Mike Debenham 15


AU   Jan 2006


Artist Bio

2019. All aboard for FAWM number... oof, I've lost count.

I'll be going with my usual plan of poor time management and barely controlled chaos. Looking forward to hearing what you all come up with!

Feb 28:
What a weird FAWM. I started the month utterly exhausted, and was fairly certain I wasn't hitting 14 right up until the final week, when I somehow broke into a sprint. Some lovely collaborations too - thanks to all of you. And to the whole FAWM community, one of the best places on the internet.

I'll be around in March to do all the listening I didn't manage to do during February. Cheers!


I've just released an album with a couple of FAWM songs on it. It's mainly aimed at kids, but if you want to listen to it with your big adult ears, there's little I can do to stop you:



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  • @donna  Mar 12

    Thank you for your nice comment on 'Last Night I Dreamed I Was a Little Boat'.

  • @shortdan  Mar 9

    Ah, thank you so much for trawling through all my modular stuff! 😊

    In answer to your question - a lot of the cooler stuff is down to happy accidents and would be quite hard to replicate precisely. What I may do is start recording more modular jam stuff then sampling bits to use in my more conventional stuff.

  • @adforperu  Mar 1

    ..and congrats to you too, I've got some catching up to do over the weekend!

  • @resonance  Feb 28

    I tried, buddy. I spent 5 hours today and finished another full sketch with no lyrics. I have so much material and no words for any of it and it's making me feel like shit, so I'm gonna step away from it and call it a day. I gave it the full 28 days so that's good enough for me. I'm looking forward to fleshing out what's done over the next few months. Thanks for the kick in the pants though. You don't know how much that meant to me - you're the best, mate! And I'm super proud that you made it to 15 with all your time constraints and exhaustion. You're a tank! 😀

  • @susyblue  Feb 27

    Holy shit your Butterflies song... I am seriously tearing up on the train...can you please play that at my funeral? (I’m a saint remember?) So very beautiful

  • @oddbod  Feb 26

    Hi Mike,
    Afraid to say I have hit a dip. I usually bounce back after a short while but this bugger’s not shifting. My commenting has fallen off a cliff too.
    If you have something then please send it over and I’ll try my damnedest

  • @nancyrost  Feb 23

    Just emailed you a new lyric.

  • @nancyrost  Feb 23

    I would love to! Let me see what I can find....

  • @adforperu  Feb 22

    We did, we did 😞 If I come up with anything I'll send it over but I too fear it might be too late, and don't want to rush it like last time.. though I guess we can rush one and then promise a proper go for 2020!

  • @jbp123 Feb 20

    Ha. Je t'attends!

  • @lcad Feb 17

    Thanks for your comments on my songs, glad you could get a connection! I agree on Boulder Town, I need to cut a syllable from that line or fix the melody. Thanks for listening!

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 16

    Do you play shows in Melbourne? I’d love to see you play live.

  • @susyblue  Feb 15

    Well rest assured adulthood’s mostly dull - Michael is now cleaning gutters as I lie around fawning, so dull! Pls tell the Department we’ve also successfully owned a dog for 3 years now, winning!

  • @spinhead Feb 13

    All of the people in my head express their appreciation for your kind comment on "Try."

  • @lcad Feb 13

    Thanks for your note and happy FAWM! I set all my songs to downloadable but they don’t appear to be cooperating. I’m launching an investigation, happy to email them though, drop me a line lc728@cornell.edu

  • @timfatchen  Feb 9

    Next please!

  • @jbp123 Feb 8

    Poodles are reasonably spooky hahaha. Possibly my favourite line of any song ever. Think my students are going to like this album!

  • @jessi14  Feb 7

    I was looking forward to hearing your songs for FAWM this year! Enjoy the journey!

  • @ericdistad  Feb 7

    It's great to see you back again Mike! (And sorry for the long delay in wishing you a happy FAWM!) I'm looking forward to more musical joy from you!

  • @isaacq Feb 6

    thank you for the warm welcome, Mike! haven't got anything recorded at all due to a household emergency, but it may happen yet *fingers crossed* ... now to peek into your world...

  • @shortdan  Feb 6

    Australian Crawl is a new one on me! I shall Google 👍🏻

  • @oddbod  Feb 5

    Hope you don't mind Mike but I'm gonna leave out the organ. Nice sound but with the other stuff I've added already it's probably a bit too much.

  • @oddbod  Feb 4

    I did have a try at alternating verses but wasn't convinced.
    I'll leave it until tomorrow to post.

  • @oddbod  Feb 4

    Hi Mike, I like your take so I'm going with that, plus it makes it a proper collab....I'll keep my french though. I added some more piano and tuba
    I'll post it up later unless you got anything else?

  • @susyblue  Feb 3

    Haha I am nowhere near 20, 5 years shy of forty faaarrrrkkkkk (no offence if you're forty) I think having kids is more adult so maybe we're even. Yes Mikey has been working his ass off but is just getting some time for fawm now yayyy

  • @oddbod  Feb 2

    you have mail

  • @oldlostjohn  Feb 2

    Hi Mike, that's a striking album cover, bet it sounds as interesting as it looks. Will check it out later.

    Poor time management here as well. Need to get a few things out of the way but I'll hopefully get going in a few days.

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 2

    Well here we go . Not me in particular but can’t wait for your musical magic

  • @oddbod  Feb 2

    Mike, I've written something daft inspired (idea nicked) very much by your album. Can I twist your arm so early on to provide some vocals and perhaps anything else that might work?

  • @sherrycanary  Feb 1

    Ho Mike
    Looking forward to your offerings this FAWM

  • @fortelmfield Feb 1

    Cheers Mike! Looking forward to treating our ears with your music again this year! 😀

  • @elainedimasi  Feb 1

    Thanks Mike! Your album graphic is great!

  • @caterwauler  Feb 1

    Have a great FAWM, Mike! Good luck with the barely controlled chaos. 😀

  • @spinhead Feb 1

    The year is shaping up nicely already, good sir. Don't tell no one, but I may pop in secretly and listen to some of your tunes over the next four weeks.

  • @susyblue  Feb 1

    Maaaaate cobber (mainly for @mdavisto's sake)! Lovely to see you back and hear your lovely tunes

  • @leepat  Feb 1

    You make me sound old. Have a great FAWM too! And hurray for kids albums!!

  • @sacraficialglam  Jan 31

    Good Luck good man. Be tuning in as usual when the parallel world of jobs and family don’t interfere with music needs.

  • @echovoodoo Jan 31

    Good to see you again, Mike. Your stated plan sounds practical, and I may adopt it myself.

  • @oddbod  Jan 31

    Just been listening to the album Mike. It’s bloody marvellous and puts a big smile on my face. Love it. Will it find it’s way into Spotify, Apple Music and the like?

  • @sailingmagpie  Jan 27

    Hope you manage to find time to squeeze out some tunes! I always enjoy your stuff.

  • @scottlake  Jan 27

    So, Mr. Barnadine, here we are again. I think it might have been you who turned me on to FAWM from the kvr forums. This is my13th year. How about you?

  • @nuj4x Jan 26

  • @fearlessflight2014  Jan 26

    Looking forward to your songs this year!

  • @resonance  Jan 2019

    Afternoon, sir !

  • @miltz  Jan 2019

    Thanks, Mike. I hope to get something (and/or myself) together enough to collab again. I will give a yell.

    I'll give some thought to the Wodehouse.

  • @max  Jan 2019

  • @miltz  Jan 2019

    Hiya, Mike.

  • @nancyrost  Jan 2019

    It's the least I could do. Great to see you here. Hope you can clear those plates!

  • @shortdan  Jan 2019

    Hey! Hoping you find time to do more than just pop in and listen!! 😮 That said I'm really not sure how much I'll be able to do myself this year - I'm going to give it a shot though 👍🏻

  • @autoclamp  Jan 2019

    Anomie Mine will be formed out of the shame the founding member will feel when he realizes he didn't include The Damp Washcloths of Melancholy in his current bands list. Poor, stupid bastard.

    At any rate, this person would be remiss not to wish you the very best of Februaries. The jerk.

  • @oddbod  Jan 2019

    Ah you've arrived.
    I don't like the sound of "At the very least, I'll be popping in to listen".
    Us MD junkies need our annual dose.
    BTW, no I don't have a FLAC version sorry.

  • @chasingandromeda  Jan 2019

    It's on like Donkey Kong.

  • @coolparadiso  Jan 2019

    Looking forward 2 some Mike specials!

  • @chasingandromeda  Jan 2019

    2019? I sure hope so! I need a Debenham fix.

  • @autoclamp  Jan 2019

    Under doctor's orders, I've been advised to keep it...


  • @adforperu  Jan 2019

    *tips hat*

  • @mdavisto  Jan 2019

    The bloody matofano song is still stuck in my head a year later.