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Biography

Hello!

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!

Mike

Music rss

Title Genre Released Plays
Proletarian Blues Rock May 16, 2018 222
Ice Cold Rock May 1, 2018 227
Mixed Signals Rock Apr 17, 2018 359
Lethe (The Song Of Er) Rock Apr 2, 2018 399
Scar Tissue Rock Mar 19, 2018 352
The Crucible Folk Mar 14, 2018 306
Dream Of A Shadow Rock Mar 5, 2018 415
Port Of Call Explicit Rock Feb 28, 2018 264
Humble Hat Rock Feb 12, 2018 313
Fan The Spark Explicit Rock Feb 5, 2018 362
Notion Rock Jan 29, 2018 380
Inside This Skin Rock Jan 23, 2018 449
Shuffle Off Rock Jan 17, 2018 386
No Requiem Rock Jan 9, 2018 461
Sibling Revelry Rock Dec 31, 2017 418
Explorers Folk Dec 11, 2017 382
Tunnel Vision Folk Dec 8, 2017 436
Tilting At Windmills Rock Dec 4, 2017 308
Freedoms' Child (Slight Return) Rock Nov 25, 2017 359
Ariadne's Thread Rock Nov 15, 2017 739
Just A Man (After All) Rock Nov 10, 2017 397
STRANGEROUS Rock Nov 3, 2017 515
After August Folk Oct 27, 2017 446
ZEPHYR (Just Can't Stay) Rock Oct 19, 2017 427
Good Man Down Rock Oct 13, 2017 732
Freedom's Child Rock Oct 9, 2017 740

Favorites

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elliptic course of the universe Morris [+1] Rock 202
But a Rainbow So Beautiful - remixed Lagusaya2 [+1] Pop 165
It's Going to be alright wescurry45nion Alternative 136
practice 2 guitars jam with drum machine Mindbend8r Rock 90
Splitting With The Base And Guitar Dorothy_Wilson Jazz 396
Upon the River of Pure Light Zzyzxx Rock 158
Between Stops falconep Other 242
ROCK AND A HARD PLACE KCsGROOVE Rock 333
It's time Narananda Ambient 141
confessions in the rain EmmaPeel [+1] Latin 169
It’s The Journey (AITW) becwil Electronica 201
More Than That BlancFroid Alternative 185
I WAKE UP SCREAMING (DEMO) Mikee Punk 152
The Siege Of Rome jarcieri Metal 218
melo-metalo irok Rock 160
Peace Above tweaked. sammydix [+1] Country 374
One Forty-Five TapicusMaximus Rock 198
Contagion falconep Other 239
Barcarole' (New Version) wescurry45nion Alternative 165
Super Nothing BlancFroid Pop 249
Psalm 22: I Will Praise You GoofyDawg Spiritual/Gospel 152
She Thinks I still Care brewchugger Alternative 282
monday is a nonday irok Rock 259
Sparrowhawk BenPatterson Metal 159
NO EASY WAY Kaverley Inspirational 258
Mini Opera in a Nutshell revoltington Rock 247
Water (AITW) becwil Electronica 243
Notice TapicusMaximus Rock 216
The Drift... (tenor sax/guitar improv) Dadai Jazz 252
Bring It Back brewchugger [+1] Alternative 345
Get Out Mindbend8r Rock 155
Rocking with the Harp Dorothy_Wilson Rock 238
Life Won't BeThe Same kateo Folk 149
Dark Clone Zzyzxx Rock 199
Snow Day in Hell Paigan0 Rock 215
Quasar 2 falconep Other 284
Quad Bass LaFayette Jazz 613
Lets Inertia On and On revoltington Rock 248
Detroit Detour Xolv R&B 293
Awaken SebastienGabriel Rock 513
guitar jam with drum machine Mindbend8r Rock 227
Complicated (Switchback Mix) Neumuzik Alternative 290
Free As A Bird Dorothy_Wilson Electronica 362
Breaking Down The Lonely Sound /Jashfunk EmmaPeel [+1] Jazz 237
Sunbeams (AITW) becwil Electronica 303
Cowboy Tom Buckles Down That Hatch sammydix [+1] Alternative 491
Iron Train Narananda Alternative 300
A Drop In Time TapicusMaximus Metal 281
Silk Road Memory brewchugger Alternative 387
Greeting of the morning mamekkoro Classical 251
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