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The first succesful and largely consistent release, the 2 cassette set THIRD introduced organ and synthesizer to the Vrije (Alto Stratus) instrumental roster, and saw the roots of the patent Alto Stratus sound emerging, but with many suprises like the sax and mad electronic driven "New Buildings Falling Down" or the abstractly jazzy "Void". There were also some embarrasing moments on the original release, however, that are best left forgotten, hence the judicious pruning and remixing to condense all the best material onto a single CDR. We entitled a previous recompilation cassette "Alchemy", hence its use as the CD title.


released February 1, 2012

Recorded at Studio Nekrosis (May-June 1983).
Taken from Vrije THIRD (Syzygy ZC 120.008) aka the recompiled cassette ALCHEMY (Dark Star DSC 11).
Compiled & remixed at Tachyon Studio (19 March 2001).

Alan & Steve Freeman: Yamaha CS5, Casio PT30, loops, string thing, feedback, found sounds, percussion, voice.
+ Liza: sax (3,5).


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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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