One of the synthesizers in their studio was the Roland TB-303, a bass-line generator introduced only in the past few years but already a relic littering junk stores at inexpensive prices. After a period of experimentation, the three hit upon an intriguing sound made when the box was pitched much higher than its normal operating frequencies; the squelchy psychedelic sounds enlivened their recordings and more than convinced Ron Hardy
to begin playing one track on his reel-to-reel setup at the Music Box. Known at the club as "Ron Hardy's Acid Tracks" and quickly re-recorded for a 1986 release by the three billed as Phuture
, "Acid Trax" became one of the biggest house records of the time, the starting point for a whole new style later termed acid house as a tribute. Reportedly, thousands of soundalike records flooded the local market in the next few years, and the originators quickly became forgotten amidst the wash of imitators. DJ Pierre kept busy, working on the act Pierre's Phantasy Club with Felix Da Housecat
and producing another genuine house classic with "String Free" by Phortune, but then left Phuture
in 1990 with a relocation to New York.
His first single once in Gotham was Photon Inc.'s
"Generate Power," a dancefloor barnstormer released on the relatively mainstream dance label Strictly Rhythm. "Generate Power" was the formal debut for Pierre's new production method the Wild Pitch, created with a quickly backspun sample which generated a crispy lightning-strike of sound similar to the acid squelch. Besides featuring on a host of DJ Pierre remixes and productions, it became standard fare for scores of producers during the next few years, just as the sound of the TB-303 had earlier. Pierre continued to remix and produce for Strictly Rhythm and Twisted/MCA, finding additional club hits with "Live & Die" by Audio Clash
, another Photon Inc.
. track named "Love," "Follow Me" by Aly-Us and "Sound Blaster" by Joint Venture. He also hosted a slew of mix compilations throughout the 1990s. ~ John Bush, Rovi