Tim Fatchen 16

Artist Bio

Influences:   Classical , Percy Grainger, Mike Oldfield, Enya, Kate Bush, Cecil J Sharp, US Musicals, Gilbert & Sullivan. Tom Lehrer

25 Feb Just off MV Astor. Turns out we were shipwrecked (on the Oz national news) although all I saw was a little bit of scraped paintwork. No inspired music or satire though. But there is a sequence of 10 technical studies (in the classical sense) some of which bear listening to. I wrote and recorded these in od moments, mainly at night, and I'll get all 14 (that's right!) up as soon as I've got the recordings sorted. So oddly enough I'll have completed FAWM though not in the way I intended!

10 February Just a little more explanation: I regret that things have got in the way of FAWM--I thought I could do the same as my very productive 2009 where I was also away for half of February....didn't expect the tsunami of other stuff (not all bad, just life I guess.)

9 February I'm bowing out at this stage. Frogspawn might appear in March...but this, which would have been my 12th FAWM, is gone, shot, kaput. I'll see if I can pick up by 5090.

7 February I don't think even the limited FAWM is going to happen. Opera meeting on 6th Feb: not dead, but a long haul. May be a workshop this year but not public or on the scale originally scheduled. I'm moving on with theatrical things. The little kickstarter was successful so i have some urgent things to do there and VOILA! The main studio computer chooses now to start dying. I'm limping by for the moment, because it's three days' solid to reload all the programs, not to mention getting all the hardware to talk. Don't let me get you down, but I think you should know I have this awful pain in all the diodes down my left side.

30 Jan About to be gone, back on 6 Feb (5 Feb for US people). Life is a mess. OPERA meeting on 5 Feb, so it might still be alive or on life support, anyway...the rest of it, completing renovations in Pt Augusta to generate soem cash down the line. I hope. The things we do for a crust.

27 Jan. Looks like the Kickstarter won't happen. Thee's a handful of backers, and it needs two handfuls. Spread the word if you can please! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...

25 Jan: OK, this FAWM is a disaster for me. We've found that retirement doesn't work, and are back almost fulltime renovating the properties which give us an income, of sorts. Due to all sorts of things, I lose more than half of February. Granted 8 days is a cruise long-ago planned and paid for, but another 10 days is exhausting heatstruck work in 112F or travel to it, away from linkages. So life sucks big time.

NEWS: I have a kickstarter running "A Childes Garden of Ecologickally Correct Songes" all out of FAWM. Spread the word if you can! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...

I'll be here for the 2018 first half and squeak the last couple of days. Gone and totally out of touch (all at sea) between February. 16th and 26th (!). So my commenting and main FAWM input will be in the first half.


Tim Fatchen: nice, polite, quiet, writes serious and often soothing music, good dinner guest.

Flying Tadpole (songs marked [FT]): anarchic ratbag, writes irritating and often nasty satirical rubbish, good kennel cleaner.


You're clutching (smaller) money and you want to hear cleaned-up tracks from earlier FAWMs?? Go here:

Or Spotify: all the albums are there, search on Tim Fatchen or Flying Tadpole

FAWM and 5090 are the main part of the top row of CDs. Songs are available on iTunes, but it's cheaper via CDBaby and besides, I get more.

Broke? Starving? Some songs are on

And free videos on

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  • @lbcsrw Mar 21

    Re your comment on Whitney Winds (you mentioned that you found it a bit long), I replied with:

    @timfatchen Long? Ha! I say HA! If you want long, try this:


    This is a 45 minute track made from 2 minute segments taken from a 6 hour performance, using the Novation Nova, my Sandblaster Guitar (Through a bunch of effects), and a stereo delay recorded on a Zoom H4.

  • @kahlo2013  Mar 17

    Ah yes! Glad you picked up on that perspective in "its complicated"! thanks for stopping by!

  • @monty  Mar 15

    Thanks for the feedback on We Go To Eleven. @Devin took the idea and ran with it.

  • @famouspatrick  Mar 14

    Thanks for the thoughtful comment on "Sunday Afternoon." I tell you this: those Sunday guitar pulls helped me keep my sanity better than anything else. It's just nice when you can play for the joy of it with other people who care, want to listen, and want to share one of their favorites with you. I wish I could find a bunch like that now, but everyone thinks they are too busy. Damn!

  • @tiller2  Mar 12

    Another way I use that Sony micro, when I'm singing and playing an acoustic guitar, is to lay it on its side or angle it, so that one mic points at the guitar soundhole and the other at me face. It would be better if there was a detent at the half-open position, which would be perfect, but I can fiddle with it and make it stay there. I probably should just use tape! Thanks for listening to "Cereal Boy."

  • @oaksnprairie  Mar 12

    Hi Tim, I find trying to get 14 songs done hard enough, so no 50-90 for me! I'm currently working on creating an album of songs from my first 3 FAWMs, and want to use additional musicians, so I'm trying to transcribe the melodies. I took a break from this project during FAWM, so now it's time to get back to work!

  • @barbara  Mar 11

    No low-blow intended (or at least in good spirit).
    Having just performed for the first time in a very long time, I think the adrenaline of no do-overs sends a whole host of chemical helpers! I do hope to hear it, and a trip to Australia would be lovely (though unaffordable), but don't drive yourself batty trying to record it. 🙃

  • @max  Mar 11

    Well Tim, before I started listening I first had to check out the pictures of the ship. Then I watched a couple of tutor videos for Absinth5 (native instruments) to understand what exactly I was listening to.
    Loved "Deep Blue", "Peppermint Pad" and "Karma Pirate", wonderful musical materpieces.
    Had to skip "Dancing Strings"on the first few notes, sorry 😞
    Songs like "Aeriality" and "Green Chameleon" could be played in a loop as musical wallpaper on dreamy days.
    "Darkwater" I think has a lot of potential to grow into a real long masterpiece with many directions. If I were you I would work on that one in the near future. Much respect how you created all these tunes in the late hours on the ship. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed the listen.

  • @oaksnprairie  Mar 10

    Hi Tim, received your CDs in the USA yesterday (March 9). Enjoyed the manic humor of the Childe's Garden and the mellow piano on The Night's Soft Tide. You brightened up a dull March day!

  • @jibbidy34  Mar 8

    Hi Tim! Thanks for stopping by to listen to some of my songs. Means a lot 😁

  • @songsville  Mar 7

    Ah, those pesky alien species, the gift that keeps on giving. Sorry about those rabbits, too...

  • @mikeskliar  Mar 7

    thanks for the listen on 'riverside'-- yeah, have fun playing it, fine by me! (tho it's largely wen's lyric, you might want to ask wen)

  • @wobbiewobbit  Mar 7

    ah vomvorton beat me to it. i was on double bass in position 3 of 4 on that tape, vocals and fuzz guitar done by vomvorton last. loved doing those 4-track tapes! thanks 😀

  • @vomvorton  Mar 7

    Thanks, Tim! Thats @wobbiewobbit on double-bass. I love it when these four-track songs end up with weird collections of instruments, and I think that particular one is the combo-organ / double-bass / guitar-duo robot pop song that the world never knew it needed 😉

  • @hummingbear Mar 6

    Thanks for commenting on three (!) of my lyrics. I always appreciate your comments, from bees to opera. Unfortunately "tiny shiny egos" seem to abound these days, always making the news. Good luck with your Patreon account. (From it I learned you hate cowboy songs, so you'd probably hate "One Bad Ombre" which is based on a very bad pun.) I'm always dazzled by your talent and hope financial support gets back on track.

  • @msculli1  Mar 5

    Thanks for the comments on Sometimes and Any Time Any Way.
    Yeah prime number theory was a loose concept, but an interesting experiment. I will continue with it, try to make it sound as good as I think it can.
    It would be interesting to hear how someone who knows music theory would use it. If they ever had free time that is.
    I hope the rest of 2018 treats you in a more agreeable way. Cheers.

  • @captainillegible  Mar 5

    Hi Tim, I'm sorry FAWM didn't work out for you as hoped. But thanks for listening to my songs and for your kind words, they're much appreciated.

  • @ianuarius  Mar 5

    Hey, thanks for the comment. I'm putting this album on Spotify. Should be up in the 16th. It's already on bandcamp. 😁

  • @tiller2  Mar 4

    A confession: searching for spooky chords for "Ghost," I borrowed the opening chords of "Thriller," the spookiest pop song I know. Dm F# Same key, too Bwooohoohoohoohahaaa!

  • @tiller2  Mar 4

    Hi Tim, glad you came back intact from your boating incident (aka shipwreck). Part of me would love to cruise on a wooden sailboat, but my finances and spouse won't have it. Though once we did cruise on a 110 ft wooden ketch in the Caribbean, under a somewhat piratical (but kind to us) captain. Drinks at 5 at the fantail! The beautiful Latina is now at the bottom of the sea, lost to a hurricane. I digress, thank you for listening to my songs! And commenting so kindly on "Ghost" and "Hinkypunk." The former was my first time doing the musical part of a collab. As for Hinkypunk, part of my life's joy is, once in a while, sending people voluntarily to the dictionary or Wikipedia. I look forward to listening to your music. Cheers!

  • @elliottlawrence Mar 4

    Thank you for your nice words! I'm definitely going to put this year's songs on bandcamp, hopefully in the next week or so. And I need to catch up with your stuff too!

  • @stephenwordsmith  Mar 1

    Sadly, not this year. Life has got in the way.

  • @oaksnprairie  Feb 27

    Just printed "I'm a Tree" to check: It looks great--it does get quite close to the top and bottom edges, but my printer handled it.

  • @oaksnprairie  Feb 26

    I'm flattered you'd think of me for backing! Glad to see you're back, and jealous that you just pop right in with 14 songs, when I'm still trying to reach that magic number. Love the lyrics in the Childe's Garden fakebook--haven't had a chance to try out the melodies yet.

  • @ductapeguy  Feb 26

    Hooray! Tim pulled off a last minute win. Fantastic.

  • @karan  Feb 26

    So glad you came out of the shipwreck situation without any harm, Tim! I love it that the Muse didn't let your February pass without making her presence known ... Looking forward to listening to your new pieces!

  • @metalfoot  Feb 25

    Whenever you happen to have a moment, you might get a kick out of this skirmish track of mine... http://fawm.org/songs/81230/

  • @valeriecox  Feb 14

    I stopped by to see what wonderful things you have up your sleeve and saw your post. My, my lots of things going on. I certainly hope it all works out well.

  • @karan  Feb 2018

    Ooooh, such great plans ahead! Please keep me informed, Tim!

  • @sheilerk  Feb 2018

    Just read your updates. I'm sorry things have gotten so busy and complicated this year. Take care of yourself and do what you need to do. I'll keep an eye out for you in case any pockets of time or inspiration arise, but will look for you at 50/90 . Not that I'll necessarily be participating then. I always think I will, then I don't. Summer is for grandkiddo and family time for me, and that's when I'm working out at the refuge, or traveling, so it just never seems to happen. But I'll check in to look and listen for you anyhow 😉

  • @ponygal1961 Feb 2018

    @timfatchen I believe that I too will be bowing out this year. Maybe 2019. Enjoy the cruise! Hope it's both fun and inspirational. 😀

  • @karan  Feb 2018

    Oh drat, I missed your Kickstarter! Can I make a little contribution via PayPal? Just send me an e-mail, pretty please!

  • @ponygal1961 Feb 2018

    Tim, are you here this year? Just checking in. Despite my ideas of picking up a uke last year (hmm, and maybe the year before) it still hasn't happened. No lyrics springing forth yet in '18. Maybe I need more coffee, coffee. Cheers my friend. Hope to hear your creative genius again soon.

  • @aneil Feb 2018

    hello hope you okay there's a rest inside this FAWM where you used to play!

  • @sheilerk  Feb 2018

    Helloooooo! 😀 I know you're super busy, just letting you know you're being missed!

  • @tiller2  Feb 2018

    Haha, good luck getting your computer (and priorities 😀 ) straight!

  • @tiller2  Feb 2018

    hi Tim, despite your excuses, I feel you're taunting us by withholding the wonderful songs in your brain 😉

  • @heavyhedonist Feb 2018

    Here. Present.

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 2018

    Happy Fawm to you

  • @sheilerk  Feb 2018

    Hope life throws you a few breathers in between the suckiness! And, hope the muse hits you during those random times that pop up!! I'll be looking for ya!

  • @klaus  Jan 2018

    Good day to you mr Fatchen, sir.

  • @oaksnprairie  Jan 2018

    Hope that FAWM helps the Kickstarter campaign! I'm looking forward to hearing your new album.

  • @barbara  Jan 2018

    Safe travels, and best of luck wth the renovations! Beware the sinks!

  • @lomedae  Jan 2018

    I'm still here Tim, I skip a year sometimes because of real life 😉 Good to see you're around at least part of the month.

  • @karlsburg25  Jan 2018

    Yeah its a shame Tim, but i just don't know if i have the full capacity to throw myself fully at it this year, But who knows. Hope you manage to get some done. Love your tunes Mr

  • @popmythology  Jan 2018

    It's a deal!

  • @arthurrossi Jan 2018

    Hello Tim! I am very happy to see you here again! I wish you a wonderful FAWM!

  • @popmythology  Jan 2018

    Hi, Tim! Just wanted to drop by real quick and say that I hope you'll take all the heartache and frustration last year due to the troubles with your opera and pour it out this FAWM! Love you as always!

  • @roddy  Jan 2018

    Hello again. Good luck with your two weeks. Sorry about all your other tribulations. Here in the Blue Mountains the temperature has been mostly a breezy 30 degrees just enough to make a steering wheel so hot you can't touch it. Good luck in the continuing busker wars too.

  • @barbara  Jan 2018

    Me: [knock,knock]
    Them: Stop knocking on my Golden Door!
    Me: You can forget that idea.
    Tim: I shall not forget this moment.
    Me: My hero!

  • @musicsongwriter Jan 2018

    Hi Tim, good luck with the weather. As for me, we lost hot water from Sunday and heating from Wednesday. Tomorrow is Saturday and we don't know when we'll have hot water or heating. Keep your fingers crossed for us please 😀

  • @sherrycanary  Jan 2018

    So glad you thought so highly of our collab.More to come!

  • @jamkar  Jan 2018

    Welcome back maestro!

  • @musicsongwriter Jan 2018

    Hi Tim. Happy Winter.

  • @tan482  Jan 2018

    No I don't know of Tommy Armstrong!

  • @sherrycanary  Jan 2018

    Hello there

  • @fearlessflight2014  Jan 2018

    Bummer, and I thought my schedule of only 15 available days was bad! I bet you could plant 14 musical seeds in that time though...

  • @barbara  Jan 2018

    Nooooooo!!! 😞 I'm sorry to hear that crummy news...

  • @bking  Jan 2018

    Hi Tim. Hopefully, I get rid myself of the noise that is life and get on with living. Collab perhaps? It has been quite a while.

  • @karlsburg25  Jan 2018

    Hey Tim. half a month from you is better than nothing at all

  • @tan482  Jan 2018

    Hello Tim, looking forward to hearing some music this year!

  • @fearlessflight2014  Jan 2018

    HEy there friend!! Really looking forward to your creations both Fatchen and Tadpole!!

  • @max  Jan 2018


  • @karan  Jan 2018

    Welcome back, Tim! I am in eager anticipation, looking forward to your wonderful creations! 😀

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  • @adnama17  Jan 2018

    Hey there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • @devin  Jan 2018

    At very long last, I have my own chapter in the HHIC... more to come good sir!

  • @rickatfulcrum Jan 2018

    I promise not to steal your thunder by writing any surf music this time. Hoping your FAWM bears prolific fruit!

  • @tsunamidaily Jan 2018

    hey! best of luck in the coming month.

  • @writeandwrong  Jan 2018

    Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018!

  • @igg  Jan 2018

    HiHo!!!! Good to see you here....and a great FAWM greeting to you!!!

  • @seanbrennan  Jan 2018

    Hoy, Tim! Hope you have a fulfilling February. I'll miss you in that second-half push, I'm sure!

  • @barbara  Jan 2018

    The blues it is, then! You would be forgiven if you merely moaned your way through FAWM, but I'm very glad you can do more than that! Time is the healer...

  • @barbara  Jan 2018

    Your story... it hurts just to think about! I'm so glad it was "only a flesh wound" as they say in the Monty Python troupe. Yikes!!

  • @barbara  Jan 2018

    Gosh, Tim... I pray it's not as bad as it sounds!