My name is Micheal Wark. I record under the moniker CALCHAS [pronounced: CALL-cuss]. My friends just call me Mike.

I've always loved music, and always wanted to be in a band.

When we were little kids my younger brother Tom shared this dream with me.

I had a small reel-to-reel tape recorder and a broken acoustic guitar with two strings. Tom constructed a makeshift drum-kit out of cardboard boxes, large tin cans and plastic jugs. We wrote and recorded several tunes. Of course, they were crap!

I remember constructing a wah-wah utilizing a vacuum cleaner hose. I played my guitar into one end of the hose, while Tom alternately cupped and un-cupped his hands over the other end of the hose which was held close to the microphone. It actually worked quite well! We sure had fun back then...

Tom eventually played drums professionally for some twenty years. I ended up choosing another life path, which---for me---made my dream of performing a practical impossibility. In spite of this I have been playing at the guitar, and at songwriting, for many years.

Then one day back in late 2005 a friend introduced me to Garage Band. I immediately saw the potential, and went out and bought a Mac, a couple of electric guitars, an electric bass, and some cheap keyboards to use as an interface for piano, organ, and synth. I've been writing and recording pretty steadily ever since.

In 2011 my first Mac crashed and burned, and for nearly six years I stopped writing and recording. Then, on August 1st of 2017, I retired from my full time job, and bought a new Mac. Since then I've written and recorded many new tunes and remixed and remastered at least 15 older tunes (as of this writing). Once again, I'm happy as a pig in slop!

My main musical influences are classic rock, folk, folk rock, and progressive rock. Love the blues, but can't play them to save my life!

I hope many of you will share in my musical adventures. I have every intention of sharing in yours!

Be well friends!


Music rss

Title Genre Released Plays
Proletarian Blues Rock May 16, 2018 127
Ice Cold Rock May 1, 2018 158
Mixed Signals Rock Apr 17, 2018 245
Lethe (The Song Of Er) Rock Apr 2, 2018 289
Scar Tissue Rock Mar 19, 2018 288
The Crucible Folk Mar 14, 2018 247
Dream Of A Shadow Rock Mar 5, 2018 335
Port Of Call Explicit Rock Feb 28, 2018 235
Humble Hat Rock Feb 12, 2018 272
Fan The Spark Explicit Rock Feb 5, 2018 320
Notion Rock Jan 29, 2018 339
Inside This Skin Rock Jan 23, 2018 416
Shuffle Off Rock Jan 17, 2018 350
No Requiem Rock Jan 9, 2018 411
Sibling Revelry Rock Dec 31, 2017 373
Explorers Folk Dec 11, 2017 357
Tunnel Vision Folk Dec 8, 2017 391
Tilting At Windmills Rock Dec 4, 2017 277
Freedoms' Child (Slight Return) Rock Nov 25, 2017 323
Ariadne's Thread Rock Nov 15, 2017 578
Just A Man (After All) Rock Nov 10, 2017 363
STRANGEROUS Rock Nov 3, 2017 469
After August Folk Oct 27, 2017 414
ZEPHYR (Just Can't Stay) Rock Oct 19, 2017 399
Good Man Down Rock Oct 13, 2017 679
Freedom's Child Rock Oct 9, 2017 676


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elliptic course of the universe Morris [+1] Rock 111
But a Rainbow So Beautiful - remixed Lagusaya2 [+1] Pop 89
It's Going to be alright wescurry45nion Alternative 73
practice 2 guitars jam with drum machine Mindbend8r Rock 48
Splitting With The Base And Guitar Dorothy_Wilson Jazz 201
Upon the River of Pure Light Zzyzxx Rock 98
Between Stops falconep Other 130
It's time Narananda Ambient 90
confessions in the rain EmmaPeel [+1] Latin 108
It’s The Journey (AITW) becwil Electronica 122
More Than That BlancFroid Alternative 128
The Siege Of Rome jarcieri Metal 107
melo-metalo irok Rock 76
Peace Above tweaked. sammydix [+1] Country 241
One Forty-Five TapicusMaximus Rock 111
Contagion falconep Other 131
Barcarole' (New Version) wescurry45nion Alternative 110
Super Nothing BlancFroid Pop 179
Psalm 22: I Will Praise You GoofyDawg Spiritual/Gospel 80
She Thinks I still Care brewchugger Alternative 167
monday is a nonday irok Rock 156
Sparrowhawk BenPatterson Metal 98
NO EASY WAY Kaverley Inspirational 138
Mini Opera in a Nutshell revoltington Rock 157
Water (AITW) becwil Electronica 182
Notice TapicusMaximus Rock 164
The Drift... (tenor sax/guitar improv) Dadai Jazz 200
Bring It Back brewchugger [+1] Alternative 243
Get Out Mindbend8r Rock 122
Rocking with the Harp Dorothy_Wilson Rock 164
Life Won't BeThe Same kateo Folk 112
Dark Clone Zzyzxx Rock 151
Snow Day in Hell Paigan0 Rock 145
Quasar 2 falconep Other 194
Quad Bass LaFayette Jazz 515
Lets Inertia On and On revoltington Rock 164
just a fool Maxdeago Pop 132
Detroit Detour Xolv R&B 179
Awaken SebastienGabriel Rock 431
guitar jam with drum machine Mindbend8r Rock 165
Complicated (Switchback Mix) Neumuzik Alternative 191
Free As A Bird Dorothy_Wilson Electronica 255
Breaking Down The Lonely Sound /Jashfunk EmmaPeel Jazz 160
Sunbeams (AITW) becwil Electronica 235
Cowboy Tom Buckles Down That Hatch sammydix [+1] Alternative 374
Iron Train Narananda Alternative 222
A Drop In Time TapicusMaximus Metal 216
Silk Road Memory brewchugger Alternative 301
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