headfirstonly 23


  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


2019 will be my 11th FAWM. Where does the time go, eh? I'm back working full time, so don't expect anything near the levels of craziness I achieved in 2016 when I recorded 31 full-production demos in the course of a month. But as usual I'll be throwing all of the contents of my studio at everything I write. I'll also be attempting to learn more about the arcane practices of producing, mixing, and mastering. So much to learn...

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:


Songs (23)

#1 Making Up For Lost Ground 30
Feb 2019
#2 Sacred Engineering 27
Feb 2019
#3 Interpretation 18
Feb 2019
#4 Power Distance 14
Feb 2019
#5 This is More a Cormorant Than a Question 27
Feb 2019
#6 Xenotaph 22
Feb 2019
#7 Slave to the Algorithm 11
Feb 2019
#8 That's How It Happened 9
Feb 2019
#9 Crush Your Enemies and See Them Driven Before You 17
Feb 2019
#10 Treacle Assault 13
Feb 2019
#11 Hidden Intent 14
Feb 2019
#12 Area X 8
Feb 17
#13 ...And Hear The Lamentations Of Their Women 12
Feb 18
#14 Regime 9
Feb 19
#15 Uncle Rick's Music-O-Tron @wobbiewobbit  22
Feb 20
#16 Question 14
Feb 21
#17 Dragon Track 7
Feb 23
#18 Lost My Drive 10
Feb 24
#19 Open Mic Night at Castle Dragondreams @castledragondreams 1
Feb 24
#20 Getting Our Crim On @dunwich  11
Feb 25
#21 Please Shed Light On This @easyshed 26
Feb 26
#22 Ouch 4
Feb 27
#23 Liquid Cooled 2
Feb 28


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  • @mikkojuhani Mar 17

    Thanks for the comment!

  • @beautyspot Mar 4

    thanks for listening to On a Cocanut. We were floating in the sea, and then we were not... but we are still floating
    i believe you achieved your goals of good production, it sounded great and there was an abundance of craziness going on

  • @zecoop  Mar 4

    Thanks a bunch for your very kind comments on Nervous Night. I think that is about as happy as I've ever been with a mix. Super fun writing that one too and always great writing with my brother! I'm looking forward to checking out your EP tomorrow at work. Sounds like it'll be great!

  • @airbagtester  Mar 3

    ๐Ÿ˜ I've always wanted to visit San Francisco, but in the 70's and 80's before the tech boom. I'll probably still visit some day...

  • @estheraleida Feb 22

    thanks a lot for your wonderful words on Little Girl ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 22

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 22

    Ha, thanks! I have the feeling Randy had more than his fair share of tiring days. And, yeah, science in songs! I'm all for it.

  • @wearedinosaurs Feb 22

    Hey, thanks for the high praise! So you'll let David know I have a track for him then? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @haim  Feb 21

    Hi.. thanks for your comment on my song, I appreciate it man.

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 21

    Austaliana lyricaly is very similar to americana. Aussie tends to have more straight country musically so you are right im nearer the americana.

  • @hornesgiftshop  Feb 21

    Thanks for the comment. the Uncle Rick track is great. Will look for the P/Tree track later.

  • @hornesgiftshop  Feb 21

    Thanks for the comment. the Uncle Rick track is great. Will look for the P/Tree track later.

  • @fuzzy  Feb 21

    Hey, Thanx for the comments.
    That photo I used for "Rock 'n' Roll Bathroom" is actually the toilets at CBGB's.

  • @tjeff  Feb 21

    Thx for listening and commenting - much appreciated!

  • @dutch1967 Feb 21

    Thanks for the feedback on Upside Down In Love

  • @valeriecox  Feb 19

    Hey Chris. Thanks for the comment on my cut up song. You're so right. The brain always finds its own interpretation, doesn't it? Probably why I don't like the song. My brain interprets it in a way I don't like. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • @writeandwrong  Feb 19

    Phew! Making it through my watchlist! Can't believe I haven't been to your page yet, but here I am!! Ready to listen!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @sph  Feb 18

    Thanks for listening to Into the storm and suggesting the ambiguity in the third verse. I haven't thought about that ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @andyt13  Feb 2019

    All of this is so great! We have to do something together.
    Check out some of this craziness and if you are down let's do?

  • @ceilidh  Feb 2019

    New music is up for Special Forces ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @lanasolyluna Feb 2019

    Thanks so much. Same! Lots of listening to catch up on since Tomo has been so sick and busy with work. Will be back to listen soon.

  • @alphanerg Feb 2019

    Thanks for the TV tropes link for me to lose hours of my life to, just what i need during fawm... ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @candle  Feb 2019

    Thank you for the great comment on Nimbostratus. @caterwauler mixed it & put most of it together. I just sent her the Piano part (in the middle) & the guitar (at the end). The rest is her wonderful magic. I'm glad it brought back memories for you!

    See You In The Shadowsโ€ฆ

  • @caterwauler  Feb 2019

    And in reply to your comment on Mindfulness :
    Unfortunately, it's not bowed! I'm a real fraud here, the guitar is "violining" only thanks to a custom effect on an old zoom pedal, and to a lot of whammy bar use...
    And I'll check the Polar Lights sound, very interesting, thanks!
    But your link in No Human Lifesigns is broken...

  • @caterwauler  Feb 2019

    It's good to see you again!
    Thank you for your kind words and your lovely comments. <3
    I've realised just now that you're not in my watchlist. I had you in Mojo's and Mantra's, but not in mine. I'm completely at a loss with this accounts/watchlists stuff... Fixing this now, and going to listen to your music of course!

  • @candle  Feb 2019

    Thanks for all your wondeful comments. I've fallen behind on my listening & hope to catch up soon. Yes, we have talked about Buzz in years past. It is really a great program that allows you to be creative in just about anyway you can imagine. Sometimes it takes a little bit of fandangling with individual machines, but it's usually more an issue of lack of imagination than lack of tools that hinders a good Buzz project.

    See You In The Shadowsโ€ฆ

  • @ianuarius  Feb 2019

    Alright, next Monday it is. The guide details a few audio settings to ensure the best audio quality while streaming.

  • @ianuarius  Feb 2019

    Alright, sweet. So, here's a little guide for setup.

    So, just to clarify, you wanna do the show today?

  • @reklov Feb 2019

    Thanks very much for de-zonging my song "The red scarf"! I didn't have Thijs van Leer in mind when I did the flute solo, but of cause I know him and like his music, especially Focus' "Hamburger Concerto" featuring some fantastic jodelling from him (I want to try that too one day!). Do you also know his project "Pedal Point"? I highly recommend "In Dona Nobis Pacem".

  • @avidfanman  Feb 2019

    Thanks for the comment on *92981 - mix adjusted accordingly = more guitars!

  • @ianuarius  Feb 2019

    @headfirstonly Hey, that sounds great! Today's show is at 12am (so Tuesday) London time and then the two next shows are covered, but the next one is Monday 18th, 11pm.

  • @aprilm  Feb 2019

    Thanks for checking out Something's Changed in Me. I hope to do the music in the next week. Moving tomorrow so not sure when I can get to it!

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 2019

  • @mosley  Feb 2019

    Hey Chris! Thanks for checking out the two tunes I have so far ๐Ÿ˜€ Glad youโ€™re digging my more orchestral stuff, the first one is super short because itโ€™s for an animated piece Iโ€™m working on and I needed it at a pretty specific length. That rules that you were able to take a tour of the Mellotron factory!

  • @sapient  Feb 2019

    A saxophone? Me?
    Ha ha... nah, but there is an EHX POG2 running riot with it's mad octaver goodness ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @frozenlonesome Feb 2019

    Thanks for your comments and glad you enjoyed Two Ingredients.

    Correct the Deluge is the one with128 pads. Had mine for about 6 weeks and on some many levels blows away previous and current groove boxes. Had a Circuit for a while and have a Digitone too. Love the FM on the Digitone (1st Elektron gear I've owned) but the flexibility of the Deluge is amazing. Many great videos on YouTube but Looppop has three that are pretty comprehensive on the best parts and sound design.

    So many features its hard to know where to start. Unlimited tracks, unlimited # of bars per track, BPM from 1-7800 (fast after that). And most importantly sounds great!

  • @zecoop  Feb 2019

    Yeah, I KNOW that you've gone back for repeat punishment when writing songs, but in the end it's worth it, lol. Thanks for listening!
    I'm really digging the mic combo I tried this FAWM for my bass amp - one CAD KM212 kick drum mic from my old drum mic set, and a SM57. Those two mixed give a great balance of full and crisp sounds. Of course there was that Bass Big Muff Pi this time too, lololol

  • @emplate Feb 2019

    Heh, that's actually really cool! : ) I have to listen through your other tracks as well. You've always had a good touch on this prog thing. Maybe some prog metal at some point? I remember you having that 8-string among your axes. : D

  • @emplate Feb 2019

    Thanks for the comment on "Black Metal Terror - Nuclear Horror", I really appreciate it! I actually left the guitars a bit on the background on purpose for the sake of authenticity. Often in this genre the pummeling of the drums is in the front and riffs tend to be a bit on the back, like with the genre pioneers Blasphemy : ) An example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg7Ob...

  • @ceilidh  Feb 2019

    Thank you for your comments on Special Forces! The Special Investigation Team, the woo-woo room, the Folly, and Falcon cases are from the books listed.

  • @dreamscuba  Feb 2019

    Thanks for your comments on "Pop My Socks". I agree about the dissonance. I was wondering at the time. The song structure and most of the tracks were compiled on the phone with Logic for rearrangement and adding a few more instruments...yes, amazing what you can do with these devices. Thanks again.

  • @cindyrella  Feb 2019

    Thanks for your comments and I am sorry for whatever you are going through.

  • @timfatchen  Feb 2019

    The progfix saves me loading Oldfield/Montreux or plunging into youtube. Besides, it reduces my existential guilt because comments get counted on my FAWM total ๐Ÿ˜

  • @eighteenisnine  Feb 2019

    Thanks for the nice comment!

  • @bamsekarhu Feb 2019

    Thanks for the comments! Glad to entertain ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @petemurphy  Feb 2019

    Ah, cheers Chris. I have Massive. I use it a fair bit, along with Monark. I've got NI Komplete Ultimate, can't remember which number (could be version 9).

    Hope all is ok with you.

  • @mikeb Feb 2019

    Thanks for commenting on my 'SM57' song!

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 2019

    Hiya - yeah, I couldn't wait to get involved again this year - think I might be stuck here now.
    Firstly thanks for the comment on Memo, it's an odd wee song that would go so far and no further, but I like how it's turned out. If anyone wants to licence it, the rights are currently up for bid. ๐Ÿ˜
    Secondly, I think I've been unintentionally disingenuous and unclear. I'd originally intended just to do everything on my phone again because I'd not had a chance to set up the new bits of gear I'd collected, but in the end it all came together pretty easily and worked right away, so I'm more than likely going to be recording on Reaper this year instead.

  • @ryako  Feb 2019

    Hey, you finally made it to the party! Thanks for the comments. Hahaha, I taught myself Tuvan throat singing in, like, 2 days by watching a YouTube tutorial. I was thinking about learning a month ago and David was all, "I'll be very impressed if you can learn this. You've got a month to learn, right?" and then we made a bet and I said that, if I can learn this shit, then he'd buy me this expensive LED anti-aging face mask. Then, at some point on Feb. 1st, I was like, "Shit, I better really try."

  • @bking  Feb 2019

    Hi Chris. I hear you loud and clear about the gear habit. Instead of a gear page (too much maintenance), I just post a pic of the Belfry. Happy FAWMing!

  • @erucaesounds  Feb 2019

    Thanks Chris, back at ya!

  • @scottlake  Jan 2019

    Donโ€™t you think that if Debussy was alive today he would be doing generative music?

  • @wobbiewobbit  Jan 2019

    haven't officially said hi yet, have a great FAWM, Chris, perhaps Uncle Rick can come out of his shed again ??

  • @sailingmagpie  Jan 2019

    Hey Chris. Good to see you're back again for another month of madness! Looking forward to more proggy insanity from you this year!

  • @mosley  Jan 2019

    Hi Chris ๐Ÿ˜€ Iโ€™m looking forward to hearing what you come up with this year! Thanks for recommending me on the mad scientists thread!

  • @nuj4x Jan 2019

  • @max  Jan 2019

  • @jamkar  Jan 2019

    Greetings and a happy FAWM Chris!

  • @andygetch  Jan 2019

    Hi Chris!

  • @cts  Jan 2019

    Mr. Chris?

  • @sapient  Jan 2019

    For once I'm heading into FAWM with ideas and I think I need to work through them before commiting to much else... But who knows what might happen later in the month? ๐Ÿ˜

  • @guatecoop  Jan 2019

    Greetings to you! Yay Fawm is here again! Well, almost.

  • @candle  Jan 2019

    Happy FAWMing 2019. Looking forward to hear your exploits this year.

    See You In The Shadowsโ€ฆ

  • @zecoop  Jan 2019

    Gonna love hearing that Parker 'fly' through FAWM... And everything else of course!

  • @silvermachine  Jan 2019

    Wotcha mate. Ta for the Christmas CD, enjoyed it as expected.
    Like the jumper! oh yeah and the geetar, looks distinctly predatory.

  • @dragondreams  Jan 2019

    Here we are again. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @sph  Jan 2019

    Hi there!

  • @fuzzy  Jan 2019

    Have an AWESOME FAWM!!
    I look forward to hearing your musical output this February!!!