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"Saturday Night" / "Sunday Morning"  (1979)

45 rpm vinyl single.

Label: Cleopatra Records

Andrew and Al conceived an independently released single featuring a real (as per the cover) metronome as the rhythm section with instrumentals layered over. Ash, who we knew from the general music scene we all mixed in, guested on "Saturday Night". Andrew used some buddies from X-Ray-Z for "Sunday Morning".











Track Listing
  1. Saturday Night
  2. Sunday Morning

A Circuit Like Me / Closed Circuit  (1980)

45 rpm vinyl single.

Label: Cleopatra Records

By this time we were experimenting with drum machines. Rhythm sections for both sides were recorded using a borrowed Roland CR-78. Andrew and I once again had a side each, but Ash collaborated on both (which is what the cover is trying to represent). It was the first time a vocal had been used, albeit spoken, courtesy of a lady called Talking Judy. "A Circuit Like Me" has become a collector's item in Europe. All three of us have had emails from people enquiring about it.







Track Listing
  1. A Circuit Like Me
  2. Closed Circuit

Multiple Choice  (1980)

33 rpm vinyl LP.

Label: Cleopatra Records

Towards Christmas the three of us spent a day generating ideas and rehearsing a few half-formed ones, then went into a small suburban studio for a week and recorded the album. Many happy accidents happened, many fun and (in hindsight) quite strong concepts were recorded. There is a general theme about "timing"...get it? We enjoyed the sessions and I think it shows.

Main drum machine used was a DR-055 (aka Dr. Rhythm). Ash did a great job of treating and fattening it. We also used a mini-Korg, Roland strings and some other early synths (now popping up as collector's items). Backwards hurdy-gurdy and a Milo tin are also listed in the credits.

A number of Special Guests appeared on different tracks doing things like reading shopping lists and playing ARP synthesisers. This was becoming a standard element of Metronomes recordings.

Music For Lounges, available as a free download, was recorded for this album and gained some recognition after being played on a well-regarded FM radio album show.




Track Listing
  1. A Living Person
  2. Sex I
  3. The Ballad Of The Metronome
  4. Commentator
  5. The World Is My Oyster
  6. Music For Lounges
  7. Hey Coach
  8. Sex II
  9. Justification
  10. Bad Timing

The Metronomes Play Their Favourites  (recorded 1981-82)

Unreleased recording of three cover versions.

Each of us selected a favourite song for interpretation by the Metronomes. The songs selected were:

Al: Psychotic Reaction

Andrew: Almost Cut My Hair

Ash: Boney Moronie

Psychotic Reaction had a snare that sounded like a tomahawk cutting into a tree, Almost Cut My Hair could only be described as laconic, and Boney Moronie was...well, psychotic.

Much as we wanted to, we were not able to obtain finances. We were also a bit wary of dealing with third party publishers. So we just kind of left them in the vault.

None of us had good dubs of these tracks, but then, during 2010 when compiling songs for The Ballad Of The Metronomes, Ash stumbled across the half track masters. Although close to 30 years old, he managed to get the tapes converted into digital format in their original mastered quality.




Track Listing
  1. Psychotic Reaction
  2. Almost Cut My Hair
  3. Boney Moronie

Regular Guys  (1985)

33 rpm vinyl LP.

Label: Cleopatra

The second album, recorded after a break in which our various lives and careers took left and right hand turns, was more premeditated in that most songs arrived already written. Each writer had creative control over their respective songs, a long-standing Metronomes road rule. Only one track had what you might call a spontaneous birth.

The reviewers were pretty much right - results are mixed, some highlights in amongst some dross. It certainly wasn't as quirky as the first, or as funny, but it had its moments. Production values were high for an indie release. Rick Lewis's sleeve was also a highlight.

This LP featured the next wave of synth toys like Oberheim synth, Oberheim drum machine and Prophet 5. Once the programming was set up, the instrument tracks (ie. their digital data) were dumped via a PCM box direct to video tape, a process which almost entirely eliminated tape hiss. Welcome to the digital age!




Track Listing
  1. Soap
  2. Messages From Home
  3. Regular Guys
  4. I Like To Waltz
  5. 18 Creature
  6. Deluxe Service Station
  7. Losing Things
  8. Moral Climates
  9. Make It Plain
  10. Same Phrase Again

Today  (2004)

33 rpm vinyl LP.

Label: None (self-produced)

After many years of lost contact as our lives traveled down different paths, Al encountered a mutual friend of Ash's, Henry Vyhnal, at a trade exhibition. Had he heard from Ash at all? He just lives across the road from me! was the response. Friendships were re-established, past recordings were reinisced over, the state of modern music and software discussed...nd a third album was hatched.

Over a period of 2-3 years, after standardising on Cubase as the music creation tool of choice, fourteen songs were put together around some common Metronomes themes - timing, creative control of the individual songwriter, and unpredictable contributions by the other(s). Ideas were tried and rejected, CDs filled with song files and audio samples sent interstate (Al by now was living in Sydney, Ash and Andrew in Melbourne, and cloud storage wasn't yet born), some brilliant software was explored, and a CD born.

All three attacked the new music creation world with great enthusiasm, ignoring system crashes and Cubase's sometimes impenetrable interface. Production values were high, and a lot of fun was had not just with the new gear but with a whole mad technological, online world throwing up ideas all over the place.




Track Listing
  1. Today
  2. When The Disk Goes Down
  3. Jetpack
  4. Operating System
  5. Happy Daze
  6. PowerPack
  7. Plug Me In
  8. 11 Guitar
  9. Jpeg
  10. Waiting
  11. March Of Ideas
  12. The Future Is Boring
  13. Time Is The Enemy
  14. Freedom Disentangled
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The Ballad Of The Metronomes  (2010)

33 rpm vinyl double LP + 45 rpm EP.

Label: Mannequin Label + Mailorder

Funny how the internet works. Over the years since email and Google became a standard part of our lives, each of the Metronomes has had emails from minimal synth music fans across the world, mainly Europe.

Then in 2010 the band was approached to perform a first-ever live gig for a gallery opening. At the same time, we received a request by Alessandro Adriani of Mannequin Label + Mailorder to re-release our 1980s recordings, on vinyl. This double LP and EP is the result.

The sleeve was designed by Mannequin. People who bought early copies received a bonus CD of the three Metronomes Play Their Favourites tracks.




Track Listing

DISK 1
  1. A Living Person
  2. Sex I
  3. The Ballad Of The Metronome
  4. Commentator
  5. The World Is My Oyster
  6. Music For Lounges
  7. Hey Coach
  8. Sex II
  9. Justification
  10. Bad Timing
DISK 2
  1. Soap
  2. Messages From Home
  3. Regular Guys
  4. I Like To Waltz
  5. 18 Creature
  6. Deluxe Service Station
  7. Losing Things
  8. Moral Climates
  9. Make It Plain
  10. Same Phrase Again
EP (7 inch)
  1. Saturday Night
  2. Sunday Morning
  3. A Circuit Like Me
  4. Closed Circuit




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