Adhara

by Alto Stratus

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This CD collates the choice material from Alto Stratus cassette releases originally issued under the guise of Adhara. The concept behind Adhara was to tell a science fiction story in music. We were encouraged to do this by friends who would say "this would make a great film soundtrack", and naturally with our passion for space movies we attempted to do a grand trilogy. "Golden Dream" told the simple tale of a rocket launch, a link with a mothership in orbit, the perils of hyperspace and meteorite storms, eventually arriving at their destination - a space station. "Infinity And Beyond" sees a number of shuttle investigations to different planets, encounters with aliens, and after a mighty space-battle they flee off into hyperspace without setting the controls. "Visions Of Alucia" finds the ship dropping out of hyperspace in a new uncharted galaxy, in which they have more adventures, eventually finding the planet Alucia - their new home. But, something strange lurks on their "Terra Incognito". Well, that's the rough gist of the story, and much of it is still preserved in the condensed 71 minute collection.

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released August 12, 2014

Created by Alto Stratus (as Adhara) at Dark Star Studio (1983-1984).
Taken from GOLDEN DREAM (Säbel SAD 83924), INFINITY AND BEYOND
(Säbel SAD 84915) & VISIONS OF ALUCIA (Säbel SAD 84924).
Compiled & remixed at Tachyon Studio (17 June 2001).

Alan & Steve Freeman: Yamaha CS5, Casio keys, Moog Rogue.

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Alto Stratus Leicester, UK

The duo of Alan and Steve Freeman (Ultima Thule), we spent much of our spare time during the 1980's experimenting with electronics, sound collage, etc., recording some 30 odd cassettes as Alto Stratus (and other guises: Vrije, Q.S.O., Electric Junk, etc.), also as soloists, and the trio ZBB. For 30 years we've continued with a 10 further releases since, bands: Endgame, The Newt Hounds, Triax, etc. ... more

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