Candle 17


Keewatin Canada   Jan 2010  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Queen, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Robert Fripp, The Tea Party, Pearl Jam, Explosions In The Sky, Enigma, The Beatles, Hovercraft



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.



My Muse has been trapped (is that the right word?) in various fantasy/sci-fi/speculative fiction millieus of my own creation for the last few months. I have been exploring an ancient race of human-like aliens who once ruled a vast interstellar empire. The survivors of this ancient star empire have been manipulating events in the various worlds of my creative writing. And I'm having a lot of fun exploring these story ideas…

So what does that mean for FAWM 2018? I have one project idea in mind (inspired by a song written by @captainvulpine! a few years ago about scarecrows (a wonderful metaphor I would love to explore)). I also have this weird idea to explore the music of that ancient starfaring race from my creative writing. I've really been playing around with alternate tunings in the last year. By this I mean more then just retuning my guitar using the standard western intonations. I mean, changing the base frequency used for tuning, i.e. A4 = 440hz. My Virlorians (the aforementioned race) use a musical system based on A4 = 432hz. And I still want to play around with differences in step values between notes - i.e. the difference between the frequency of A4 & B4.

This is where my creative headspace is at. We'll see where my Muse decides to take me…

See You In The Shadows…
Update February 9, 2018

So after not having a working internet connection for most of the past week, I have finally been able to get back to the site & post a couple of the completed songs (both of which are non-concept album songs). I am also trying to catch up on my listening & comments - so please be patient with me if I haven't gotten around to your music yet this year. I will soon. In the mean time, I have three songs in the works, with a fourth whose lyrics came to me while at work today. Only one of these songs is part of my Scarecrow concept, so I think I really need to retrun to the Field & follow the Dirt Trail to see where the music leads me next. Until next time…

See You In The Shadows…


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  • @sapient  Mar 14

    Thanks so much for the comments on my "different" songs 😀
    I had a lot of fun working out how tunes like that should go. I think it's something I'm going to come back to in future FAWMS!

  • @cnidaria  Mar 5

    Thanks for checking out and commenting on some of my tracks this year. If you're around in '19, we should create something weird and creepy together!

  • @fuzzy  Feb 28

    Hey, thanx for your great music this February!

  • @fuzzy  Feb 23

    Dude, we should Collab at some point in the future.
    Perhaps 50/90.

  • @caterwauler Feb 19

    "Meaningful silence" : Haha yes, that's clearly a song title.:)

    Re your story : If I take too long to read it, you know how to reach me.
    I've worked on my book for three years and a half now, and there's still a good amount of work. I really need to focus on my writing, especially in some crucial phases (like the end of one of the three big parts, and that's what I'm working on now and will be finalizing in March.)
    Besides, I won't give you feedback on a short-story if I can't take my time to do it well. As you know, commenting on music and commenting on writing are not the same thing at all.

    Again, thank you for your lovely feedback -- and for checking Mantra's videos. That canyon is awesome, but it's not quite the peaceful walk. We call it 'adrenaline hiking', and regard it as a grade 8/10 in difficulty (because the descents).

  • @headfirstonly  Feb 18

    Thanks for your many generous comments - I will be along to listen soon!

  • @captainvulpine  Feb 15

    You're welcome to all of it my friend, you definitely don't need to include me as a collaborator. All I did was write one line 3 years ago. You're building the world and doing all the legwork =p BUT! I'd love to come in on an actual collaboration for it. Whatever you need you let me know.

  • @caterwauler Feb 15

    I can't promise I'll read it in March -- I've got important writing stuff to do, + I'll have to catch up with everything I've put on a hold because of fawm. I'll try and remember to have a look at it when it calms down.
    Thanks for the invite. 🙂

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 15

    Thanks for commenting. Yeah, I was really surprised how the RPG challenge turned out. Might have to do another one before the end of FAWM.

  • @cnidaria  Feb 14

    Thanks for the comment. My only regret is that my oblique strategy draw didn't produce something weirder. I guess I'll have to draw more cards this month! Looking forward to hearing whatever you end up making for that challenge.

  • @caterwauler Feb 2018

    Thank you for your kind comments.
    I still have to use the download links to listen to your songs, but if I'm the only one, don't bother.
    As I said, it's not a big deal. 😉

  • @fuzzy  Feb 2018

    You want to know what was in the tin can?
    Peach halves in syrup.
    It really was a good day for that guy.

  • @sapient  Feb 2018

    Thank you for having made it all the way through A Speck of Dust! So glad you liked it!
    We're only 10 days in... It's quite possible that we'll have another of these done before long... 😎

  • @captainvulpine  Feb 2018

    Candle you lovely ol' thing. You are half the reason I ever come back here. This place confounds me more and more. Also, I'm listening, and the sudden appearance of @scarecrowjack has certain implications does it not?

  • @looprication  Feb 2018

    hey there! I think your link to @captainvulpine is broken on that first track...

  • @electrocelte Feb 2018

    The Chieftain of the pudding race needs no sauce, condiment or garnish, that’s for sure!

  • @caterwauler Feb 2018

    Thank you very much for your comments. Much appreciated, as always.
    I forgot to tell you last time : I can't play your songs from the fawm player, so I have to right-click on the download link and open in new tab. Not a big deal as far as I'm concerned, but maybe a problem for others?

  • @chasingandromeda  Feb 2018

    No worries! Thanks for stopping by!

  • @mantra  Feb 2018

    Thank you for your lovely comment. After spending some time dabbling with keyboards, I remembered my brother's musical teaching. I tend to find all this music thing a little boring - I'm more a guy who enjoys trekking and exploring unknown places. But it's fun to produce weird sounds on the synth, and my human seems to like them a lot. So here I am... 🐾

  • @electrocelte Feb 2018

    Thanks dude. I’m up and running.

  • @popmythology  Feb 2018

    Darby, I saw the amazing comment you left on my blog post - thank you so much for that, my kind, wonderful friend~!! Take your time sending along last year's demo. For now your focus has to be on cranking out those songs! 😁

  • @caterwauler Feb 2018

    Thanks you for your kind comment. Loving the image you depicted.
    Re 37 min : be assured that you won't see a song of this length by me on FAWM, haha.
    Looking forward to your work.

  • @apertome  Jan 2018

    Very interesting concept for this year, I'm excited to hear it come together. Here's to another great FAWM!

  • @dunwich  Jan 2018

    Thanks! Can't wait to hear what you churn out too. Sounds like it might be dealing with some microtonal stuff so I'm keen to hear what you make of that!

  • @faceofeinstein  Jan 2018

    Cheers! Same to you! I look forward to running into you in the shadows.

  • @chasingandromeda  Jan 2018

    Will I be hearing from you in the shadows? Hope so!

  • @captainvulpine  Jan 2018

    Firstly my dear friend; the Christmas album is on the house, and anyway it's only six days of work. As my only fan, you are entitled to all promotional materials, pre-releases and other combinations of words. As far as the dirge and scarecrow go, I believe all things post dirge are public domain. Unless the deceased have any objections, I pass the mantle to you.

  • @echovoodoo Jan 2018

    Have a good FAWM!

  • @writeandwrong  Jan 2018

    Best wishes to you on a successful FAWM!

  • @sph  Jan 2018

    Your musical plan sound very interesting.

  • @fuzzy  Jan 2018

    I can understand that. "Lizard" is pretty dense and rather cold, if you know what I mean. It sounds like more of a technical exercise than anything else. It's not really a very inviting album.

  • @ianuarius  Jan 2018

    Hey thanks for stopping by. Hope you have good time!

  • @headfirstonly  Jan 2018

    Hello hello! Looking forwards to hearing your new stuff - that description sounds very interesting!

  • @metalfoot  Jan 2018

    Looking forward to your new tunes too! 😀

  • @fuzzy  Jan 2018

    I can't wait to hear what you come up with this February!!
    (You are participating, aren't you...?)