Welcome to the official homepage of my dungeon synth project, Halfling Rune. Currently dormant, Halfling Rune has released two EPs, one single, and a compilation. Here you will find behind-the-scenes info on Halfling Rune.

The first EP, Squire, was released in March 2019. Like many other dungeon synth albums, it's themed around medieval fantasy, especially Dungeons & Dragons-style heroic fantasy. Squire's release was covered on HeavyNFLD, a blog dedicated to rock, metal, punk, and dark ambient music from Newfoundland and Labrador, here.

Some notes on Squire:

The second release, in October 2019, was a little different - a dungeon synth rap track based on a Dungeons & Dragons game I was playing with some friends at the time. Based on a playthrough of Lost Mines of Phandelver that went so off the rails it turned into Hoard of the Dragon Queen, "Phandalin Municipal Government Rap" was so named because dwarven fighter Gankum Banhammer somehow managed to become Mayor of Phandalin with half-elf cleric Teias as his "vice-mayor", while my human monk Snake Lee, looking to keep a lower profile, stayed out of politics and became a comically inept private investigator. "Phandalin Municipal Government Rap" was the first "MC Bookwyrm" track to be released, and was my second rap. It's pretty goofy but the guys got a kick out of it, so I'm very happy with it.

The third release and second EP, Fantastic Jungle, was released in October 2019, and was inspired by my love of old globetrotting adventure stories like Indiana Jones, Tarzan of the Apes, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World. In contrast to Squire, Fantastic Jungle relied much more on sound effects to set its stage, with every track having at least some sound effects and most having nature sounds in the background. Fantastic Jungle was also covered on HeavyNFLD here.

Some notes on Fantastic Jungle:

The fourth release, Dregs and Vestiges, was released on May 2nd, 2022. It is a compilation of previously unreleased tracks that I've recorded over the last few years. Some of them are experiments in different styles and production techniques.

Some notes on Dregs and Vestiges:

Cover art for Dulled Knighthood and Rappin' Hood

Typical Halfling Rune recording set-up

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