|> Adrian Wagner|
|< Collaborator of V|
Wagner is a
prolific musician, composer, inventor of instruments and - by now - multimedia
producer, who collaborated with Calvert on a number of recordings.
Looking at his familiar background it's hardly surprising he became a musician - not only was his own father -amongst others - teaching him on composition at the Royal Academy of Music - but his great great grandfather was the Wagner - first name: Richard.
But classical music didn't seem to be a destiny for a 20-year old in the days of the underground of 1972... He got in touch with various rock musicians like Steamhammer, Alexis Korner, Arthur Brown and....Robert Calvert.
It was through the 'God-of-Hellfire' Arthur
Brown, that Adrian Wagner and Calvert
got in touch for the first time.
wanted to give Brown as much freedom as possible
in the recording of the Song
of the Gremlin - so, he simply handed him the lyrics and let him
develop the song.
By that time, Wagner was not only an expert in playing the still relatively new synthsiser instruments - in fact he had started his pioneering work already at the Academy, learning to play the earliest models EMS and VCS3 - besides that he ran the -by now legendary - Robert Moog's UK service branch.
Later he went on
to invent and manufacture his own synthesiser - 'the famous and highest
selling British synthesiser of the 70's The Wasp,
which was the first battery operated, digital synthesiser - sold in
volumes to musicians and producers across the world.'
was meant to coincide with the West Indies Cricket Tour of England -
a sport, that Calvert was always fond of.... alas, the tour was cancelled
and apparently the record company didn't like this odd piece of music
anyway...so, with the tour the release got cancelled.
But the misfortune of Cricket Star didn't prevent Wagner and Calvert from continuing their collaboration. The next project was the debut album of Adrian Wagner, entitled Distances Between Us, released in 1974.
Calvert delivered two tracks to the original release - one was Messengers of Morpheus, a poem, to which Wagner set his music and the first -quite minimalistic- version of STEPPENWOLF - a song - or rather the lyrics - that two years later, set to a new musical background, should turn into a classic for Hawkwind, after Calvert had rejoined them.
Distances... "deals with rebirth as a reflection of the composers earlier experiences" - and is of course a synthesiser dominated album - without being one of those pompous 70's keyboard orgies, as it also features various musical styles - like the brilliant funky 'Amazon Woman' - and of course the Calvert tracks.
But, as it often
seems to be the case in the music-biz, the initial enthusiasm about
a new trend or project, wasn't followed by the support that the finished
product - which probably turned out more 'complitcated' or stranger
than desired - deserved.
It took 16 years,
before Distances... saw it's highly deserved
re-release on CD-format.
projects - on both audio and CD-ROM format - are based on the the Celtic
origins and folklore of Wales and he has also started on the next album
in his Grail Trilogy, 'The Sword and The Stone'.
"In 1982, I started research into the Grail Tradition. My quest started with a fresh, new look at the work of my great, great grandfather, Richard Wagner's opera 'Parsifal'. (...) My research has always been concerned with the characters involved in the 'Quest for the Holy Grail', who are the archetypes which are contained in mankind's innermost spirit. (...) At Christmas, 1996, a book was launched called Bloodline of the Holy Grail, written by the Chevalier LabhrÓn de St Germain, Sir Laurence Gardner, which instantly became a 'Best Seller' across the World. This brilliant book, a remarkable achievement in the field of genealogical research, contains revelations which completely reflected the music I had written. "
soon met and by now both the book by Gardner and the record by Wagner
are available as accompanying projects on the same subject. Much more
in-depth infos on both the book and the record can be found on THIS
PAGE of Mediaquest's own site.