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The A SPLIT SECOND Story

Prehistory - Flesh - Basllistic Statues - ...From The Inside - Kiss Of Fury - Split - Today

Prehistory

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.

Flesh

This 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.

Ballistic Statues

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.

... From The Inside

As most of 1987 was filled with touring Europe, Marc and Chrismar sat down to prepare the next album. 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.

Kiss Of Fury

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.

Split

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.

After the split, the Micrart Group was no longer involved in A Split Second. For that reason, there is no information about that period on this website, but here are some interesting links (please inform us at asplitsecond@micrart.com ).

Today

By end 2001, a remix album of the original A Split Second releases is planned by Antler records : "TRANSmix". The RIGOR MORTIS Gothic remix deserves special attention !!

October 2002, Perfector Records releases Paul Oakenfold's remix of Flesh - another masterpiece from his hand ! Check out the news section on this site.