Candle 30


NW Ontario 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.



The past year has been spent developing a fantasy world with three lovely collaborators. We are now in the process of writing the first novels set in that world. If your interested in the world, its cultures & some of the short stories already written, you can check them out at:

Anyway, that brings me to FAWM 2020. A leap-FAWM (14Β½ songs) & I'm sort of in the same headspace as last year. There is my Oligarchy tracks from last year that I want to do more of. But beyond that, I have no plan. It worked amazingly last year (23 songs, more than I've ever done!), so I figure, why re-invent the wheel, right?

We'll see what happens this year.

See You In The Shadows…

Songs (30)

#1 Dreaming 16
Feb 2020
#2 Horror In The Museum 19
Feb 2020
#3 Door Of Tomorrow 13
Feb 2020
#4 Paradise Road 12
Feb 2020
#5 Layered Oragami 12
Feb 2020
#6 Gothic Acropolis 12
Feb 7
#7 Permanent Brain Deterioration @fuzzy  25
Feb 7
#8 More Cowbell 7
Feb 10
#9 Frivolous Frustrations 5
Feb 10
#10 Necessities Of Virtue 4
Feb 11
#11 The Drums Of Oblivion 9
Feb 11
#12 Punishment 6
Feb 12
#13 Draig-Athar 12
Feb 12
#14 Robot Genesis 7
Feb 13
#15 Animated Degradation 7
Feb 13
#16 Seven Years - f. Slackbot 7
Feb 14
#17 Don't Refrain 8
Feb 15
#18 The Gift (Warning: Rated R - NSFW) 12
Feb 18
#19 keepalive @looprication  7
Feb 19
#20 Distress Message From The Exploration Starship "Exceptional Clockwork" @fuzzy  21
Feb 20
#21 Pulsars 7
Feb 22
#22 Phronesis 7
Feb 23
#23 The Cost Of Solace 8
Feb 23
#24 Sands Of Arabia 12
Feb 25
#25 2:05 PM 5
Feb 27
#26 A Turtle Ate My Woman 9
Feb 28
#27 Ambient Poker 6
Feb 29
#28 A Ship At Night 1
Feb 29
#29 Discovery 2
Feb 29
#30 Lull A Bye 6
Mar 1


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  • @sunnymae  May 2

    See you in the Shadows πŸ˜€

  • @sunnymae  Apr 27

    Wille started the morph I was in in 2015 I was number two. I always wanted to have his song so I can remember the inspiration he gave me. This means an awful lot to me. Thank you for being a huge part of my search.

  • @sunnymae  Apr 26

    @sunnymae 5 hours
    Found it!!! It was on one of the FAWM blogspot radio show!!!

  • @sunnymae  Apr 25

    Thanks Candle for the suggestion on going to
    If I'm doing it right I went back to the year and some of the dates but all I got were the Fawm homepages. Great site though!! I'm sure I'll be able to use it for all kinds of stuff. Thanks again.

  • @dzd  Apr 19

    Grand idea with the panning πŸ˜€ chat with usta on here so much comment got a bit buried I just saw it hahah.

  • @dzd  Apr 14

    oh yeah other than that digitech hahaha I've had 3 or 4 of those with the good mid scoop

  • @dzd  Apr 14

    Not any bit of kit or software I'm familiar with(not saying much I've been around a bit, but as music don't pay the bills, I've also never paid a ton of attention)....but I do love love the sound .. even more impressed it can be done as a live setup.... if it feels like its right then let me aye aye how it sounds(to me) as an outside ear.

  • @dzd  Apr 8

    Since pretty sure you're still around haha, just as a general comment to all your stuff I really love(and am jealous) of what you do!
    I've given the midi world a piano was my first love single digits age....Have not given up, but I just tinker it always makes me feel like I'm trying to land a space shuttle or some shit hahah.....would love to get together on some stuff sometime.

  • @fuzzy  Mar 28

    The thing that makes Van Der Graaf special is the fact that they have no guitars, not even a bass. The bass is all keyboard foot pedals. The melody is held down by Jaxon's distorted saxophones and the organ.
    I actually saw them live in Toronto as a three piece (drums, organ, and piano) in 2001(?). It amazed me how much noise three guys in their 60's can make!
    Robert Fripp does a fantastic guest guitar solo on one of their songs, too.
    I suggest the "Still Life" and "Pawn Hearts" albums if you're interested in hearing more. "Pawn Hearts" is weirder and more "proggy" if you know what I mean.

  • @ustaknow Mar 25

    In case you don't know or remember, during 5090 last year, many started to get Error 505 messages, a "permissions" access message. So, while I could, others could not and pending from what they linked from, - it was confusing since many then could not get their Song Lists commented/feedback-ed on.

    The errors still appear to be there. I can access a SoundBoard from one link but not another. (And which ID's?, ah..., that's the confusion, who, what, where, why and how! Such as it goes!)

    So, "fyi" on that.

    I had a bunch of links to it, (proofed, it worked), Rocktober, but only until now, you, - did interest be shown.

    - There's allot of redundancy in the threads πŸ˜‰ for various reasons, however, pick one and maybe link it there too, -- just say'in, just say'in...

  • @ustaknow Mar 25

    OK, so as for stuff not to get to lost, all over the internet, here's, as well, from the 5090 post:

    [@Candle] (I don't think the ID helps, but, just in case πŸ˜€ - many had Error 505 errors when this all ended, fyi πŸ˜‰ so. As you say, we shall see. -- I'll copy this to your FAWM Soundboard!)

    Some 1980's ish lyrics flood to mind during the introduction. Yes, great original "textures", so to speak.

  • @fuzzy  Mar 23

    I'm hoping that you'll do 50/90 this summer; I miss you there! πŸ˜€

  • @looprication  Mar 7

    For me too. Someone close to me called keepalive "a masterpiece" but she's biased πŸ˜‰ Thanks for getting it to that level. Cheers πŸ˜€

  • @electrocelte Mar 4

    I think you used the word therapeutic right!? πŸ˜€ Hey man follow me on the Tweets so we can chit chat!!

  • @iwilleatyou  Mar 4

    Thank you! Congrats to you too! Thanks for all the listens.

  • @electrocelte Mar 4

    On 13th Floor I kind of hang before the word β€œpain”. Yes I have had some trials as of late. But you gotta do what you gotta do! In the end the album will be named after my 2nd FAWM track... FWIW πŸ˜‰

    I’m ok though buddy honest!! Thanks for listening, and see you in the light!!!

  • @electrocelte Mar 4

    On mΓ©tamorphosis imagine me in a car, in the parking lot of a mental hospital in my neighbourhood, screaming for an hour, to get three decent tracks of the chorus... I couldn’t possibly record that at home... the neighbours would freak!!!

  • @electrocelte Mar 4

    Hey Candle I am super chuffed that you know about Sgian Dubhs and even own a couple!? Here check this out my friend! This is why I am the King of Knives... πŸ˜‰

  • @metalfoot  Mar 3

    Well, my friend, I think it's time I started to get caught up on your music!

  • @sapient  Mar 1

    Oh man, I so need to come and give your tunes a listen...
    In the meantime, no pads were deployed on my final little track. I have an acoustic with a pickup, so I record it through a mic and at the same time feed the pickup output through my pedalboard... I think the main thing that's driving the shimmery effect is my EHX Oceans 11 reverb.

  • @heliosonorous Mar 1

    Thank you for the listens and comments. You have a great artistic style and I enjoy your pieces and the way you detail your writing and idea generating process. I didn't have time for any collabs this year, but would be interested in doing one next time!

  • @looprication  Mar 1

    Hey just wanted to say it was *great* working with you, and congratulations on this year's album! I'll be back to listen more after I pay some attention to the FAWM widow πŸ˜‰

  • @fuzzy  Mar 1

    Rereading some of the comments I've recieved and saw again your mention of Vathek, so I did some research on the novel. Now I gotta track down a copy; it looks like it's right up my alley! Thanx for turning me on to it!

  • @electrocelte Feb 29

    That goes both ways bro. Are you going for 30 songs!?

  • @fuzzy  Feb 29

    Thanx for putting out so much high-quality music this February!!
    You know I always enjoy listening to your tunes!!
    We need to collab again at some point!

  • @otterchaos Feb 29

    I have so enjoyed listening to your work, it's been very inspiring for my first fawm! πŸ˜€ I'd love to keep in touch in the meantime before the next one, drop me an email at!

  • @looprication  Feb 28

    Ha! I was haunting my watchlist literally a minute after you posted A Turtle Ate My Woman, honored to zong-bust it!

  • @caterwauler  Feb 26

    Thank you for your kind comments, and congrats on your early win and prolific month as well!

  • @iwilleatyou  Feb 24


  • @iwilleatyou  Feb 24

    Chess went very well! My bishop rammed her queen in the castle. Or something.

  • @jmadison  Feb 24

    I am sure I've never heard Pink Floyd's San Tropez on Meddle. Your comment made me go check it out. How could my jazzy song sound like Floyd? Oh my. I never would have thought that was Floyd.

  • @fuzzy  Feb 23

    Hey, thanx for your comment.
    That is an absolutely true story, by the way, believe it or not.

  • @toms Feb 23

    How easy to learn is Buzz? I have time limitations, but years ago I remember thinking that it was something I should mess around with.

  • @phoenixash Feb 23

    Hello there! Our Feline Overlords allow me to thank you for your kind comments in regards to their track, they ask me to explain that although it would be honorable for me for them to choose me as they singer representative, as it is for me that you think I should take such position, they would never allow it as, firstly no human voice speaks for them, secondly, since all of them are omnipotent gods who share equally in their space having one official in such capacity would signify that one has more power and none of them can claim such feat, thirdly they often criticize my grammar and pronunciation and thus would never allow me such honor. I personally thank you for your awesome remark.

    ~embedded signal underneath the message~

    ~run for your life, save your family they are preparing their move against humanity and I have been charged to lull you to compliance, I have no hope and am lost, warn those you can, save yourself~

  • @fuzzy  Feb 22

    Twenty tunes?!?
    Excellent work!!

  • @headfirstonly  Feb 22

    That line is actually a clichΓ© in the guitar trade: "Three chords and a smile" is applied to any guitar that the shop knows will be bought by the first person who plugs it in and plays it! And in the case of that Tele, they were right!

  • @sapient  Feb 22

    Thank you so much for listening to my non-metal stuff and being so kind about it!
    The more I do songs like that, the more I enjoy them. Maybe I DO need to do a whole album's worth... πŸ˜‰

  • @fuzzy  Feb 22

    Clearly, brown Melodicas are not as worthy as either green or red Melodicas.
    Thanks for the comment.

  • @heliosonorous Feb 21

    Thank you for all your listens and comments as well. You have a unique sound and I enjoy all your works!

  • @jmadison  Feb 21

    Hey, thanks for the tips on Come and Hear. I do want to revisit this one, and bass is a must. I never much thought about tambos for acoustic rock, but hey, I do need to work in some variety. Thanks again.

  • @angelinapowersuit Feb 20

    Hi there! Thanks so much for your feedback on "Living with the Enemy," I actually remixed it based on previous feedback so you have my other listeners to thank for that mix πŸ˜€

  • @brandondale72  Feb 20

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Such lovely feedback on my recent collab. Really appreciate you taking a listen and leaving a comment. πŸ˜€

  • @musicsongwriter  Feb 20

    Hi Candle, you are very welcome. It was a pleasure listening to your amazing take on Donna's challenge. I love the Dragon piece you created. Looking forward to hearing from you more of your compositions.

  • @fuzzy  Feb 20

    OK, our new collab is up.
    I hope you like it! πŸ˜€

  • @caterwauler  Feb 18

    De rien, thank your for all the lovely comments!
    Great job you too, you're being very prolific this year. Keep it up!

  • @fuzzy  Feb 18

    (By the way, it is nearly impossible to offend me. πŸ˜€ )

  • @fuzzy  Feb 18

    Yup, we should do another collaboration.
    I sent you an email a few days ago about it, actually. πŸ˜€

  • @apertome  Feb 18

    I really appreciate your comments! I was concerned I had gone too far with Shards of Humanity, so I was intrigued that you specifically commented on how far things were pushed.

  • @sapient  Feb 17

    Wow! Thanks so much for your comment on That Road. I can't believe you remember song titles of mine from years back πŸ˜ƒ
    I love making music like that. I feel I have a lot to learn with songs like that, and I worry about them all largely being variations on the same thing... But that's what FAWM is for!

  • @faceofeinstein  Feb 17

    Thanks for the flattering comment on withdrawn. Congrats on banging out so many tunes already. I've got some listening to do.

  • @santadharma Feb 17

    Whoa already 17. Congratulations.

  • @heliosonorous Feb 16

    Thanks for all the listens and comments. Much appreciated.

    In reply to recent things you had mentioned:

    Fart humor is so ridiculous, yet it has this timeless quality. Often seems the more awkward the interruption the funnier it is.

    I had never heard of Space Pirate Captain Harlock before, yet in googling this after your comment I have seen images of him, just never had a name to attach to it. Looks like an interesting show!

  • @sirius Feb 16

    Meow! =^.^=

  • @looprication  Feb 15

    Ok emailed you a link, lyrics, and context πŸ˜€

  • @electrocelte Feb 15

    Thanks very much Candle. Hey your profile pic is very interesting!

  • @looprication  Feb 15

    I sent ya a link to a crappy mixdown via BookFace, I'm on the road for the next several days but feel free to hit me up at as I will mostly be bored in a hotel room trying to scream at a laptop screen as "art".

  • @looprication  Feb 15

    Hey I've got a track that's begging for a candlesque solo, any chance you're down to lay one down?

  • @fuzzy  Feb 14

    Here's the original film.
    It's pretty crazy.

  • @captainvulpine  Feb 14

    Oye! I'd just like to let you know that I love you. I wasn't committed to this year, and either way I promised myself to not go commenting and message boarding, because the last few years my deteriorating mind was getting much too frazzled at the blatant romparoom fuckery. Anyway, looks like you're killing it. Thank you as always for keeping me going, and I'll make the time soon to check out what you've been up to. Cheers, mate!

  • @judypie  Feb 13

    Hahahahaha my apologies, I honestly never thought I’d write the words β€˜cut up your dick’ into a song! What can I say? Pete brings out the worst in me πŸ˜‚ So happy you dig 2at!

  • @phoenixash Feb 12


  • @phoenixash Feb 12

    Thanks a lot for your comment in Celestial Love, it made me really happy!

  • @fuzzy  Feb 11

    Thanx for your "Stabby Emperor" comment.
    When I used to teach History I always tried to keep it as interesting as I could. πŸ˜€

  • @metalfoot  Feb 11

    You are too awesomely generous with your time and comments!

  • @dragondreams  Feb 10

    Oh WOW!
    I'm humbled, and slightly dazed, that you inflicted so many of my tunes on yourself in a single hit! Seek professional help! πŸ˜‰
    Seriously, thank you so much. It makes it all worthwhile. πŸ˜€

  • @fuzzy  Feb 7

    Glad you liked it.
    It was fun to assemble!

  • @fuzzy  Feb 6

    I'm finished, but check yer email.

  • @fuzzy  Feb 6

    OK, got it and am already working on it.

  • @phoenixash Feb 2020

    Thanks for your comment on my track with Fuzzy

  • @zeekle1998  Feb 2020

    @candle thanks for listening. I’ll take a Rolling Stones comment very gladly. Cheers.

  • @fuzzy  Feb 2020

    Hey, I found someone you might like; new member @otterchaos.

  • @erucaesounds  Feb 2020

    Hi Candle, thanks for your kind words on 'Who's Keeping Score'. I think we swapped notes last year..... nice to hear you again!

  • @dragondreams  Feb 2020

    And thank you again! I'm working on part 2 right now! 😊😎

  • @dragondreams  Feb 2020

    I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all the time you've spent listening to my twiddlings, and for the wonderful comments! 😎

  • @metalfoot  Feb 2020

    Firefox is annoying. I don't know why it wants to default to Flash for the music player.

  • @faceofeinstein  Feb 2020

    Have a great FAWM!

  • @ianuarius  Jan 2020

    Happy anniversary! This FAWM has to be something special, right? πŸ˜€ Let's do it!

  • @jmadison  Jan 2020

    Okay, I just listened to "Do you believe in Flying Saucers?". This is the first Candle creation that I've ever experienced. I love it.

  • @ampersandman  Jan 2020

    Good to see you back! Thanks for your kind words on my release. Have a great FAWM 2020!

  • @fuzzy  Jan 2020

    Great profile pic, by the way.

  • @fuzzy  Jan 2020

    Heck yeah, if you send me something I'd definitely be able to work with that.

  • @chasingandromeda  Jan 2020

    And I look forward yours as well. Have a great FAWM!

  • @electrocelte Jan 2020

    Thanks Candle, you are way ahead of the game. This year I haven’t a clue as to what I will do...

  • @caterwauler  Jan 2020

    I see that you haven't been idle. Thanks for the kind words and the mentions. πŸ˜€
    Did you get my invite? If not, let me know and I'll resend.
    Looking forward to more Shadowy stuff by you.

  • @santadharma Jan 2020

    Hey! Yes we'll definitely be busting out some Casio tunes. Looking forward to hearing your music again.

  • @apertome  Jan 2020

    Hey, sounds like you have some interesting possibilities for your FAWM concept this year, looking forward to it!!

  • @kenficara Jan 2020

    Hi there! Looking forward to another year.

  • @kenficara Jan 2020

    Hi there! Looking forward to another year.

  • @heliosonorous Jan 2020

    I very much enjoyed your music from last year and look forward to your sounds and descriptions of the tracks and creative process!

  • @looprication  Jan 2020

    Me too, my friend! I can't wait to see what you do with those quirky synths, lush effects, and of course that gorgeous guitar πŸ˜€

  • @sapient  Jan 2020

    Ha ha ha... indeed, once it more than enough. FAWM gets me out of my comfort zone quite enough already πŸ˜‰

  • @kanttila Jan 2020

    Hey man, yes there are so few of us from this part of the province. I'll be looking to see what you come up with this year!

  • @fuzzy  Jan 2020

    I need to hear more of your awesomeness!
    I think we need to do a Collab at some point if you're willing. Not sure how it'll work, but I'm positive we can figure something out.

  • @metalfoot  Jan 2020

    Looking forward to your music this year! What a strange fall and winter it's been weather-wise here... need more snow!