Influences: Queen, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Robert Fripp, The Tea Party, Pearl Jam, Explosions In The Sky, Enigma, The Beatles, Hovercraft
READ THE CANDLE FLOG (FAWM Log): http://www.candleexperience.com
Candle is something that needs to be experienced.
The music of Candle has been described as Progressive, Psychadelic, Space Rock, and even Experimental. But what Darby, the artist behind the sounds, is really trying to achieve is a connection with every listener. To make those who choose to listen to his music feel something deep within themselves. Something they might not have ever felt before. Or maybe some memory they cherish deeply. The frequencies and moods created with a single guitar are layered in order to paint vistas which hopefully will let the sensations & imaginations of the listeners rejoice in the experience and become an interactive part of the music itself.
So close your eyes, take a deep breath & relax. Let the music touch your soul.
To FAWM or not to FAWM, that is the question…
Before I disappear into Denmark, let me just say that I'm not entirely certain of what I am doing this February. I still have Side 2 of my Beyond The Bounds Of Time Concept Album to complete from last year. I might just muddle away at that. I might even just follow last years modus operati & work on Bounds tracks & fill out the other songs with whatever my muse inspires me to do. But I haven't done anything musical since the summer. My creative juices have been dedicated to my writing. I guess we'll just have to see what happens come February 1st. Until then,
See You In The Shadows…
p.s. It would appear as if I am truly concerned with the widths of my plectorums (would the proper conjugation not be plectori?) & how they change the tones of the music I am creating/performing at the moment. I've always been intrigued by different picks (shapes, sizes, &c…), but this is the first time I've really taken note of what pick I am using at what time… strange how FAWM makes you think.
FLOG (FAWM LOG) 2017 UPDATES:
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You can download the finished version of my Moonscapes Concept album (2015's FAWM endeavour) from my Bandcamp site. As well, 2014's Vibrations, 2012's Moments Of Beuaty & 2010's Chromatics are also available along with other albums, live releases & a single or two.
Gear Under Usage Contemplation for FAWM 2017
Fender Deluxe Stratocaster (yet to be stringed…)
No-Name f-hole Guitar with Bigsby bridge (my father's guitar - currently tuned in Dropped "B" tuning)
Kawai MS710 MIDI Keyboard
Concertmate 500 (The Radio-Shack version of the venerable Casio CS-1)
Jeskola Buzz Build 1503 (x86) Modular Compositional Software
DigiTech JamMan Loop Pedal
DOD FX-75B Stereo Bass Flanger
Boss CE-3 Stereo Chorus
Various Professional & Toy Wind Instruments & Noise Makers
Maybe a spoon or a plate… who knows what I might do.
UPDATE: February 7, 2017
I have begun to upload last year's five tracks from my Bounds Concept Album to my Bandcamp Page along with the liner notes telling the story. Currently I have the first two tracks uploaded & I plan on adding the rest of Side 1 tomorrow - but you can read the story thus far. Here is the link:
|#1||Bounds Track 6: Winds||
|#2||Requiem For A Feline @mojo||
|#6||Hypothermic Hallucinations (Psychedelic Mix)||
|#7||Bounds Track 7: Signals||
|#8||Bounds Track 8: Ecstasy||
|#10||I'd Die For You||
|#13||Bounds Track 9: The Depths Of Solitude||
|#15||The Road Is So Long, Lord (Mystic Rock Version) @popmythology||
|#16||Hey Theory @isaacq||
|#18||Experiment # 17||
|#19||One Last Kick At The Can||
|#20||Stroll'n By Stygian Shores||
|#21||Any Hauk To Lure In Engelond||
|#22||B-Side: Ecstatic Life (Ecstasy Out-Take)||
|#23||SPACER - My Son's Song 2017?||
Thank you so much for your insightful comments. As you know, your feedback is always one of my FAWM highlights.
I'm sorry that I didn't get back to listen to you earlier. This year, I never had my "second wind", and kind of crawled during the second half of the month. I'm going to fix this and catch up with your songs now. Congrats on a very prolific FAWM. 😀
Re cheating : The thing is, I don't mind when others "cheat". I do regard recording and arranging as a noble work. However, I'm not as indulgent towards myself, because for me, there's no point in doing FAWM if I allow myself to "cheat". That's my personal challenge.
Re Vaerin : Haha, well, if you harass me enough, maybe you'll see it someday. 😀
I'd love to stay in touch with you via email. I know it was all my fault if our (lovely) correspondence stopped, and I'm sorry. If you still agree on being my pen-friend, I'll gladly start this again.
And now, off to listen to your songs. 😀
Oh yeah, you reminded me that I used to use tracker software... I hadn't thought about those in ages. I think it was Modedit. And then something newer that had a GUI. Wow, old times. 1992?
Hey Candle. Congrats on 17 songs, that's awesome, and yeah, needless to say I hate FAWM's interface because I totally missed your comments on "Ranger". Yes, it is Stilwithyuss (Still with yaz, as in don't worry about me I am keeping up) but as one of the Elfin he is always speedy and sure of foot. Thanks for listening!!!
Thanks so much for all your support and congrats on already completing FAWM. Might not be able to squeeze it out this year, but hoping for the best <3 We are (basically @lanasolyluna but Tomo doesn't help!) Casio hoarders, so we have lots of those lying around to make silly tunes on.
thanks for posting it Darb! i would have done so sooner, but i was asleep when you emailed last night and just got home from work 😀
Hey, Darby, love the mystic rock approach to "The Road Is So Long"! When combined with the gospel-y lyrics the results are genuinely spacey and otherworldly, like psychedelic gospel in space. I saw your comment on my soundboard last night and was gonna respond today half-jokingly because I thought you were just kidding, but I'm glad you really did it because I think I'm pretty close now to being able to release that boxed set, LOL. Welcome to the "Road Is So Long" club! Also, congrats on your FAWM win!
sweet! sent you an email 😁
p.s. congrats on winning FAWM!
aww thank you Monsieur Chandelle 😀 it was great to come see you play at that show, i really hope to do it again sometime. i'm dedicating today to working on my 4 ongoing collabs, so hope to have something for you very shortly!
Cheers for the info. Dont usually use virtual instruments much, love the interface of more analogue (or at least physical) instruments. I love knobs, buttlons and sliders 😉 but know I need to take a look at some more digital stuff...i need to invest in a midi keyboard that maps well to the settings on logic tbh
Cheers. Good to recross paths.
I was invited to play at each of the Guitar Walls but child rearing took precedence at the time. I have played a couple of the Solstice/Equinox events that they threw. Rob's played in one my old projects 'broken orchestra of winnipeg' a couple times (drums AND guitar. That dude is crazy talented). I'd say we've definitely crossed paths before. We just didn't know it.
I was at that Ham/Room 237 show. So good. If you didn't know Rob from 237 started Absent Sound and Chris the bass player has a new act called Din City. Really good stuff. And Jim from Ham has a project called Hellenica (might be misspelling that) and Paul has(d) a band called Chorus of Vs.
How'd you know that Ummagumma was my favourite Floyd record? True Story... played at the Albert one time and when I finished one of the drunk regulars was heckling "play some Floyd" and I walked up to the mic and responded "I just finished playing side 2 of Ummagumma. What more do you want?" to which he responded "oh, nevermind"
Thank you for your comments. I see that you've been prolific in the past couple of days. Congrats on your early win.
No, Mantra is not FAWMing. He sometimes took part in Mojo's songs because he mimicked his brother. Now, he doesn't show any particular interest for music. Besides, he barely meows : he's as quiet as Mojo was talkative. I might be able to make a song with him every now and then, but I will certainly not try and make him FAWM.
Don't forget that my story stands unresolved at the end of Book 1. The only resolution is about the characters' fight for survival in Mornoes.
Glad to know Toravor is on the right track. 😀
Thank you for your lovely feedback. I'm looking forward to anything you'll post next. 😀
Re Dreomor : Your enthusiastic comment made me smile. Yes, he plays an important role, but actually, all of my characters do. The story is devised in such a way that in the end, you should have the impression that the resolution depends on a heavy causality, in which everybody played their part.
So, is Toravar mistreating you? Tell him muses have to behave during FAWM. 😀
Thanks for the feedback! 😁
Currently working on: Toravar's Theme (as promised @caterwauler ). Been working on it for a week now & I'm still not done. Also, in mid-collab with the man who introduced me to FAWM seven years ago, the one & only @isaacq . I also plan on playing around in Buzz on Wednesday. I have some crazy ideas I want to test out that might just push Oskari's amazing software to its limits… Stay tuned for more…
I guess I got the Skirmish Valentine's Heart Candy. Are the cyber-gods of FAWM suggesting something to me? Hmmm…
Uhm for some reason the computer wanted to post that twice. Oops!
Thanks so much for your comments on our songs. We are catching up on our listening, but looking forward to listening to your tracks. Regarding the Japanese pop feel of the song sung in Spanish that totally makes sense since we're making music in Japan, with retro instruments made in Japan. The influence seeps in whether we like it or not. We are actually not big fans of "Japanese" music since it tends to favor sort of cutesy songs that don't have very empowering messages for women, but there are some cool experimental artists who steer away from the formula. Greetings from Saitama 😀
Tout le plaisir est pour moi.
Thank you for your comments as well.
I hope you won't be confused (or disappointed) regarding the ending. I am not following a sequential order this year, only completing the soundtrack with the last missing pieces.
yeah, we played at Wise Guys downtown together a couple of times as well as at the pyramid once. i was using either my Unravelled Brown Cassette Tape moniker or the A Spelling E one. at one of the Wise Guys shows we had the sound guy play drums for us.
Thanks for your feedback on "Skin" <3
just checked out the candleexperience site. Shades Of None! holy fuck! i PLAYED shows with you guys. small world.
Thank you for your kind words in @prsrose's forum thread.
Your tribute really means the world to me.
By the way, when FAWM is over, I'd like to retrieve the wav file, if you don't mind -- not to share it anywhere, but to keep it preciously, for my personal use.
And I had questions about the collab you did with him last year. But now it's FAWM full rush, so we'll see later.
Thank you for your great feedback, and for the music you share. 😀
Thanks for making time to give my songs "The Wildest Dream" and "Time for Love" a listen, and comment on them!
Congratulations on hitting Century Club! 😀
Wow -- seriously appreciate your feedback. Yeah the recording of Seized by Cometic Patterns was about as you imagined -- tweaking the modular rapdily while trying to find time to strum the guitar at the same time, haha!
We've only played gigs in Thunder Bay so far, but if we head west I'll definitely talk to you about a Kenora gig! I'd love to do a little tour this summer, but we'll have to see if it's possible with work etc.
Hey, thanx for the great comments! Yes, a couple of those experimental pieces are kind of short - partly cos that's how they wanted to be, if you know what I mean, and partly cos I'm not sure how much stomach listeners have for anything longer. But I'll try to come up with something longer, as per your request. 😀
Thanks so much for your insightful comments! Eno/Fripp are definitely an influence (and I'm honored to be seen as similar), although Eno/Lanois perhaps even moreso!
True story: I was part of a performance Fred Penner gave, in which he wrote a song for an occasion and, as far as I know, the choir I was in was the first ever to perform said song. Kind of exciting. (It was for the dedication of a historical cairn in this area)
Thanks for listening to my stuff.. I appreciate it! and I'm not sure I can keep up with me so I sure don't expect anyone else to! LOL
Yeah, big schemes make for great stories... 😀
Six or seven stories is a lot, but from experience, dissipation doesn't necessarily harms the creative process. I love being all over the place, and in a way, I am, as there are many micro stories nested on my big plot.
Thank you for your kind words on my OST. Music has really turned into a world-building tool for me. Each piece allows me to refine my vision, sometimes to transform it.
Good luck if you listen to it : I haven't been idle since last FAWM. I've used TheSixtyOne.com as a motivational tool to finish/polish songs at a high rate. I've shared the 32 tracks from disc 1 and 2 there. 😀
Hey. Welcome back. We are looking forward to hearing your tracks. Definitely feeling like we're working in the shadows these days...
Indeed Mojo will be missed by many. Having only found about him last FAWM, I was looking forward to more feline contributions this year. Thankfully he lived a full life. Here's to Mojo and all the sacred felines! -Yes, all animals are sacred, but my own personal experiences have been with felines. Meow.
Hey, thanks a lot for the comments! 😀
Glad you liked my random stuff.
Legitimacy as something more existential.
At some point, Caeniehl says something like this : "I'm not expecting forgiveness for my intransigence. I am the hand of Vaeros, and Vaeros will kill rather than disappear."
Everyone is entitled to live, even his enemies. Perhaps, someday, the world will no longer need the Alaendirs. Maybe it will no longer need light - other forms of life would be born, or all things would simply come to an end. There are some big schemes that nobody is entitled to change.
Your concept about communities mining landfills sounds interesting, as your Nytheun plot ; and a detective story! I can understand that you can't help being all over the place.
For my part, I've worked steadily (and stubbornly) on the same thing. I've had first sights of the second book, but didn't allow myself to look deeper into it. The OST has become a monster, but that's because I've discovered that it helps me to structure the story.
Looking forward to your Toravar theme.
Yeah I'd love to add percussion...I just suck at programming it and/or playing it! With most of my tunes, just imagine drums in the background 😝
Again, thank you. That means the world to me.
Re your other comment on my soundboard : the bad guys should definitely avoid fooling around with the Hasteriens. I've pondered over "pacifism" as seen through the eyes of the Alaendirs for a good while. They're anti-war, but they'll fight without hesitation if needed. Which led me to ponder over another theme ; legitimacy. And so on, and so on...
Can I just say that your sign-off message is the coolest thing? "See You In the Shadows!" How did Day Two treat ya?
hey darb... so i am going to try to send you a sketch of an idea over the next 2-3 days. i guess i was just wondering whether you'd prefer a typical isaac quatorze style poppy thing, or should i embrace my more experimental side and send something more leftfield?
Well, then, clearly I am a genius. 😀
And thank you once again! That lo-fi approach is addictive! I got an idea it won't last though. I like my flashing lights and the hum of electrons too much! 😁
And yes, RIP John Wetton 😞
Thanks for all your comments so far! I agree with you on Shards - I feel like it needs more, but I also feel that I got as far as I could with it (time that could be spent on making other music!). Might be nice to return to post-FAWM
Thank you for the comment on "Unia"! Much appreciated. I'm not sure it's exactly an example of music anyone really tends to listen to.
Yeah, I have Grapes of Wrath or Beatles style harmonies in my head for the if/when I record a more polished version of the track "Holding On". Thanks for your comment!
Yeah, I did have to drag Descartes into it, LOL! Thanks, Darby.
Thanks for the Alphabetical comment... kids are still coughing all over me...
Thank you for your comment. 😀
Yes, I'm sure you would enjoy Erendhia. The House of Hasterien is renowned for his wisdom, and even more pacifist than the other four ones. And yet, it is the one that is the most directly exposed to danger -- so the first one that has to fight when peace is threatened.
allô monsieur... how about if i send you a sketch and you send back your additions/reinterpretations and we decide from there whether to send it back and forth for a second round?
Many thanks for stopping by for a listen and taking time to leave a comment. 😊
I know it's a departure from my usual style of recording, but it felt right to just go completely lo-fi and one-take.
Thanks for the kind words on my viola piece! I'm hoping that the segues will work as well as I want them to. I actually have the whole four-movement suite written and recorded. Now, it's just about the stuff where I have to do lyrics... here we go! >_<
i am on board! what's do you figure is the best way to go about it?
Hey there. Welcome back. Let's make some great music <3
Looking forward to hearing what lives and lurks in the shadows. Have a great FAWM.
Thanks, great to be back again this year, fellow NWO'er 😀
Merci à toi! 😀
"On se verra dans la lumière" ; Tu ne crois pas si bien dire. 😉
Something stirs in Everdawn!!!
FAWM well, fellow traveler, FAWM well.
You are the most sweetest ever, thank you so much.
Jeez, a tribute? I would have never imagined that anyone cared enough to do that. Of course, I'm ok. I'm touched by your offer more than I can say.
I've spent the past two years writing about characters who never give up. What kind of writer would I be if I backed down when faced with adversity? 😀
Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You've just made my world brighter. <3
Hi, Darby! Thanks for your message, it's good to see you too! And I hope the answer to your Hamlet-esque question is: "To FAWM!" 😀
👋😸Happy FAWMing! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with in February!
Hey, here's to a productive FAWM!
Hey, I'm looking forward to hearing what you come up with this February!
Cheers and all the best in FAWM 2017!
Hiya, Master of the Shadows. Looking forward to your sonic journeys.