TimeShard were comprised of Steve Angstrom, Psy, and Gobber – the band was born out of the UK Free Festival scene where ramshackle P.A. systems built to pump out a mix of punk, psychedelia and dub during the mid 80s were soon repurposed to deliver pounding beats of primitive electronic music. That’s where TimeShard came in.
Timeshard began in 1988 or thereabouts, “house” was finding a home in the UK underground rave scene and Acid House was brand new and about to colide with the psychedelic punk of Squat Rock. The whole thing was a massive melting pot and everyone was very very high.
The now legendary vintage drum machine the Roland TR909 was a mere 3 years old.
The first affordable sampler the Akai S900 was only one year old.
Likewise the TB303 was only 4 years out of production. These were discarded things, and electronic dance music was the music of cultural, spiritual and technological reclamation.
Timeshard began picking up synth bargains with their meagre cash and making very strange noises with them. There was no intent to make “dance music” but to make sound collages and trance inducing noises. There was no template at the time, looking back a story thread can be made – but back then there was nothing but potential and experimatation in a void of potential.
TimeShard experimented with tape, borrowed multitracks, cheap downtime in local recording studios, borrowed synthesizers and in the first couple of years performed some very strange dub inflected trance music for confused listeners.
TimeShard released their music on cassettes and sold them through mailing lists, and by 1991 had built a following for their live performances.
Liverpool dance music shop and record label 3 Beat offered the Shardies a chance to release on vinyl and CD, so a deal of some kind was signed and the three hairy weirdoes and their friend and manager travelled down to London to record in a state of the art recording studio. Peer Music Publishing (the Publishers of Timeshard) had their own studio and it was a hit factory for all kinds of top chart acts. The Shards had the night shift, from 8pm till 8am. A week in the studio cost a bunch of money so the whole album was recorded in 5 nights.
Of course, nothing was simple about this setup except for our heroes who decided to make up two of the songs in the studio. Crystal Oscillations was one of these tracks. All taht existed of this was a few sketchy ideas, so the poor engineer and producer nearly had a heart attack when the band decided to create the song on the spot when two songs a night needed to be recorded and mixed!
More twisted history to come …