Headspace

1996 album (WOOF 1)
EtherReal

Original artwork.

I had been using Scream Tracker for at least a year, and its limitations were blatantly apparent, so I found that I had outgrown it rather quickly. Thankfully, a friend of mine had discovered a much more useful tracker, which used 16-bit samples of any length, and allowed for more effects and pattern lengths. It was just more user friendly. It was called Fast Tracker. I loved it immediately, and it was what I used until 2001, in its various versions.

So it’s this Fast Tracker period that I like to consider the beginning of my mature phase, because as the program became better, so did my ability to create better music as a result. The stuff I was writing was fuller and warmer sounding, and was on it’s way to becoming less a good collection of grooves and more about different things. By this I hoped that the listener could get something out of it other than just a good vibe.

This was the first period that I actually considered trying to make an album. I did in fact do this, but I didn’t try and sell it or myself, I just made copies and sent them to friends. I guess I didn’t think any of it was that good. But it was also during this time that I met a new contact, who published a couple of my 8-bit songs on local techno CD compilation, and with whom I worked on a third for that same collection. it was quite a rush at the time, to have my music on a real CD that I didn’t burn myself, but the elation was short lived as the project fizzled out after the first run. We had been hoping for a sequel release.

Shortly after that is when I started working on Headspace. I started trying to emulate my favourite techno and dance bands but while adding my own flavour to the mix. When it was done, I felt a sense of completion, but in retrospect, a couple of the songs didn’t sound completed, and the album didn’t flow. There were too many genres, and things sounded a little cold in spots. This is largely why I made the decision to ‘remaster’ this collection in 2006, and these are the version that I’ve included on the site, rather than the 1996 versions.


All Messed Up (And Nowhere To Go)
Tunnel Vision
Into Thee
It’s Incidental
Nightgames
Durge 4N
Brains & Chains
Sweetie
The Field