SonicBlu Darkfold

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SonicBlu Darkfold
Dino01.jpg
SonicBlu, hard at work
Born May 19, 1972
Profession or hobby performer, singer, songwriter, author, columnist, voice actor, puppeteer, indie film maker, actor, and radio broadcaster
Character species Dilophosaurus
Website

SonicBlu Darkfold, or just SonicBlu (real name Brett Blumfield; born May 19, 1972), is an artist that portrays a Dilophosaurus (dinosaur) character online who lives in Columbus, Ohio, USA. He made his first Guest of Honor (GOH) appearance at Wild Nights 2012.

Fandom involvement[edit]

SonicBlu officially entered the fandom in 1997, when he had begun to write stories alongside his job, mostly pertaining to manual labor work. Because he kept constantly active and athletic, SonicBlu was never the type to sit still for too long.

At conventions, SonicBlu performs in variety shows and/or masquerades. From 2005-2007, he was a horror author and headed the Furry Writers of Ohio (FWO). In November 2005, a local movie making company granted him with yet another endeavor, which increased his interest in acting. Since 2004, SonicBlu started recording furry and non-furry parodies of popular music; his albums are available for purchase at any convention he attends. In addition to the parody productions, he also hosts a nightly classic rock and oldies internet radio show, featuring voice impersonations of his zany cast of co-hosts and celebrities, some of which appear on his puppet show, Oh! Pawpets!

Biography[edit]

Broadcasting[edit]

While living in New Mexico, colleagues, friends, and people he would meet on a daily basis suggested to SonicBlu that he should look into radio broadcasting. Through his extensive knowledge of classic rock and oldies, naturally deep voice, and outgoing personality, he decided to create five demo tapes of his broadcasting style and his ability to provide impromptu commentaries.

He worked feverishly on five demo tapes, which displayed these and many other qualities that would get him airtime for a radio show, including voice talents, celebrity impersonations, and knowledge of musical history. He set out for the only radio station in town, headed by a DJ he once knew in passing. He handed the demo tapes over to the head DJ, who took an immediate liking to the style and material being used.

Unfortunately, the DJ informed him that his style and personality was "too loud for a small, quiet town," and that he should "consider taking the show to a bigger city with a bigger audience." Not knowing whether to smile or frown at the news, SonicBlu put away his desires for broadcasting, and concentrated on his regular work duties.

Joy and misfortune[edit]

SonicBlu moved from New Mexico to Baltimore, where he started becoming more interested in writing after a visit to Anthrocon in 2000. Just a few months later, SonicBlu sustained a major spinal injury at his workplace, which put him out of commission from performing hard labor jobs, and also restricted his standing and sitting times. Though he had always considered himself to be a hard worker and the only one who didn't mind doing the majority of housework, he could not stand to be completely helpless in the face of the working world.

Words and music[edit]

He began concentrating more on his writing career, and in 2003, he published his first non-furry horror novel, which was a revision of The Outer Realm -- an old manuscript he originally started in the winter of 1996. By this time, he wrote eight furry stories, and was already beginning work on his second non-furry horror novel. A full year later marked the finalization of Brandish Mountain. SonicBlu is currently considering the release of his longer works of fiction with two separate publishers. His shorter works of literature -- including quarterly articles -- can be seen regularly in the horror magazines Night to Dawn and Wicked Karnival. Online magazines such as Naked Snake Online and Dark Walls have also featured his poetry.

SonicBlu did not stop at these writings. During Mephit Furmeet 7 in 2003, he met with a PlanetFurry moderator, who mentioned a story-posting forum he may have found interesting. Later that weekend, he also learned of the community's radio broadcaster server, which caught SonicBlu's immediate attention and re-opened the door of opportunity on one of his many dream jobs.

Time Machine Show[edit]

The Time Machine Show

A few months later, SonicBlu started the Time Machine Show, which was based on the five demo tapes he made years ago.

The Time Machine Show is an online radio broadcast which features classic rock and oldies from the 50's, 60's, 70's, and early 80's. The show began in October 2003 and is hosted by SonicBlu. Music played includes classic rock, hard rock, heavy metal, doo-wop, rockabilly, psychedelic, pop, folk music, blues, jazz, and soul. The show is co-hosted by a wise-cracking drunkard named Bar Hoppin' Bill and a retired Vietnam War sergeant major named Mad Cajun. The Time Machine Show usually runs from 10:00 PM until approximately 3:00 AM EST. The show has even been known to occasionally run until 7:00 AM.

The show has been running for what would have been two solid years, but he was forced to take a nine-month hiatus due to lack of income to pay for an internet connection. During his downtime, SonicBlu concentrated on whatever paying projects he could find, which came from a few regular submissions made to horror magazines that continue to feature his literature. The Time Machine Show returned to internet radio with a new time schedule, and it still runs to this day. The show is aired via Shoutcast on weeknights from 10:00 PM to 3:00 AM Eastern time.

At times, SonicBlu will resort to celebrity impersonations to produce a more realistic feel of sending his listeners back in time to the prime ages of classic rock & roll. He is also known to provide voice talents for the show's comic relief.

Celebrities take an interest[edit]

Some of the celebrities that have appeared on the Time Machine Show via phone-in include:

Friends and performances[edit]

After his visit to Anthrocon 2004, he met with furry artist David Von Foxkin for the first time, where he welcomed the newcomer into the convention crowd by getting his fursuiting friends to surround him in an ever-growing group hug (furpile). Seeing how happy it made Foxkin, SonicBlu kept in touch with him on a regular basis.

A few months later, SonicBlu attended Mephit Furmeet, where he considered performing during karaoke night. His plans fell through: he got up enough courage right before the crew was ready to break down the equipment. With disappointment in his heart, he returned home, where he began to collect instrumental backing tracks to popular music. He practiced his poetic writing skills, audio mixing abilities, and singing voice to produce his own parody songs.

The first song he recorded was a tribute to Foxkin's "furpile" moment, entitled Pile of Furries (a parody of Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash). Many more parodies were written -- one after the other -- before he realized he had enough material to fill at least three albums. SonicBlu put his writings aside momentarily to work on honing his singing/songwriting abilities, and ended up recording, mixing, and producing his first four albums, which included coming up with cover designs for each of them.

Film making and the Oh! Pawpets! Show[edit]

In 2005, his friend Siege shone a light upon the opportunity for him to appear in a horror film that was being locally shot. He was included with the cast in a matter of a few days, and went on to offer his insight and acting/voice talents for the film. The movie is entitled Wormwood.

By Spring of 2009, SonicBlu was introduced into the world of puppetry by Wolfdog, who ran sound and video for PA Pets Live. Having provided voice acting talents on his own radio show, SonicBlu had plenty of voices to provide for the newly formed Oh! Pawpets! Show, which continued where PA Pets Live left off. To this date, SonicBlu provides voices for and operates over twenty different puppets.

As the seasons for Oh! Pawpets! continued on, SonicBlu started involving the show into its own productions, where all the pre-filmed footage is shot. Oh! Pawpets! Pwoductions' first full length motion picture was Paw II (a complete re-write of the Saw movie series, done to puppets) which was a sequel to the series of short videos that aired on the Oh! Pawpets! Show the previous year. Oh! Pawpets! Pwoductions are planning on re-filming Paw I to better coincide with the story line to its sequel.

Interviews and articles[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Furry[edit]

Title Year released Edition Genre Theme ISBN Publisher Notes
A Tailor's Honor  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Stewart Gordon  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
The Gorokk Trilogy (Anthology)  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Miko's Fire  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Kamara's War  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Gorokk's Peace  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Insurrection of the Werewolf  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
The Magic of Zhane Tarnsworth  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Furry of Darkness (Anthology)  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Howl Three Times By Midnight  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Challenging the Gods  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
The Ring of Kraig  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Of Wilderness and Mystical Might  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Beast of the Blood-Red Sands  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?

Non-furry[edit]

Title Year released Edition Genre Theme ISBN Publisher Notes
The Outer Realm  ? 1rst Novel  ?  ? Trafford n/a
The Outer Realm  ? 2nd Novel  ?  ? Raccoon's Bookshelf n/a
Brandish Mountain TBA  ? Novel  ?  ?  ? n/a
The Little Vampire (Night to Dawn, issue #6)  ?  ? Poem  ?  ?  ? n/a
Death's Hands (Naked Snake Press) March 2004  ? Poem  ?  ?  ? n/a
Birds of Prey (Dark Walls) Spring 2004  ? Poem  ?  ?  ? n/a
Belly of the Beast (Dark Walls) Spring 2004  ? Poem  ?  ?  ?  ?
Voices (Dark Walls) Spring 2004  ? Poem  ?  ?  ? n/a
Demonic Doom (Dark Walls) Summer 2004  ? Poem  ?  ?  ?  ?
My Goblet of Gold (Dark Walls) Summer 2004  ? Poem  ?  ?  ? n/a
A Damsel's Passing: A Tribute to the Late Fay Wray (Dark Walls) Summer 2004  ? Poem  ?  ?  ? n/a
They Always Come Home (Dark Walls) Summer 2004  ? Poem  ?  ?  ? n/a
Otrava: The Vampire of Venom (Night to Dawn, issue #7)  ?  ? Poem  ?  ?  ? n/a
Family Blood Flows Thicker (Night to Dawn, issue #9)  ?  ? Short story  ?  ?  ? n/a

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Year released Year recorded Genre Format Length Notes
Fur Folks & Fun July 2004 July 2004 Filk CD 43:24 Recorded and released by Time Machine Records
Sprout Your Fur 2005 2004 Filk CD 65:33 Recorded and released by Time Machine Records
Keep Frozen Until Ready To Use] 2006 2005 Filk CD 65:32 Recorded and released by Time Machine Records
Four on the Floor...And Ready to Roll 2007 2006 Filk CD 58:34 Recorded and released by Time Machine Records
Who's Naughty, Who's Nice: The Best of SonicBlu Vol. 1: Mundane's Annonymous 2008 2004 - 2007 Filk CD 41:13 Greatest hits compilation of the previous four albums
Who's Furry, Who's Flesh: The Best of SonicBlu Vol. 2: Furry Frenzy 2008 2004 - 2007 Filk CD 49:18 Greatest hits compilation of the previous four albums
Oh! Pawpets! presents: Bwing's Twansfowmation: The Official Soundtwack 2010 2010 Filk CD 44:58 Recorded and released by Time Machine Records
Oh! Chwistmas! 2011 2010 - 2011 Filk; Christmas CD 59:28 A compilation of songs taken from Oh! Pawpets! episodes: Cryo's First Christmas and Doremi's Christmas

Singles[edit]

Title Album Year released Year recorded Genre Format Length Notes
The Pile Of Furries b/w Gimme One Reason to Fursuit Fur, Folks, & Fun 2004 2004 Filk CD Single 2:43 Parody of Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash
Yerf! I Feel Like a Furry! b/w Making A Fursuit Fur, Folks, & Fun 2004 2004 Filk CD Single 3:54 Parody of Man! I Feel Like A Woman by Shania Twain
Welcome to McDonalds b/w Rudy Sprout Your Fur July 2004 January 2005 Filk CD single 4:28 Parody of Welcome to McDonalds by Guns N' Roses; Written in 1991
We're Still the Furs b/w I'm a Furry One Sprout Your Fur 2005 2005 Filk CD Single 3:17 Parody of Still the One by Shania Twain
Landing on Boardwalk b/w Sprout Your Fur Sprout Your Fur July 2005 October 2004 Filk CD single 2:40 Parody of Under the Boardwalk by The Drifters
Soft to Cuddle b/w Sweet Childs A-Fryin' Keep Frozen Until Ready to Use 2006 2005 Filk CD Single 2:30 Parody of Hard to Handle by Black Crowes
Artist's Alley b/w Ice Within your Veins Keep Frozen Until Ready to Use 2006 2005 Filk CD Single 5:37 Parody of Blaze of Glory by Jon Bon Jovi
Tail After Tail b/w Don't Stop the Fandom Keep Frozen Until Ready to Use 2006 2005 Filk CD Single 4:14 Parody of Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper
The Furry b/w Summer of Y2K Keep Frozen Until Ready to Use 2006 2005 Filk CD Single 3:32 Parody of The Gambler by Kenny Rogers
Snowman b/w Butterball Keep Frozen Until Ready to Use 2006 2005 Filk CD Single 2:48 Parody of Soul Man by Sam & Dave
The Jack the Ripper Trilogy (Maxi-Single) Four on the Floor...And Ready to Roll October 2006 June 2006 Filk CD Maxi-Single 17:12 Now out of print
It's a Fur's Life b/w Cozy Little Thing Called Fur Four on the Floor...And Ready to Roll 2007 2006 Filk CD Single 3:45 Parody of My Life by Billy Joel
Bathroom on the Right b/w Con of the West Coast Bay Four on the Floor...And Ready to Roll 2007 2005 Filk CD single 2:18  ?
Whore in my Lap b/w Welcome to McDonalds (Live) Four on the Floor...And Ready to Roll 2007 2006 Filk CD Single 3:37 Parody of Horse with No Name by America
Fursuit Head b/w Walk Upright SonicBlu Darkfold NOW 2011 2011 Filk CD Single 3:56 Parody of Pokerface by Lady Gaga
My Fursuit's On Fire b/w 15 Minutes to Go SonicBlu Darkfold NOW 2012 2011 Filk CD Single 3:23 Parody of Sex on Fire by Kings of Leon

Filmography[edit]

Title Year released Year produced Company Genre Theme Job/Role Notes
Wormwood 1 January 2006 2005 Zombie Junkyard Productions Independent Film Horror Writer, actor  ?
Paw 2012 2010-2012 Oh! Pawpets! Pwoductions Independent Film Horror Director, writer, actor, producer, set decorator, editor  ?
Paw II 2012 2011 Oh! Pawpets! Pwoductions Independent Film Horror Director, writer, actor, producer, set decorator, editor  ?

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