Influences: Many and varied, with strong leanings towards prog rock. See the link below for a list of some of my biggest influences
This will be FAWM #9 for me. Last year I wrote or co-wrote 31 songs, but that's unlikely to happen this year as I'm now back in full-time employment.
My gear list was in danger of taking over this whole page, so I've moved it to my website. Visit there and you'll also find information about my musical adventures and the occasional embarrassing band photo. The link is below.
|#1||A False Start||
|#2||Poor Impulse Control||
|#3||Explanation Not Forthcoming||
|#4||Narcissistic Personality Disorder||
|#5||Wheels Within Wheels||
|#6||Fallen ArkAngel @dunwich||
|#7||Please Tell Me I'm Dreaming||
|#8||One More Blue Screen||
|#9||Duet for Blue Whale and Guitar||
|#10||So Many Heroes||
|#13||It Isn't Us||
|#14||Clyde Sits In||
|#15||The Dying of the Light||
|#16||Exhibit E (Prog Rock Exquisite Corpse 2) @corpsecorps||
|#18||Exhibit D - Complex Production Exquisite Corpse @corpsecorps||
|#19||We're All Mad In Here||
|#20||Interim Kaiju Exquisite Corpse 2016 @corpsecorps||
I found the cartoon avatar in the "fawmers" on page two...
It belongs to thefuneralcrasher
thanks for your concern...
Sorry it took me soooooo fucking long to start listening! Weekend was non-stop busy time and I've been under the weather again, most likely my body finally crashing from FAWM. I liked that you did a lot of instrumentals. They were well done!
Thank you so much for your wonderful words on Hey Kid that I did with Tim Fatchen. We had a lot of glitches with the backing track,but finally brought it to fruition.
Appreciate your awesome comment on "Afterlight". Put a big grin on my face. 😁 Thank you!!
Thanks for telling me that my links weren't working, they should be now 😀
not sure if you can see me tagging you under my own songs Oo anyway, part 4+5 have uploaded demos. my drummer is awayfor the weekend, he will make a propper mix with drums next week i hope 😀
It always heartens me when people from the UK refer to TMBG!!! One of my favorite bands that rarely tours out of the USA... 😀
Congrats on your 20 tracks, I will have a listen today!!!
You only have me to blame for the length of Rock Jam. My guitar playing kind of fell apart (the drum track was another 2 minutes) so I salvaged the best part and turned it into that track. 😀
Rock Jam and Why Won't You Listen both make use of it. 😀
I have a Zoom G1Xon myself now! Starting to learn how it works. A whole new world!
Thanks for the link! Figured it was just a fluke.
Thanks for the great tunes this February! Looking forward to hearing more of your stuff in the summer!
Thank you very much for your kind words on my latest track "Toxic Rave" - very much apreciated - I can't keep track with all the awesome things going round here.
Hi! Thanks for the nice comments on Trappist-1. Yeah, I think that D-50 is still very relevant and capable synthesizer. The keybed quality is fantastic, so I use it also to control other gear.
Thanks for your comment on Get Useful (Or Get Out)! 😀 It actually felt quite good to vent my feelings on that song, music doth soothe the savage beast.
Thanks for the comment, I am actually trying to reference PDK in all of my fawm songs this year.
Thanks for your comment! Really made my night 😀
Hey there, thanks for the comment and wonderful feedback on Echoes back to me. Much appreciated. Happy Fawming!!
Thanks so much for your comment on 'Eat Up'. I have been on a bit of an 80s vibe since I first heard the opening credit music to Stranger Things, it's cool you picked up on that. Appreciate your input
No amp! That's guitar direct into the soundcard, w/ a Hall of Fame reverb and chorus which I get by turning the 'time' of my Digitech modulated delay to zero.
Congratulations on making it to the Century Club! 😀
Thank you for your comment!
Looking forward to it!
I would LOVE to have another cowrite with you 😀
I fear my riff-muse is gone. But I could lyric and yell over something... Might that work?
Wow! I need to catch up on my listening!
Thanks for taking a listen to the tarot challenge. The mix is as I left it because it wasn't going in the musical direction I wanted. I posted it as a place marker, but I know what you mean about the top end. I'll prolly shelve it for a while. 😊
Thanks for the lovely comment on Onwards!
I'm one song away from having full mixes of the new Abomnium album, and having been in the hands of a pro for the last week, it's sounding HUGE 😁
I've also profiled the amps used for my Kemper, so the rest of my FAWMing this Feb is going to have some rather tasty new tones 😉
Thx for comments on "Footprints on the moon". And I am happy if you follow my project.
Hi Chris! Thanks for commenting. I tried to get that Bowl of Coffee as gritty and compressed as possible. I may have been a little heavy handed on the compression, but 'twas fun.
You've written lots of thing! Let me listen.
Thank you so much for listening to "I Will" and leaving such a nice comment!! I so appreciate it. 😀
Thanks for your comment on "Storm's a-brewin'"! I wish I could've done more drums-wise with the 3/4, but I'm not good imagining drums and even worse at playing them (luckily I can just write them on piano roll), so they ended up a bit monotonous. Good thing I could mask that with guitars.
Thanks for your comment! Now that you mention it, of COURSE I knew the quote by Vonnegut but I remembered that I knew it only after you reminded me of it 😀 Is this how literature affects us? Plants seeds of kindness at the back of our head and cause us to act more empathetic?
IT'S A CONSPIRACY!
Thank you for your comment on 'Smart Phones, Dumb Folk?'. Believe it or not, you are not the first to mention Mr Tudor-Pole to me and I definitely take it as a compliment 😀
Thanks for the comment on my song and the helpful critique on "scansion". I did the vocal in one take (lazy), so yeah--did rush the words on a line or two. Have fun! 😀
Thanks for the song comment. I did a quick remix to settle the bass down a bit. Glad you mentioned it.
Thanks for the comment, glad you liked 'Input Status'. I'm totally with you on what you said, it's something I've been having a problem with recently after buying a couple of a new synths. One is Avenger (very complex beast) and Serum (very simple in comparison), I find I'm making almost all my new patches using Serum because it's just so easy and fast to use. I guess it's like anything, when you have too much complexity and options you tend to not get much done, I found this was an issue with DAWs also, I owned Cubase for a number of years and couldn't finish a single track, once I switched to a simpler DAW I was banging out complete tracks like crazy!
Hiya, Chris. Thank you so much for your kind words.
Yes, that was an awful year for many. Fortunately, I have a world to build, which keeps me on the right track.
Taikos are the keystone of my soundtrack pieces now. And yes, you're right, my latest songs are strongly rhythmic and martial, just like the part of the story they match.
Your lovely comments made me happy, thank you for your continuing support. Also, I'm glad to know that Mojo made you laugh. 😀
Thank you Chris, I hope you're okay.
I am actually going to record Rain in the studio on Wednesday, along with whatever else I can fit in.
I love the music as well, but as it carries a narrative for a suite, it's tricky.
Saying that though, the lyrics are proving to be a pain!
Hopefully I'll get a break tonight at work to get some listening in.
Here's to more great fawming for you. 😀
Thanks for the comment on What a Feeling! I'll be sure to keep away from them crossroads. 😝 Also, cool to see Yoko Kanno and They Might Be Giants on your influences list!
Thanks for the comment - glad you liked my song!
Yeah, when I was gathering the samples, I read about Mr. Bauersfield. Still, there are worse legacies to have!
Thanks for the comment! I wasn't saying the performance was bad necessarily (and thanks for the mixing thought--that song was really hard for some reason). I just don't think the *song* is very good. Sometimes it's such a struggle to get a song done, and I make compromises lyrically that kind of deflate it for me.
Thanks for the comment, mate! 😀
As it happens, I've listened a bit of U.K. last year. Not my favorites, but they've got some interesting stuff.
Aww. Thanks, Chris. You are very kind. 😀
Thanks for the comment! I was aiming for REM, but with a prominent 12-string I figured anyone over 50 would jump straight to the Byrds. 😉
Getting one of those old early 60s Rickenbacker 12s remains one of my dreams, but I won't have $4k to blow anytime soon...
Yay! He's back! 😀
Hey, Chris! Are you running the FAWM commenting club this year?
Chris! I too have to wait until weekend to get started. 😞
Hi Ho Chris! Let's make some music! 😀
Thanks, Chris. 😊
thanks Uncle Rick, good to see you here too, happy catching up!
EDIT: just saw your comment, happy to see your smiley face 😀
Yul Brynner scared the everloving crap out of me when I saw the Westworld movie. Maybe I should throw in a nod to him somewhere.
Hi Chris! Nice to see you back here! Have a lovely and prolific month!
Good to see you're back. I'm looking forward to hearing what you come up with.
Hey Chris! Looking forward to hearing your stuff. Have a great FAWM!
Hi Chris. Too bad you have to work. So now you'll only do like 24 songs or so. 😀 Have a great Fawm!
Stick! I had to listen, and glad I did. Love the shed befor shred lyric!
Bring it on...
Hey Chris! Looking forward to hearing your awesome stuff again his FAWM!! ✨😸🤘🎸✨!
Hi, looking forward to hearing some lovely songs from you.
Cheers! Nice to see you here again!
Howdy! Good to see you here!
That is a heavy music amplifier. 😀
id love to say ive not fed my guitars for 2 weeks & they are dangerous & nasty...but I cant bear guitar cruelty so they are actually unfit & lazy...have you been good to yours?
It's going to be epic, Chris... Can't wait to hear all of your epic-ness as it is revealed! 😀
Wait...you have equipment from. Thin Lizzy? Seriously positive karma there! And an Arp Odyssey! (Yeah, I love gear lists.) 😀
You are my guru....
Can't wait to see your genius happen again this year...
All the best...
All the players are assembling, including you! I anticipate multi decibel and multi instrument goodness here!
Hi 😀 I don't know if this year I'll be able to comment so much like last year, Since I have this new job that I can't even breath there but I'll try my best. Do you have any suggestions on how I can still contribute with great number of comments? Last year was WILD!! see you around!!
Plank-spankers, present... ARMS!
Great to see you back... looking forward to more of your prog music adventures!
Just popping in to say hi to the Brian Pern of FAWM 😉
Ah yes, the old \m/... It's a tricksy beast 😉
Hey Chris! I'm following Izaak and Pipe around FAWM saying hi apparently...
14 songs in 28 days!!!
Hello! Hello! Always enjoy hearing your work!
Hey!! Looking forward to hearing more of your power prog this February!!