Influences: Ergo Phizmiz, James Hall, Zach Phillips.
** IMPORTANT - I'm not driven by comments/listens, so don't feel any pressure to comment on anything I do. There are musicians and lyricists on here who are far more deserving of your time. Making music for me has become more of a personal art project than trying to get people to listen to my work. If you are kind enough to comment, I don't mind whether it's a fleshed out critique, or just a "Hey, I listened to your song!"
It's all good with me. **
As it says up there, I'm Pete Murphy. Spent most of my life not releasing my music, due to having no confidence. I finally dealt with that, and I've released 14 solo albums in the last two years. Various styles, from grungy groove rock to avant garde experimentalism to covers of entire rock operas to hip hop to musical soap operas, and loads more.
All of my solo releases on Bandcamp are on a Creative Commons licence, so you can take my music and edit, sample, remix, cover, rearrange, etc, as long as I'm given credit in your liner notes.
You can find my albums at -
I recently deleted my Facebook account. My music page still exists, and my wife posts stuff on there for me, but I no longer visit the site.
I also deleted my Twitter account, but I am on Instagram under the name pete_murphy
2018 was a crazy (in a good way) year for me, creatively. I wrote lots of songs, and released several albums. I was fortunate to spend time with my two biggest musical influences (James Hall, when I visited America in February, and Ergo Phizmiz, at several points in the year). I've heard it said that you should never meet your heroes, but those two guys were nothing but kind, welcoming, and inspiring.
I'm a peaceful guy, but I won't tolerate aggression or bullying anywhere near my page.
I've been taking part in FAWM since 2012, and I'm more than happy to give help or advice to new FAWMers.
Happy to do a few collabs, but mainly looking to do more 'out there', experimental stuff. I don't do much pop or rock music these days, not really interested in writing 'commercial' music or 'genre' music (many people out there doing it far better than I can), and I'm heading deeper into the world of the avant garde. I'm not too bothered about traditional song structures either. It doesn't matter to me if a song only has two lines, and is 20 seconds long.
Pronoun stuff - he / him.
I hope you all have fun.
|#1||Die, Genrah, Die!||
|#2||Feeling Most Peculiar||
|#3||Down On Shadow Creek @mctown||
|#4||F**k You, Inner Critic||
|#5||Seven In Three||
|#6||Who La Hoop?||
|#7||The Unreliable Narrator||
|#8||Once I Knew The Dark Night Well @mctown||
|#9||You La Seas||
|#10||Give Me Privilege||
|#11||Please Don't Send Me To Coventry||
|#13||A Chappie Named Pete||
|#14||He Was A Sociopath||
|#15||I Don't Think She Likes Me Very Much||
|#16||You La Seas (Part 2)||
|#17||Circus Of Trolls @fearlessflight2014||
|#19||Soup Du Jour||
|#22||Can't You See @mctown||
|#23||The Deaf Song @leepat||
Hey Pete - I had your e-mail but am not sure where it went. I'm thinking maybe on FB messenger which is not there anymore. If you get a chance, let me know here or to zecoop at yahoo dot com. I wanted to drop you a line, as I finish listening to your latest album (brilliant once again). I really appreciate you and your incredible artistry and just wanted you to know that I am really glad to know you. 😀
I’m very glad that you checked in. I know that things are hard, but sometimes the struggle is the precursor to unexpected growth. Given your history and progress, I would expect this to be true for you too. I would love to hear more from you if you are up to it. I find you to be inspiring and kind. Best wishes until we talk again! I’m looking forward to listening to your new record!
I think that it’s all a balance that we strive for. Anyone who is self-reflecting feels as if they go off the rails (myself DEFINITELY included), but that feeling is intended to guide us that whatever we are doing needs to be recalibrated or adjusted. There are times when I know that I need to change what I’m doing because I’m not feeling good about aspects of my daily life...or just generally unhappy. Maybe the solution right at this moment is not all or nothing, but something in between. I really appreciate you and your efforts to grow and evolve. Amazing. I’m sorry that you don’t feel good right now, but given how much you have grown over the last few years, I am certain that you will adjust because of this and continue your climb. Amazing results and quite an inspiration to me and others, I’m sure! All the best to you!
Thanks for explaining 'catabolic', and for the encouraging comment on 'Anxiety and despair' - a few weeks ago now. I see you've been very productive, while still making stuff that's interesting to hear (going by my sampling of it anyway), and avoided putting your stuff into genres true to your word. I was going to do one more track tonight but I'm too tired so I'm catching up on my FAWM correspondence instead. See you here next time maybe...
No problem. Just wanted to squeeze in a collab with you. Next time.
I did the demo myself, called Expression is the Way Through Depression. Has a funk groove going on.
It is good you honor your limits xo
Pete... I have lyrics for a dance tune. I see you are way ahead of the game. If you have any time/ energy left, I would like to send it to you
Doesn't hurt to ask 😀
I ended up purchasing Ozone. It has helped my mixes tremendously. I also got the other 2 plugins you mentioned, I already had the NI plug and the Sonalkiss was free, but I haven't figured out how to use those yet. Thanks for the suggestions. I'd love to do a collab with you one day. Keep on rocking.
Thanks, Pete. I've actually been listening to WR lately - it's the only album I never get tired of - and tried to write a song like "Hiding." It's nowhere near as good, but it was fun trying. See "Sunday Tea Time of the World."
brill! looking forward to it!
So glad you liked the song. Thought you might hahaha
Come by some time and check me out as a punk rocker haha
Not 'Comfortably Dumb', then? 😁
Thanks for stopping by! Yes, you told me about your Rick Benbow encounter ... I would KILL for a copy of that demo!
Thank you for your kind words on my Swedish fiddle waltz. You have been on my watchlist since I started FAWM in 2014 and I have always admired your work, so kind words from you really mean a lot to me!
Hey Pete, re. The music you sent: I’ve got something I’m happy with but due to the tricky lyric pattern I’ve worn my voice out trying to tweak it so it flows. I’m going to take a break from singing tonight and then do the real vocals tomorrow (there’s a few bv’s that are arranged pretty close so I gotta get ‘em in tune). Just wanted say thank you. I’ve had a LOT of fun with this and I hope you like what I’ve come up with. 😀 it’s certainly different for me.
Did you mean to post a link?
Thank you SO much! I've got two gigs tomorrow and I'm gonna spend the morning making sure I know the tunes (oops). But this tune is first on the dance card for Sunday. 😀 Now I'm off to post a ridiculous bluegrass tune...
G or F would be wonderful!!
Hey Pete just letting you know I’m getting to your tune over the weekend. I’ve been playing around with it but the idea that is forming is a bit demanding lyrically, and I have to be creative because it’s not the best key for my voice. 😀 Hopefully I’ll send you something on Sunday.
you're welcome Pete - that album's ace! you put them out faster than I can listen though - which has given me an idea...
thank you. If you like it, there's 150 albums in my bandcamp to explore, I think some of them you might enjoy 😀 I would listen to your work, but for some reason only soundcloud embeds work for my computer. I am listening to By The Way Of The Devil from bandcamp, I like it.
Thank you so much for your kind words on Burn the town down and Once I was loved. Hop eyou and L and the doggos are fine.
Thanks, Pete! That's awesome 😀
Thank you so much for your lovely comments. <3
tha ks so much for your kind words
really means everything coming from you mate
Take care bud
hehe thanks Pete 😀
Thanks man! Yea, I think it is called SunRa just because of the overall weirdness, not because of any connection to the actual Sun Ra. You can put in your own sound files and it has all these sections that randomizes them together with effects. It then just spits out a constant stream of random noise. Super cool. 😀
Thank you for the comments! Last year I tried (just for the sake of argument) to make 14 "normal" songs. It went fine but was way more boring than this, though after 14 I had some fun of my own again and went back to my usual clank boom steam-mode. 😀
Thank you for your thoughtful comments, and your kind praise.
And don't worry about mobile device-induced typos - I managed to butcher an Ozymandias reference in a song comment by referring to 'ye nighties' - something Shelley probably wasn't thinking of at the time!
Thanks for your comment on my 10x10 -- I've reworked the lyrics and arrangement and will re-post soon.
Thanks for your lovely comments! Yes you are spot on with the mellotron! Holy moly look at all your songs you are putting us to shame!
Thanks for your lovely comments! Yes you are spot on with the mellotron! Holy moly look at all your songs you are putting us to shame!
Ha! Loved your comment 😆
thanks for the listens and great comments! Just read all that, so wonderful to read 😀
Thanks for listening and commenting on my song "You Are Fragile", I really appreciate it!!
Pete! So wonderful to see you here this year. Thank you for your kind words. You’ve been such an encouragement to me throughout the years. Thank you for that!
Hi Pete. Stolen Your Story and Sinnerman, yes indeedy, it's almost impossible to run that chord sequence and riff on a piano without duplicating Nina Simone! i try, not wholly successfully! What the hey>..!
Thanks mate. We are all cool. I am also catching up 😀 will get to all of yours soon.
Cheers pete . Yeah just got Iphone this time but have garage band on the phone so can twiddle to a certain extent . 😀
Hey Pete, dear, thanks for the recommendation on my song on the forum, that really warmed my heart a lot. I really tried hard to finish the song you are talking about, with a bridge and even a solo, and it was hard and then to produce it a bit, all took my energy so much but I'm glad you like it, it gives me reassurance that i'm on the right path to create better things. I truly appreciate gestures like that, not something I'm gonna forget quickly, so thanks, I don't know how to thank you that is really kind gesture for me. thank you.
I'm impressed to read you released 14 albums already, that's great, great to read that you overcame the annoying old fears that were leading you in your life. I hope you will continue doing what you love with health and happiness! See you around.
Aww. Thanks, Pete. That means a lot coming from you. 😀
Hey Pete, glad I could be helpful. Gonna hear what you've been up to so far this month 😀
Wow! 6 up already! You’re rocking it as usual. I wondered if you would consider sending me some music- anything, no matter what genre. It would be so cool to collaborate again.
Thanks for the mix buss tips! I'll give it a go. 😀
Sorry, I just realised that my comments are becoming increasingly useless. I do love your songs!
Yay, thank you!
Hi Pete, first thanks for the nice comment on my track. Second, unlike you I do like to get validated by comments; I don't even mind that much getting slagged off, as happened to me once last year. So if you have a minute or ten I'd very much appreciate further listens and comments 😀.
Apart from that, I very much agree with the last long para of your bio... and also the titles of a couple of your songs or whatever they turn out to be, which I'm now about to listen to. Never got the point of genre ghettos, and I'm not too keen on my inner critic, although it does sometimes come out with helpful comments among the nasty stuff.
Hi, Pete, this was a couple years ago so you might not have it anymore, but I was just wondering if, by any chance, you still happened to have the demo of the version of 'The Road is So Long' that you did? That was one of my best FAWM experiences and I wanted to always remember it and keep the versions that people did.
Thank you so much Pete for your kind words, encouragement and sharing your personal experience. I pity the person who wrote that article, he/she is clearly not able to appreciate Your Talent which is their loss! I'm truly sorry this stopped you from singing for so long. I have to say although I don't have the voice I'm hoping for but comments from school friends were putting me off trying to sing for years too. People like giving their opinion regardless to how it will be taken and what consiquences will be. It is sad. I love FAWM partly because most people here are very kind, caring and supportive. Thank you for being a great musical friend. I treasure everything we collaborated on and I often listen to it. Have a great February. I'll be back as soon as I possibly can to listen to your fantastic and very dear to me songs.
Thank you Pete. You are very kind. I'm looking forward to hearing more of your songs. As for singing, lol I have my excuse: someone once told me that it's hard to sing well if you had your glands and adenoids removed. I don't know if it's true but I hold to it for my excuse... I'm sure though many people had it done and are singing beautifully. Oh well. All I can do is try, I hear it so differently in my head. Each time I hope I'll produce what I hear but alas it's not coming. I think perhaps on few occasions I was able to create with my vocals what I was hoping for but in most occasions it doesn't materialize. But I live in hope...
Hi Pete, hope everything is good for you and no one will put you off FAWM or 50/90. Your participations are always very special and unique. I love your songwriting so much. Thank you for your kind comment on my song. I wish I could sing but I hope in some ways I gave some impression of what my song is about. Thank you again for your kindness. Have a wonderful February.
Cheers Pete - glad the synth (NI's "Massive", if you're interested in such things) had the intended effect. 😁
Hey Pete. Thanks for the comment. Tbh I haven't been feeling too bad about my songwriting - it dried up a couple of years ago but that led me to start the violin again and now I'm working towards being a violin teacher, plus I joined an orchestra where I met my now girlfriend, so running out of inspiration was possibly the best thing that could have happened to me! It's possible that putting the guitar down for a while has given me a new, much needed, perspective. Anyway, that's all for the talking head in the documentary they're sure to make about me one day...
It's good to be back, at any rate, and great to catch up with old FAWMers such as your good self. Looking forward to seeing what else you come up with this month!
Hello Pete, thanks for your lovely comments about my songs, and posting Silver Ship on the recommended songs thread.
My FAWM has been pretty creative so far this year, yours seem to have been as well, looking like it's going to be a good year!
Thanks for digging my unusual tune. 😀 <3 I appreciate the listen so much!
Aww. Ta loads, chuck! 😊😎
Merci for the nice words! Keep up the good work.
Thanks so much pete for your amazing support and purchasing the album . Seriously don’t drain yourself listening to the rest during mad ass feb . And it’s funny you saying about my production as I think the same when listening to your stuff . Probably something to do with the creators super critical ear . Anyway can’t tell you how good it is to have you back and can’t wait to dive all over your tunes . Who knows I may attempt to reach 4-5 myself . Happy FAWM matey
Massive welcome back matey and here’s to an amazing 2019 fawm. Fawm last year Was a bit like having queen without Freddie Mercury . Still amazing but Defo missing that essential magic 😜😎👍
Thanks for getting back to me. I’m gonna have to check out BFD3 because those are the realist sounding fake drums I think I’ve ever heard. Well, knowingly.
Just finished listening to your Theatre Of The Absurd album. I really enjoyed it. A bit catchy, a bit crazy, a bit dark, a bit odd - overall pretty dang cool. I'm also impressed with how much output you seem to have and am feeling inspired to get off my lazy butt and do more music. All of your instrumentation sounded really good, I was wondering how much is "real" and how much is virtual. (If you don't mind telling your secrets.) And if you do share your secrets, would love to know what programs and such you use.
Hi Pete, always good to see you're around!
Glad you are here Happy FAWMing!
Hi Pete, I forgot all about that. It's up there, but it's set to unlisted. Cool that you liked it that much. Here is the link; feel free to download it or whatever things one does technologically these days, haha. Happy FAWMing! 😀 Glad to see you're putting out so much!!! You're one of my favourites.
Oh Pete!!! I’ve missed ya amigo! Can’t wait to hear what you have in that creative gold mine of a musical brain
Hi Pete, hope you n your doggies are well, looking forward to hearing some tunes from you x
Hey Pete! Happy FAWM!!!
Great to have you back, Pete! Can't wait to hear what you come up with!
Great bio Pete. I dig your style man. Hope you have a good year. Peace.
Hey, Pete, looking forward to hear new great songs from you )
Glad to see your back. Looking forward to seeing what you cook up
Hey Pete, good to see you again 😀 Happy FAWMing!
Good to see you again Pete.
Hi Pete, have a good FAWM!
I'm so glad to see you here.
I plan to sample the fruit from your avant garden of Eden.
as always, great to see ya! 😀
happy FAWM 2019 Pete Murphy!
Brill! I'll sharpen me avant spade. 😁
Hi Pete!! So happy to see you here!!!
I am so glad that you are back this year! So, what is this amp thathat you got? I am not familiar with that one. Any sort of focus for this year? You are so prolific that I would imagine that you just produce and sort it out afterwards. Again, I am glad to see you back.
Good to see you. Happy FAWM!
Overdue time me and thee did summat avant garden together. Wotcher think?
Might need to celebrate our friendship with an actual meeting of the people by then. I sure hope so!!!!! I am super excited about your FAWM, let alone my FAWM. So good to have you back, my friend!!! 😀
Happy to see you here! Have a great FAWM!
Hi Pete. I'm alright. Gained some weight after the surgery but now I'm starting to go the gym again. Good to have you back. I hope you have a Fearless and Facile Fawm 2019.
Hellosies! Love your new profile pic. Woo!
Heya Pete! Glad you're back around. Looking forward to some new tunes. Happy Fawming!
Shhhhhhhhh....... Oh wait. I blew it myself didn't I? lol. It's all about how you act, right?
Hey Pete! Just dropping by to say hello! 😀
Love you, man. I do hope you'll be back here and I will be listening.
Good to see you back, sir 😀
Eyup, Mr Pete! 😀
I'm glad that you are here, I love what you do! I've also exited the social media circus and only want to write for love of making art. Can't wait to hear what influences you this time round, and what you put up.
It's great to have you back, Pete! Sounds like you're approaching music on your own terms, which is exactly as it should be! You're much too talented to think you have to follow others, or try to be anything but yourself. Looking forward to your future creations.
*sending good vibes* <3