• martin hannett Maverick Producer, Genius and Musician (double CD, £11.50)

    label: Ozit

    The man who set the template for the Manchester Sound. All tracks produced, engineered or performed by Martin Hannett. This cd set is issued twenty years since the sad departure of Martin Hannett, a biographical book and a film will follow. "Rarely can there have been a man who so totally immersed himself in his own work and to such stunning effect" International Musician Obituary // Bono: "Martin Hannett was a genius….. He looked like Dr Who, and he was into technology. He had harmonizers and things we had never heard of." // Martin Hannett was renowned as a teenager and beyond for his record collection ( covering so many different genres of music) and his total dedication to buying Hi Fi equipment when most homes around him were still managing with a radiogram or a Dansette record player. His initial tastes in music for his record collection seem strange- for someone who would go on to be the ‘Creator of the definitive Manchester Sound’ – his collection included The Byrds, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Steely Dan, Tim Buckley, Love, Emmylou Harris and the Grateful Dead whose bass player Phil Lesh, Martin would model himself on. Somehow Martin’s interest in those sharp sounding sunshine west coast acoustic and electric guitars metamorphosised into his fascination for electronic music from synthesisers and sampling. He talked about hearing beats within air conditioning units in factories when he worked for a while in industrial removals. The AMS1560 delay built by former aerospace engineers in Burnley which would be the basis for the Joy Division drum sound was built to encapsulate sounds that Martin heard in his head. The Marshall Time Modulator ( nicknamed by bands who worked with Martin- the Marshall Time Waster) and the AMS1560 Delay together with the ARP Omni and Transcendent 2000 synths initially followed by the ARP2600 became the staple studio control room toys for all Hannett’s late 70s & early 80’s. Martin was a true experimenter with sound, perhaps coming from his background obtaining a chemistry degree. The bands and the studio toys and the acoustics of the buildings were the chemical ingredients and what he hoped was that mixing all these up would result in some great chemical reaction. Martin often talked only in conversations where he gave out cryptic clues, often using references you could only understand if you had watched the previous week’s episode of Doctor Who or read the last issue of Omni science fiction magazine. By 1978 the first sessions for Joy Division had been produced by Martin Hannett .With this 2 cd set we have gone back to the roots of Hannett getting involved with Joy Division. Many of the tracks on this cd set were produced a while before Martin became a director of Factory and the house producer for the label , and for the first time you can hear a collection of tracks in a different genre produced by Martin as well as tracks where both Martin Hannett the musician and Martin the producer /engineer comes to the forefront. CD 1 : 1 Martin and JCC on Dali, 2 Chrysler- Belt and Braces 3 Benaville- Belt and Braces 4 Joe Smith - Belt and Braces 5 Derry- Belt and Braces 6 Martin- Sound Experiments- Martin on synth 7 Martin – plays electronic drums 8 Office in a bottle- Martin on synth and vocals, 9 Music Room- Martin on synth, 10 First Aspect – Martin on synth, 11Bernard Sumner’s thoughts on Martin, 12 Second Aspect- Martin, 13 Trouble in A Major- Pete Farrow, 14 Hold On - Pete Farrow, 15 Sail Away- Pete Farrow, 16 Maybe he’ll make you smile- Pete Farrow, 17 Old Man’s Song- Pete Farrow… CD 2 : 1 Peter Hook’s thoughts on Martin, 2 Manchester Boys – George Borowski, 3 Dangerous City- George Borowski, 4 Who Is Innocent- George Borowski, 5 Giant- Belt and Braces, 6 Questions- Belt and Braces, 7 Grapes- Belt and Braces, 8 Money- Belt and Braces, 9 Banks of Dee- Belt and Braces, 10 Chains- Belt and Braces, 11 Martin on bass and drum machine

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