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Dunphy has a brand-new "holiday" track included on a compilation! "Neon Green Xmas" and the entire Down The Line Collective Christmas is FREE to download. Check it out:

"DW Dunphy is a great independent alternative pop...songwriter who composes space age sounding songs that describe every human emotion. DW Dunphy's latest CD 'Test Test Test Special Edition' will take the minds and ears of listeners to unknown places."

Radio Eclectic Exclusive: New Song and Interview from Dw Dunphy: "Test Test Test would be what you say into a microphone to test for levels before you sing. Again, no singing here. I'm giving myself a conceptual wedgie, I guess."

"Dw Dunphy knows how to both set a mood and sustain interest by continually building upon and evolving each melodic idea. Full of drama yet devoid of melodrama, Test Test Test is a soundtrack in search of a film. I’m not entirely sure what sort of film—a rather serious, brightly lit sci-fi drama, perhaps—but it’s just the sort of atmospheric music that leaves the listener curious and hungry for more."

"I’ll probably continue up to the holidays and likely start new recordings in January 2016. If things happen that facilitate my taking Test Test Test even farther, I’ll be thankful and will take that ride happily. Either way, I want people to hear it, and I definitely want them to enjoy it. That’s really why I’m giving it away for free, and the separate track from it as singles. I don’t expect to make money from it. I want the work to be heard and liked."

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"So what do you do, especially when you want to make a run at this and you have the talent to do it? You adapt, you put your head down, and you go to work in a world that may not be what it used to be, but at least one you hope will reward good work. Dunphy has already begun that work, with his latest album Test Test Test..." For complete article, go to:

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Regarding Test Test Test: "The album is far from being monolith, as a matter of fact, the sounds are irrelevant from each other in most cases. However, this doesn't mean that listener would feel distracted. It does feel comfortable in a way Tangerine Dream feels the listener comfortable in a nearly chaotic way; and it provokes the musical habits of the listener by using a creative instrumentation."

"I may not remember exactly when I first heard DW but I do know I was blown away and to be honest, a bit jealous. He has consistently put out some great records and I think we are overdue getting to know him better." Click title to redirect to full interview.


Dw Dunphy, “Test Test Test” (Self-released)

Dw Dunphy makes extremely personal music. Though his latest is an instrumental outing, it’s full of cinematic landscapes that allow the listener to populate the imagery any way they please. Every one of these tracks set me to daydreaming.

In my mind, “Polymorph” hints at open apocalyptic expanses, while the punchy drums of “Shootout at the Spaghetti Factory” bring to mind a highly trained strike team headed toward a mission impossible. “Tsuburaya” and “That Never Works” had me reminiscing about the ’80s, with textures and production choices reminiscent of that decade’s more progressive pop bands.

“Test Test Test” is available through Bandcamp, and Dunphy is allowing the purchaser to name their own price. Drop by and have a listen. While you’re there, do yourself a favor and peruse his back catalog. You won’t be disappointed.

Dunphy's latest project incorporates this thesis into its very title. Test Test Test is an instrumental, progressive album featuring atmospheric keys, piercing guitar lines, and sophisticated pop sensibilities. At least, that's my impression so far.

The album isn't actually finished, yet Dunphy has committed himself to releasing individual tracks on his Bandcamp page, as songs develop. Does he release them when they're finished? Does he release them when he simply can't wait anymore?

I don't pretend to know his mind, but the tracking order has already changed once, and there's no guarantee that all the currently available tracks will make the final cut for the album. Maybe I'm listening to Side 1, or perhaps I'm only hearing the bonus tracks. I don't know. Maybe Dunphy himself doesn't know. Nevertheless, the album is live, and it's available now. Test Test Test. The mic is on, if we just can't wait to listen.

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"It’s no exaggeration to say that one-man-band Dw Dunphy has a treasure trove of cinematic instrumentals waiting to be discovered on NoiseTrade. People Wearing Masks has an entire album’s worth of them, but it’s the single “That Never Works” that has enticed my ears the most so far. There’s something about the melody and chordal tones of “That Never Works” that reminds me of the “a-ha” moment that transpires towards the end of a John Hughes film, although the tempo swings a little more than its cinematic counterparts. So I guess you could call it “slightly speed-up John Hughes epiphany music” – and really, what more could you want to listen to on a lazy weekend?"

Basement Tapes alumnus Dw Dunphy is back with his latest collection of tunes for your enjoyment. Dunphy has described The Radial Night as a “song cycle that is, itself, about circles, cycles, patterns, and traps.” That description is really the best starting point.
The music style of this album is a good mixture of indie, experimental, progressive, indie, and alternative. In other words, it’s a bit hard to classify. I hear a good dash of Daniel Amos in the mix, too… which doesn’t make it any easier to put in a box. Each song segues into the next with everything from ocean sounds to telephone busy tones, giving the album a conceptual feeling (although the term “song cycle” does fit better). But don’t let all of this give you the impression that this is just weird abstract musical art – many of the songs are pretty catchy with melodies that compel you to sing along.
“(It Shouldn’t Be So) Difficult” is one of those songs that get stuck in your head for days to come. Of course, I say that and before you know it a true abstract artistic song like “Mantra” floats along. So there is really both – the art and the melody.
I’m impressed by the creativity here, especially for a DIY release. If this was the 80s or 90s, many a record label would be all over this. But, alas, it is the age of a million wannabe amateurs putting out a billion songs on BandCamp that should have stayed locked up in their bedroom, meaning artists like Dunphy will get less attention than they deserve. Give The Radial Night a stream at BandCamp and see what you think. – Matt Crosslin

"The result – 2003’s Nightmare Variations – found Dw. and I mutating our own soundscapes, as well as contributions from Michael Catalano, a guitarist with the surf-rock band Hunchback, Michael Finnerty, the drummer from the post-punk band The Prisoner, and Inbal Kahanov Vellucci, a pianist and singer, into five epic post-prog-rock tracks. It was a mutant hybrid of experimental music that Punk Planet called a beautiful soundscape to get lost from this messy world into – high praise from high places."