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DW. DUNPHY

Crossover Prog • United States


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Dw. Dunphy biography
DW. DUNPHY is a US-based composer, multi-instrumentalist, author, columnist and radio show host. Active in a variety of fields, music is the area where he first started drawing attention to himself as part of the cassette-only collective Secret Decoder in the mid 90's, creating lo-fi pop music under the moniker No-Fi.

In 2002 he released the first solo album under his own name, titled "Buckaroo". At the same time he hooked up with the musicians Justin Vellucci (Dead Sea Effect), Michael Finnerty, Inbal Kahanov-Vellucci and Michael Catalano (Hunchback) for the one-off project Nightmare Visions, who released a self-titled album in 2003 exploring an avant-garde breed of post-rock.

This band project didn't stop Dunphy's solo creations though, and "The Look And Social Discomfort" was another 2003 release for Dunphy, followed by "Proud Sons Of The Suburbs" in 2004 and "Gibberish" in 2005.

It took two years before Dunphy issued more new material after these four hectic years of creative output, but in 2007 "Pseudobiography" was issued through CDBaby. A flurry of creative output followed this album, with a new studio album "Modernism" released in 2008 as well as a compilation album with selected tidbits from his entire career - "Skeletons & Rainchecks".

In 2009 Dunphy has continued his flurry of activities, with the publication of his novella "Drivers of the Plague" and two new studio albums - "Enigmatic" and "Symphonica Transistori"; the latter of these a left-turn in Dunphy's discography exploring music closer to artists like Angelo Badalamenti, Kitaro and Vangelis.

When not writing books and recording music, Dunphy can be heard hosting the weekly internet radio show "Radioshow With Dw. Dunphy" every Wednesday at The Penguin Rocks website, and he also writes a weekly column at the website www.popdose.com


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As a musician, the major parts of Dunphy's output consists of material where he merge the stylistic complexities from progressive rock with the mainstream-oriented expressions of lo-fi indie rock. As described in his blurb at CDBaby: Imagine Pink Floyd if fronted by Tom Petty.

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EnigmaticEnigmatic
CD Baby 2009
Audio CD$10.28
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ModernismModernism
2008
Audio CD$11.47
PseudobiographyPseudobiography
2007
Audio CD$8.86
$58.94 (used)
The Radial NightThe Radial Night
CD Baby 2013
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ReliquaryReliquary
CD Baby 2012
Audio CD$9.11
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Skeletons & RainchecksSkeletons & Rainchecks
CD Baby 2008
Audio CD$10.29
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Symphonica TransistoriSymphonica Transistori
CD Baby 2009
Audio CD$10.03
$65.94 (used)

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Buckaroo
2002
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The Look And Social Discomfort
2003
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Proud Sons Of The Suburbs
2004
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Gibberish
2005
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Pseudobiography
2007
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Modernism
2008
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Enigmatic
2009
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Symphonica Transistori
2009
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People Wearing Masks
2010
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The Radial Night
2013

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Skeletons & Rainchecks
2008

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Glowing Fuse
2007
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A War Story
2010
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Tatters, Shreds and Circumstantial Evidence
2010

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 People Wearing Masks by DUNPHY, DW. album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Review by toroddfuglesteg

— First review of this album —
2 stars Dw Dunphy is specialising in releasing downtuned low-fi music as free downloads albums. Check his website for a free copy of this and other albums.

The music here is tangents, cello and other symphonic orchestra music instruments doing some short pieces of music. I guess all instruments has been sampled. There is no vocals here at all.

The music can best be described as ambient. Very little happens during these thirty-seven minutes and I found it hard to concentrate on the music. By all means, those into more ambient music than I am will find this free download album a real treat. But the music makes it hard to stay awake.

The music is not without it's qualities though. The music is not bad and Dw Dunphy does a good job on the piano. But most of this album is not good at all. Ambient is good when there is some good melodies. Something this album mostly is without.

2 stars

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 Proud Sons Of The Suburbs by DUNPHY, DW. album cover Studio Album, 2004
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Review by toroddfuglesteg

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3 stars One of the earliest efforts from Dw. Dunphy and a clear signal where he was heading.

Dw. Dunphy is his own man who does his own thing. Something I really admire him for. On Proud Sons Of The Suburbs, he is touching upon the big US (and UK) theme; the life in the suburbia. That's what I got out of the lyrics.

He uses some sound samples in addition to his own voice and instruments. The instruments are basically guitar, bass, drums and keyboards. Some of them may be programmed. The sound is minimalistic.

The quality is good throughout. He manages to create a good suburbia feeling and replicate it's chores. I am not living in a US suburbia. I live in a suburbia somewhere in United Kingdom, but I recognice the sounds and the ambience. There is no great songs here, but it is still a good album well worth the free download it is. Strangely enough, I am giving it a three stars verdict although I up to the final listening session was settled on two stars. But I like the ambience and I understand what he is doing here. Hence the stars.

3 stars

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 Tatters, Shreds and Circumstantial Evidence by DUNPHY, DW. album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
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Review by The Truth
Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

— First review of this album —
3 stars Someone right a review for this poor guy! Releases all his stuff free and what does he have to show for it?

This album was just put on the database but I've had it for some time so I'll go ahead and review it.

Simple, simple music is what this is. From what I hear the material is probably studio outtakes or something like that. Mainly Dunphy and his acoustic or electric guitar playing simple rock songs or jamming out. Nothing more, nothing less. Decent nonetheless, the last track is still stuck in my head, but some of the material is forgetable and lacks a certain quality that I can't put my finger on but would certainly make it better.

It's free, I semi-liked it. 3 stars. (His other material is better).

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 A War Story by DUNPHY, DW. album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
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Review by toroddfuglesteg

— First review of this album —
1 stars Sound collages is not my favorite type of music......... if it can be called music at all. If you want to tell a story, do it by full albums with music or by writing a book (or doing a blog). On this album, which mercifully is only thirteen minutes long, you get extracts of speaks president Bush, vice-president Cheney and others over some classical music. As a sound collage, this is not even clever.

Yes, I understand that USA are in the middle of a roots to branches reflection over the Iraq war. A war which everyone have their own opinions about. That includes me too. So let's not go into if this war was justified or not. I don't want to even express an opinion about this issue which this album is based on. In this matter, I am only expressing my deeply felt admiration for the privates and the lower ranked officers in the US Army. My grading of this album is by no means a slur on them. But this album is a waste of time and my stars reflects that.

I have no idea what DW Dunphy is normally doing on his many free albums. But I hope his other albums is far better than this.

1 star

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 Enigmatic by DUNPHY, DW. album cover Studio Album, 2009
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Review by Windhawk
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— First review of this album —
3 stars This seventh (I think) venture from US musician and composer Dw. Dunphy is a very interesting one.

The main negative aspect of this production is the lo-fi approach used - the overall production leaves a lot to be desired in places; the drums in particular are aren't the best in quality in terms of sound as well as performance, and the album is generally marred by a cardbox sound overall.

Get past those issues and a wonderful collection of tunes reveals themselves though. Apart from the opening track; which I couldn't make heads or tails of; we're treated to some beautiful creations looking to Beatles and ELO for overall sound, with added symphonic qualities courtesy of the synths. For contemporary artists in the same vein Jeremy Morris is a good reference.

Later on compositions with a more sacral sound appears as well, and the achingly beautiful and familiar sounding yet unplacable Pine Box is the highlight of this venture as far as I'm concerned. As with these other tracks in the second half of this album it retains the symphonic qualities but liberates itself from aforementioned influences, and in my ears comes across as creations with a strong touch of a unique overall sound.

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