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Charfield UK   Jan 2009

Artist Bio

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.


Songs (20)

#1 A False Start 17
Feb 3
#2 Poor Impulse Control 17
Feb 3
#3 Explanation Not Forthcoming 17
Feb 4
#4 Narcissistic Personality Disorder 20
Feb 4
#5 Wheels Within Wheels 16
Feb 5
#6 Fallen ArkAngel @dunwich  32
Feb 5
#7 Please Tell Me I'm Dreaming 18
Feb 5
#8 One More Blue Screen 8
Feb 11
#9 Duet for Blue Whale and Guitar 13
Feb 11
#10 So Many Heroes 14
Feb 11
#11 Unknown Unknowns 13
Feb 12
#12 Rapture @sapient  17
Feb 19
#13 It Isn't Us 9
Feb 19
#14 Clyde Sits In 10
Feb 23
#15 The Dying of the Light 7
Feb 25
#16 Exhibit E (Prog Rock Exquisite Corpse 2) @corpsecorps 8
Feb 25
#17 Requiem 9
Feb 26
#18 Exhibit D - Complex Production Exquisite Corpse @corpsecorps 3
Feb 27
#19 We're All Mad In Here 10
Feb 28
#20 Interim Kaiju Exquisite Corpse 2016 @corpsecorps 3
Mar 1


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  • @cynthiawolff  Mar 8

    I found the cartoon avatar in the "fawmers" on page two...
    It belongs to thefuneralcrasher
    thanks for your concern...

  • @ryako  Mar 7

    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!

  • @sherrycanary  Mar 6

    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.

  • @crlntgr Mar 6

    Appreciate your awesome comment on "Afterlight". Put a big grin on my face. 😁 Thank you!!

  • @kraftec Mar 6

    Thanks for telling me that my links weren't working, they should be now πŸ˜€

  • @zzomar Mar 5

    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 πŸ˜€

  • @electrocelte Mar 5

    It always heartens me when people from the UK refer to TMBG!!! One of my favorite bands that rarely tours out of the USA... πŸ˜€

    Congrats on your 20 tracks, I will have a listen today!!!

  • @metalfoot  Mar 4

    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. πŸ˜€

  • @metalfoot  Mar 3

    Rock Jam and Why Won't You Listen both make use of it. πŸ˜€

  • @metalfoot  Mar 3

    I have a Zoom G1Xon myself now! Starting to learn how it works. A whole new world!

  • @pipewrench67  Mar 2

    Hey Chris check this guy out especially 21-25 http://fawm.org/fawmers/zzomar/

  • @seb Mar 1

    Here is my one minute for corpse. I made it start right where downburst's minute ends with a snare little fill on the I chord and all his instruments are gone except organ.


  • @johncrossman  Mar 1

    Thanks for the link! Figured it was just a fluke.

  • @fuzzy  Mar 1

    Thanks for the great tunes this February! Looking forward to hearing more of your stuff in the summer!

  • @seb Mar 1

    Hi! Here are my 10 seconds for the corpse!


  • @rcmajor Feb 26

    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.

  • @eighteenisnine  Feb 26

    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.

  • @juoppis  Feb 25

    Thanks for your comment on Get Useful (Or Get Out)! πŸ˜€ It actually felt quite good to vent my feelings on that song, music doth soothe the savage beast.

  • @kraftec Feb 25

    Hey, heres my minute Exquisite Corpse - Exhibit E :http://www.mediafire.com/file/uat7vb1...

  • @alphanerg Feb 22

    Thanks for the comment, I am actually trying to reference PDK in all of my fawm songs this year.

  • @crlntgr Feb 21

    Thanks for your comment! Really made my night πŸ˜€

  • @century Feb 19

    Hey there, thanks for the comment and wonderful feedback on Echoes back to me. Much appreciated. Happy Fawming!!

  • @braai Feb 19

    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

  • @dunwich  Feb 19

    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.

  • @yam655  Feb 19

    Congratulations on making it to the Century Club! πŸ˜€

  • @nine  Feb 13

    Thank you for your comment!

  • @sapient  Feb 12

    Aces 😁
    Looking forward to it!

  • @sapient  Feb 12

    I would LOVE to have another cowrite with you πŸ˜€
    I fear my riff-muse is gone. But I could lyric and yell over something... Might that work?

  • @dragondreams  Feb 11

    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. 😊

  • @sapient  Feb 11

    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 πŸ˜‰

  • @footprintsonthemoon Feb 10

    Thx for comments on "Footprints on the moon". And I am happy if you follow my project.

  • @valeriecox  Feb 9

    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.

  • @kovbleu  Feb 8

    Thank you so much for listening to "I Will" and leaving such a nice comment!! I so appreciate it. πŸ˜€

  • @hmorg Feb 8

    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.

  • @juoppis  Feb 8

    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 πŸ˜€ Is this how literature affects us? Plants seeds of kindness at the back of our head and cause us to act more empathetic?


  • @andybalham Feb 7

    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 πŸ˜€

  • @jerrypettit  Feb 7

    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! πŸ˜€

  • @plainwhitetoast  Feb 7

    Thanks for the song comment. I did a quick remix to settle the bass down a bit. Glad you mentioned it.

  • @solarrainuk  Feb 7

    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!

  • @caterwauler  Feb 5

    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. πŸ˜€

  • @marvsmooth  Feb 5

    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. πŸ˜€

  • @powerstars Feb 5

    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!

  • @chriddof  Feb 5

    Thanks for the comment - glad you liked my song!

  • @odilongreen  Feb 5

    Yeah, when I was gathering the samples, I read about Mr. Bauersfield. Still, there are worse legacies to have!

  • @downburst  Feb 5

    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.

  • @ianuarius  Feb 5

    Thanks for the comment, mate! πŸ˜€

    As it happens, I've listened a bit of U.K. last year. Not my favorites, but they've got some interesting stuff.

  • @dragondreams  Feb 5

    Aww. Thanks, Chris. You are very kind. πŸ˜€

  • @dasbinky  Feb 5

    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. πŸ˜‰
    Getting one of those old early 60s Rickenbacker 12s remains one of my dreams, but I won't have $4k to blow anytime soon...

  • @philkmills  Feb 3

    Yay! He's back! πŸ˜€

  • @popmythology  Feb 3

    Hey, Chris! Are you running the FAWM commenting club this year?

  • @klaus  Feb 3

    Chris! I too have to wait until weekend to get started. 😞

  • @jamkar  Feb 2

    Hi Ho Chris! Let's make some music! πŸ˜€

  • @dragondreams  Feb 2

    Thanks, Chris. 😊

  • @wobbiewobbit  Feb 2

    thanks Uncle Rick, good to see you here too, happy catching up!
    EDIT: just saw your comment, happy to see your smiley face πŸ˜€

  • @ryako  Feb 2

    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.

  • @arthurrossi Feb 2

    Hi Chris! Nice to see you back here! Have a lovely and prolific month!

  • @sailingmagpie  Feb 1

    Good to see you're back. I'm looking forward to hearing what you come up with.

  • @philmcmill  Feb 1

    Hey Chris! Looking forward to hearing your stuff. Have a great FAWM!

  • @klaus  Jan 31

    Hi Chris. Too bad you have to work. So now you'll only do like 24 songs or so. πŸ˜€ Have a great Fawm!

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  • @scottlake Jan 31

    Stick! I had to listen, and glad I did. Love the shed befor shred lyric!

  • @tamsnumber4  Jan 31

    Bring it on...

  • @mosley  Jan 31

    Hey Chris! Looking forward to hearing your awesome stuff again his FAWM!! ✨😸🀘🎸✨!

  • @alboe Jan 30

    Hi, looking forward to hearing some lovely songs from you.

  • @juoppis  Jan 30

    Cheers! Nice to see you here again!

  • @igg  Jan 30

    Howdy! Good to see you here!

  • @toms  Jan 29

    That is a heavy music amplifier. πŸ˜€

  • @tinam Jan 29

    hiya chris!
    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?

  • @zecoop  Jan 29

    It's going to be epic, Chris... Can't wait to hear all of your epic-ness as it is revealed! πŸ˜€

  • @toms  Jan 29

    Wait...you have equipment from. Thin Lizzy? Seriously positive karma there! And an Arp Odyssey! (Yeah, I love gear lists.) πŸ˜€

  • @cynthiawolff  Jan 29

    You are my guru....
    Can't wait to see your genius happen again this year...
    All the best...

  • @jamkar  Jan 29

    All the players are assembling, including you! I anticipate multi decibel and multi instrument goodness here!

  • @haim  Jan 28

    Hi πŸ˜€ 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!!

  • @dragondreams  Jan 28

    Plank-spankers, present... ARMS!

  • @metalfoot  Jan 28

    Great to see you back... looking forward to more of your prog music adventures!

  • @oddbod  Jan 28

    Just popping in to say hi to the Brian Pern of FAWM πŸ˜‰

  • @sapient  Jan 28

    Ah yes, the old \m/... It's a tricksy beast πŸ˜‰

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  • @downburst  Jan 28

    Hey Chris! I'm following Izaak and Pipe around FAWM saying hi apparently...

  • @izaakalexander  Jan 28

    14 songs in 28 days!!!

  • @pipewrench67  Jan 28


  • @toms  Jan 28


  • @writeandwrong  Jan 28

    Hello! Hello! Always enjoy hearing your work!

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  • @fuzzy  Jan 28

    Hey!! Looking forward to hearing more of your power prog this February!!