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Fireworks Tonight

There's gonna be fireworks tonight!
Remember, remember the Fifth of November.

By David Hamill.

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A Rare Condition

It seems like a rare condition. There must be a name for this!
Love-struck maladies motivate melodies.

By David Hamill.

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Chinatown

It wasn't intended; I just happened to stray.
Flutes play 康定情歌 (Kangding Love Song), a Chinese folk melody.

By David Hamill.

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Moving On

Slowly the tide is turning; time to be moving on.
A song about change, in waltz time.

By David Hamill.

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Living In A Simulation

Living in a simulation, everything seems so real!
(And we probably are.)

By David Hamill.

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Marcie

The second side of a triangle.
Marcie was the young woman in The Eagles’ “Lyin’ Eyes” (1975).

By David Hamill.

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In May

In May, the merry month of May, swallows swoop; sweet songs of nightingales.
Featuring Mr Cuckoo (backing vocals).

By David Hamill.

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Recondite

Recondite, abstruse, deep, tough to understand.
A song in two halves.

By David Hamill.

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Golden Rings

Although I play my games, my love for you will never change

By David Hamill.

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Electric Blue

Your juice ran out; you lost your clout; you’re through!

By David Hamill.

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Chemical Reaction

Love is just a chemical reaction in the brain...
Vasopressin, dopamine and oxytocin reign...

By David Hamill.

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Queen Of Wands

The Queen of Wands is broken; she didn’t see it coming.

Lyrics, melody and vocals by SackJo22.
Arranged and produced by David Hamill.

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Sail Away

Our life’s a failing metaphor; I just can’t fake it any more.

By David Hamill.

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Saturday Night (And I’m Waiting For A Kitten)

Title (only!) inspired by a Facebook post from Chris Ward.
Some vocal harmony, some doo-wop, and a little choral bit.

By David Hamill.

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Waiting For The Cutoff

I’m just a Surrey man, trying to do the best I can.

By David Hamill.

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Go On And On

Last minute’s over, you must go on and on and on.

Lyrics, melody and vocals by Pattsi Peng.
Arranged and produced by David Hamill.

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Real Escape

I had a dream we were running, two startled hares beneath a blue sky...

By David Hamill.

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Waste Of TV

But if the death toll keeps on rising, you can come get me up.

Lyrics, melody and vocals by Brad Sucks.
Arranged and produced by David Hamill.

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Fortune’s Child

Am I really fortune's child? Or am I orphaned in the wild?

Lyrics, melody and lead vocals: Javolenus; soprano: SackJo22.
Arranged and produced by David Hamill.

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Now I Fly

A bossa-nova style song — in Phrygian mode and 13/8 time.

Lyrics, melody and vocals by SerenityFrost. Arranged and produced by David Hamill.

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American Values

Warning: Some US citizens may find this mashup distasteful. If you’re easily offended, please skip this track.

Vocals by Barack Obama. A Focal Chords production.

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Tonight

Few songs bemoan the problems of the super-rich. So I wrote this for them.

By David Hamill.

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Recession Depression

Appropriate for the current economic situation.

By David Hamill, featuring Robby Garner.

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Night Cats

A song to be sung by a cat.

By David Hamill, featuring vocalisations by “Stealth”.

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Bricks And Mortar

In the wood beside the stream, bramble-hidden, ivy-green,
Where the rook-nest beeches grow, ruined house from long ago.

By David Hamill.

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peer2peer

A little ditty about the joys of file sharing.

By David Hamill.

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Don’t Forget The Zeitgeist

Inspired by being a juror in two cases involving late-night alcohol and violence.

By David Hamill.

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Fiona’s Face

An experimental piece in 5-EDO tuning.

By David Hamill.

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Carry The Can

A sociopath’s song.

By David Hamill, with help from Robby Garner.

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Shore Leave

An instrumental.

Original idea by Robby Garner, arranged and produced by David Hamill.
Drumming by Kyle Cullen (Glastonbury Session Drums).

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Five Fifteen

A minimalist instrumental, based on the numbers 5 and 15. Musical wallpaper.

By David Hamill.

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Like I Do

Does he hold you like I do? Does he kiss you like I do? Does he get to you?

Melody, lyrics and vocals by Diane Jessurun. Guitar by “PhilTheNil”.
Mashup and production by David Hamill.

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Not Your Normal Girl

I am not your normal girl. Is this real? You tell me.

A loop-based piece by David Hamill. Vocal samples by Diane Jessurun.

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Waiting For The Red Light

Waiting for the red light. See you on the other side.

By David Hamill. Vocal samples by Helena Jesel.

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We Own You

We know you. We’ll clone you. We own you!
Teh pwnage!!!1! XD

By David Hamill. With a choir of thousands (possibly).

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Let’s Go Out And Play

For Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney. Playing away.

By David Hamill. Backing vocals by Sonika.

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Mina’s Song (electronic version)

From the viewpoint of Mina Harker in Bram Stoker’s novel ‘Dracula.’

Melody, lyrics and vocal by Susannah Kelly; arranged and produced by David Hamill.
This is the electronic version; for an acoustic version, see below.

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Chronic Iconic

Chronic iconic, the hedgehog is sonic. Experimental whimsy.

Written, performed and produced by David Hamill, featuring Microsoft Anna on vocals.
The lyrics include R.W. Emerson’s poem Berrying.

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Mina’s Song (acoustic version)

From the viewpoint of Mina Harker in Bram Stoker’s novel ‘Dracula.’

Melody, lyrics and vocal by Susannah Kelly; arranged and produced by David Hamill.
This is the acoustic version; for an electronic version, see above.

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Loss-Of-Coolant Accident

Inspired by events at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Written, performed and produced by David Hamill.

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Fallin’ Apart

Guns gettin’ loaded, knives gettin’ sharp. How come everything is fallin’ apart?

Written, performed and produced by David Hamill, featuring samples from “swaplr”.

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Tell Me What You Want

I’m giving you my all, but you still just want to walk all over me.

Original concept and vocals by Timiarah Camburn; arranged and produced by David Hamill.

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The Marching Sand

An atmospheric instrumental.

Guitar and percussion by David Perreko, synthesiser by David Hamill.

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Am I Wrong?

And if I’m wrong, why do I feel so empty now you’ve gone?

Original concept and guitars by Aljan Janrac; melody, lyrics and vocals by Jacqueline Durbin; additional instrumentation and production by David Hamill.

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City of Gold

The perils of life in the big city.

Written, performed and produced by David Hamill.

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Tryte

An instrumental piece. A trite little tune?

Written, performed and produced by David Hamill. From an original musical idea by Robby Garner.

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Rundown After Sundown

The title says it all. Well, all the lyrics anyway; this piece is really an instrumental.

Written, performed and produced by David Hamill. Inspired by a four-bar sample from a piece by Robby Garner.

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The End

Oh no, she missed the bend! She didn’t know she was going so fast.

Reworking of an original tune (End Titles) by Robby Garner. Adapted, performed and produced by David Hamill; synth solo by Robby Garner.

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Wicked Things

What a wicked thing are you. What a wicked thing am I.

Melody and lyrics by Robby Garner. The rest by David Hamill.

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Virtual Band

Focal Chords is a virtual band, an international musical collaboration. We make our music available for free listening, downloading and sharing under Creative Commons licences.

Who’s involved?

See the credits for individual tracks to find out who did what. The band leader is David Hamill.

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Here’s what you’re allowed to do with our music. You can listen to it, copy it for your own purposes, and share it with anyone you like. For other details, see the Creative Commons licences applying to the individual tracks.

Creative Commons licences are non-exclusive. The means that we may also license our work under a separate commercial licence where appropriate. If you want to use our music in ways not permitted by the applicable Creative Commons licence, please contact us to discuss alternatives.

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All our music files are provided without restrictive technologies. DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) is technology that prevents you from using digital files the way you want. For example, it may prevent you from sharing copies or transferring files to other devices. We disagree with this, so all our music is offered as unrestricted MP3 files.

Can I join in?

Focal Chords seeks talented musicians (instrumentalists, vocalists, lyricists, composers etc) for collaboration on a one-off or continuing basis. If you like our music and you’re happy to work under the Creative Commons licences, please contact us.

Contact us

To contact us, email spam@focalchords.com, but change spam to music. :-)

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“We are the music makers / And we are the dreamers of dreams” is indeed a quotation from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971 version), but Mr Wonka (Gene Wilder) was himself quoting the poem Ode by Arthur O’Shaughnessy. The poem (here in full) is in the public domain.

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