Live @ Bambu

by Alto Stratus

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Way back in the early days we had the idea of performing as Alto Stratus live in concert, but it never happened as never did we expect to find a venue willing to put on such weird music.

Eventually, we tested the idea as small slots at Endgame gigs. With Jim away in Australia it seemed a good idea to split our "Improv Electronic" sets into our two other active projects: Alto Stratus and Triax. This disc documents material from two such gigs in 2007, plus a third event that was billed as a "solos night" - which actually turned into a solos, duos, plus a big jam at the end night! Our solos and duo as Alto Stratus are included here, for a great value 79+ minute disc.

The other stuff turned out as the phenomenal 2CD set "Impromptu Electronic - Live @ Bambu" which is a must hear!


released February 2, 2012

Recordings of the Alto Stratus sets and solos from the "Improv Electronic" nights at Bambu, Leicester, 31 January, 21 March & 18 April 2007, collated and repaired as authentically as possible 22-25 April 2007.

Alan Freeman: guitar, Roland SH32 & guitar synth, bowed spring-board & acoustic CD, sounds, (on 18 April gig: just acoustic CD, spring-board, bells, voice, effects)
Steve Freeman: bowed cymbal & acoustic CD, prepared sounds, tapes and loops, guitar, plus (21 March gig) Moog Rogue synth, (on 18 April gig: just acoustic CD, multi-track tapes & effects)


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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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