Duin Tha' Whitehouse (and other early works)

by Alto Stratus

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"Duin Tha' Whitehouse" was originally conceived as Holy Atheist's fourth album (the band name before Vrije), as with Nurse With Wound, Whitehouse or Throbbing Gristle, the idea was to both shock and innovate. Some of the ideas here have never been repeated, like the Dadaist work for kitchen utensils, and it ranges from the distantly twisted and extremely low-fi to the amazingly "musical" - well, considering there are no actual instruments in use! The "Azazel Eblis" montage heard here stems from all four tacks on that release: "Eblis", "Eldrich", "Azazel" and "Tarpeian Rock", and includes some fascinating use of loops and blatant abuse of gramophone records, all mixed-in with some really strange electronics. Under the guise of (Q.S.O.) experiments with turntables were the key focus, and thus (using lots of records borrowed from the local Record Library) these recordings are full of distortions and crackles...
So, there you have it, the early raw experiments of proto Alto Stratus, the days of creating sound art without any real instruments, learning the unique vocabulary that has carried on to this day.

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released August 11, 2014

Alan & Steve Freeman: electronics, string thing, motors, metal, turntable, tapes, radio, voice, keys, percussion.
+ Nigel Harris: electronics (1,2).

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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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