Identifile: A Split Second

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author
Peter Bonne aka Chrismar Chayell or []
date
08.2002
style
industrial
founded
1985
members
Founding and constant members : 1985-91
Chrismar Chayell: compose, keyboards, programming, engineer, production, master, publish, live keyboards and live mixing
Marc Ickx: compose, write, keyboards, vocals, bass, live vocals and bass and percussion

Temporary members :
Peter Meyvaert : guitars on tracks of 'Ballistic statues'
Swan : guitars live and on tracks of 'From the inside ...'
Kevin Mulligan : guitars on tracks of 'From the inside...' and 'Kiss of fury'
Pete Boone : live keyboards
Fedjean Venvelt : guitars live and on tracks of 'Kiss of fury'

short bio
[official website]

During 1985, Peter Bonne met up with Marc Ickx who was a former schoolmate. They started recording some demos at Micrart studio Attne D and E, and later at the newly founded Top Studio in Ghent (Gent, Belgium). As Peter moved to Ghent, he made a deal with Peter Gillis, the TOP Studio owner, exchanging sythesizer equipment and recording facilities. Some tracks of Twilight Ritual, like 'The Factory Scream' were recorded there. Peter took some sound-engineer courses from Peter Gillis, and started working in Top Studio. From then on, Marc and Peter (who started using the artist name 'Chrismar Chayell') started working together on A Split Second.

During end 1985 and most part of 1986, they were experimenting in many ways to create a new sound, a musical concept for the new project. They mailed out some tapes to few people, just to get opinions, as they believed not to be ready yet for the big work. But, a Micrart Group collegue, Henk Wallays (Unovidual) mailed a tape to Antler Records, resulting in an immediate record deal.

They finished up 4 tracks, and went mixing them at ACE studio, accompagnied by Roland Beelen himself (general manager Antler Records). A first 12" was released by september 1986, and was an instant success : On Command, Body Check, Burnout and Flesh.

The Flesh 12" igninted a new rage, later to be baptised 'New Beat', which put Belgium as a dance music production nation on the world map a few years later. Initially, it all started with some DJ's playing the 45rmp 12" at 33rpm, forcing 'Flesh' to a huge hit. Within the year, A Split Second became a reference for this music style.
But right after the 12", they started recording a first full length album, to be released by february 1987 : 'Ballistic Statues'. With Rigor Mortis, they did better than everyone expected. Basically each track of the LP was played in dance clubs : Drinking Sand, Check It out, Neurobeat, Close Combat. They went on tour through Europe and soon released a live 12" with rearranged versions of some popular live tracks. Peter Meyvaert and Swan joined the band on guitars.

In the mean time, the US record company Wax Trax gets interested in the band and releases an album (US only) compiled out of the tracks of Ballistic statues and the first 12". It became a hit, and Rigor Mortis made it to the top of the alternative dance charts (Rockpool) and stayed there for weeks. It prepared the way for a significant breaktrough of the belgium based band in north america.

As most of 1987 was filled with touring Europe, Marc and Chrismar sat down to prepare the next album From The Inside. One track was arranged in 4 different ways, and released as a 12" prelude of the upcoming album. 'Scandinavian Bellydance' met with the expectations of the audiance. The album 'From The Inside...' was to follow early 1988. Swan participated much in these tracks, joined by occasioal guest musicians.
From the new album, Mambo Witch and Colosseum Crash were chosen as singles, and they each made it to the top of the charts. It was the sign for A Split Second to go on tour across North America september-october 1989. They played in all major cities raising huge crowds, which made them focus even more to the US market. For this tour, the line-up changed and Fedjean Venvelt (guitars) and Peter Boone (keyboards) joined the band. Chrismar decided to do live mixing instead of stage keyboards, as the creation of the overall new and powerful sound is controlled from behind the mixing console.

In 1990, they released 'Kiss Of Fury', of which 'FireWalker' was chosen as first 12". Though a revolutionaly track assisted by a great video, it did not score as good as expected, and was soon followed by 'The Parallax View', a track clearly more guitar oriented. This track implied the change of sound that A Split Second was going though : blending the industrial electronics with roch guitars. The band's popularity kept on growing and they went for a second tour across to the US, this time for 28 gigs in 5 weeks all over the country. Again, the tour was very successful, but also indicated that it was time for something new. The live line-up changed again and Nicolas Mansy joined on keyboards.

1991 was a year of changes : Peter built the Micrart Studio (6) in Gent, allowing to work even more and more profoundly than at the Top Studio. He felt A Split Second was due to make changes in style in order to keep growing. But these changes didn't come and he prepared a remix album while Marc started working on a solo-project. This evolution signed the end of A Split Second : Peter started working with Wasteland, at first as a side project but soon becoming more important, while Marc recorded his solo album. The Flesh & Fire remix album contained very up to date and alternative remixes, very much worth releasing, accompagned by a Rigor Mortis/ Flesh remix 12". But, the remix period couldn't heal internal wounds, and it finally resulted in a split : Marc continued with A Split Second on his own.

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Latest release 'Transmix' revives old tracks!

other projects
Chrismar Chayell : Twilight Ritual, Wasteland
website
http://www.micrart.com and http://www.asplitsecond.com
pic/logo
A Split Second


discography

A split second
12"
Antler Records
A split second
A
1 Burnout
2 Body Check
B
3 On Command
4 Flesh

Ballistic statues
LP 1987
CD 1988
Antler Records
Ballistic statues
A
1 Rigor Mortis
2 Drinking Sand
3 Neurobeat
4 Close Combat
B
1 Check It Out
2 Cybernetics and Pavlovian Warfare
3 Ballistic Statues

CD bonus tracks
8 Burnout
9 Bodycheck
10 On Command
11 Flesh

Rigor mortis
12" / MCD
1987
Antler Records
Rigor mortis
12"
A Rigor Mortis
B Flesh - remix
Burnout - beatmix
Burnout - between the sheets

CD Single
1 Flesh (original) - CD Single only
2 Rigor Mortis
3 Flesh - remix

Smell of Buddha
12"
1987
Antler Records
Smell of Buddha
A
1 Colonial Discharge
2 Taste (The Suburban Whiplash)
B
1 Check It Out
2 Drinking Sand

Scandinavian bellydance
12" / MCD
1988
Antler Records
Scandinavian bellydance
A
1 The Bellydance (first shot)
B
2 Scandinavian (second shot)
3 Stringdance (dream shot)
4 Tear Your Rhythm Down (heavy shot)

...from the inside
LP / CD
1988
Antler Records
...from the inside
A
1 Bend My Body Armour
2 The Last Wave
3 The Colosseum Crash
4 Choke
5 Scandinavian Bellydance
B
6 The Heat (Legs Akimbo)
7 Mambo Witch
8 From The Inside
9 Arsenic On The Rocks

CD bonus tracks
10 Colonial Discharge
11 Taste (The Suburban Whiplash)
12 The Bellydance
13 Stringdance
14 Tear You Rhythm Down
15 Comment

Mambo witch
12"
1988
Antler Records
Mambo witch
A
1 Mambo Witch (extended version)
B
2 Mambo Witch (experimental version)
3 Voodoo Witch

Colosseum crash
12" / MCD
1989
Antler Records
Colosseum crash
A
The Colosseum Crash
B
Muscle Machine

MCD
1 The Colosseum Crash
2 Muscle Machine
3 Mambo Witch

Another violent breed
12" / MCD
1990
Antler Records
Another violent breed
A
1 Burnout
2 Bend My Body Armour
B
3 Body Check
4 Check It Out

Kiss of fury
LP / CD
1990
Antler Records
Kiss of fury
A
1 Backlash
2 Crimewave
3 The Parallax View
4 Crash Course in Seduction
B
5 Cold War in the Brainbox
6 Into the Burnong Hole
7 Kiss Of Fury
8 Firewalker

CD Tracklisting
1 Backlash
2 Crimewave
3 Cold War in the Brainbox
4 The Parallax View
5 Crash Course in Seduction
6 Into The Burning Hole
7 Kiss Of Fury
8 Firewalker
9 Fire

Firewalker / Backlash
12" / MCD
1990
Antler Records
Firewalker / Backlash
CD Single
1 Firewalker
2 Backlash
Remixes
club mix
12" mix
EQ mix

Lay back and join
CD
1991
Antler Records
Lay back and join
1 Firewalker (unreleased video edit 90)
2 Colosseum crash (12" version 89)
3 Flesh (remix 87)
4 Drinking Sand (remix 87)
5 Colonial Discharge (original 87) (CD only)
6 Rigor Mortis (unreleased live version 89)
7 On Command (unreleased live version 89)
8 Check It Out (live 89)
9 Mambo Witch (7" version 88)
10 Burnout (live 89) (CD Only)
11 Burnout - Between the sheets (take 2 90)

The parralax view
12" / MCD
1991
Antler Records
The parralax view
A
1 Warpmix
2 Bleepdubmix
3 Nordic dub
B
4 Warp Radio Edit
5 Original Mix
6 Scandinavian Mix

Flesh & fire (1991 remixes)
CD
1991
Antler Records
Flesh & fire
1 Flesh (koen tillie mix)
2 Crash Course in Seduction (industrial mix)
3 Cold War in the Brainbox (colosseum mix)
4 Close Combat / Muscle Machine (double beat dub mix)
5 The Parallax View (warp mix)
6 Rigor Mortis (transient straight mix)
7 Drinking Sand (laid back mix)
8 Firewalker (beatless mix)
9 Takin' In concerto
10 Rigor Mortis (manc mix)
11 Cold War in the Brainbox (cut up)

Rigor mortis remixes 91
MCD
1991
Antler Records
Rigor mortis
1 Rigor Mortis (manc mix)
2 Rigor Mortis (dub mix)
3 Rigor Mortis (transient straight)
4 Rigor Mortis (transient dub)
5 Rigor Mortis (original)

Flesh remixes 91
MCD
1991
Antler Records
Flesh
1 Flesh (koen tillie remix)
2 Flesh (dub)
3 Flesh (lite house)
4 Flesh (original)
5 Flesh (slow)
6 Flesh (1987 version)

Colosseum crash remixes 92
MCD
1992
Antler Records
Colosseum crash
1 Colosseum Crash (manc mix)
2 Colosseum Crash (dub mix)
3 Colosseum Crash (transient straight)
4 Colosseum Crash (transient dub)
5 Colosseum Crash (original)

Transmix (2001 remixes)
CD
2001
Antler Records
Transmix
1 Rigor Mortis (Gothic)
2 Mambo Witch (Club Mix)
3 Firewalker (Fireblaster)
4 Close Combat (In Trance)
5 Muscle Machine (Industry)
6 Colonial Discharge (Rage)
7 Flesh (Jungle)
8 Colosseum Crash (Minimal)
9 Drinking Sand (Groove)
10 Firewalker (video)



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