headfirstonly 32


Charfield, UK   Jan 2009

Artist Bio

Influences:   Allan Holdsworth, Mike Oldfield, Devin Townsend, King Crimson, Jeff Beck, Steve Hackett, Peter Gabriel, ELP, Zappa, Brian Eno, Steely Dan, Yes, Bruford, Dixie Dregs, They Might Be Giants, David Bowie, ZZ Top, Joe Satriani, and there's a big list of other influences in the link immediately below:


I'm an old dude who is absolutely obsessed with music and trying to create tracks that teenage me would have loved.

2021 sees me taking part in my 13th FAWM. I'm still ill; I'm still waiting for surgery (and clearly that's not gonna happen any time soon). I'm still not working, because full-time employment and having a large stone in one kidney and a cyst in the other *really* don't go well together. So I have a lot of time to devote to making music, and since the close of 50/90 and Rocktober last year I've completely refitted my home studio, and I'm averaging an album release a month on Bandcamp (the link's the second icon, above).

I share tips and tricks to help you get better results from your recording setup and generally get sidetracked a lot on Thursdays (19:30 GMT) and Sundays (21:00 GMT) over at
https://www.twitch.tv/headfirstonly - come say Hi!

If you want to see photos of my setup, find out what gear I use, or (god forbid) read a lengthy account of why it is that I've ended up making the sort of music I make and how I do so, it's all here:

"Leonard Cohen meets prog" - PROG Magazine

"The Bob Ross of prog metal" - ductapeguy

Chris Harris

Songs (32)

#1 Mission Statement 43
Feb 2
#2 Always Crashing In The Same DAW 30
Feb 3
#3 I've Got This @silvermachine 38
Feb 4
#4 Hanging On 24
Feb 5
#5 Know Your Boulders 23
Feb 6
#6 Fight for you (@nadine, @davidtaro, @dreamscuba, @headfirstonly) FINAL @nadine 40
Feb 7
#7 It Is What It Is 16
Feb 7
#8 Pick Your Influences 19
Feb 9
#9 So Much Winning 23
Feb 11
#10 No Rush 19
Feb 12
#11 It's Convoluted 16
Feb 14
#12 Leave Your Keys At The Door 17
Feb 14
#13 Pattern Reinforcement 17
Feb 18
#14 The Petting Zoo From Hell @ianuarius  15
Feb 19
#15 How It Started - - How It's Going 13
Feb 20
#16 More Monkfish Than Monkish @fuzzy  22
Feb 20
#17 Masks @metalfoot  12
Feb 21
#18 Drummer's Night Off 13
Feb 21
#19 Waiting For My Upgrade 9
Feb 22
#20 A Question For The Curious 11
Feb 23
#21 Things Go Awry In Human Resources 15
Feb 23
#22 Strange Attractor 9
Feb 25
#23 Where's The Gravy? @blindkiwi  7
Feb 26
#24 Party Planners (HFO link only) @castledragondreams 1
Feb 26
#25 Stranger Tractor 13
Feb 26
#26 Björk and Kirk Go to Tesco's @ryako  18
Feb 26
#27 Slave to the Algorithm 11
Feb 27
#28 The Castle Dragondreams Not Quite Annual House Party (HFO link only) @castledragondreams 2
Feb 27
#29 Audience Panda 11
Feb 28
#30 120-Second Thoughts 15
Feb 28
#31 Platonic Ideal 11
Feb 28
#32 On Reflection 13
Feb 28


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  • @nadine 4 weeks

    I've uploaded the final version of "Fight for you". You can insert some liner notes, if you want to. Thanks again for your splendid work. Happy Easter!

  • @gm7  7 weeks

    Good points..I agreed. Good recommendations.

  • @jeff9  7 weeks

    Thanks for wading through my murder ballad, man, and for the kind words.

  • @kajati 7 weeks

    How the hell did you manage 32 tracks ?!! Outrageous. Hey dug your comments man, thank you.

  • @caseewilson  7 weeks

    Thank you so much for your kind comments on Synthesthaesia and Nightsong! So pleased you liked them!

  • @gm7  8 weeks

    Thx...everyone likes a little fuzz!

  • @nadine 8 weeks

    Hey! Can you please write a short mail or comment on how I should credit you when our collab is ready? Name and maybe a website is suffient.

    Hit me up when your songwriting and producer prog rock album is ready. I want it badly!

  • @chroes  Mar 9

    Thank you *so* much for your super nice comment on "Morning Progresses"! It was my first ever song I made for FAWM, and it's been a great journey since.
    Hope to meet you again next year!

  • @cheezeboy  Mar 9

    This is delayed, but thanks for the comments on Ignore!

  • @safred Mar 8

    Hey, cheers mate, glad you like the DDRM stuff, yes, oodles of reverb is the thing 😀 I also use the Arturia CS80V, and may I also recommend the Memory Moon ME80, that plugin (IMHO) is by far the best CS80 VST.
    Up until the point where I crippled my bank account with the DDRM, this was my go to CS80! 😀

  • @kirjis Mar 8

    Thanks for listening & commenting on Metallostroi!

  • @mikeb Mar 8

    Thanks for the comment on 'At My Door'!

  • @electrocelte  Mar 8

    The #haggis is loose
    It’s up n’ runnin’
    All over the hoose

  • @princesssavania Mar 8

    Thank you for listening and kindly commenting on my song!

  • @jeff9  Mar 7

    Wow--what a mind-bendingly diverse oeuvre you have here on FAWM '21. Still working through them all, but clearly you are some kind of mad genius. Fascinating stuff.

  • @jeff9  Mar 7

    I'm so touched by your comments on "If Anybody Cares". As a songwriter and player, I'm still searching for my proper "voice"--it seems to be somewhere between a sort of straightforward country/America style and things like this that are maybe more in the Leonard Cohen lane. Always helps when others weigh in, so thank you very much for listening and finding merit there.

  • @jamkar  Mar 7

    Yep, thanks for the feedback on Onyx Caravan. Always appreciate it my friend!

  • @safred Mar 7

    Thanks a lot for your comment 😀 Yes the Deckards Dream is a hardware CS80 clone. Once I learned these things existed, I had to have one, being sort of CS80/ Blade Runner/ Vangelis obsessed 😀

  • @richaaaay  Mar 7

    Thanks for the comment on Prompt 42. As a FAWMling, it's nice to get comments from an old time FAWMer like you. Nice work with your music. Very impressive production...

  • @nuno  Mar 7

    Thanks so much for your comments on 'Winter Sun' - I think being worried about the vocals leads me to being a bit timid about them, and that just makes things worse. The feedback I've had on FAWM gives me a bit more confidence that maybe I'm on the right track and just need to practice more and be bolder. Thanks again.

  • @dreamscuba  Mar 7

    Thank you for your comments on "On The Run". Much appreciated. I am such a slow learner....I have never noticed the recommended option for songs...I will use this to check out some songs. Thanks.

  • @sbs2018  Mar 6

    Success! I had to delete a bunch of files and reinstall. Hooray! Now I have to figure out how to actually use it. Hope you're having success!

  • @heliosonorous Mar 6

    Thanks for the March listens! I listened and commented on all your tracks in February, so thought I'd leave a comment here. I dropped by and checked out your Twitch show a few times recently; you have a nice presentation and do a great job and I plan to watch some more!

  • @phenola Mar 6

    Thanks for the listen on "Compromised". I'm glad you enjoyed it -- I still feel like it was probably my weakest track this year, so I'm pleased you got something out of it. Cheers.

  • @danvaillancourt  Mar 6

    Thanks for your great comments on my instrumentals. I am always glad when they find ears that are into that style. We are lucky on FAWM to have such a kind and diverse audience of listeners/creators.

  • @pipewrench67  Mar 6

    Zoom live performance Sunday info added.
    Wobbie will post link to zoom

  • @sbs2018  Mar 5

    Heard from NI again and they sent some instructions that might fix it. Will let you know how it goes.

  • @klaus Mar 5

    Hi Chris. Thank you for the kind comments, specifically naming those two "Junk Drawer" sketches. It's hard sometimes to evaluate one's own songs, so thanks for your input and encouragement.

    BTW, I watched your "Is it Fawm Yet" video, the one with compression basics earlier in February. Cool stuff and informative too. You have a nice British accent and delivery.

  • @octaviankelp Mar 4

    Thanks for your nice comment on Épilogue des effraies, as a Mike Oldfield fan it means a lot. I also agree that Unexpected Barnowl would make a great album name, I will have to stick to the initial Dark Sign Of The Mood as it fits better with the whole project.

  • @sbs2018  Mar 4

    Okay, heard back from NI and they said my problem is a Big Sur incompatibility issue. Maybe because I upgraded from Catalina.

  • @sbs2018  Mar 3

    Tried again to log into Native Access but it just spins. I submitted a support ticket. Hopefully, they'll have a solution cuz this thing is so cool! Thanks!

  • @fuzzy  Mar 3

    Still waiting on my Eno book to arrive.
    It was supposed to be delivered by last Friday, but the shipment is still stuck at Canadian customs. 😞

  • @gordon  Mar 3

    Hi Chris, thanks so much for taking a listen to some of my songs and leaving such kind words. Re Guru of the Curfew, I think you might be right about the Dads Army reference. It's funny how these things linger for a while and come out in the end. I hope you manage to get your surgery soon and that we can get to some semblance of normal.

  • @heuristicsinc  Mar 3

    Thx for the review. Re: taking the drums out, I'd have to re-do it entirely if I wanted to do that, because I did it improv-style recording everything at once. E-bow I could add later... but I see your point. I may just revisit this one.

  • @nadine Mar 3

    Thanks for your comment! This kind of music was my youth no matter if called Nu Metal, Alternative Metal, Crossover or Rap Rock. Yes don't put music into boxes. Like that sound though. Maybe this all comes back. But we stuck in the 80s somehow.

  • @felixfelix Mar 3

    Thanks for listening and providing tips, I appreciate it!

  • @sbs2018  Mar 3

    Hey, thanks again for your wonderful comments. Btw, I tried to download that rather cool Native Instruments thingie but couldn't get past the Native Access step. Wonder if it's the Big Sur OS? Some things do not work with it, including my microphone. Sigh.

  • @mikeskliar  Mar 2

    ha, you're right- that song of mine 'love creates its own vibration' is way more george harrison-esque then mccartney-esque! (as am I, probably!)

  • @wearedinosaurs  Mar 2

    Thanks for the comment on 'Testing water' I totally get what you mean. It came out of a circuit bent Casio like this. The whole thing noise, melody and all. It glitched and then this happened. I thought it was so beautiful and a happy end to this years FAWM so I decided to share it. But it is very noisy even for me 😀

  • @elainedimasi  Mar 2

    😀 TomS probably meant "BumpyCakes" as a working title only. But he sent ~me~ the link, so ... I wonder how many orders he generated for them? - Thanks for all the great comments on our stuff and on Rick's!

  • @rwc Mar 1

    Thanks for your comments on "Snowblind".

  • @marthie Mar 1

    Thank you for listening- yes the big foot picture was a fun marriage to the instrumental🤣

  • @msculli1  Mar 1

    Thanks for listening to Wrong. I'm never sure how it's going to sound on other systems (especially the low end). Just cross fingers and hope it sounds ok..

    Cheers for listening.

  • @sapient  Mar 1

    Thanks so much for listening to my fake Eurovision song. That pun was just so obvious that I had to use it... 😻

  • @electrocelte  Mar 1

    Lol wait for it!!

  • @kiffa Feb 28

    Thanks for the comment and the advice, but the repetition there is actually what I want. It's supposed to be a cycle. This is just a demo; as I said in my notes, the final version is going to have some live instruments that will put some variation into it. I don't play guitars. I couldn't make this sound exactly the way I hear it in my head. I did my best to get a guide down for my friend who will play the parts on the final version-- and yes, he will be urged to do his own thing with it, within certain limits.

    Also, as I said, the final version will likely end up to a minute earlier than this does-- but I'm planning on using the demo as a guide track in the recording process, and so I wanted it to run well longer than I actually needed it to.

    I don't know whether or not you listened to the first part of this song, but the two parts have very different vibes (despite having some elements in common), so I actually feel that Part 2 will be an interesting change after Part 1, and will keep the listener engaged. I'm sorry you seem to feel otherwise.

  • @spazsquatch Feb 28

    Arturia Pigments, that synth seems to make it into just about everything I do. Amazing piece of software, with very good presets. 😁

  • @dock  Feb 28

    Thanks for your thoughtful comments and enthusiasm for the song. I agree about the video game metaphor. I just hope I don't have to face the Boss level next, I was never that good at video games. 😀

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 27

    That is not a Zelazny that I know, Chris! Looks like I need to do some research. (And thanks for the lovely comment!)

  • @sph  Feb 27

    Thanks for visiting and comments. If you want I can make the Kontakt instrument available to you. I just have to find where it got stored on the computer 😉

  • @spacehoers420  Feb 27

    Thanks for the comment! I made that pad sound extra spoopy with a plugin called Dumpster Fire, which is a whacked out pitch shifter.

  • @pipewrench67  Feb 27

    @ajna1960 is to blame

  • @willow1 Feb 26

    Björk and Kirk go to Tesco’s was absolutely brilliant!

  • @pianoonthepatio Feb 26

    Hi, thank you so much for your kind comment on Aftermath! Much appreciated. And yes, it is a music box! You have lots of very interesting sounds in your songs. I see that you're also on Twitch!

  • @jessespillane Feb 25

    Thanks for your comment about my megaman "chip tune". I really liked your description of what I was doing. So thank you for that!

  • @jamkar  Feb 24


  • @davewermers Feb 24

    Thanks for listening to my songs. I appreciate the comments.

  • @apertome  Feb 24

    Hey, yes, the Sputnik modules that I use are more or less Buchla clones, so you're spot on thinking Buchla.

    Wow, seeing Terry Riley must've been an amazing experience!

  • @ryuu  Feb 24

    Thanks for your comment on "The Call"! I fear I was slightly unclear about the vocals - I didn't improvise that! The original idea was to use improvisation as material that @chroes would then use for further processing, but I ended up just writing a song instead.

  • @glasscrow Feb 24

    Thanks for your comment on my track! Yep, I picked the voice with the Australian accent! Partly to be different, because I usually don't hear it in music, but also because she was the one bot who pronounced all the words audibly, lol. I was worried no one would know what "a sailor's mouth" is... I thought it was too old, but maybe it's just American. It means someone who swears a lot. Now I'm wondering if I even made it up by accident out of the phrase "swears like a sailor"...!

  • @juoppis  Feb 24

    Thank you for your comment! I'm stressing out all the time because I don't have enough time to listen and comment songs...

    but after two more I'll start. Promise. Super promise. Hyper promise.

  • @fuzzy  Feb 23

    Thanx for the comment on "Wake Up Sheeple!" (excuse me, "WAKE UP SHEEPLE!!!").
    As a veteran of the aviation industry I am sure you are ONE OF THEM and are covering up the whole chemtrail thing.

  • @patfee Feb 23

    haha, thanks for listening! i took your advice and started working on a video.. ill post it when its done!

  • @daveyboy103  Feb 23

    Link emailed to stems

  • @daveyboy103  Feb 23

    send me an email at daveyboy103@gmx.com

  • @daveyboy103  Feb 23

    I will send it over shortly 👍

  • @daveyboy103  Feb 23

    Why don't you do vocals on "Where's the gravy?" I will send you the music.

  • @torosintheatmosphere Feb 23

    Thanks very much for the comments. I appreciate it.

  • @daveyboy103  Feb 23

    Oh yes vicious. Not the greatest initial vocals but in mitigation it was very early.

    I have redone them now.

  • @mattwdunn Feb 22

    Thank you for the kind comments. I’m going to continue work on mixing some of these tracks once February is over. I’m having to mix with headphones when the family are sleeping which isn’t ideal. It’s been fun writing though

  • @taylortay Feb 22

    Thanks for the detailed and considered comment on 'trust the process'. You're absolutely right about the lyric / melody correspondence - definitely part of the plan for that track after FAWM.

  • @sirius Feb 21

    Meow! =^.^=

  • @blindkiwi  Feb 21

    Thanks for the link Chris, Very impressive and inspirational. I struggle to find the time to line up 3 tracks on reaper, Think I need to speed up my retirement plans 😀

  • @phoenixash Feb 21

    Thanks for your comment on lost boys, as a foetus in production I appreciate the tip

  • @phoenixash Feb 21

    Oh wow, really? I got confused them sorry!!! Awesome stuff no less

  • @nikopee Feb 21

    Wow, thank you for your kind and encouraging words! Yeah, I've been mostly riffing and raffing. Now in February I have studied a lot about song structures etc.

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 21

    Total kudos to Kristian for his production wizardry . Thanks for the comment matey . As you can imagine , from hearing it with a very sparse piano and me, to then suddenly hear Kristian’s magic was just ... well magical. 😀

  • @fuzzy  Feb 21

    Well thank you! 😀
    I really enjoy working with your sounds.
    Fun and challenging!

  • @fuzzy  Feb 21

    Good, I'm glad you like the collab.
    I hope it's ok that I posted it before you had heard it. 😀

  • @scubed  Feb 21

    I’ve been remiss in not stopping by sooner to say hello. Congrats on having such a productive FAWM! I’ll come back in a few days to listen to some more tracks.

    I’m so sorry about your continuing health problems. Here’s hoping you can get the surgery you need sooner rather than later.

  • @daveyboy103  Feb 21

    Now that you mentioned Rock the Casbah I can absolutely hear it. Also a song with a strange juxtaposition of lyrical and musical content.

    Thanks for your very kind comments.

    Child of the 80s, guilty as charged and also a massive fan of The Clash.

  • @povosos  Feb 21

    Thanks for the comment. Mix was actually louder than I thought, don't really know what happened. But honestly, I don't even know which is better 😁

  • @downburst  Feb 21

    Thanks for that insightful comment. That song actually started out political, but quickly veered in a more abstract direction. But your thinking aligns with mine.

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 20

    OMG my mate just told me about the BBC symph orchestra stuff. I have never attempted brass because its so poor in Logic X but i defo need to download that plugin

  • @leakyplusme2 Feb 20

    Thank you for your nice comment on "At Ya Again"

  • @tomslatter  Feb 20

    Thanks for your comment on "Traitor Thoughts". I am pleased to have terrified you.

  • @fuzzy  Feb 20

    Hey, I finally got that track finished!
    I hope it is worthy!!

  • @sapient  Feb 20

    Thanks so much for listening to the latest from me and Gordon!
    You ain't the first to make a comparison to Pink Floyd, but it's weird that neither of us ever listen to them.
    I did when I was at university, but that's more than a year or two ago, so you might think the influience would have worn off by now 😉

  • @willyviste Feb 20

    Thank's so much for your feedback. And the recomendation-thread also, thank you:)

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 20

    Yeah piano is played for real. Complete bluesy improv but think it worked. Thanks so much for the comment

  • @roysmith  Feb 20

    Thanks for the comment (a while back) spending the weekend catching up on fawm - yep definitely a bit like a barking dog...think I'm used to hearing mine too much and it creeps in ;->

  • @phenola Feb 19

    Thanks for the listen, buddy. Comparing my ending lick to EvH -- well, shucks. 😁

  • @felixfelix Feb 19

    Thanks for the tips on my recording Attempt at Harmonics. I appreciate it!

  • @nadine Feb 18

    Thanks for explaining! I did not know now how and when you are pinged / mentioned. Next time I'll reply on the soundboard.

  • @emkaydeebee  Feb 17

    Hey @headfirstonly I’ve just pm’d you on fb 👍

  • @metalfoot  Feb 17

    At work now but will take a look later! Thanks!

  • @jonmeta  Feb 16

    Well, hey, I was just thinking that the Fani Willis piece needs to be expanded, and Chris Harris would be my first pick to do it! I know you don't need collabs but it would be fun, at least for me. I've thought of two or three other guitar-based people I could ask, but you're at the top of list. Anyway, thanks for listening and for your encouraging words on that and Fruitcake.

  • @cheezeboy  Feb 15

    Thanks for the comments on Open! I appreciate it.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 15

    Thanks! yeah my ears are pretty shot this deep into fawm, especially on the low ends. I've been playing my "bass" too much 😆 I'll probably play with that one later. Doggie does do a better job following pitch than I do, he loves some harmonica, guess I should learn how to play it someday other than toot it to have him sing along haha.