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