Influences: Many and varied, with strong leanings towards prog rock. See the link below for a list of some of my biggest influences
2020 sees me taking part in my 12th FAWM. A combination of ill health and not having a job at the moment probably means that I'll be devoting a fair bit of time to my music this year. Can I beat my all-time record of 31 songs and collaborations? We shall have to see...
Thanks to my burgeoning guitar habit, my gear list was in danger of taking over this whole page, so I've moved it to my website. There, you'll find information about my musical adventures, plenty of pictures (including the occasional embarrassing band photo), tracks of mine that you can listen to, and videos of me doing musical stuff. It's all here:
|#2||I Remember When @ryako||
|#7||Dennis The Menace||
|#9||Hello Old Friend (Guitar History 1)||
|#10||CT DADGAD Blues (Guitar History 2)||
|#11||All Hail The Chicken (Guitar History 3)||
|#12||Custom Job (Guitar History 4)||
|#13||More Strings (Guitar History 5)||
|#14||Access All Areas (Guitar History 6)||
|#15||Lookalike (Guitar History 7)||
|#16||Metalhead (Guitar History 8)||
|#17||Enough With The Blues (Guitar History 9)||
|#19||Hold My Breath @oddbod||
|#21||Anima Terraris @sapient||
|#22||The Tale of the Carving Knife @barbara||
Thanks Chris for the dedicated listening and enthusiastic, metaphor rich comments. Some great rock journalism there.
I didn't know the Hank Burnette song and was interested to hear that started you off on guitars. With me it was the beat instrumental groups of the early 60s.
I didn't do as much listening and commenting this year, I really enjoy making the music, but I don't seem to connect with the FAWM experience any more, and am doubtful if I will do it again.
Any way, I owe you some listens.
Sorry I’m answering so late. Thanks a lot for your comment. I use a setup on my iPad that contains all the effects (reverbs, delays...) and the looper. The looper app is called Kosmonaut.
Thanks for the comment on Yin. It is much appreciated.
I love the Eno jukebox story. I know someone who always selects The End by The Doors to wind people up, but that's only 11 minutes long. 51 minutes, that's a target. Perhaps you could suggest a longest song challenge for next FAWM, but then again somebody would probably post a song that lasted 28 days.
Speaking of juke boxes reminds me of the time, back in the 80s when it was the 7" vinyl 2 songs type. My buddy noticed a flaw in our local pub jukebox. If a track was playing and you picked the B-side it played it straight after. Then when the B-side played you pick the A-side again, it plays that. One busy Friday night between us we managed to loop Whiskey In The Jar and The Rocker for about 5 plays each. People were restless, they thought the jukebox was broken, their songs were not getting played, 2 Thin Lizzy songs again and again. Manager got sick of it, turned the juke box off, people lost money, there was almost a r
Could we perhaps continue the collab discussion via email (mine is available on my profile) or I could send you a FB friend request and then we could do messages there?
Thanks Chris! I’ve downloaded it already to my Dropbox, but I’m making myself wait to listen until after work, so I don’t get too sidetracked by my own creative juices.
Thanks for the kind words on "the bells of spring"! It's grey here in Pennsylvania, do I'm looking forward to hear those Brooks again too!
Thanks for your comment and listen to "Earth;" glad you liked it!
AND...I wish you a return to good health and all that makes you happy. I am in the same boat at the moment, so let's keep truckin' 😀
Thanks so much for turning me on to the Blackpool High Tide Organ! That was very cool to hear. I learn so much from all of you. 😀
Thank you for the kind words about my piece A Special Moment. I appreciate them.
Thank you so much for commenting on my song! I really appreciate it!
I think the key will depend on your musical vision for those sections (Matter of fact? Ethereal? Dark and somber? How fast or slow?) If you can put together a rough idea of I’m what I’m slotting into, I can better tell you.
Thank you very much for your comment on "Kullervon perintöä kantaa", I really appreciate it! Yes, my thoughts exactly, darkness, death, vengeance and forests are why Kalevala fits metal so well! And maybe that's why there's so much metal made in Finland : D
And you are right, there are dark times going on currently all over the globe. We can only hope that hatred and fear won't consume the whole of humanity.
Full creative license to make it more awesome is hereby granted.
That sounds great to me! Do you want to propose the idea or should I ask?
It’s my first choice now, lol! I don’t ever hear things in ‘metal’ but now that you’ve pointed it out, I can see it easily and it makes much more sense of what’s on the page. I know you may not have meant this, but if you want to create that, please be my guest! Demo slot’s wide open! Either way, thank you for giving the lyric a visit and letting me look at it with different eyes. I’ll be back to sample your wares as we March along. I’m getting ready for work at the moment. (I think there’s a metal song about that brewing...)
That film sounds like it's THE BEST FILM EVAH!!! 🤣🤣🤣
Hey Head First thanks for stopping by and lending an ear to Northland.
I seem to be making a host of new friends post f a w m and I am glad to make your acquaintance. Very excited about March and catching up with all this amazing talent on board. Cheers!
Thank you for your kind words regarding Silent Phone and your good wishes for my continuation, It has been tough losing our son but we are fortunate to have a great family and, for me, a great wife who has been with me for 62 years. Best wishes to you.
Thanks for the comment on "Wake Me When It's Dark!" I LOVE horror movies and metal, and somehow have never heard of "Suck" and now I can't wait to watch it! Thank you!
Thanks for commenting on 'Wounded'.
Hey Chris! Thanks for listening to Simulation!
I'm currently reading a book by Rizwan Virk called "The Simulation Hypothesis: An MIT Computer Scientist Shows Why AI, Quantum Physics and Eastern Mystics All Agree We Are In a Video Game". I remain quite unconvinced, however!
On the other hand, I read the article you referenced and I'm not convinced they've disproved the simulation hypothesis either!
I remain fascinated by the possibility!
Thank you for the listen to that song I was doing while I was doing our song. The vocals were pretty much a single take... That style is fine after a month of recording. Gotta watch not to overdo it tho or it does start to tickle a bit 😉
Thank you for your kind comments Chris on ‘Vocabulary’. Those chimes you hear are Rachelle on garage band guitar! She submitted the song that way, and I added my rhythm guitar to the mix. I urged her to keep this chimes in the mix. 😀
Have never read about that but making a mental note to check it out. I’ve always been fascinated by time travel, dreams, and the afterlife and all the potential overlap between them 😀 Thanks so much!!
You crazy nice man. Just know that every single thing you have done is going under my exacting scrutiny during the month of March.
Oh I'm so happy I got the Brian May thing then!! (I seem to be one of the blasphemers - I think the first three or four Queen albums were their best.)
I only know the Hamlet quote from the end of Withnail. Need to see that movie again - thanks for the tip!!
Cheers for the comments, Chris. FYI the atmospheric noises are me rattling a mug of tea with my fingernails and simultaneously making ch-ch-ch sounds through my teeth, with a bit of delay and reverb on. If i decide to go further with it, I think I'll cycle it around the stereo spectrum a bit too. Now you know. Borrow away!
Thank you for commenting on “Fall down”. The “Always be kind” line was written ... and then Caroline Flack died so it has a lot more gravitas, but was coincidence.
Hey Chris. Thanks for the comment. I'm just responding to a few comments before going into song commenting mode, so I'll have a listen to some of your stuff very soon.
Regarding the backing vocals, there is not as much layering as you may think. It's two harmonies, each one sung twice. So only 4 "singers".
The key is in the blending of them and making them sit under the lead vocal, so they add to rather than take away from it.
Thanks for listening to my Snowman song. I have to admit that I cheated with the gruelling bassline: after recording a lot of it I cut out 8 bars and kind of looped them 😉
Hey, thanx for your tunes this FAWM!!
Your music is always wonderful to listen to!
Thank you for your great comment on 3001! 😁
I didn't put horses willingly in there but I'm glad you hear some. There has to be horses in a 3001 feline space odyssey, right?
My human says your comment made her laugh a lot. She thanks you for it and for your other feedback.
Thanks for your insightful comment on "please don't open the cupboard"! Yeah, I've had to work hard to break the habit of dramatizing my mental state in an effort to show people that something's wrong. The people who don't get it still won't get it, and it just makes things worse. Trouble is, I'm now crap at writing depressing lyrics!
You made it! With a bit of luck I'll be home in a week and should be able to start listening!
Thank you so much for the comments and praise! That's unfortunate about the comments. Seems counter-intuitive to tagging, but... This has been quite a challenge. Other than the missed guitar use, I'm am very happy to have made 14.
Thanks for the comment! Actually, the lyrics are also from 2016, I just checked. I didn't see the Ted Talk, though.
You're very kind, Chris. 😊
I'm looking forward to your songs. What I've heard so far has blown me away! 😎
Thanks again, Chris. 😎
Yep, Mk XIII. Definitely a keeper.
And I don't have the 29th left. Other draws on my time tomorrow. 😣
Thank you for the comment on my song! I'm both delighted and disgraced by the Tom Lehrer comparison; he's such a brilliant writer and a huge influence of mine, but I did have a sinking suspicion I was borrowing heavily from "When You Are Old And Grey" in my chorus melody. But it's such a good melody, I couldn't help myself (though not for lack of trying). Anyway... thanks again! 😀
Hi, thank you for the kind words you left for my song Change My Mind. I'm enjoying checking out your songs and am impressed by the count! Cheers!
I've mailed you
Thank you for your comments on Rat Burana!
Thank you for your comments!
Thank you for your comments on my songs. Glad to be back if only briefly. Can't stay away from my friends all month, even if I only have time for a brief visit. 😀
Cheers, I'll check them out later
Thank you for your comments on my track. Greetings from the seagulls. 😉
Thanks for listening and more importantly thanks for comparing me to one of my idols on Lazy Wonna Be 😁
Thanks for the comments just now! Although thank you even more for the education around black boxes. I just google image searched... not sure I'm going to change the picture on the song, but I AM going to spend the next 30mins reading about them 😀
Thanks for listening to my song "Bench by the Sea", I appreciate it!!
Also, How did I go all of February without listening to single one of your songs? I love your songs!
Hey there. Thanks for the comment on my meditation music. Yes, the flow state where you know that you know that you're doing something right. I believe that to be true, and here's my non-scientific, scientific reasoning. 😝 We know from science that every thing vibration aka energy. So if we can tell when two vibrating musical notes are in harmony, it just stands to reason that we could feel the harmonious vibration of other energies.
Cheers, got em
"well, there's a whole novel to be written from this, isn't there?"
Dammit, man!!! Not sure I could make a novel of it but it actually might work as a novella...
*adds it to the post-FAWM list
Hi! Thank you for the comment on my track! I really appreciate it!!
thx for the info, i'm gonna check that song out!
Thanks for the kind words on "hollow".
I completely agree that the guitars can be brought up in the mix. I was having issues when trying to do this where they "muddied" up the mix so rather than spend hours mixing, I posted it! Cheers.
Hi there - thx so much for listening & commenting!
Thanks for commenting on "The Fall"! I appreciate it. I've never heard of Mark E Smith. Was he a musician? I'll have to look him up 😀
Thx for the kind comments. I agree on the key change...but I am a guitar player and this is a new field for me..but it's fun.
Damn, Chris. I've got lots of catching up to do!
Thanks loads, as always, for your kind words. 😎
Sent an email this morning
Thanks so much for your generous comment on “Please”! I, too, am at a point in life where actual and potential losses have made this all too real for me.
I have to agree with Nigel about Dm. There is so much heartache in “Lick My Love Pump.”
It took me a while too Chris. No worries. 😀
You'd love this pedal. The original ran internally at 18 volts, which really makes a difference. Wish I could afford an original! 😀 But this one is cool.
Thanks for the listen and comments on my latest song!
Well when you have Tap in your influences arsenal, how you could leave that behind?
Hi Chris. Thanks for your kind comments. I still have a lot to learn about one-hour songs, especially lyrics. 😀
oh oh, sorry I didn't mention the gear! I ran direct from guitar through the interface, using a classic fender reverb setting.
Hi Chris, thanks so much for your remarkably kind words on my new song, "Somber Friends". Both the guitars on this track are my Fender Telecaster, (picture in bottom right of my soundclound image the track plays over). Was actually a gift from my good friend's dad that passed away several years back. Nothing like a free and pristine guitar!
How is it that I missed that Eno album? Thanks for mentioning it.
Also, it seems you've caught me: I *did* try to trim the track down to 100 seconds before calling it done but just couldn't make it work. Maybe they can force the clock back a little bit, please, so it lines up with this track. It would be the only fair thing to do.
Yeah, my Strat was the same thing. I don't even think I got to the third chord LOL
See You In The Shadows…
Wow, thanx for that YouTube link.
That's some mighty fine Melodica playing.
Bizarre video too, so of course I enjoyed it.
I look forward to hearing how you use your Melodica.
Thank yoooooou for your remarks on our Rockabilly song...really nice!
Oh and the person to listen to for rhythm chugging? Sonny Terry. A master.
Glad you liked “F train”! I do love rhythm harp.
Thanks for the listen and comment on Only Me! Much appreciated <3
Thanx for your comment on our starship AI tune. Yes, I definitely had Iain Banks in mind when naming the "Exquisite Clockwork".
Hey, thanks for all the great comments on my tracks so far! Keep the prog progressing and the rock rock'n!
See You In The Shadows…
I got excited and forgot to mention how much your comment meant to me. Thanks for listening and giving really insightful feedback.
I am a terrible producer. I’d love to hear what some actual production could do to one of my songs. Let me know if you might be interested!
Chris, no nothing has arrived
did it have any attachments that were maybe too big?
hitting the sack soon so no rush
Thanks for your comment on my KC copycat song sans odd time signature stuff. I actually was inspired to try that with ZeCoop’s 4/4 drums based on listening to Silversun Pickups who have some Belew like riffs in there 4/4 songs. I’m working on a 7/4 song which I hope to get done before the end of the month. It will sound more like Rush, I hope. Grace under pressure era.
Thanks for your nice comment!
I have a possible idea. I need to work it out a bit more and then I'll send you something, though I see you've no email address listed.
You can send me an email so I can reply to that if you want, unless you have something else in mind?
Thanks for dropping by for a listen to Lip Sync Buzzfeed. Given your huge talent and production skills, I'm humbly flattered!
Thanks very much for the comment on "Electric Lawnmower People In Digi-Suburbia"! The comment about Kraftwerk in particular means a lot.
Hey thanks!! Yeah, doing the amp thing is great. You should especially since you build them!! I need to redo the drums though. Uneven and the snare sounds like a cowbell for goodness sakes.
Thanks for the listen and comments. I appreciate the extra info you added about the Trans Neptunian's. I bookmarked your album and will definitely plan to listen to it!
Glad you liked it!
The massive "rock concert on the surface of the sun" sound is an Earthquaker Devices Erupter fuzz pedal with its single control dialled all the way down to where it gets sort of bit-crushing. I love it, but it needs to be used with caution - it's an extremely loud pedal 😁
Thanks for your comment on Baby Group, hope you enjoyed your cuppa!
Thanks for the comment on 'Slow Travelling' - weird thing is I didn't even think about Prince when I recorded it - it was all about the reversed sample. Listening back I can see where people are coming from in the super-generous way that FAWM encourages.
Thank you so much for The kind words on mine and Cindys collab