The Invisible Line is the fifth studio album from Trip to the Moon.

Trip to the Moon is
Tom Ludvigson and Trevor Reekie

Tom is well known on the Auckland music scene having played keyboards on the circuit for a number of groups and jazz outfits as well as funk and electronic experimental music.  He has performed with Jed Town's X-Features, Bluespeak with Greg Johnson, Big Sideways, Elephunk, Rick Bryant’s Jive Bombers,  with Nigel Gavin in the electronic space jazz ensemble Nexus, and as DJ Alloy.  Tom writes for and leads the Inner City Jazz Workshop with three of albums released, as well as performing and recording three albums with Bluespeak on Pagan Records. Tom  also composes music for films and TV documentaries.  

Trevor  was the guitarist in seminal eighties electro group Car Crash Set, has two ambient solo albums under the name Cosa Nostra and over ten years recorded four albums with the Greg Johnson Band.  Trevor founded two Auckland based record labels, Pagan and Antenna.  He is a free-lance broadcaster.  Samples from some of his interviews feature in this new album.  

Both musicians are sonic entrepreneurs whose albums are calling cards to the synchronization market.  You can hear Trip to the Moon’s music anywhere, from TV dramas like Shortland Street to the American E! channel, as well as TV documentaries, dramas and film soundtracks.

Trip to the Moon started with these two musicians pursuing their common interest in electronica and its various manifestations by jamming and recording on a regular basis.  It is a creative process that starts with a blank slate, first-take performances and no particular destination in mind.  It is a process that frequently includes the participation of other artists and musicians.  The payoff is a unique sound that embraces tone, timing and taste… Taking years of cumulative experience in jazz, and utilizing traditional instruments, a variety of open tunings, a global outlook and a digital interface, ‘The Invisible Line’ sees Trip to the Moon reaching new artistic destinations.

Method: When times are good, write and record.
When time are bad, keep writing and recording.

The Invisible Line is never signposted.  At one point you are on one side of the line and without any fanfare you are suddenly on the other side.  For better or for worse.  Jazz itself is a genre of music that epitomises the Invisible line – both musically and culturally.  Early jazz players were pioneers of integration, judged by ability in an era when people were judging each other by a lot of other things  social factors, colour.  Like the great African-American boxer Jack Johnson, these people crossed a line.  Sometimes music improvisation can take the musician into uncharted waters.  That is what Trip to the Moon has consciously attempted on this album.  Crossover.  Not of the commercial kind but of the creative variety.  True art happens at the edge.  The essential ingredients in that art are tone, timing and taste.

The Invisible Line. . . it’s a mighty fine line.  

Photos by Michael Flynn