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Liquid Sky

by Alto Stratus

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In Camera 02:11
Blues 01:05
Nightplay 02:10
Jump 02:37
Alien Sky 06:21
The Search 02:21
Grotto 05:13
Magical City 03:04
Decay 04:14
Demilude 01:39
Prey-Human 02:56
Horologe 08:26
Message 06:55
Plight 00:51
Liquid Earth 05:49
Drainage 01:18
Exit 01:49
Allegory 07:29
Reflexion 04:17


This was one of a number of oddball concept albums by Alto Stratus. The inspiration was the weird punk sci-fi movie "Liquid Sky", although the dialogue snippets and sound effects fragments came from other sources. A kind of deliberate contradiction, and in using lots of "plunderphonics" it's a heady trip of spacey electronics, sound construction / musique concrete and weird Dada. Due to one track being used on another release since, it has been replaced by another track and more similarly themed bonus tracks at the end, resulting in an even better release than the original.


released April 20, 2019

Recorded April-July 1984 and mixed 2nd July 1984,
except * recorded January 1984 and mixed June 1985.
Original cassette: (Dark Star DS107) © 1984

Authentic original master transferred to digital and repaired by Alan Freeman at Tachyon Studio, Knighton Fields, Leicester in March 2019.
This reissue omits “Hole In The Head” from the original cassette, as that is included as a bonus on the “Tachyon” CD reissue. Instead, “Horologe” and 2 bonus tracks are included. These are all from the “1984: The End Of All Songs” anthology cassette release.
Reissue design by Xylem

Alan Freeman, Steve Freeman: Casio PT30 & MT68, electric & acoustic guitars, tape, Yamaha CS5, Evans echo EP50


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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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