I was living in New York and had laid MELT to rest after a few gigs. As most creative musicians might attest, after years of pouring your heart and soul into a band it's like a marriage breakup. You need time to heal and regroup your thoughts ... or at least that's what I needed. So I dove into recording the Transmogrify album. After that was finished, I left for London to see if anyone would release it. All my London music industry contacts had dried up in the couple years I was away. During that time my friend Darren Hayman and I wrote some electro synth songs and performed them under the name The Stereo Morphonium. Upon returning to NYC I had made a revelation - I wanted to write more synth ditties and I didn't want to sing anymore. So began the path that was Neumatic Sci-Fi.
Previous to forming MELT I had written a handful of electro instrumentals on my X-15 4-track cassette recorder so none of this was that new to me. Now I had a computer, drum machines, loops and a lot of synths. At one point I had collected over 20 vintage synths. I also had a collection of old miniature Casio keyboards. Every new thing I bought inspired some new song idea, and if it didn't I got rid of it.
From 2000-2006 I made about 40 songs .... only playing them for my friends (who raved about them). Though a few of the bars in New York played them, the club scene wasn't interested, saying "they weren't dance enough" or "it didn't follow the usual formula". It didn't matter, I still loved making these songs. I played all the synths without midi to give the songs a human element and personality.
released December 3, 2002
Artwork by Jennifer Playford
Synth's Used :
Roland JX3P, Roland Juno 106, Moog Source, Sequential Circuits Prophet 600, Korg Trinity, Casio CZ-101, Casio MT-520, Casio Rapman, Future Retro 777, Casio SK-1, Casio SK-8, Speak&Read
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