On Sunday 19th August, I presented 'Flashbax Freebies Day' on our Facebook
event page, in honour of the excellent Klappstuhl Records label, and turns
out I unknowingly picked the boss's birthday for it, how trippy is that!?
Of course, all the free Klappstuhl albums that were up for grabs that day
have long since gone, but amidst the 6½ hour 'show', I included the whole
MMATT story, as it is told through our own 'best of' release on the label,
"Flashbax Ω Ultimate" (SP 008, 2015). Once upon a time, there was a very
old scientist from a far distant world...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Of course, we owe Klappstuhl a great
debt of gratitude for their 2015 'best of MMATT' collection, "Flashbax Ω
Ultimate". Still think it's amazingly cool that it's Carsten S' birthday
today though, weird.
Magic Moments At Twilight Time And let's be honest up front - sure,
today is mostly about promoting MMATT coz we have that "Creavolution
Reborn" CD coming out soon! Actually, there's this little green guy who
has something he wants to say...
Magic Moments At Twilight Time Maybe I should give the little green
guy some credit, because without him, I'd have still been playing around
with ballads and comedy songs, seriously! But then came the W20 Session;
a mess of cables, FX and stuff in the living room of our old dingy Frimley
flat, and the very first sound that came from it was the somewhat
unpromising "The Cylinder", but we all have to start somewhere, and it
simply had to be included in "Flashbax"...
The MMATT 'Studio' on the day of the W20 Session, Oct. 25th 1986
Magic Moments At Twilight Time But it's back to "Flashbax" now and
the moment that changed everything. Thankfully, the band didn't let me
down and leave me on my own playing minimalist things like "The Cylinder".
Oh no, they hopped in the Ford Escortron, came back to that October day in
1986 and helped me get it right from the very beginning. I'm sure it's the
same for every new band! ;) This is "The Time Machine", enjoy muchly, hop
in your Ford Escortron, then go back and enjoy it muchly again...
"The Time Machine album that came out early
Magic Moments At Twilight Time "Cover your ears" indeed!
Interesting fact - the music from that comes from reversing a jam a mate
and I had, a guy called Steve Jack (who is probably oblivious to this day
that he ever featured on a MMATT album!), of the old Elvis song "Burning
Love". Seriously, play it backwards and you can hear it! Here he is.
Seriously, if you ever see this Steve, do get in touch, be great to hear
from you. The two of us used to work at Blacknell Buildings in Farnborough
back in '86, but sort of lost contact after my services were... er... no