I met Richard (AKA Tudor Acid) many years ago at a club night in Kings Cross, London. I was introduced to him by Kirsti (null+void). He was performing that night and it was my first chance to see him play. I had gone alone to the venue that night so I spent much of the night on the dancefloor. I loved the way Richard had combined fairly traditional western harmony and melody with intricately and precisely programmed acid beats. I didn’t meet Richard again until a good couple of years later having moved to Bristol. Richard was showing me a selection of 303 loops he’d written over Christmas and I asked him if I might be able to use one in a track. He kindly obliged, and we promptly spent an indulgent 45mins recording his acid line being squelched and distorted through his prized 303 and deopfer modular synthesiser.
“Born in the year that Autobahn by Kraftwerk was released, went to school round the corner from Chenies manor, Henry VIII’s country residence which was rumoured to be haunted by Anne Boleyn’s ghost. Home was a stone’s throw from the newly-consructed M25, which itself was home to acid house. This fact itself provided impetus for doing tracks on cheap synthesizers and drum machines after school. Ultimately settling in Bristol, which is a city under a variety of grooves, Tudor Acid was gradually brought to life.”