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1999 - Dalek Rubber Metal
My Name is Gus: What It Is To Say "I..."
D.A.M. (Data and Music) CD, 1999
Dalek Rubber Metal
La Vie Passe
Gus Weate, who had been making electronic music since 1995, described himself as "a one man band who loves to play live" and his musical style as "a moderate mixture of... anything and everything!!!!" on his mp3.com website. Based in Melbourne, Gus used to be part of Live Funk Organism and has played at numerous festival events including Every Picture Tells A Story, Earthcore and Rusfest98. He signed up with mp3.com in 1998, on the advice of a friend who suggested it would be a good place for his work to be heard and judged.
The inspiration for Dalek Rubber Metal grew from "that certain rubbery metallic sound" made by the distortion from a 303 synthesizer, to which he added a short sample from the 1966 movie Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD. "I made a whole lot of samples from old sci fi movies", he told TME in July 2000, "and happened to like this sample of the Daleks saying 'You will be exterminated' and it had a kind of rhythmic quality so I chucked it into a trak I had underway." Using analogue drum machines, analogue synths and "a funny little filter i made out of a Chinese take away box", Gus released an album of his work via mp3.com in 1999. The multimedia section of the disc describes Dalek Rubber Metal as "The sound of that certain rubber metal that only the Daleks on their strange green spaceships know how to make".
This track was one of the best ambient instrumentals to appear on mp3.com in homage to Doctor Who, with some nicely atmospheric sweeping chords and ploppy bass sounds (which must be the metallic sound alluded to), and distant echoes of a Dalek in the distance.
2000 - Dr Who Meets Dr What
Proxima: String Theory
D.A.M. (Data and Music) CD, 2000
1. Everlasting Ray
2. Blue Light District
3. Dr Who meets Dr What
Michael Link had been working on various musical projects since 1997, though nothing was released until 2000 when the wonders of mp3.com appealed. Using an Audity 2000, a Juno 106 and "lots of computers", his area at mp3.com described his work as Techno/Trance "designed to explore the aural perception". His work tended to be instrumental, and titles had little significance for him. As he told TME in July 2000, "all of the songs had no titles before I put them up on mp3.com, so I just randomly named them as I uploaded them"... and one of the instrumental tracks turned into a Doctor Who tribute. "What happens when Dr Who meets Dr What? They go looking for Dr How and Dr When of course!", the track blurb declares... though Link actually had no real reason for creating a tribute to the show. "It could be a Freudian thing", he explained. "I remember catching a few episodes of Dr Who on PBS when I was in grade school"...
In early 2001 the Proxima website was overhauled, with many downloads removed and the String Theory CD made unavailable. Dr Who Meets Dr What was re-titled 'Dr Who' for download purposes, though it was no longer available to purchase. An official website was simultaneously opened at http://proxima.fractal.net/. Both sites have since been deleted, and the track (although a well-produced, energetic dance track) had no relation to the series anyway.
2000 - Mondas
Astronaut Travel Service: Astronaut Travel Service
3. Mission Galaction
5. Man From Atlantis
Martin Wheeler began his career as a dance artist in 1996, and composed the soundtrack to PC game NIHILIST. His CD, Astronaut Travel Service, was made available for several years via the peoplesound.com website. Using an Akai S2800, a Casio FZ1 and "a rag-tag collection of dusty FX boxes", Wheeler's ambient drum 'n' bass sound was created in a spare bedroom. The birth of his daughter put a stop to such activities shortly after the tracks were uploaded in early 1999, but peoplesound.com hopefully promised "new Astronaut activity ... later this summer".
The name of Astronaut Travel Service apparently derived from a flight bag in a Reading charity shop, while the titles of each of the CD tracks all bare some relation to the world of science or science fiction. The final track, Mondas, is a nod towards the original home of the Cybermen, back when they still wore stockings over their heads. Tracks 2 - 6 were available for download at Wheeler's peoplesound.com account, where listeners were encouraged to leave their opinions of his work. The album received some worthy praise, with one fan describing it as the "perfect soundtrack for thrashing about in the bath"...
The album itself offered 33 minutes of break beats, atmospherics, audio-landscapes and random noise. Although being clearly separated, the tracks all merged into one, long atmospheric journey, with a general impression of mysterious corridors, alien worlds and tense action sequences. Mondas, however, seemed inappropriately named; the ambient chords, echoing profusely, alluded more to the corridor effects from The Daleks, especially when a faint voice could be heard after 2'40", sounding very much like an early Dalek crying "Doc - tor!". Could ATS have believed Mondas to be the home of Doctor Who's other mechanical race?
2001 - Doctor Who (Divided Life)
Divided Life: Analysis
D.A.M. (Data and Music) CD, July 2001
I'm So Stylish
How Can I Be Calm
Divided Life, so their short-lived official website told us, were "dedicated to creating electronic pop in its purest form. Our music has one aim - to thrill you and create melodies that will inspire you. Watch this space - Divided Life is about to hit the big time - maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life. Divided Life is basically one guy - me, John Purcell. But who knows, I may well be expanding to include collaborative efforts under the Divided Life name. Also, I have to mention an honorary member - my sister Ali who is currently acting as my lyricist, manager and promoter!"
John (25) and Alison (36) received their first break when Freaking, a track they had submitted to Cambridge radio station Ram FM, hit the Cambridge electric chart at No.1, and reached No.10 in the overall Cambridge chart in July 2001. DJ Jai Melbourne said: "Alison sent in a track called Freaking, and I thought it was great so played it a few times. The next day I had a request for it again, and it proved very popular. The Unplugged section is a fantastic way of helping new and local bands to get noticed, and it should encourage other local bands to send in their demos too." An excited Alison was thrilled to have made such an impact on Derby: "It's just fantastic! John and I are thrilled and it's all totally unexpected. It's early days but we've decided that if any money is made from our album then we will donate it to help local animal charities."
John Purcell composed on an "ancient SY55 synthesizer, but I feel it's time to move on", and described his homage to Doctor Who as "a sci-fi themed journey though the musical space/time continuum."A chirpy dance tune with an infectious and simple xylophone melody, the track was set to samples from John Culshaw's Tom Baker impressions, as featured on the radio show Dead Ringers, hilariously cutting up his impressions into short sound bites ("the Master!", "..TARDIS!..", etc). Mysteriously, mp3.com only released the Analysis CD for a few weeks - it became swiftly unavailable, perhaps due to the copyrighted samples.
2001 - Dr Who (K9 Mix)
D.A.M. (Data and Music) CD, 2001
1. Passport (Trance Mix)
3. 303 ORIENTZ
5. Fairy Land
6. PASSPORT (GOA Remix)
7. Dr Who (K9-Mix)
8. The Question (Spock Mix)
Describing himself as Hard / Progressive Trance, SHEARdrop, an outfit from Milton Keynes, uses a vast array of electronic instruments (from a Korg Z1 Electribe ER-1 to the Midi-Terminal Roland SRV-3030D "and a few other bits"), and claimed at his mp3.com site that "SHEARdrop are now an outlet for "BICo" The latest range of Jewelry from Australia.... Check the Main Web site for Orders! you will like These people.... "; although we are comfortably assuming that this isn't true.
Dr. Who (K9 Mix) is detailed thus: "Hard Trance with a journey through the mist of time and Space... Nuff Respect... and thanks for the Insperation from the few who know!! Enjoy!! Mad as you like... it's an electronic dog.. Yep!.. Barking mad... later on the Dr. arrives in the Tardis.. this you will have to here!! People wanted to here somthing different, and this is what came out of the mix...!! " The track is actually a soft dance beat with an 8 note melody, mixed with an increasingly louder synth bass, neither of which sound remotely like the Doctor Who theme. From time to time an impressive sound effect whooses from right to left, which is presumably Jimmy's interpretation of the TARDIS landing, but apart from the electronic blips of the melody there's little here to suggest K9's presence. And at over 5 minutes, even the sporadic whooshes become repetitive. The CD was deleted with the closure of mp3.com in December 2003.
2001 - Dr. Who, Star Trek, and Sexy Dinosaurs & The Master was a Good Guy All Along
The Warden Hill Walkers: The Land That Bicycles Forgot
D.A.M. (Data and Music) CD, 2001
1. Luton Fields
2. Buffy and Willow's Warden Hills Dream
3. The Green Machine
4. Forests Belong to the Creatures
5. Whales, Tigers, and Rhinos Waterski Fest
6. Scully Finds Picard Imprisoned by Snails
7. Dr. Who, Star Trek, and Sexy Dinosaurs
8. The Master was a Good Guy All Along
9. The Martian National Anthem
The Warden Hill Walkers were, according to their mp3.com site, "a band with an eco godfather on the loose, spreading the word through his neo-psychedelia-classical-arousing-noteness." Sole member Nigel Pretentious claims to have sacked and replaced original Hill Walker Paul Rance, who started the band in 1979 with shades of Tangerine Dream and Pink Floyd, though the sound of the 'group' (actually "just me and the family") is currently electronic and experimental.
To quote the individual track blurb at mp3.com, The Master Was a Good Guy All Along "refers to The Master from 'Dr. Who'. I reckon he was misjudged. So here's some incidental Master-type music as a tribute. I achieved something like the sound which used to come up every time The Master was, apparently, contemplating some evil deed. Then I just went berserk." Indeed, the track is based around an imitation of the Delaware synthesizer used to create the incidental scores for The Sea Devils, and the discords and tunelessness are evocative of Malcolm Clarke's unique radiophonic compositions. The sound was combined with some overlapping percussion beats which, unfortunately, made it sound rather cheap.
The second Doctor Who related track on this album is "a kind of sci-fi soundtrack of the strangest order. A sci-fi track discovered by accident, whilst playing with sound. It just seemed to fit as a sci-fi theme." Here Rance appears to have sampled two notes and given them plenty of pre-echo before looping them for 1'28" and introducing one very subtly rising chord beneath them. The result is an eerie sound that could almost have been created with spliced and reversed tape in the good old days of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The CD was deleted with the closure of mp3.com in December 2003.
2001 - (Dr., Something's) Howling in the Tardis
FaReweLL23: Camina Extasis
D.A.M. (Data and Music) CD, 2001
1. The Clouds and the Rain
3. Water on Mars
4. Voices of the Night Sky
5. Red Violin
6. (Dr., Something's) Howling in the Tardis
7. Space travel is fun
8. Mad Forest
FaReweLL23, another one-man outfit based in Salem, Massachusetts, presented his story as follows at his mp3.com website: "After several years playing free improvised music and modern classical, my old college interest in electronic music was rekindled by hearing for the first time some of the great techno groups to emerge at the end of the '80s. I immediately got my old synthesizers and drumboxes (unused since college) out of storage, and went at it. I quickly progressed to making music on my laptop, and combining my love of world music through the inclusion of samples. The results you can hear here."
The music on Camina Extasis, a CD album released via mp3.com in early 2001, contains a mixture of "electronic grooves in all styles - house, drum and bass, techno, trance and downtempo", all created on computer with the help of ejay, cool edit and various other music programs. In citing his influences, FaReweLL23 credits "the whole wide world of recorded music", and has a simple explanation for the 5 minute instrumental named after Doctor Who: "The beginning riff reminds me of the Dr. Who theme." (The melody isn't remotely like the Doctor Who theme, it just happens to bounce between two notes in the same repetitive sort of way.) The download and multimedia CD were deleted with the closure of mp3.com in December 2003.
2001 - Dr Who's Mum to the Rescue!
The Music of a Savage: Oceans & Potions
D.A.M. (Data and Music) CD, 2001
Angels Waiting to be Born
You Can't Stop the Robot
Dracula's Office Rampage
Dr Who's Mum to the Rescue!
Xander's Pumpkin Trip
Xena's Choir of Warrior Belly Dancers
Rudolph's Journey to Infinity
Indian Ocean Midnight Moon
The Music of a Savage is the work of a Sheffield lad who claims to have been writing music since the age of 9. "Individual experimental instinctive electronic and acoustic pop" is how he defines his sound, with influences from the best of British - Lennon, McCartney, The Stones and The Kinks, among others. Like many of the mp3.com artists, Savage composes and produces his sound entirely on computer, "but have also started to twang my acoustic guitar once more!".
Dr. Who's Mum to the Rescue was described as "a Dalek grooving tune!", and actually TME never got to hear it before the site closed down in December 2003... so it could have been anything!
2001 - Dr. Who (Momentum Studios)
Momentum Studios: First Fallen
D.A.M. (Data and Music) CD, 2001
2. Eggshell Conspiracies
3. In This World
4. Dr. Who
6. Red Violin
"Designed to promote Northwest hip-hop", Momentum Studios - aka Snafu, Mako Mephistopheles, PG-13, Tremor, Andy B of the Chosen and Anaxagorous - created their mp3.com output in a Portland run Studio, developed by members of Oldominion. They described their track Dr. Who as "introspective", yet, as with so many tracks recorded at this time, it was a tuneless piece of musical junk with no Doctor Who relevance beyond the title.
2001 - Dr. Who (Dedicated to Tom Baker Mix)
DJ Paws: Meow Mixx
D.A.M. (Data and Music) CD, 2001
Meow Mixx 666
Alien Faruk Injection
Don't Go Down There
Shooting the Hole
The Splendor of the Crotch
In the Lair of the Meekmoks
What's Better Left Forgotten
Dr. Who (Dedicated to Tom Baker Mix)
Draf is Dead; Behold the Body
DJ Paws was a brave man. He knew his limitations. He did not need our
awe. His account at mp3.com had the simplest artist description of them
all. "One man, one synth, multiple looped samples." That's what we like.
Originating from Tacoma, USA, Paws followed in the prominent musical paths
of Moby and the Nine Inch Nails with his own Techno/Trance style,
produced with bass, guitar and synthesisers. "When I get bored... I play
things..." was his background description, and one of his mp3 downloads was
a rearrangement of the Doctor Who theme in the style of hard trance, only
without the beats. "This is my remix of the fourth Dr. Who's theme song
and is dedicated to the actor, Tom Baker, who played the fourth Doctor."
Starting with some swirling wind and a slowly apparent heavy bass
line, this fresh rearrangement of the Doctor Who theme is undeniably well
made, if lacking in imagination. It's always fun to hear an energetic
bass guitar tackle that heart-warming rhythm, after all. After a minute
and a half, a soft beat ensures that your feet are tapping while a
wailing melody line rises and falls in its own unique interpretation of
the main theme (rather like the Chappell Music stock version, all the
notes are wrong but the intention is obvious). The multimedia CD
carrying the track was deleted when mp3.com closed in December 2003.