Matterhorn Project started as a joke and it became my biggest commercial success so far. In the mid eighties Stella and I leased a Fairlight IIx, the first sampling computer and it was ridiculously expensive. We made our living by producing soundtracks and jingles and we boasted to clients that we now could make cows sing. One of them wanted a demo, in the end it wasn’t used but through a series of incidents ‘MUH!’ turned out to be a number 2 hit in Switzerland, a number 5 in South Africa and it was released all over Europe and in Japan. If we had had a proper management we would quickly have become millionaires.
‘MUH!’ was one of the first Swiss ethno-pop songs and definitely the first one with a technoid touch. In the meantime this has become a genre of its own. After the big success of ‘MUH!’ in 1985 we created the follow-up single ‘Yo-lollo-diuh’ that concentrated on yodeling by Heidi Blum, the singer that already had contributed a short but much loved yodel to ‘MUH!’. Stella also did some singing on this track and the interplay between her voice and the yodel is very nice. It also became a top ten hit in Switzerland. The following album ‘Matterhorn Project’ only made it to number 26 in the Swiss charts due to a lack of promotion from the record company (Depeche Mode released an album at the same time, the promoter of the label was a big fan of these Brits and so our album kind of got lost…typically music business).