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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


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.



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  • @ryako  Apr 27

    Sorry for the very late listening, but, yeah, you know why! Your guitar work keeps getting better and better every damn year!

  • @dunwich  Mar 23

    Thanks for the listening! Appreciate it ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @silvermachine  Mar 17

    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!

  • @metalfoot  Mar 16

    So we need to do a collab one of these years, Chris. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for your kind words on Feel The Groove...

  • @sph  Mar 16

    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...

  • @brrrse  Mar 16

    Thank you for your very kind words about my song 2AM. I appreciate your comment!

  • @bking  Mar 15

    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.

  • @majordanby  Mar 15

    Haha! I didnโ€™t know that!
    Everywhere you go in that building, you hear a distant โ€œyak yak yakโ€ laughter
    Carry On Haunting ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @sapient  Mar 15

    Got it in one! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  • @sapient  Mar 15

    Thanks for the comments!
    Bonus points for guessing which classic Dr Who story was the inspiration for the lyrics on Darkflower... ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • @jibbidy34  Mar 8

    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 youโ€™s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep bustingโ€™ those zongs!!

  • @timfatchen  Mar 5

    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).

  • @cblack  Mar 5

    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. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @scottlake  Mar 4

    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 havenโ€™t listened to anything by him since a music appreciation course in the 80โ€™s!

  • @mdavisto  Mar 4

    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.

  • @pariskis Feb 27

    Tx for the comments on GET ROCKED ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @jwh Feb 26

    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! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @santadharma Feb 25

    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!

  • @jwh Feb 25

    ...and I hope that you wouldn't mind if I shared your comment as a posting on Facebook!

  • @jwh Feb 25

    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! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @iwilleatyou Feb 24

    Haha..i'm drinking Shiraz. See you on cloud...oooh about 7 or 8.

  • @mikkojuhani Feb 18

    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.

  • @ryako  Feb 15

    It is a miracle to me that you have managed to make seven songs while juggling your insane schedule.

  • @oblivionratula  Feb 15

    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.

  • @dragondreams  Feb 2018

    Ah. Reaper does the loopy multitake thing too. It's me that doesn't use it. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • @dragondreams  Feb 2018

    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! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • @spunky4455 Feb 2018

    Thanks for digging my Centralia song. Judging from the comments, it appears to mean something different to everyone. Kinda the way I like it.

  • @sapient  Feb 2018

    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 ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 2018

    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! Hereโ€™s your badge. Excellent work and keep bustingโ€™ those zongs!!

  • @davidhendricks Feb 2018

    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...

  • @candle Feb 2018

    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 Shadowsโ€ฆ

  • @blackrose1313 Feb 2018

    Thank you for your feedback; but a demo won't be happening since I only do lyrics.

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 2018

    I think because the SD3 drums are called radio ready and the sound I used is alternative rock. Sounds like Radiohead drums!! ๐Ÿ˜

  • @jonmeta  Feb 2018

    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.

  • @arthurrossi Feb 2018

    Hey! Thank you very much for your gorgeous and thoughtful comment, sir! I was very happy to read it...

  • @jamkar  Feb 2018

    Wow! Thank you indeed my friend. 3 in a row. I gotta get to listening!

  • @wobbiewobbit  Feb 2018

    thanks Uncle Rick, yes that is my westone thunder 1-A fretless bass (shiny black) that i have had since i was 17

  • @marvsmooth  Feb 2018

    Hi Chris ๐Ÿ˜€

    Iโ€™m almost back to health now.

    Canโ€™t wait to get some listening and commenting done! Back later, I promise!

  • @dragondreams  Feb 2018

    Thanks loads Chris! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Frankie hasn't made an appearance yet this year. All guitar work has been on the Schecter so far. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @bking  Feb 2018

    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.

  • @mantra  Feb 2018

    Maow eeow eeh. Meow eew. Mrrr amrrr meow. ๐Ÿพ
    [Greetings, human. I'm @mojo's little brother, fawming on my own for the first time. Happy to hear you.]

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 2018

    Haha โ€˜Gear Aquisition Syndromeโ€™ - Love it! Yes thatโ€™s my only bug bear is how long it takes to load a new drum sound vs EZ Drummer which was so quick. Iโ€™m part way through my first song with SD3 though and still loving the almost real/live sounds. Itโ€™s a win for me! Thanks for the inspiration btw!

  • @drozen Feb 2018

    Hey! man thanks for listening to my music. You got some really cool stuff in your profile.

  • @sapient  Feb 2018

    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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @bking  Feb 2018

    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.

  • @adnama17  Feb 2018

    That hum is the sun! I've been using these a lot lately.


  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Feb 2018

    I did the same thing with my bio. There was so much junk that I just made a google doc and linked to THAT. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @electrocelte Feb 2018

    Mitch probably pregamed the $#!+ out of that! Haha just kidding, bro. You are right on pace though chief. Keep it up.

  • @kraftec Feb 2018

    Thanks for the kind comment on my song ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @dunwich  Feb 2018

    haha, pretty much!

  • @dunwich  Feb 2018

    If you want to delve into UZ, here's a piece I wrote a few years back: http://echoesanddust.com/2014/04/an-e...
    If you're not familiar with Rock In Opposition bands, I'm sure they'll be right up your alley!

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 2018

    Aw Chris youโ€™re too kind. Thanks ever so much for listening!

  • @klaus  Feb 2018

    Good question. Vulcan nerve pinch me if I get too evil. ;(

  • @sapient  Feb 2018

    Ha! Thanks ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
    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!

  • @aquamunkee  Feb 2018

    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!

  • @klaus  Jan 2018


  • @cynthiawolff  Jan 2018

    Howdy! Watching you..have a fab fawm

  • @alboe Jan 2018

    Hi Headfirst,

    Bring on the music, I hope you'll have a great FAWM.

  • @robs  Jan 2018

    Have fun! Double lustrum!

  • @ryako  Jan 2018

    Hey, you! Let's make this shit happen!

  • @arthurrossi Jan 2018

    Hey! Nice to see you here again! I wish you a gorgeous FAWM!

  • @sapient  Jan 2018

    Hey there! How's tricks?
    You ready to do this? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @mkd  Jan 2018

    Hi there! Iโ€™ve read the inner game of music, and agree itโ€™s a goodโ€™un!

  • @jibbidy34  Jan 2018

    Hey Chris! Good to see ya - looking forward to your stuff this year

  • @bking  Jan 2018

    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.

    Just saying.

  • @bking  Jan 2018

    Chris, I'm happy to see you here again. Can't wait to here what comes along.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Jan 2018

    Hello!! Great to see you back. ๐Ÿ˜€ Yay for FAWM!!

  • @caterwauler Jan 2018

    Glad to see you around, Chris. Happy tenth year!
    The taiko drums are ready.
    Looking forward to hearing your multifaceted output.

  • @max  Jan 2018


  • @downburst  Jan 2018

    Hello, my friend. It's great to see you here, as well as there.

  • @karan  Jan 2018

    Oh I can't wait for your brilliant music! And I hope we'll meet in person again this year to celebrate!

  • @ianuarius  Jan 2018

    Thank you so much for the comments! ๐Ÿ˜€

    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.

  • @acousticmaddie  Jan 2018

    Hi! Can't wait to see what you got this time

  • @dragondreams  Jan 2018

    Hey, Uncle Rick! I might take the training wheels off the eightringer by next month! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • @silvermachine  Jan 2018

    Dude, you look ready to deliver a sermon on guitar.
    Give us this day our prog rock, man.

  • @zecoop  Jan 2018

    Really can't wait to hear more from you... I hope you have a great FAWM! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @boyatheart  Jan 2018

    I hope those fingers are limbering up for some tasty riffs. Good luck and happy FAWMing! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @andygetch  Jan 2018


  • @scottlake  Jan 2018

    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

  • @juoppis  Jan 2018

    Cheers! Have a great FAWM, friend!

  • @candle Jan 2018

    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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

    See You In The Shadowsโ€ฆ

  • @candle Jan 2018

    Greatings & best of luck this FAWM.

    See You In The Shadowsโ€ฆ

  • @adnama17  Jan 2018


  • @scottlake  Jan 2018

    For your 32 bit plug-ins... Tracktion 6 DAW is entirely free and bridges 32/64 and is a rewire agent. I think.

  • @cts  Jan 2018

    Do u incorporate it in a DAW? Which one? Does it take up a lot of CPU power?

  • @cts  Jan 2018

    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.

  • @writeandwrong  Jan 2018

    Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018! Happy FAWMiversary! 10 years, that's incredible! WhhohOoO! Enjoy!

  • @fuzzy  Jan 2018

    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)

  • @cts  Jan 2018

    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. ๐Ÿคช

  • @cts  Jan 2018

    Nothing fancy. Just thinking about a simple tune to get my ideas a-percolating!

  • @cts  Jan 2018

    Hey guy - do you suppose you'd have time before FAWM starts to do a little collab exercise with me?