core members of the Commission (circa 1979) were:
A native of Earth who traveled extensively, the galaxies for 10 years before instigating the concept of creating the Melodic Energy Commission.
In 1977 he was living in an artistic commune on Sona.
One memorable day he was asked to assist the
governing collective, to gather and encase
Their reason for such a project was
to solve 'the mystery'.
They figured that if a large cross reference catalogue
was created, sense would enter the picture and
'the mystery' would depart.
Simple they thought...after 6 months of negative results
the project was abandoned and 'the mystery' remained.
however was intrigued and requested from
In depth interview
Mark Franklin and Paul Franklin
Travelers from England who in 1978 lived in the Richmond flatlands south of Vancouver, on Earth.
These brothers (both original Commissioners)
were already pursuing a quest of worshipping 'the mystery'
for it's variety and sonic surprises. They practiced a ceremony
of channeling the surprises through their musical instruments
and encased them as charged magnetic particles
for later playback.
Xaliman thought this was super magnificent because on Sona they used bamboo fibers to loop the sound waves and encase them for later review. This concept of sheer magnetism was amazing...
It wouldn't work on Sona though, because of the intense
magnetic storms that happen every winter. One winter storm
and sonic history would vanish...but on Sona the bamboo
kept growing... and even better after the storms.
This Earth based magnetic techno-trick worked
for Mark and Paul and was to become the chosen technique
for the Commission's methodic sound gatherings.
(Due also to a lack of bamboo in the region)
One day he arrived from an unknown solar system
carrying only a bag of clothes and an unusual
oscillating electronic instrument that was the
popular musical performance device of the place
from whence he came.
he, knows where that is...ask him...
electronic instrument is what really
Travel into the ongoing lore of HAWKWIND ,
friends and family, to find out something about
this synthesis xtra-ordinaire. Now, lest we say,
he lives in mountains but of recent times has often
traveled the planet, performing with his musical,
electric dual-headed axe (wood choppers variety).
Playing with the likes of NIK TURNER as he
shares knowledge of the eternal Space Ritual.
With a cascading swirl of analogue electrons
igniting imaginations traveling deepest space.
say he was guided to Ameri-Canada from EngLand
During the 70's he dazzled his audiences with an
instrumental style that crossed Jimi Hendrix with
Ravi Shankar....although his instrument of choice
was the Appalachian Dulcimer specially built
with a pick-up that was often plugged into a phaser
and wah-wah pedal.
the first chapter, in the story of the
collection of hand made pre-electric
of this message is carried on the latest recording
Stranger Lyrics and More
The never before published lyrics and lore from Stranger in Mystery
Time is a Slippery Concept
January 2005 heralds their latest album of otherworld music.