This album is a collaboration between Spaceheads and Max Eastley, from
M. Eastley started his carreer back in the 70s releasing albums
on Brian Eno's ambient label, since then he has exhibited his art (mostly
paintings and sound sculptures) in countless galleries all around the
Spaceheads is a duo featuring Andy Diagram (trumpet/machines)
and Richard Harrison (drums). They have released several albums worldwide,
and continue to tour extensively. A head on collision between the ancient
roar of trumpet and drums and the space age buzz of electrified sound...
Electronica expanded through melodic improv.
||SPACEHADS / MAX
the time of the ancient astronaut
Universal head expander vol.1 (Bleep 04)
From the first sound a different and special
magic was evoked, captured in one afternoon on this recording.
Haunting trumpet melodies over soft drones and textures sets the
mood. This slowly mutates to a world of high opera and tipsy beats
that then cascades with a metallic pounding. It is Scary. The music
cinematic proportions as the terrain unfolds. Interstellar landscapes
are revealed. This is improvisation as a battle between the done
and the possible.
MAX EASTLEY plays The Arc. A nine foot long mono chord. One string
stretched over wood and played with a bow or glass rods. The pitch
is changed by flexing the wood. The string can also be shortened
with clips. It is then fed into electronic effects.
The SPACEHEADS is a duo mixing trumpet and electronics with drums
and percussion. Plaintive trumpet calls are looped across pulsing
beats that propel us into sheets of metal crashing and vibrating
through tiny pick ups cranked to the full and then spun into electronic
The Universal head expansion series is a series of records that
the spaceheads are planning with featured
special guests. Spaceheads and Max Eastley is the first in the series.
Spaceheads met Max Eastley at a multi media extravaganza in Manchester.
A man set fire to tables, fireworks
went off, the scene was set... Max cast his spell over the audience
with vibrating blocks of sound from his
instrument of alchemy The Arc. The spaceheads followed him and where
they overlapped a new, intoxicating
sound emerged. The audience were hynotised. It was a special moment
that the Spaceheads and Max decided
to try and re-create in a recording studio. They Failed. They didn't
recreate that moment. They didn't even try.
The Spaceheads and Max Eastley have sculpted a complete work from
a clash of ancient and future
technologies. Music as, crafted soundscapes, sculptured washes of
sound, deep textures, broad melodic
invention, spontaneous meetings.
Max Eastley, sound sculptor, artist, musician, is playing his own
invention The Arc - a mono chord of wood
and wire. He scrapes, bends and flexes the sound, twisting it into
an orbit of amplified experiences.
Electricity and raw noise captured and controlled, then flying out
of control, bumping up against, colliding
with fellow travellers. Ancient Astronauts.
Max Eastley began in the late sixties to investigate the relationship
of chance to music and visual art. Using
kinetic sound devices or the environmental forces of wind, streams
and sea. These automata possessed
implications that were sculptural, architectural, theatrical and
He continues to work in all these branches of creative and philosophical
Max has recently exhibited work at, the Big Chill festival UK, Sonic
Boom at the South Bank London,The
ICC Centre Tokyo, and The Belfast festival amongst many others.
Max has made many recordings with The Arc, among them,"day
for night" with Peter Cusack (paradigm),
'buried dreams" with David Toop, and "isolationism"
a compilation on Virgin records.
The Spaceheads have been hurtling down a unique path of their own
for many years now.
The Spaceheads are :
Andy Diagram - Trumpet and voice through harmoniser and echo loops
Richard Harrison - Drums and percussion and sheets of metal through
The spaceheads have been touring regularly across the globe for
the last five years. They have recorded five
albums the latest "Angel Station" was released in 1999
on pandemonium records (europe) and merge records
THE PRESS LOVE THE SPACEHEADS !
intergalactic groove merchants - music that hits you between the
ears and below the waist - Melody Maker.
a few acts fit into no category, including the spaceheads, who made
bewitching abstract dance music using just trumpet and drums - New
the spaceheads have long been flies in the ointment - The Wire.