radio wire empire
radio wire empire
Through security camera footage, we now know that upon seeing the crate, he danced around it for nearly ten minutes. After this, he promptly lifted the crate onto his shoulder and began walking southeast. Having read the writing on the crate and the writing on Maddhew, Magnus was making his journey to deliver the crate to a former love, Cassandra Moscow. During this many-day journey, it is believed Maddhew heard his first music in the form of the Slovakian folk songs that Magnus was known to sing. It is known that Magnus died of exhaustion the second day into the journey, and Maddhew was found eating what remained of both the man's body and the food he carried with him on a trail road near the Golden Ears Provincial Park.
The Mounty who found him (wishing to remain anonymous) described the scene as, "Just awful." Thankfully, the Mounty took Maddhew and his crate to shelter in the local police department. For the next six years, he became the temporary mascot of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He was often dressed in a small, hand-made moose costume, which he blamed for a later identity crisis. Pictures can be seen still of the many festivals and parades that he was involved in. The Mounties believed him to be a child prodigy, having brought down a bear at age five using nothing but a Bowie knife and catching a murderer in a hand-woven net at age eight.
However, at age ten, Maddhew shocked his Mounty family by requesting actual schooling. The Mounties flew into a rage, and Maddhew grabbed what few possessions he had amassed and fled into the forest. The first night of his excursion into the forest was frightening. No stars were visible, and no wind moved the branches. Maddhew was alone in silence.
The only sound he heard other than the crunching of his own feet were the animals in the woods. Suddenly, he began to hear strange echoes from deeper in the woods. He followed the sounds and saw a faintly glowing fire. As he moved deeper into the woods, he saw bodies thrashing around the flames to the music.
To his great fortune, he had found a band of feral free jazz musicians. As soon as the flames cast light on his person, the music stopped. The ferals turned and faced him, grimmacing through beards behind their instruments. One man, the only clean shaven one of the lot, raised both his hands to call them back.
Once the band was back at his side, he called out to Maddhew. "Boy!" he shouted, lifting a trumpet off the ground in front of him, "What you got to add to our circle?" Maddhew, shaking with fear, held up the crate that had protected him so many times before. The food and items inside it shook like a maraca, and the band cheered and welcomed him in. The ringleader, who wore a suit jacket embroidered with his former stage name, "The Ghost of Duck Ellington," (to this day, whether he meant "Duke Ellington" was still unclear) took Maddhew under his wing.
Not only would he train him in the... art of music, his distrust of written word brought him to tell his vast amount of conspiracy theories to the young Maddhew in his eight year duration with the band. "We hunted for food," Maddhew said, "But it was difficult because of the free jazz." During this period, the band moved around not unlike the tribes that followed buffalo, moving to warmer temperatures in America during the winter and the cooler north in the summer. Their border crossings seemed to go unnoticed due to the guards actively attempting to ignore the free jazz musicians. During these adventures, Maddhew had his first real experiences with American society.
Traveling the strip of national forests down toward Texas, he regularly ventured out into cities to Duck's dismay. "Forests are good," he would often say "Got them radio wires out there, read your mind! Free jazz keeps them government demons out!" But Maddhew refused to listen to Duck's strange words. He would often follow the power lines (Duck's "radio wires") to cities and would have impromptu performances with local musicians. Duck and his band disliked him speaking with outsiders, and hated even more the new musical styles and occasionally constant rhythms he brought back with him.
Maddhew refused to comment on the night that he left the band, other than stating it was the night a great forest fire began in California. Duck and his band, though not really seen before, were never witnessed traveling again. He lived in the basement of the Alamo during the few months of his life. The power of the country music scene weighing heavily on his sinuses, he knew he couldn't remain in Texas long. He earned a decent living spouting nonsense at tourists while acting as a guide, often asking for tips afterward.
It took a surprising five months before the caretakers realized he did not work there. He was later forcibly removed from the premises. Receiving no more than a warning, Maddhew fled for Las Vegas to pursue his dream as a musician. Maddhew began his sweep of Vegas by piecing together an Elvis suit from various dumpsters he passed. Since the people there loved Elvis, he figured it the best way to establish himself as a friendly musician.
Purchasing a pawn-shop acoustic guitar with the last of his tour-guide money, he played restaurants and bars at night and worked his way through the Elvis impersonator racket. After one year of establishing himself in the Elvis underground, he started slipping in songs that he wrote himself during the performances. He was known to the area as "The Elvis That Sometimes Does Other Things," or "TETSDOT." While selling self-produced cassette tapes on the streets of Vegas, he was approached by a rather large Russian man. "I'll never forget what he said to me," Maddhew later said.
"He told me, 'You music loved in Motherland. You come back, Romansky.' " With a great deal of confusion due to the man's terrible English, Maddhew learned of his sordid family history and his Journey to America. Through the love of his music and his current Elvis-like appearance, his family members had become rich in his home country. This man was sent to seek him out for a reunion.
With Maddhew's agreement, the man called a car, and his Vegas days were over. Much to his surprise, Maddhew was lead to a suburb in southeastern Michigan where his remaining family members used his musical fortune to purchase a house and two vehicles. To this day, this is where Maddhew currently resides, producing music from his basement recording studio. He has created several albums with now famous artists such as Tom Grog, Jim Riley, Josh Buzzardsaw, Dom Blanko, and Blake Haddock. He has recorded in such groups as the Mars Conveyor Belt, Nickel Hall Voyeurists, Soybean Ice Cream, Hypnotic Fruits, The Weimaraners, The Shoe Materials, and A Bland Tome of Cranes.
His current project that he still releases recordings under is titled Radio Wire Empire. The name is both based teachings of his late music teacher, Duck Ellington, and as a tribute to him. Artists not listed above: Doughy Joey Semenstain, CJ Billiards, Mathew Crone, Zat Smorgnoffski, Dustin Rook, and Jag Welder. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
show me more