of Don Falcone
has built his musical career on diversity. To date, he has recorded
over 25 full-length CDs with various bands, and has contributed
songs to more than 35 compilations. These span many genres of
contemporary music -- from ambient to space to prog rock to drum
'n' bass. [discography] And his music keeps appearing in some interesting
Three of Don's pieces appeared in the 1999
cult rave film "Better Living Through Circuitry." In fact, the movie kicks off with Spaceship
Eyes' "Mind the Alien." Though the film had a too-brief
run at the box office, it has since enjoyed numerous replays
on HBO, Showtime, Sundance and The Movie Channel.
Mr. Falcone's diverse music has been used for cable
and TV network programs (such as the History Channel's "Beyond
the DaVinci Code" and A&E's "The Secret Life of
Vampires"). Many of Don's bands and projects (including
Quiet Celebration, Grindlestone, and Spaceship Eyes.)
regularly provide music for film and
his dues" with Kameleon
The 1980's San Francisco club scene was
where the proverbial "dues" were paid. Some of his
musical stomping grounds were Berkeley Square, Fab Mab, Heaven's
Gate/Nightbreak, The Omni, and Chi Chi Club. After
years and years of slogging through the scene with no record
label interest and gigs getting harder to book, he finally got
his pivotal break. Silent Records founder Kim Cascone
gave him an opportunity to contribute synth to the first Heavenly
Music Corporation CD.
||It worked out so well that
Don was asked to join Kim's other
projects: Thessalonians, Spice Barons,
and Satellite IV. Don eventually provided
the liner notes to a couple of Silent's best ambient
releases, which gave him space to ponder on "ambient
|Concurrently, Don was also
an original member of space rock band Melting Euphoria.
A trio that created a lot of sound. Don handled spacey and rhtymic
keyboards, imaginative lyrics, and Robert Calvert-like vocals
on their critically-lauded debut album, "Through
The Strands Of Time." (Which, by the way, is in the queue
to be re-released as "From The Madness We Began" on
Falcone World Tour 1997
(aka visiting London, England)
Eyes Blasts Off ...
|Soundscapes radio host Ashley Franklin said "Kamarupa" is "trippy,
mesmeric sounds of swirling synths."
||In 1995, Don launched his solo project, Spaceship
Eyes. The debut CD "Kamarupa"
was released on July, 1997 by San Francisco independent label
Noh Poetry Records.
It received fantastic airplay and reviews
and even landed on the Backroads Music Best
of the Year charts for 1997.
are Looking Up for Spaceship Eyes ...
Soon after the debut of "Kamarupa."
Spaceship Eyes was signed by Hypnotic Records and released
"Truth In The Eyes Of A Spaceship." This CD unleashed
a barrage of drum 'n' bass sounds on an unsuspecting world. Don's
accomplices would be ex-Hawkwind member Harvey Bainbridge
[pictured with Don], master remixer Freaky Chakra, D.J.
Pen (from Thessalonians), and other fellow artists who often
played live with Spaceship Eyes during the late 90's.
As previously mentioned, three tracks from "Truth In The
Eyes Of A Spaceship" were used in rave film "Better Living Through Circuitry." Soundclips
of this CD are available on the Soundstage
|Don with Harvey
and Horse with no name
England, Oct. 1997
Live, Nude and In Color
new musical vision has blasted through a few PA speakers in neon-soaked
bars around the San Francisco/Bay Area. There was the experimental
show at San Francisco's Cafe Du Nord debuting Spaceship
Eyes on September 4, 1996. On that night, Spaceship Eyes
was composed of Don (keyboards), Cartoon/Trap drummer Gary Parra, Karen
Anderson (tapes, percussion) and John Kuntz
A few years later,
Spaceship Eyes returned to Cafe Du Nord with The Grassy
Knoll headlining. Don's group was anchored by the legendary
Joe Diehl on guitar, and Karen once again. The night began with
the debut performance of his recently assembled ethno-ambient
quartet -- Quiet Celebration.
once upon a time at San Mateo's Full Moon Saloon, there
was an Expose magazine showcase. It was a one-off sonic
war between Spaceship Eyes vs. Spirits Burning,
opening for Belgium's Present. This gig was the genesis
of Don's virtual space rock band: Spirits Burning.
Don and Karen
at Hever Castle, Kent, England
The Spirits Burning emsemble
performed "High Rise"
|Don's music has always
celebrated the process of making interesting music, by trying
new paths, considering new combinations of sounds, and actualizing
unexpected groupings of musicians. It has long been Don's long-held
belief that the better and more interesting the musicians you
surround yourself with, the better and more interesting the results.
With this in mind, Don invited
musicians from around the world to join Spirits
Burning in order to create a music
that would celebrate all things space, and take a few left turns
along the way for good measure.
Burning and the 1998 "New Worlds
By Design" release got things rolling with numerous members
of the worldwide space rock community (including Gong's
Daevid Allen, Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson, and Can's
Mal Mooney). The second CD, titled "Reflections In A Radio
Shower," provided more of Daevid, plus Hawkwind's
Robert Calvert, (posthumously), and members of bands like Mushroom
and ST37. From there... the third Spirits
Burning CD "Found in Nature"
released on Mellow
Records in 2006, and the fourth Spirits Burning
CD "Alien Injection" released in 2006 on Black Widow
Records. Spirits Burning have since produced five more CDs on
the Voiceprint label.
and Now ...
Besides the continuing adventures of
Spirits Burning, there are plenty of other projects in
the ever-growing family tree.
Face it -- the man is diversity.
Along the way, more projects bloomed:
in 2004, Fireclan,
composed of Don and Melting Euphoria's Mychael Merrill
and Luis Davila was born, as was the ambient chill of Falcone
& Palmer (with Stephen Palmer) in 2006.Quiet
Celebration and Weird Biscuit Teatime
-- a quartet with Daevid Allen (Gong, University of Errors),
Michael Clare (University of Errors), Trey Sabatelli (Tubes,
Starship) and of course, Don.
More recently in 2012, Don and former Hawkwind
singer Bridget Wishart recorded an instrumental project called
Astralfish. There's the ongoing works of Grindlestone
(alongside guitarist Douglas Erickson). Regrouping are ambient-ethno-jazz
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