Chris Harris

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

2022 sees me taking part in my tenth 50/90. Ten of them! And every year, because I get a little bit obsessed with targets, I have written at least fifty pieces of music. If I can do it, so can you.

I live stream my latest music-making adventures from my bedroom studio—and generally get sidetracked a lot—on Thursdays and Sundays at 19:30 UTC over at
https://www.twitch.tv/headfirstonly and Sunday shows will be dedicated to Fifty/Ninety until at least the second week in October. I'm keen to use the show to share tips and tricks to help you get better results from your recording setup, so if you have any good advice, please send it my way, or just come and say 'Hi' in the chat!

I've been playing synths and electric guitar for forty years or so and I've been an Ableton user since version 8. 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:
http://headfirst.www.idnet.com/about_music.htm

My influences are many and varied, and are listed here:
http://headfirst.www.idnet.com/about_groups.htm

"Leonard Cohen meets prog" - PROG Magazine

"The Bob Ross of prog metal" - ductapeguy

Chris Harris
(he/him/HFO)

Songs:

[avatar] Too Hot For Socks by @headfirstonly #prog #progressive-rock #social-conventions 5
[avatar] Knife Monkey by @headfirstonly #intense #miscreants #slide-guitar #metal 2
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Prog CORPSE CARRION by @headfirstonly + 3 others 8
[avatar] Outside The Box by @headfirstonly #improvisation #strings #hipster-jazz #meanings 3
[avatar] Sauron and Garfunkel Are Back On The Road by @headfirstonly #concert-footage #one-ring-to-bind-them-all #pop #live 12
[avatar] Geometria Arcana by @headfirstonly #just-one-guitar #fusion #improvisation 4
[avatar] Spooklight by @headfirstonly #synthwave #eerie #earthlights #anomalous-phenomena 5
[avatar] Hauntology by @headfirstonly #dark-ambient #eerie #drum-loops #instrumental 3
[avatar] (You Can't) Skip It by @headfirstonly #spice-of-life #guitar-synth #earworm #roland_gr-55 6
[avatar] Fuzz It Up by @headfirstonly #instrumental #rock #guitar #distortion 5
[avatar] If The Blues Is The Answer, What's The Question? by @headfirstonly #prog #instrumental #choral #noodling 4
[avatar] It Came From Beneath The Sea by @headfirstonly #prog #foghorn #ray-harryhausen #nine-string-guitar 6
[avatar] The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms by @headfirstonly #cinematic #soundtrack #single-plugin #spitfire-audio 5
[avatar] Behind Masks, Under Stones by @headfirstonly #prog #progressive_rock #big-production #kitchen-sink 5
[avatar] Between The Crashes by @headfirstonly #synth-heavy #slothcore #ambient #granular 10
[avatar] Don't Think, Just Play by @headfirstonly #bass #pop #guitars #short 10
[avatar] Modules by @headfirstonly #instrumental #synthwave #modular-synthesis #synth_emulators 5
[avatar] The World Inside My Head by @headfirstonly #mental-health #chapman-stick #prog #funky 7
[avatar] Judgment Call by @headfirstonly #delay-guitar #prog #big-production #current-affairs 6
[avatar] Broken Transmission by @headfirstonly #instrumental #ambient #homage #synthwave 4
[avatar] This Is Fine by @headfirstonly #prog #going-big #big-production #loads-o-guitars 9
[avatar] Conflicting Signals by @headfirstonly #ambient #back-garden #birdsong #found-sound 4
[avatar] Off The Grid by @headfirstonly #prog #instrumental #all-the-guitars #flailing-as-usual 4
[avatar] Loud, Confident, and Wrong by @headfirstonly #hammond_b3 #confidence #prog #progressive_rock 5
[avatar] Numbers Game by @headfirstonly #big-harmony-guitars #pop #simulation-argument #short 10
[avatar] Wearing Thin by @headfirstonly #harmony-guitars #wear-and-tear #slap-bass #pop 6
[avatar] My Extinguished Career by @headfirstonly #prog #retirement #work #noodling 5
[avatar] Alignment by @headfirstonly #frantic #prog #progressive_rock #dnd 5
[avatar] What Is Not Seen by @headfirstonly #prog #progressive_rock #vocal-synths #voices 4
[avatar] The All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office is Watching the Skies by @headfirstonly #slothcore #ambient #lonelygear #current-affairs 14
[avatar] I'll Be In The Fridge by @headfirstonly #metal #guitars #hot #catastrophe 8
[avatar] Emmanuel, Don't Do It by @headfirstonly #tiktok #viral #emu #metal 11
[avatar] Think Cool Thoughts by @headfirstonly #lonelygear #chillout #a-bit-proggy #india 12
[avatar] Keep On Keepin' On by @headfirstonly #bleak #existential-angst #shuffle #blues 4
[avatar] Steaming by @headfirstonly #scorchio #leonard-cohen-style #heatwave #bass 7
[avatar] Horizon by @headfirstonly #prog #cinematic #instrumental #progressive_rock 8
[avatar] Good Enough by @headfirstonly #impostor-syndrome #fake-it-til-you-make-it #perfect-as-enemy-of-good 12
[avatar] That's What It's About by @headfirstonly #purpose #rock #pop #priorities 7
[avatar] Shorts Weather by @headfirstonly #weather #driving-music #prog #instrumental 9
[avatar] The Centre of the Universe by @headfirstonly #jwst #science-rock #astronomy #cheese 8
[avatar] A View Through Volans by @headfirstonly #gravitational-lensing #jwst #spoken_word #space 6
[avatar] Sleep by @headfirstonly #prog #atmospheric #insomnia #sound-design 12
[avatar] Clarity by @headfirstonly #rock #guitars #more-guitars #old-school 5
[avatar] Advice by @headfirstonly #ambient #dexed #synth-heaven #korg 7
[avatar] Where It Goes by @headfirstonly #flute #best-laid-plans #vibraphone #writing 9
[avatar] Focus On What by @headfirstonly #no-guitars #distractions #honestly 10
[avatar] Big Dog by @headfirstonly #rock #corruption #superinjunctions 11
[avatar] Regression by @headfirstonly #protest #big_production #odd_time_signature 11
[avatar] Choose Your Delusion by @headfirstonly #funky #big_production #just_plain_odd 12
[avatar] Skinwalker by @headfirstonly #instrumental #rock #prog_rock 14
[avatar] Vortex by @headfirstonly #progressive #bigproduction #angst #grunge 14
[avatar] From One to Whatever by @headfirstonly #funky #targets #guitars 17

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@fuzzy

(I missed your birthday? Happy birthday!!!)

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@fuzzy

Time for me to track down "American Cosmic", then.
Yeah, I knew about the "Close Encounters"/Vallee thing.
His books are hard to find in the wild; I've been keeping my eyes open for years and have not run across any of them. (I do all my book and record shopping at junk and second-hand stores; it's more fun than going to a "real" store cos you never know what you're gonna find!).

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Happy birthday, Chris!

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@fuzzy

Thanx for the Comment!
I'm glad you enjoyed "Sunburn".
Here it is;
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As you can see, everything is turned up to eleven! 😀
Borrowed it from a friend and I intend to make good use of it while I have it.

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@nadine

YES this was the song. I just forgot the name, thanks! I didn't find a nice sounding electronic kit. I feel like most is 808, 909 and EDM stuff, but nothing that hits hard in an industrial or dark wave way.
I should learn how to route samples to MIDI keys, then I could try to layer like you did. When I work with electronic samples, I still copy and paste all instances.... 😥

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@jeff9

Thanks, Chris. Glad you got a chuckle out of Cranky Old Men.

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Hi Chris, thanks for the kind words on NCC-5090! 😊 Guess I'll leave a reprise of Kaplan's Doomsday Machine theme for a later revisit. 😁 Oh, and I will *never* write lyrics for this. 🤣 Man, I never would've thought that Roddenberry could be such an a**?!

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Hi, Chris. So glad you got a kick out of Cranky Old Men. Jeff and I had blast with that one.

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@toms

WHAT IS THIS PIANOBOOK THING OF WHICH YOU SPEAK OMG it's a good thing I'm a senior citizen and not still a teen living in my parents' basement! 😂

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@toms

I've just started exploring this stuff, as a result of that video: https://www.decentsamples.com/product-category/freebies/

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@toms

This looks like something you should know about. 😀 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRKqVYAfbGw
(Samples in the video description)

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Thanks for listening to my 5th song :)
I hope I can bring more chugs later ^^
Very happy you loved it !

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@esc4p3

Hi Chris, thanks for your kind comments on 'The Big O'. Maybe I should have been writing orchestral music for years instead of waiting until I was 60 - but hey, no regrets, I got there in the end. A part of me I never knew existed and may never have realised if it weren't for FAWM and 50/90 (and @dragondreams )

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@fuzzy

You recently saw John McLaughlin?!?
Wow, nice!
What a fantastic guitarist!

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@candle

Just finished watching that tutorial. Now I've got some interesting ideas to fool around with in Buzz. Thank you so much for pointing me in its direction.

See You In The Shadows…

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@candle

Just finished watching that tutorial. Now I've got some interesting ideas to fool around with in Buzz. Thank you so much for pointing me in its direction.

See You In The Shadows…

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@toms

Good lord, look at that output. How. Do. You. Do. It. Anyway, I'm checking in to see if you used the foghorn yet, because I really want to hear how you use the foghorn. 😀

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@candle

I thought you'd appreciate that 😄

See You In The Shadows…

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@candle

Thanks for the link, Chris!

See You In The Shadows…

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@candle

I know you've been delving into the rabbit whole that is modular synths & I noticed this free VST posted in the Jeskola Buzz Forums that might be right up your alley. Heck, I might just play around with it in Buzz & fall into the rabbit hole as well.

https://kx.studio/News/?action=view&url=cardinal-2205-has-been-released

See You In The Shadows…

p.s. Also, I know you always love adding new toys to your VST collection.

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@arkka

Thank you!

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Hello, Chris! Thanks for your comment on Slow Hoe!

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Thanks for the comment on 'Now is the Only Time'. I think a lot of the time when we write lyrics like that we tend to be talking to ourselves, certainly there was a degree of self-direction in the 'you' of that song.

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@fuzzy

No, I did not see that!
Thanx for the heads up!

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@fuzzy

Thanx for your comment on and ongoing interest in "Glacier Requiem". I really enjoy working with @andygetch's cello.
Yes, almost all of the landscape around here has been shaped by glaciers as well; lots of drumlins and eskers and long, narrow, deep lakes. In fact, my house is situated on top of a ridge formed by glaciers; maybe a couple of centimetres of topsoil on the lawn and then it's all gravel, sand, and rocks.

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@atam94

Thanks for listening to “Things Change” and for sharing your thoughts! I appreciate it a lot.

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@kcc

Hey Chris, thanks for checking out Red Rocket Ride! Flo totally "kicked it" on the production! I had a blast working with him! Thanks again for listening!

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My backing singer is me. I use a plug in called Rovee and switch male to female and adjust pitch to taste!

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Thanks for your comments on my Lonely and Blue lyrics. Glad you enjoyed it and, yes, Incel Blues would also be a very suitable title. :)

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Thanks for your comment on my 4th track 😀
Still working on my vocals but it's getting somewhere ^^

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@nadine

Wow, thanks a lot for your helpful comment! It took me some years to develop a flow for 5/4 and 13/4, but 7/8 still feels like stumbling. I hope this knot will be solved. Next time I'm in the mood for prog, I'll try - Thanks 🤗

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@mikeb

Thanks for the listen and comment on my collab with Geoff!

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Sample Science Gorilla Bass... ;-)

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Thanks for the comments on "Words." I'm using the Platinum Reverb in Logic Pro. It's a good thing I laid down the vocals before I got Covid - now my voice is quite hoarse. But, thank goodness for the vaccines and boosters. This latest variant seems to be quite contagious - we've been very cautious but it may have been the birthday dinner at Jiko at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge - the server was awesome but she chatted with us too much and stood a bit close. Didn't think about it at the time - we've gone to other resort restaurants at Disney in the past. That's all I can think of. Going to give up inside dining for awhile now. Anyway, so sorry to hear about your friends.

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Ha, I love that "perfectly spherical bastards" story. Thanks for the comments!

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Thanks for your comments on Hacker. Most who play could be categorized as hackers. It;s a fun game anyway. I think I have the old guy trophy, I'm 86,

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@nadine

Thanks for your words on my "Quarterlife Blues". Playing guitar is sooo releasing and fun. Wish I knew that before! I don't have Tom Waits, but @davidtaro will rock the final recording. It's gonna be fun!

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Thank you for the amazing comments on my 2 experimental peices! Playing with soundscapes and percussion like this isn't something I've ever done before, so I'm glad it's getting some love!

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@beacon

Thanks for your comments on Sloths at the Bazaar. It's a new creative process for me, so to have someone with your experience like what I've done there is high praise!

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Thanks for your comments on Baby, What About Me. @jibbidy34 does such a great job on everything. I was really happy when she agreed to work with me. Your comment brought me to your page and I spent about a half an hour exploring your gear videos. Very impressive setup and your enthusiasm for music shows!

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"trying to create tracks that teenage me would have loved. " I'll remember that. So true in this direction too.

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Thanks for the listens! The Labs range are a nice set and it was fun to give them all a moment to be included. The Amplified Cello Quartet was a good one and Guitar Harmonics had a lot of good material as well. Thanks for the space link!

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@brisk

Thanks so much for yor comment on Den Building. I was proud of it when I wrote it but the words took days and days, and I'm still note completely sure what I was trying to say. I'm going to have to check that poem out. This kind of theme fascinates me, but I find it hard to understand exactly what I think about it, so I make everything opaque.

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Chris, I've just written and posted a lyric 'It's Like I'm Born Again' I would really love it if you considered a collab on that one :-)

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@candle

Hey Chris,

I'm glad you enjoyed Nostalgic Halcyon Nights. It's sort of the first time I've actually set out to make an ambient song (I've made ambient songs in the past, but they sort of happened organically). I'm glad you like the DSK The Grand. I've never tried their sax or choir, but I'll have to check those out. Especially the choir, I'm always looking for a good choir sound. Glad I could make your day with good music & new VSTs 😄

See You In The Shadows…

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I'd love to collab with you, some of those gravelly old vocals wrapping around my words would really suit.

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@esc4p3

Thanks for the comments on my track The Joy, much appreciated. Always comforting to know that I'm not entirely off on my own planet :-)

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Thanks for the kind comments Chris, I hope you are well.

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Thank you for letting me know about the missing links.
Cheers

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Thanks for your kind comment on my song 'Gratitude' :)

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Had to look up Gunhild Carling… oh my!!

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@fuzzy

Thanx for your Comments!!
BTW, there are no effects, delay or otherwise, on "The Uncomfortable Chair", merely three straight tracks of bass guitar.
Two different tracks, one on each side and reversed (dunno if you consider "Reverse" an effect), of me alternately playing E and (I think) A Flat on the G and D strings, and then the unaltered E string right up the middle. Pretty simple, actually!

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@candle

Happy 50/90 Chris! I'll be back to catch up listening to your tracks. Looking forward to hearing more & the great advice you always share with the community. Thank you for that.

See You In The Shadows…

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Thank you so much for your kind words on “Overdue Highway Drive”. Happy 50/90! Listening to your tunes now…

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Happy 50/90! Happy 50/90!!!

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I splashed out and got Damage 2 on an upgrade offer. 😉

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Hey, good to see you! I may have some sort of prog song… just sayin’!

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@fuzzy

Why yes, of course there will be more collabs! 😄

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Have a great 50/90 Chris!

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@fuzzy

Hey there!!
Trying to remember who I've Watchlisted so I can say hi, and you're top of the list!
Looking forward to hearing more of your awesome music this summer!

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Hello! Have an excellent 50/90 - a great way to stay sane with good friends in an insane world. Let’s have some fun!

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Hi Chris, have a great 50/90.

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@w1n

Hi Chris
Have a good 50/90

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Hey, I'll be checking out your stuff this summer to!

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C u around the traps mate!

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Thanks, Chris! There's still a big backlog of things to do on the website, but we'll get there!

And yeah, I'm planning more videos! I have a few ideas in mind, and I've got a proper camera this time. Let's see what's going to happen!

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Let's do this!

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*waves hello*

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Hi, Chris! Happy an amazing 50/90!