Tim Blake: "We had LSD, we had Hendrix, we had everything to change the world"
Synth and electronic prog maestro Tim Blake looks back over a six-decade‑long career, remembers falling out with Daevid Allen and gives us his views on Brexit...
Tim Blake is one of the true pioneers of electronic prog. Perhaps best known for his celebrated solo albums Crystal Machine (1977) and Blake’s New Jerusalem (1978), he has also been a member of both Gong and Hawkwind, among various other collaborations. After joining Gong full-time in 1972, he was one of the first to bring synthesisers from the studio to the stage. Later, with Crystal Machine, he was arguably the first to use laser lighting as part of a rock concert.
He has continued to record and perform over the years, including a return to the Hawkwind fold in 2007 following his original tenure back in 1979/’80. Blake moved to France in the 1970s, where he continues to live a life of splendid isolation deep in the countryside.
Taking time out from feeding his chickens, he’s surrounded by a stack of synths, theremins, and all manner of electronic paraphernalia. In a jovial mood, he recalls some of the stellar sights and sounds of his career.