Max Eastley - The Time of the Ancient Astronaut
  Year :   2001
  Location :   England
  Worktype :   Album
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Bip-Hop

  Work Details  
  Spaceheads Andy Diagram (trumpet) and Richard Harrison (drums) started playing together in 1980 after meeting at a punk jazz festival. They played together in a band called Dislocation Dance, recording two albums and a number of singles. Following that project they worked with The Mud Hutters and Eric Random and the Bedlamites, touring with the latter as Nicos backing band before she passed away. One afternoon in 1989, almost by accident, they decided to jam without the rest of the group and quickly realized they could best accomplish their musical vision as a two-piece. Throughout the 90s they perfected their sound -- highly percussive jams steeped in delay and digital effects. True space music. Eastley s influence is apparent on The Time of the Ancient Astronaut, an album recorded live in one afternoon and released on BiP-HOp in 2001. Harrison s rhythms are much more restrained than usual, his furious tribal fusion drumming appearing only fleetingly throughout the record. Diagram s trumpet, as vibrant and psychedelic as ever, is perfectly balanced by Eastley s instrument, the arc, a nine-foot monochord played with a bow or rods. Interstellar Escalator is a fantastic representation of the album as a whole -- gorgeous and ominous ambient music that builds to an intense and noisy frenzy. Noel Morrison last updated: 10/04/01