Candle 25


P0X1C0 CA   Jan 2010  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Queen, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Robert Fripp, The Tea Party, Pearl Jam, Explosions In The Sky, Enigma, The Beatles, Hovercraft



Candle is something that needs to be experienced.

The music of Candle has been described as Progressive, Psychadelic, Space Rock, and even Experimental. But what Darby, the artist behind the sounds, is really trying to achieve is a connection with every listener. To make those who choose to listen to his music feel something deep within themselves. Something they might not have ever felt before. Or maybe some memory they cherish deeply. The frequencies and moods created with a single guitar are layered in order to paint vistas which hopefully will let the sensations & imaginations of the listeners rejoice in the experience and become an interactive part of the music itself.

So close your eyes, take a deep breath & relax. Let the music touch your soul.



My headspace is so far away from music. I can't even believe it is almost February. I've spent the last year delving deeply into my fantasy setting of Nytheun - exploring different anthropological tangents; some of which have bourne ripe fruit.

I always seem to have this problem come February - do I put aside my creative writing for FAWM when my muse is steeped in the fantastical realms of my own creation? How do I force my creativity to switch gears and not only change mediums; but change inspirational sources & ends as well. In years past I've tried to avoid this problem by intending to write music inspired by whatever writing I had been working on (last year it was my Virlorians). But this has never really been as successful as I had hoped.

So what to do?

I want to FAWM. I love the process. I love the community. I love the conversations I have with all the friends I have made here. I don't know. I'm at a loss…

I think I will go into February with no plan this year. No concept album to explore and write. Come what may. I will surrender to my Muse and follow her directions. To quote Bono:

"Your instructions whatever their directions…"

Lead me forth.

See You In The Shadows…

Songs (25)

#1 Do You Believe In Flying Saucers? 25
Feb 2019
#2 Ming Tiger 15
Feb 2019
#3 Forgiveness 20
Feb 2019
#4 Tilted Ramblings In Tapioca Pudding 7
Feb 2019
#5 Cosmic Osmosis 8
Feb 2019
#6 Slacking 12
Feb 2019
#7 Double Century & A Decade (f. Slackbot) 12
Feb 2019
#8 Ricky Martin's Corpse 11
Feb 2019
#9 Robot Revolution (f. Slackbot) 10
Feb 2019
#10 Guitarist Angst 8
Feb 2019
#11 Shadowspawn 12
Feb 2019
#12 Venusian Lust 9
Feb 2019
#13 Nimbostratus @caterwauler  18
Feb 2019
#14 The Oligarchy Part I 7
Feb 2019
#15 The Oligarchy Part II 6
Feb 2019
#16 The Dark Throne Of Jupiter 8
Feb 2019
#17 Cloudbanks 11
Feb 17
#18 The Mellow Road 11
Feb 20
#19 Tenoc Jortep 6
Feb 22
#20 Ridgeline Soliloquy 12
Feb 24
#21 Vistas Of Perplexity 3
Feb 27
#22 The Scandalous Mrs. Agnes Brassington 2
Feb 27
#23 Seeing Red 2
Feb 28
#24 MMXIX Placeholder ZONG
Mar 1
#25 MMXIX Placeholder 2 ZONG
Mar 1


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  • @jaegerin  Mar 3

    Thanks for your kind words on "Holding the Space"! I appreciate it.

  • @caterwauler  Feb 28

    Glad I inspired you! A sci-fi western sounds good!
    And thank you for your comments, they're much appreciated, as always! πŸ˜€

  • @tosm Feb 28

    Thank you for taking time out to listen to and comment on my music!

  • @quintonbarnes  Feb 27

    Thanks for your comment on Mulameli! Funny how you pictured a utopia - I was imagining a world that appeared to be utopian on the surface but actually revealed something more sinister. Definitely going for that imagery and I'm glad it conjured up something in your mind

  • @sph  Feb 26

    Thanks for listening and commenting! That bass is my first electric bass from waaay back - I somehow rediscovered it

  • @ampersandman  Feb 25

    Thank you so much for all the listening and commenting!
    And congrats on your win, awesome job!

  • @apertome  Feb 24

    Congrats on your win, too -- wow! you are way past 14. Great job! I'll be back for more listens πŸ˜€

  • @fuzzy  Feb 23

    Hey Candle, I'm going to be on vacation for the rest of FAWM, so I just wanted to say thanx for the comments and all the great music you've made this February!
    Don't forget about 50/90!!
    See you there!!

  • @iwilleatyou Feb 23

    Definitely enjoyed Cloudbanks. I was teasing you about the gaffe so hope you take it with a grain of salt. This is not a joke....90% of my songwriting is happy accidents so yeah...thank god for imperfections.

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 23

  • @erucaesounds  Feb 23

    Thanks for your very kind words on 'Not Really My Kind Of Day", much appreciated!

  • @metalfoot  Feb 23

    I really need to give all your stuff a listen. So amazed you take the time to listen to my scattershot ramblings! Sodium is written but my voice gave out while recording it so I'll give it another try in the am...

  • @heuristicsinc  Feb 22

    Thanks, you hit upon the real reason I used those samples... the family connection. I had used that movie for a different (lesser) song some years ago but wanted to revisit it based on the way the song happened.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 21

    Honestly didn't realize I'd grabbed into the quarter-tone section of my musical bag of tricks with Stirs! But if I did... wow. Thanks for the kind comment πŸ˜€

  • @caterwauler  Feb 19

    So yesterday I had *finally* found some time to listen and comment. I was literally beginning to catch up with your music when poof! no connection... Had to explain the provider that Feb 21 wasn't a reasonable deadline for fixing the problem...
    I'll be back to listen and comment on your other songs soon. Technical issues are really being a big challenge for me this year...

  • @dragondreams  Feb 19

    First, congrats on your "win"! πŸ˜€
    Second, thank you for all the time you've spent with my twiddlings!
    Third, I'm repaying the listening over the next few days - I just have to get that last part of "Aeronaut" out of my system before it'll let me relax. πŸ˜‰
    Fourth, I find the player sometimes stalls when I'm on and Android tablet. I tried it just now and the "cowbell" song is working okay under Chrome.

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 18

  • @angelinapowersuit Feb 17

    Re: Poker Face - Really?? Oh, I'm surprised but so glad, thought I had made a mess of it. THANK you!!!

  • @fuzzy  Feb 2019

    Thanx for the comments on everything, especially on "Your Teacher Is On Stress Leave".
    I was a substitute teacher for 25 years. 😞

  • @fuzzy  Feb 2019

    You did not and can not offend me.
    I'm honoured that I could serve as an inspiration for you.

  • @popmythology  Feb 2019

    OMG, thanks for all the comments, Darby. And holy crap, look at all these songs you've written!!!

  • @erucaesounds  Feb 2019

    Oh yes.... the Jeff Beck connection was pointing to regarding your Robot Revolution and the line 'The Revolution Will Not Be Humanized'..... on Jeff Becks last studio album (and on the following Live at The Hollywood Bowl album) he has a song called 'The Revolution Will Be Televised' .... but clearly just a coincidence eh? Anyway, a foreboding subject and concept to say the least!

  • @tjeff  Feb 2019

    Thanks for commenting!

  • @frozenlonesome Feb 2019

    Thanks for listening and your thoughtful comments on Brew Time. The β€œreverse guitar” is a groovy patch on my Bass Station 2 synth. I had 3 or 4 takes to choose from but liked this one the best. Glad you liked it too.

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 2019

    Thank you for your kind lyrics on The dancer.

  • @heuristicsinc  Feb 2019

    Thanks for the review, I was a little concerned that this song was a little too static. Glad to hear you think it's shifting.

  • @angelinapowersuit Feb 2019

    Re: your approach to music - that's really cool and must take the anxiety away from playing live so that you can actually enjoy it, (the playing and the listening). I need some of that!

  • @bodhisvaha  Feb 2019

    thanks for the listen -always good to see you posting again!

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 2019

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  • @kahlo2013  Feb 2019

    Thank you for your comment! It looks like I have some listening to do!!

  • @ttg105  Feb 2019

    Thanks for the comments! I will stop by this weekend to listen to more of your stuff. (Work restrictions!)

  • @larryw Feb 2019

    ...and thanks for the comments on ,my lyrics, means a lot

  • @larryw Feb 2019

    Hi, yes check my friend Stereocilla I think you will like him!!

  • @cqcqcq Feb 2019

    hey thanks for all the compliments!

  • @eargoggle  Feb 2019

    Hey there, thanks for your comments on my song "Soak", yes, I think you're absolutely right that taking time away from mixing and working on a song and coming back to it later is more productive. Too bad I didn't remember that when i put those hours into trying to get things right!

  • @fuzzy  Feb 2019

    Thanx for all the great comments.

  • @fuzzy  Feb 2019

    Well then here's one you might enjoy, the liner notes more than the song itself.
    It's from 50/90 this past summer.

  • @lanasolyluna Feb 2019

    Glad you got the line in the song about the mask. Wanted to keep the lyrics simple and subtle since I’m usually too pedantic πŸ˜‰

  • @caterwauler  Feb 2019

    Why would you have to be sorry for that? I think we've implanted this image ourselves with the tag, and anyway, music is there for people to make it their own experience. Don't be sorry! πŸ˜€

  • @hannibalhamster Feb 2019

    Thanks for your feedback πŸ˜€ Noel Edmonds is pretty unknown outside of Britain, and not *exactly* adored here anymore. He hosted a bunch of radio and TV shows from the late 60s through to the late 90s, and now is a bit of a fringe figure - as are a lot of his 70s radio colleagues, though Noel is quite exceptional as he was ADORED in the early 90s, one of the most popular people on TV, then fell from grace without much of a reason. I'm 99% sure he's the direct inspiration for the character Alan Partridge...

    Thanks for the tip about the dropbox link too - I've updated them all. Appreciated! πŸ˜€

  • @ttg105  Feb 2019


  • @xfloorpunchx Feb 2019

    I definitely keep in mind our collaboration ! I just need to record 1 or 2 more tracks to be more confident about my album. πŸ˜‰

  • @xfloorpunchx Feb 2019

    8 tracks already ? When are you sleeping dude !

  • @metalfoot  Feb 2019

    That's why I did Time and Space as not-metric. Metric units are boring πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the comments on all sorts of my stuf! I need to take advantage of my sick day and get caught up on some of your stuff.

  • @fuzzy  Feb 2019

    For having a headspace "far away from music", you are certainly chugging right along!
    Great stuff so far!

  • @kovbleu  Feb 2019

    Thanks so much for listening to "Another Way" - I really appreciated your comment! Yeah, Dave did a terrific job with the music...there was so much going on, yet so much space.

  • @ttg105  Feb 2019

    Thanks! Will listen when I get the other computer ...

  • @apertome  Feb 2019

    Well, I was implying that Ricky and Trent are the same person, but online implications are a little hard to communicate πŸ˜‰

  • @angelinapowersuit Feb 2019

    Thanks so much for your feedback on "Cling!" And looks like you've found a good space for FAWM!

  • @quintonbarnes  Feb 2019

    Hey there! Thanks for your comments on my tunes. I've been very inspired by your work, it just feels so strikingly original and bizarre in the absolute best way. Thanks so much for sharing, I look forward to hearing what more you have to share!

  • @sapient  Feb 2019

    That link you sent didn't work 😞
    Wanna try again?
    Or you can reach me at abomnium at gmail dot com...

  • @hmorg Feb 2019

    Thanks for the comment! πŸ˜€

  • @ttg105  Feb 2019

    Couldn't listen to your stuff as some firewall thing blocked it. WIll try to listen when my gal comes over with her computer. Thanks for stopping by!

  • @caterwauler  Feb 2019

    Re your comment on Dawning Star : We couldn't resist, of course. Don't tell me you wouldn't have done it in our place.
    "And which rpg are you fornicating with, BTW? πŸ˜‰" I should collect all the cryptic phrases derived from inside jokes and popping here and there on different profiles and song comments. It's ridiculous and hilarious.

  • @apertome  Feb 2019

    Thanks so much for your feedback on the "suites," I often forget that on Soundcloud, by default the "download" option is turned off for each track you upload. I intended for it to be enabled, I think it's fixed. Listening to it today, I'm not sure the transitions are as seamless as I'd hope, that might be something to fix later.

    I think your intuition is right, at least that's how we worked for this. I mostly played viola and he did most of the processing. in "Converging" I was playing viola and used a looper pedal a little bit so I could add some synth drones and white noise washes, and my viola signal went out to Kurt's rig and you didn't hear any of the raw viola sound. "Dissolving" is a bit different in that I eschewed the looper and synths and just straight up played viola. And Kurt just focused on the processing of the viola. And yes, on "Dissolving" there is a dry viola track which I brought in and out in mixing.

    I did some editing on both suites, just to cut down on repetition and make the length a little more reasonable. Also in the first one it took a while for anything really interesting to happen. Each suite came from one 20ish-minute improvised session.

    Kurt and I did a live set with a similar process except I was playing acoustic guitar rather than viola, and I also played some synth parts, white noise, and field recordings. In that case Kurt did some processing on the guitar but also did sequences, synths, and some beats at times. That was a 5-part thing we played, and we had rehearsed what the different sections would be like ... although ultimatey the performance was improvised. I can point you a recording of that if you're interested.

  • @lanasolyluna Feb 2019

    Thanks so much for listening and your comment. Meandering lyrics are often the ones I like the best too.

  • @misterlyle Feb 2019

    Thank you much for the kind words towards Ten O Clock.

  • @howthenightcame Feb 2019

    Thank you so much for explaining your software set up. Will definitely be checking out the DAW you mentioned post-FAWM. Best wishes, how the night came

  • @wacha  Feb 2019

    Thank you very much for your kind words on "Get Yourself Together"!

  • @oblivionratula  Feb 2019

    Thank you for your comment on "L’chaim!" I'm glad you lied the mix. The more I hear it, I do, too (aside from my singing - it'll NEVER sound right to me). I worried I went too heavy with the reverb wash, but I think it fits the material well. Thanks again. I'll catch up on your tunes, soon.

  • @iwilleatyou Feb 2019

    2005 sounds about right when I first used Buzz. You do a great job with it. Thanks for the info!

  • @xfloorpunchx Feb 2019

    Merci Candle for your comment. I wanted to contact you on your facebook but the url is not working 😏

  • @dragondreams  Feb 2019

    I just popped by to say thanks for the listens and encouraging comments! They mean a lot. πŸ˜€

  • @erucaesounds  Feb 2019

    Thanks for the kind words!

  • @apertome  Feb 2019

    Thanks for the kind words -- yes, the Converging Parallels suite is designed to flow as a whole. It's funny that you commented that you wish it went on longer -- I'm making a concerted effort to make shorter songs this year. I can't decide whether that's for the best, or not!

    But if you download them and play them in order, back-to-back, it should be seamless; let me know if it doesn't play that way for you.

    There is more to come from those sessions with Kurt -- not part of the same suite, though similar. Maybe I will let some of those pieces draw out longer.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 2019

    Summer Day has music now!

  • @apertome  Feb 2019

    About the eastern vibe you pointed out, I get that somewhat frequently, I definitely am influenced by ragas and that sort of thing, but I think that my tonality is influenced more from playing too much (or too little!) Hungarian dances and the like.

  • @xfloorpunchx Feb 2019

    I reaaaaally want to collaborate with you !

  • @popmythology  Feb 2019

    Thanks, Darby! There's a long queue on my watch feed that I'm trying to slowly make my way through, but for that nice comment you just gave you get to skip the line, hehe! Gonna go check out your flying saucer song right now. Pretty excited, I love UFO stuff!

  • @caterwauler  Feb 2019

    I saw you've joined while I was recording. Awesome. πŸ˜€

    Thank you for your sweet comment. Looking forward to your experimentations. πŸ˜€

  • @heliosonorous Feb 2019

    Thanks for the greetings! Wish you a productive month!

  • @caterwauler  Jan 2019

    Pure experimentation is a concept. πŸ˜€

    I've sent you an invite for my Slack "workspace" (non compos mentis). Hopefully we can catch each other and have a chat.

  • @caterwauler  Jan 2019

    I don't like the feeling of insecurity inherent to new projects.
    On verra bien... πŸ˜€

    So no concept this year? Not even a small one? It's going to be interesting.

  • @caterwauler  Jan 2019

    Yes, I'm gonna control your minds, muhahahaha! 😈
    Actually, I've started working on new projects. Chances are that I'll use a few old recipes as well as more recent ones -- recipes that caused people to tag my stuff as hypnotizing or otherworldly in the olden days.
    We'll see. When I get a new project going, I never know in advance what it will sound like. Unlike you, I have a plan, but it's hazier than in the past years.

  • @nuj4x Jan 2019

  • @echovoodoo Jan 2019

    Next time you're in Winnipeg, drop me a note and I'll tour you through the ideaMILL! Or just drop in - if I'm not here, one of my co-workers will tour you around too. πŸ˜€

    Have a good FAWM!

  • @popmythology  Jan 2019

    I am ready for the Candle experience once again!

  • @sapient  Jan 2019

    Hey - great to see you here again! Let's do this thing 😁

  • @mosley  Jan 2019

    Hey Candle! Happy FAWMing πŸ˜€ Looking forward to hearing what you come up with this year!

  • @metalfoot  Jan 2019

    Hey! Thanks for stopping by. Looking forward to whatever you come up with this year!

  • @apertome  Jan 2019

    Hope to see you around again this year! I have some more time constraints than usual this year, with a new son, but I am hoping that I can still find time. Love your stuff and can't wait to see what else you come up with.

  • @captainvulpine  Jan 2019

    Aye! I'll be around my dear friend. The day you stop looking for me will be the day I stop showing up.

  • @looprication  Jan 2019

    Hello, Your Psychedelic Ambience! Looking forward to descry something in those shadows very soon πŸ˜€

  • @caterwauler  Jan 2019

    Hello my friend, glad to see you again.
    Thank you for your kind words. Yes, Mantra's music will live on. Like with Mojo, I've "borrowed" a few techniques from him ; he was much better at drone-ambient than me. πŸ˜€
    Same as you, I lost track of time. It was a busy year, and not an easy one.
    Looking forward to your unique shadowy creations.

  • @chasingandromeda  Jan 2019


  • @chasingandromeda  Jan 2019

    Shadows? Sure hope so...

  • @headfirstonly  Jan 2019

    Hello to you too - looking forwards to hearing your stuff and I'll be following your flog!

  • @fuzzy  Jan 2019

    Have a great February!!!
    More awesome tunes, please!!!