Melting Euphoria were formed in San Francisco by keyboardist Don Falcone (already active in the Thessalonians
) and by bassist Anthony "Forti" Budziszewski and drummer Mychael Merrill. They debuted with Through The Strands Of Time (Stratospheric, 1994), a work characterized by spacey synthesizer sounds and tribal drumming. In many ways, the format (futuristic electronic vignettes with a subliminal psychological underpinning) evoked Brian Eno
's Before And After Science, but the first track unmistakably identified Melting Euphoria's main influence: Inner Vastness of Space echoes the trance and the suspense of Pink Floyd
's Set The controls for the Heart of the Sun, amid galactic sound effects that hark back to Gong
's Radio Gnome Invisible trilogy.