Graham Massey and Patrick Moore


It's hard to imagine a more unlikely combination, but here they are at the Manchester Science Event, Graham Massey (left) and Patrick Moore (right). Brian Cox and Frank Close are in the background.
Graham runs the band 808 State which formed in 1988, releasing the albums "New Build" and "QuadraState" on their own "Creed" record label. "QuadraState" contained the hit single "Pacific State" which became an anthem of Manchester's renowned Hacienda nightclub in 1988/89.

Graham has produced six Top 10 singles and numerous hits in the Top 40.

He has remixed for names such as David Bowie, Quincy Jones, Jon Hassie, REM, Future Sound of London, The Shamen, Bomb the Bass, to name a few and has recently produced and written tracks on Bjork's new album "Post" and in particular, the hit single "Army of Me".

At the Manchester Event, Graham took a tape of Pulsar sounds recorded at Jodrell Bank and used them as a regular rhythmic backing to one of his own compositions, written specially for the Event. This number was the finale to the Show.
Patrick, recently voted the most famous Astronomer in the world in a UK poll, started a popular astronomy programme on BBC TV 40 years ago. The programme "Sky at Night" has been shown continuously every four weeks since then.

Patrick also plays the xylophone and performed one of his own compositions at the Event, straight after his double act with Beth Vokurka, where they discussed cosmology, cosmic rays, radiation and the insides of Geiger counters and spark chambers. Patrick has never had a music lesson in his life but has appeared at a Royal Command Performance. On the night he substituted his composition "Penguin's Parade" for "Hurricane" at the last minute. The young pianist from the Royal College of Music who was supposed to play the backing track had been unable to keep up with him and fled.

In addition to pieces for the xylophone, Patrick has also composed a number of Viennese Waltzes.