Recently got a copy of Metal Beat
ie the 2 CD interview disc on the making of Metamatic
. John pointed out that the mixing, editing etc was carried out by John (Foxx) and Gareth Jones. Fine. More interestingly, he mentioned that there were recordings made at Gareth's place in Brixton that did not appear on the album. I'm pretty sure that some fragments or samples were recorded away from Pathway. On the list of synths used on Metamatic, kindly given to us by John (Barker), the ARP 2600 is not mentioned . Take a listen to He's a Liquid
, specifically on that liquid type sound. If I'm not mistaken this is identical to the R2D2 sounds (from Star Wars!) and this, as we all know, was done on the ARP 2600. Could they have used an ARP 2600 from Gareth's pal, a so called Daniel Miller?
John (Foxx) accepted the Virgin records offer for Metamatic. I'm pretty sure that Mute Records would have made an offer. John (Foxx) perhaps accepted the most lucrative one. After all, those excerpts of Demos that appear on Metal Beat are actually very good and would have attracted any record company. It was all beginning to happen in 1979, Tubeway Army aka Gary Numan, The Human League etc. So who wouldn't have signed the ex Ultravox front man.
Finally, it is mentioned on the interview, and it is what has already been mentioned, that John (Barker) polished up certain parts of Metamatic, already written and recorded by John Foxx. John Barker's contribution is essential to Metamatic as he gave it a very avant garde/classical feel to the proto-metallic sound of the Demos. John Barker was already pioneering sounds a la
Philip Glass as a member of Lost Jockey
. Incidentally, John (Barker) was introduced to John (Foxx) by Gareth.
John can you tell us more about Lost Jockey and whether some elements of this Band were incorporated on Metamatic or was it a different kettle of fish altogether? Are there any recordings available of Lost Jockey?