Influences: Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys, Art of Noise, New Order, Radiohead, Wire, Kraftwerk, Super Furry Animals, Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, Soft Cell, David Bowie, the Postal Service, Gary Numan, Human League, Garbage, Tears For Fears, Chvrches
Hi. My name's Chris, but I record as 'Kiffa' (a lifelong family nickname). You can call me either! I'm not the most talented musician, but I'm always trying to make the most out of what I can do.
In recent years I've found it increasingly difficult to be creative 'on demand', but I approach each FAWM like a pre-2004 Red Sox fan, saying "This could be the year".
Here's the cheap and/or outdated gear I'll be (mis)using!
• Korg microKORG synthesizer/vocoder
• Yamaha Portatone PSR-16
• Casio CTK-330
• Casio SK-1
• Boss Dr-550 MKII Dr. Rhythm drum machine
• MXL M.A.R.K condenser mic
• M-Audio Pro Tools Recording Studio audio interface
• Reaper (didn't show up for the photo)
• A pair of headphones with Minnie Mouse on them, because I'm *that* secure in my manhood! lol
...and, possibly (but probably not)...
• TASCAM Portastudio 488 MKII 8-track recorder
Thank you so much for your comments on my pieces! I listened again to your (This Is) The End of the Line (Parts 1 & 2) yesterday and again thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I wish you the best year of creativity and expansion and look forward to listening to your future compositions!
I am certain you feel as I do, that this was a fantastic learning experience. By next year, your tech will be that much better, your ideas will be swirling in your head, and you know you will have the support of the friends you have made this FAWM! I am looking forward to hearing your new creations!
Thanks so much for your encouraging comments. I actually already changed "I Don't Get Mad" so that instead of repeating the first verse, the woman changes the password on his laptop and suggests he figure it out, and also suggests that since his cell phone "might" have fallen, he should put it in a bowl of rice. So she trashed his car, his clothes and his devices. Very satisfying!! Next thing to work on is my singing!! I'm already looking forward to next year, and hopefully, to meeting some of my musical compatriots in person!!
Thanks for listening to my collab songs "I Want to Go Back" and Fades to Gray" with mikeb.
Oh, my! Thank you for all the wonderful feedback!!! I look forward to listening to all your music hot off the presses next FAWM!
Great to hear you at the FAWMOVER party!
Looks fine now! Must have been that rogue ten seconds! Hope you can sort things, if you ever need any extra vox or whatever feel free to hit me up, I love a good collab 😀
(edit: I updated my comment on the song to avoid further confusion)
Thanks for commenting on our collab! It hopefully won’t be the last from this trio 😀
Thanks for the comment on Escape From Reality - fixed the tag!
Thanks for the comment on my collab with Geoff.
Looking forward to your retro goodness! Have a great FAWM. If you want to hear some more retro influenced stuff, check out my latest EP from my profile. I am guessing it is right down your alley!
Wassup! Happy Fawming 😁
Welcome back, have a great FAWM!!
Heh I still remember my early FAWMs clear as day! It's all the ones in between that are blurry 😀
I saw your comment in the "fawmtronica" thread about making music with synthesizers but not in the style of what is now called "electronica" and thought, "why is this Fawmer not on my watchlist?"
I hope you have a lot of musical fun and satisfaction to share with the rest of the class, this year. 😀
I remember you from the Auto-Pseudo-Mondo days!
Hey Kiffa! Good to see you back around these parts 😀