born in germany and partly raised in usa,spain and england, thomas melchior has been resident in london for over 20 years. there he also started his musical career as composer /singer and keyboarder in an arty/electronic five-piece band(Blipvert Bigtop) releasing records on their own label and performing in small london clubs.after downsizing and renaming to Ohm ,their fusing early electronic experimental and funkadelic based jazz and funk caught the attention of the likes of africa bambata,dj smash hunter(eightball) acid jazz and talking loud. A young judge jules who along with roy the roach (quaff records)and dan donovan(big audio dynamite)helped release some of their material.being ahead of their time success, ohm’s “heady volt experience ep”(with it’s fusion of jazz,techno,hip hop and funk)however had an undeniable influence on the much later emerging trip hop scene(james lavelle(mo wax)was an ardent admirer and put in his all time top 20).but times were a changing and thomas moved on to pioneer and explore other moods and grooves. with the arrival of an atari computer,he began to discover the world of reduced music making leading him to work and hang out with weird beat master j.saul kane (depthcharge)introducing him to the early london techno underground where he met with people like peter ford,mark moore,carl craig,stefan robbers etc.soon he was on his way to making tripped out electronica and in ‘92 thomas hooked up with multi instrumentalist tim hutton and started recording as vulva/yoni. quickly vulva caught the attention of the aphex twin’s richard james and his rephlex gang of freaks.
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