music is very Tell All Your Friends and very Deja Entendu. What I love most about Tell All Your Friends is the structure of the songs. Some of them have a "traditional" structure. Others have a striking lack of structure. The combination of these two impress me, and it has made clear marks in my songwriting. Also, the vocals. I can see how I've been inspired by this album in the way I write/think about my vocals. Then, the lyrics. The way single lines hang by themselves at times. They live their own life in between verses or at the end of songs. Yeah. Everything about this album is just very... perfect.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Guitars and amps

Here's my electric guitar. My dad bought it (together with the amp below) for me when I was...  well, maybe 14 years old. Or 13. Can't remember. He bought it, anyway. It's a Behringer guitar.

... and here's the amplifier that came with the guitar. It was a beginner's package sort of thing. Works really well for me, still, as I'm definitely not an advanced guitar player. I mostly play acoustic guitar, anyway.

But, as I wrote in a post yesterday, Simon has lent me his electric guitar and amp. The guitar is a Washburn BT2 and I already like it a lot. I'm also very fond of the cute little amp. Roland. I'm definitely gonna call him Roland. If you want to say Roland in Swedish, make sure to start with a Scottish "R". Then, the "o" should sound like the "o" in "afford". Then, make sure to pronounce "land" almost as the "mand" in "command" (British "command", of course). Just switch than "m" in "mand" for an "l". Roland. Almost like "raw-land". 

However. Roland has some cool effects that my Behringer amp doesn't have. I will definitely have a lot of fun with this amp. Thanks, Simon!

New mic stand

The other day, I went downtown to buy a mic stand. I thought I'd be able to record without one, but then I figured buying one would probably make things easier for me while recording. The one I got cost about $42. I told the guy at the store that I'm a student (which is true, of course), so I even got a small discount. Really good! 

The ultimate way would be to have two mic stands: one for recording vocals and one for recording guitar. When you record guitar you usually use a lower stand. Buying two stands seems a bit pricey for me, though. I asked around among my friends and it turned out that one of them has a bar stool that I can borrow. That will definitely do! That way, I can sit comfortably while recording into the mic that's applied to the mic stand. Perfect!

I still have to figure out a way to apply my home made pop filter to the mic stand...

Getting some Last.fm love!

I'm loved! For the first time ever (as far as I know) someone loved one of my tracks on Last.fm. I'm very flattered. The person who loves this track is my friend Simon. Yesterday, he also lent me his electric guitar. It's a Washburn guitar, and much better than my own one. I will post pics later!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Inspiring albums

I've been thinking about listing 10 albums that have inspired me a lot, and always keep inspiring no matter how many years I've loved them. I think making such a list would tell you guys a lot about me and my mind.

Yeah. Let's do it. I'll start thinking about which albums to pick right away!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Early bird

I was up really early today, at 6 am. Watched some YouTube videos on Logic Pro and other necessary stuff. For example, I learned about the very useful tool Tap Tempo. Since I know nothing about bpm and shit, I think Tap Tempo will help me out a lot. Recording has gone slow the past few days, because I could never stay in one tempo. I think things will run smoother from now on!

I also watched a few videos on how to place the mic when recording an acoustic guitar, because I felt like what I had recorded so far sounded pretty bad. Got some useful tips. Will try stuff later!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

My DIY pop filter

Fuck yeah! Just made my own pop filter. Very easy and very cheap. The embroidery hoop was like $8, and I took a pair of pantyhose from my girlfriend. My next issue is how I will attach the filter in front of the microphone. But I'm sure I'll find a solution when I'm about to record vocals.

Here are the two YouTube videos I watched in order to do the pop filter:

Gotta love YouTube!


Spent yesterday recording I'm a Sucker for You. As you can see in the picture, my "studio" is very simple and very portable. Sorry about the lousy quality of the photo, but I have to blame this on the iPhone camera. It's not a very good camera, that's for sure.

And I think I've made up my mind about something: I will try as much as possible to avoid all the effects and plug-ins offered by Logic Pro. You know, you can add reverb or space noises or make yourself sound like you're shouting through a megaphone or anything. Hundreds, maybe thousands of effects, just a click away. And I think that kind of stuff is really cool and fun, but for the songs I'm recording right now I have another idea. I only want to use effects that I actually made myself. Maybe I can get a weird guitar sound by holding a casserole in behind the mic while recording. Maybe I can sing into a casserole and get some weird sound from that. I have no idea what to try yet. I will find out along the way. 

Thursday, July 5, 2012


Today I went downtown. I bought an extra USB cable, and an embroidery hoop. I will use the USB cable to extend my mic's cable, so that it's easier to record sounds from my electroc guitar while the mic is plugged into the computer. The cable in the pic is 5 metres long. Then, when I came home, I found a similar cable that is like 3 metres or so. So when I put those together, I'll have at least 8 metres of extra cable! Perfect for when I want to record other sounds, auch as in the kitchen or bathroom. (If I ever wish to do that.)

On the right in the pic is the embroidery hoop. I will use it to make my own pop filter (necessary when recording voice). All I'll need is the hoop and some pantyhose. Found this tip on YouTube. I'll make sure to post that video later! Much cheaper than buying a pop filter.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Your Eyes; Flickering (Demo)

This morning I finally finished my song Your Eyes; Flickering. I've had most of the lyrics finished for more than a year, but never felt really satisfied with the chords/melody. Until now! I also added a new verse. I spent a few hours recording a demo version of the song. I like demo versions for several reasons. First of all, they feel raw and honest; you can really hear the initial ideas and thoughts. Second of all, they are good to have as a reference while you record your "final"/"serious" version of the song.

I don't think this song will be entirely acoustic when I record it the next time, but as for now it is.

Everything has drowned me
Nothing good comes from all the water
From the back of my eyes I can see the rain
From the outside you don’t see nothing
I’ve grown to be no one to you

The only time I’ll ever look back on
The only place I’ve ever loved
The darkness was a hole with edges so fragile
I can’t believe I’m still alone

You show up in my dreams from time to time
And when I think about it
It seems as if I still cannot really live without you
And even if it’s imaginary
It’s better than never seeing you at all

The only time I’ll ever look back on
The only place I’ve ever loved
The darkness was a hole with edges so fragile
I can’t believe I’m still alone

All I can recall is the two of us
Sitting with our backs against a wall
I don’t understand why you didn’t read me
While I turned my pages right in front of you
Your eyes; flickering
My heart; beating
I was hoping for something to come
For someone to care for me

I was never as important to you as you were to me

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Fraction of lyrics

Here's some lyrics I wrote. Well, not finished lyrics at all, but I apparently wrote them because I found them in my iPhone notes.


These words on this paper
The only comfort I could ever afford
I will never be the change
But I have learnt to live with the thought of myself


I've never really been that good with words
I wish you could've seen the truth in my eyes
In my defence, I was defending myself
In my defence, I am sorry


I like them, but I don't know whether I'll ever use them or not. The future will tell, I guess.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Idea #4

A melody I really like. Not sure what the lyrics are gonna be, though.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Hold your horses!

Just thought I might as well make it clear that nothing "big" will happen here until I'm done with writing my thesis. Because I'm a student and stuff, you know. I've gotta finish this thesis before I can let my heart completely drown in my music. That means that I won't begin my real recording sessions until June. Late June, probably.

Until then: demos. Ideas. Equipment related thoughts. Stuff like that.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Idea for t-shirt

No. I'm not going to print any merch right now. Step one is recording songs, step two is merch and promotion. But I came up with this idea, and I really like it. Would also look great on a black shirt, with white print.

Friday, April 27, 2012

The logotype!

So, this is the world premiere for Fraction of Sounds' official logotype. As I've told you before, Sanna helped me with this. I sent her some sketches and then she did her thing and all of a sudden this logo was born. Thanks, Sanna! I'm very fond of this symbol. If you want the story behind it then all I can say is... There isn't much of a story. I have no idea how I came up with it. I was just drawing things during some boring lecture at the university, and I ended up drawing this symbol over half a paper or so. That's when I realised it would be perfect as a logotype for Fraction of Sounds. Simplicity. Directions. 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Headphones, microphone etc

Some pictures of stuff I bought/got delivered yesterday.

* The Zoom H2n recorder. I really like it so far. When I tested it today I really liked the sound (all I've used before is a very shitty mic or the built-in mic (which is also very shitty), so of course this was an improvement). As I might have mentioned before, I appreciate how the Zoom H2n can be plugged into the computer, while it's also portable. You can bring it wherever you want to, and record stuff.

* Headphones. Sennheiser HD 25-1 II. I had been looking at the Shure SRH440 headphones, and went to the local music store to check them out. Talked to a guy at the store, who showed me these Sennheiser headphones. He explained how they are more allround, even if they are closed. Many other closed headphones may not be good for much else than recording, but these are. So to sum it up: if I had decided to buy the Shure headphones, I would have had to buy another pair to use for reference listening and such. I paid $223 for these Sennheiser headphones, which is way more than I initially wanted to pay, but that is still cheaper than it would have been to buy two pairs.

Another thing I can tell you about the headphones is that they fit me really well. They are quite small, which I like (because then they don't look bigger than my head). Maybe it's harder for girls to find headphones that fit; at least I feel like that. When I tried the Shure SRH440 phones, they were really huge and loose over/around my ears. Didn't feel comfy at all.

* I also bought some new strings for my acoustic and electric guitars. I've newer restrung a guitar by myself before, but now I've decided I'm gonna learn how to do it. It can't be that hard, right? I chose some of the cheapest strings for the moment, as I guess at least one of them will pop right into my eye. I just figured that while exercising, the cheapest strings are probably the best. Oh, and I bought that tool (in the picture) to cut the strings, if you didn't figure already.

But you know what I really wanted to say with this all? All that I've bought to complete my simple home studio is the Zoom H2n and those headphones. I paid about $504 in total for those things. Quite affordable, isn't it? So for that sum, I can finally begin recording serious versions of my songs. Songs that might actually end up sounding quite nice. I'm stoked!

Testing my new mic

I recorded this demo preview just because I wanted to try my new Zoom H2n. I'll post pictures of the recording device and my new headphones later.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Logotype coming up!

I've been pregnant with Fraction of Sounds' logotype for quite a while now. Carrying it around, not sure what to do with it, really. Then I finally asked for some help, because let's face it: Illustrator doesn't love me. I don't love Illustrator. However, my friend Chris (who makes great music, by the way) has a girlfriend called Sanna, and Illustrator loves her. Plus, she seems to love Illustrator. That is fantastic. Right now, she's helping me with the logo. Delivering it. I just sent her some sketches and now she's doing a great job bringing it to life.

The picture above is a sneak preview. The final thing will, of course, be posted as soon as it's finished. 

My classical guitar

This is my classical guitar. I bought it back in 2005 for like $177 or so. It's a Cort. Nothing fancy but I really like it. It's shiny and pretty and very nice to play. And also, I've added some perfect Almost stickers. One of them (the dollar) is actually from New York; I got it with a couple of jeans I bought. The second one is something I think I got from Ryan Sheckler back when I was a fangirl and got some stickers and signed posters through mail (snail mail, remember those times?). That was in 2004 or so, when I was just a pubertal kid.

Now that I've bought a new guitar, I don't know how much I will use this older one for recording and stuff. But maybe it will fit in some songs. Perhaps in the background. Now, the only instruments you haven't seen are my electric guitar and my tiny melodica. Stay tuned for those!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Ordered a microphone

Yesterday I ordered a Zoom H2n recorder. At first I had decided to buy the H2, not the newer H2n. But then I saw some YouTube videos, for example this and this, and decided that it's probably worth spending some more money on the newer and better microphone.

Some people may wonder why I don't just buy a "normal" microphone to record with. Well, the thing is that I really like the portability of the H2n. You can bring it wherever you go. Record sounds and noises from everywhere. I think the H2n will be a great recording device. I can plug it in right into my computer (it connects through USB) and use it to record right into Logic. Or, I can record anywhere I want to, using the memory card. Pretty great, huh?

I bought the H2n, including an accessory pack, for about $281 (that includes postage, too). At first I thought about purchasing it from another country, because I would've saved some money that way. But then I figured that if it ever breaks or something, it's much better for me to be able to return it to a Swedish store. However, I'll post some pics here as soon as I get the device!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Idea #1

Just an idea I came up with.

Headphones #2

So, I asked a couple of friends about headphones. I was recommended to check out Shure SRH440. They're affordable and the quality is supposed to be great for that price. I'll make sure to visit my local music store and try them on.

Also, I was told that closed headphones is what I should have when recording guitar/vocals. Just thought I'd share that with you all.


I need to buy some headphones in order to be able to record my songs. The only problem is: there are tons of headphones out there. Closed, open, semi-closed. It's like a whole world, and I have no clue about anything in that world. Some people even claim you should have two pairs of headphones (one for listening and one for recording, if I've got it right?). That's too expensive for me, though. I really like the look of these headphones:

AKG K-240 Studio. I find them quite pricey, though. They're €98 (or about $128). To me, that's pricey for headphones. I guess buying more expensive headphones is worth it, though. (And yes, I realise these are not pricey for the "experts" out there. But I'm a student. Every penny is precious to me.)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sloppy version of Here

I want to buy a Zoom H2 recorder, because I've heard many good things about that one concerning recording music and such. Seems like it would be a great choice for me and my recordings. However, I haven't got one of those yet. I think I'm gonna buy one through Ebay, because it's pretty expensive in Swedish stores. So I guess I have to bid on one and hope for the best.

Since I don't have that recording device yet, I can't begin with recording "real" versions of my songs. That's why I decided to share a sloppy version of Here meanwhile.

Here are the lyrics:

My words would be the only truth
Stuck on poles in the street
Stickers cover my whole body now
I’m marked down to my feet

Paper stuck up in my nose
Papercuts down my throat
Scream emotional kid
Read your book, do your work
Follow no one but borrow all the words

And you’re far from here
Pretend to care for me as I see
I’m the only one left here

And I read about you in the paper
It said someone took your place
And he’s better
And he’s better
Than you

And you’re far from here
Pretend to care for me as I see
I’m the only one left here

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

This One's for Kafka

My new guitar

When I had decided to spend my last money on things I need for recording, I bought a new acoustic guitar. It's an Ibanez AEL40 that I got for about $296. It's used; I bought it from some guy who didn't need this guitar anymore. It has a built-in tuner and I can plug it into my electric guitar amp. Pretty sweet!

I have two more guitars. One acoustic and one electric. I'll make sure to get some photos of them and post here as soon as possible. My electric guitar isn't the best, but it works for me. I'm thinking about buying some new, more expensive strings for it. That would probably help a lot.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Maybe I will inspire you?

This blog is here to document my process, as I wrote yesterday. But I just realised it might also inspire other people to write and record their own music. Here's the thing: I know nothing about music, theoretically. I can't read notes. I must have a tuner to tune my guitar. I don't know stuff about scales or anything. I just play music. When I hear something I like, I take it from there. For example, I have to actually play the guitar to come up with combinations of chords. I can't figure that out in my head. 

I don't know anything about recording or studio work. I just recently learned that some people connect audio interfaces to their computer in order to record vocals or instruments. I'm no expert when it comes to audio recording software. For quite a while, I've felt that Audacity is enough for me, but now I'm trying to learn Logic Pro 9

My point with all this is that if I can write and record songs, so can you. If you don't want to play an instrument, use instrumental loops from programs such as Garage Band or Logic Pro. Create the music that you want to hear. Fuck everyone who doesn't like the music you write. Fuck everyone who says you do something the "wrong" way. There is no wrong way when you created it yourself. Play chords "wrong" or sing out of tune just to make those people angry. It's your music. You decide what's right.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Regrets To Zero/Superhero

A demo recording I made years ago.

Here we go!

Hey! This is my first post here. With that in mind, I might as well introduce myself and this blog. My name is Bea but while I play/write my own songs I'm more known as Fraction of Sounds. It's not a band. It's just a project consisting of me, my thoughts and my guitar. Sometimes other instruments or whatever I might find.

I started Fraction of Sounds back in 2006, and I've been on MySpace since that year. Then I created a bandcamp site, and now this blog. The purpose of this blog is to let people who are interested in my project follow me while I create my music. I have realised I might not get a job this summer (getting a summer job is difficult in Sweden), so I thought I might as well create more music and maybe even record some sort of EP. All my saved money will probably be spent on this project. But hey, why save money when you can do something fun right now?

I've already recorded a few demo songs. Some of them can be heard on bandcamp or MySpace. However, this summer I will try to record more "serious" versions of my songs, and maybe also some covers.

You should follow this blog if you want to hear about every step I take until I have finished my demo/EP. I will tell you about all the equipment I buy, all the demos I record and all the new chords I learn on my guitar. I'll definitely tell you about everything I learn about recording stuff and promoting Fraction of Sounds. I will do my best to post videos and audio clips regularly.

"Do more of what makes you happy." I recently read that somewhere. That's when I realised that if I don't record my songs now, it will never happen. Nobody else will do it for me. Let's get started!