Influences: Many and varied, with strong leanings towards prog rock. See the link below for a list of some of my biggest influences
2018 is a big FAWM milestone for me, as it's my tenth year taking part. The first year, I got nowhere. The second year I managed two songs. I hope to do better than that this time around.
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||Off The Blocks||
|#2||The Greatest Happiness Principle||
|#4||Exobiology Recapitulates Eschatology||
|#7||The Mansplainer's Waltz||
|#8||Print is Dead||
|#10||Blue Skying It||
|#11||Back in the Shed||
|#13||Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm?||
Sorry for the very late listening, but, yeah, you know why! Your guitar work keeps getting better and better every damn year!
Thanks for the listening! Appreciate it 😀
Hey thanks man for the multiple listens, I owe ya.
Be back tonight to catch up.
Dude you know your stuff, I had no idea who Barry Gray was!
So we need to do a collab one of these years, Chris. 😀 Thanks for your kind words on Feel The Groove...
Thanks for commenting on "Straggler" - odd can also be beautiful.
That "little playout at the end" is a guitar loop that I recorded on one of the first days of FAWM and wanted to develop further. Talk about plans...
Thank you for your very kind words about my song 2AM. I appreciate your comment!
Thanks for your comment on Off-world Colonies. It's funny you should mention The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. I just watched it yesterday. Casting Alan Rickman as Marvin was a stroke of genius too.
Haha! I didn’t know that!
Everywhere you go in that building, you hear a distant “yak yak yak” laughter
Carry On Haunting 😉
Got it in one! 😃
Thanks for the comments!
Bonus points for guessing which classic Dr Who story was the inspiration for the lyrics on Darkflower... 😎
Oh my goodness Dupletarion Warrior you are AWESOME!! You took the time to write 200 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your hefty contribution to our community. You have 200 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
Chris, thanks for comments on the Absynth on Astor series. Thought I'd add, the glitchy clicks you picked up are not your connection! They're my old laptop straining to record the output from the even older 2496 card inside the M-audio Ozone. If I release these on CD or upload to productiontrax or wherever, I'll have to redo the whole lot on the studio computer. (easy enough: the MIDI was recorded using Composer (notation.com) which happily records everything including the controllers on the fly).
Thanks for the comment! I hadn't considered that track to be game-relevant, but now that you mention it, yeah, I can see how that would work. And you're bang on about the bass reverb. 😀
Thanks for the Froese comment. There are only 3 chords in the beehive song but I tried to use different inversions and bass notes for each. 2 fawms ago I challenged myself to a similar song where I would only play 2 notes at a time but used long delay tails to form other chords. I will have to go do a Froese refresher. I haven’t listened to anything by him since a music appreciation course in the 80’s!
Thanks for your kind comments. Thing is, I have a history of doing projects with Ray where he literally records his vocal as a voicenote, and This Time is no exception. He's just a really busy guy.
Tx for the comments on GET ROCKED 😀
Thanks for the great compliment! I shall keep on keepin' on! Interesting that you bring up the "bell" in The Adventures Of The Amazing Clockwork Man In Space! I hope that you will find amusement in knowing that it was in fact an old Spaghetti Colander! 😀
Thanks so much for your comments on our songs. It really means a lot to us to hear from you. Going to come back and listen soon. Congrats on finishing FAWM!
...and I hope that you wouldn't mind if I shared your comment as a posting on Facebook!
I'm really glad that you appreciated I Saw A Ghost. What really makes me grin ear to ear is that it brought to mind such a wonderful story! *and thank you... barking mad is a particular specialty of mine! 😀
Haha..i'm drinking Shiraz. See you on cloud...oooh about 7 or 8.
Thanks for the comment! And you're spot on about the FAWM panic. With that song I stopped overthinking, and found the freedom that's so great about the event.
It is a miracle to me that you have managed to make seven songs while juggling your insane schedule.
Thank you for the awesome/thoughtful comment on "Experimental AF." I had a ton of fun doing that track, so I'm glad it hit some people's funny bones. Sorry for the delay in response - been laid low for a couple days and finally feeling human again.
Ah. Reaper does the loopy multitake thing too. It's me that doesn't use it. 😉😎
Thanks loads, Chris. It's taken a week to build up the speed for that one. And I wasn't really joking about 400 takes. I lost count of how many times I hit rewind and rerecord! 🤣😂
Thanks for digging my Centralia song. Judging from the comments, it appears to mean something different to everyone. Kinda the way I like it.
Bloody hell... Finding exoplanets in order galaxies? That is incredible!
Thank you for listening to the song. We're never sure how many folk will make it with something clocking in at over 11 minutes 😎
Congratulations Centurion Soldier! You wrote 100 comments for your fellow FAWMers!! You made this place even better. You took your time to listen to other people's songs and you have 100 thank you's from all of them and from me! Here’s your badge. Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!
Thanks for the comment, I'm a little late in posting this, I think "Bill Murray Waking Up" would be a much better title than my original...
Hey thanks for the comment on 10 Of Wands. I'm sorry I haven't had a chance to give your songs a listen yet. My internet was down all last week so I have a lot of catching up to do. You're on my list.
As for Buzz, Oskari (the programmer) has been developing it again. There's a new version that has brought the program a long way since its glitchy pre-2005 days. And there has always been machine developers adding new instruments, effects & peer controllers - even during the dark no-new-development years.
See You In The Shadows…
Thank you for your feedback; but a demo won't be happening since I only do lyrics.
I think because the SD3 drums are called radio ready and the sound I used is alternative rock. Sounds like Radiohead drums!! 😁
Chris, thanks so much for commenting with enthusiasm and insight about the happy-glum song. I admit to not having heard of Andrew Marshall. But I still have patchy knowledge of British life, having only abandoned the colonies in 1996. Reading his online bio, I'd say "Whoops Apocalypse" is at the top of my list for the next skirmish prompt. Never more relevant than now.
I'm ashamed to be so behind in my listening, but promise to catch up.
Hey! Thank you very much for your gorgeous and thoughtful comment, sir! I was very happy to read it...
Wow! Thank you indeed my friend. 3 in a row. I gotta get to listening!
thanks Uncle Rick, yes that is my westone thunder 1-A fretless bass (shiny black) that i have had since i was 17
Hi Chris 😀
I’m almost back to health now.
Can’t wait to get some listening and commenting done! Back later, I promise!
Thanks loads Chris! 😀
Frankie hasn't made an appearance yet this year. All guitar work has been on the Schecter so far. 😀
Hey Chris. I was looking through my 5090 stuff for some ideas and noticed a comment you left about wanting to see Hot Black. Sorry to keep you waiting.
@headfirstonly Yeah Chris, that is Gilmour length. It does still need a bit of a bend but I need to find a piece of 3/8" fuel hose to keep the powder coat intact.
If only I could find an ebony fingerboard with black frets.
Haha ‘Gear Aquisition Syndrome’ - Love it! Yes that’s my only bug bear is how long it takes to load a new drum sound vs EZ Drummer which was so quick. I’m part way through my first song with SD3 though and still loving the almost real/live sounds. It’s a win for me! Thanks for the inspiration btw!
Hey! man thanks for listening to my music. You got some really cool stuff in your profile.
That does sound like a good read!
I'm just about to start the 3rd part of Neal Asher's latest trilogy. Do you like his stuff? It's a bit silly, but the whole "body horror in space" thing really does it for me. Sicko that I am 😉
Once I get around to writing up the spec sheet on the pink Strat, I'll send it to you. The electronics are pure Gilmour Black Strat with a couple of minor tweaks. The magic switch to play all three pickups simultaneously is bad ass.
I did the same thing with my bio. There was so much junk that I just made a google doc and linked to THAT. 😀
Mitch probably pregamed the $#!+ out of that! Haha just kidding, bro. You are right on pace though chief. Keep it up.
Thanks for the kind comment on my song 😀
haha, pretty much!
Aw Chris you’re too kind. Thanks ever so much for listening!
Good question. Vulcan nerve pinch me if I get too evil. ;(
Ha! Thanks 😃
I actually nicked the tempo off a song i was listening to earlier in the day and *really* struggled to keep up with the pace... I haven't played anything like that in months. Silly me!
Great to see you here again Chris! Every time I see your profile pic, or especially when I listen to your music, it reminds me that I've been meaning to explore extended range guitars!
Howdy! Watching you..have a fab fawm
Bring on the music, I hope you'll have a great FAWM.
Have fun! Double lustrum!
Hey, you! Let's make this shit happen!
Hey! Nice to see you here again! I wish you a gorgeous FAWM!
Hey there! How's tricks?
You ready to do this? 😉
Hi there! I’ve read the inner game of music, and agree it’s a good’un!
Hey Chris! Good to see ya - looking forward to your stuff this year
Good grief! I took a quick look at you web page to look at your toys. I think I might need a fretless bass now. OF course I've been thinking about one for a while. Now I have an excuse.
Chris, I'm happy to see you here again. Can't wait to here what comes along.
Hello!! Great to see you back. 😀 Yay for FAWM!!
Glad to see you around, Chris. Happy tenth year!
The taiko drums are ready.
Looking forward to hearing your multifaceted output.
Hello, my friend. It's great to see you here, as well as there.
Oh I can't wait for your brilliant music! And I hope we'll meet in person again this year to celebrate!
Thank you so much for the comments! 😀
I feel like I had a real editor now. Haha. It's great that somebody corrects my English because I make a lot of stupid mistakes.
Again, thank you. I really appreciate your time, friend.
Hi! Can't wait to see what you got this time
Hey, Uncle Rick! I might take the training wheels off the eightringer by next month! 😂😂😂😂😂
Dude, you look ready to deliver a sermon on guitar.
Give us this day our prog rock, man.
Really can't wait to hear more from you... I hope you have a great FAWM! 😀
I hope those fingers are limbering up for some tasty riffs. Good luck and happy FAWMing! 😀
What I was suggesting is that if Live does rewire, you just use Tracktion as the host for the 32 bit plug-ins and rewire over to Live. Live is still the DAW
Cheers! Have a great FAWM, friend!
I love the shoe-gazey pedal setup you've got (picture on the website). Makes me envious. Oh, and I might have drooled a little over your Godin 😉
See You In The Shadows…
Greatings & best of luck this FAWM.
See You In The Shadows…
For your 32 bit plug-ins... Tracktion 6 DAW is entirely free and bridges 32/64 and is a rewire agent. I think.
Do u incorporate it in a DAW? Which one? Does it take up a lot of CPU power?
Hey buddy - I'm gonna need to talk at you about EZ Drums. Like really soon cuz i really need to learn to use 'em.
Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018! Happy FAWMiversary! 10 years, that's incredible! WhhohOoO! Enjoy!
HFO!! I'm looking forward to listening to your awesome technical abilities (your playing and production are both outstanding) wedded to your dry sense of humour! (My computer is telling me that "humour" should be spelled "humor". Darn Americans and their weird spelling)
If you want to put a track together and I infuse lyrics and vocals or I can create a track and let you go nuts on it. 🤪
Nothing fancy. Just thinking about a simple tune to get my ideas a-percolating!
Hey guy - do you suppose you'd have time before FAWM starts to do a little collab exercise with me?