It Crawled Out Of The Woodwork

by Alto Stratus

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Another lost relic from the Auricle Archive. Largely culled from unreleased and unfinished works from 1985, "It Crawled Out Of The Woodwork" was originally presented as a various artists collection, as a cassette release in 1989. It was limited to just 20 copies, with a green print on clear acetate insert, each featuring a different experimental photograph.
The idea of the release came about when we decided to mothball our studio before setting up Ultima Thule. So, I diligently went through hours of reel-to-reel tapes sussing out the choice unreleased gems. These largely turned out to be quite uncharacteristic for Alto Stratus, even melodic and "commercial" - by our standards anyway! You can tell that we'd been attempting to master using keyboards in a new and intuitive manner, which was certainly inspired by listening to a lot of Cluster, Roedelius, Moebius & Plank, Asmus Tietchens, and such-like, and there's also a nod or two to the explorative early Kevin O'Neill, and even some Throbbing Gristle or Konstruktivits, as such a varied mixture of the melodic, industrial and the occasionally downright weird! When revisiting this recently, it seemed obvious to issue this as an Archive disc, and all correctly attributed to Alto Stratus. Well, after all, Region 5 was just Alto Stratus using a lot of found sounds, turntables, etc., and then there's a solo ditty by myself which was almost certainly the by-product of an Alto Stratus session.
The two bonus tracks, recorded 5 months earlier, fit-in here well, and boosts it to a great value 66 minute trek all virtually unlike any other Alto Stratus album.

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released August 12, 2014

1-7: Recordings for an unreleased album inspired by Salvador Dali paintings. Recorded at Tachyon Studio, 23 March 1985. 9-12: Recordings for the unfinished third Region 5 album "Un Altro Mondo". Recorded at Säbel Studio, 14 March 1985.
13-15: Recorded at Tachyon Studio, 12 March 1985. 16-17: bonus tracks from LIVE.
18: Solo by Alan Freeman. Recorded at Tachyon Studio, 6 February 1986.

Compiled by Alan Freeman, 1989 (Auricle AMS 004)
Recompilation and remastering December 2007 - January 2008.

Alan & Steve Freeman: Moog Rogue, Moog Source, Octave Cat, Yamaha CS5 (synthesizers), Casio keyboards, tape loops, turntable.

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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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