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Live In Studio 9​/​10​/​84

by Alto Stratus

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Pôle 15:51
Eskimo 03:21
Ending 04:59


This was the first Alto Stratus attempt to record an album live in the studio without overdubs. For the first time (and it's rarely happened since) actual compositional ideas were established beforehand and worked out with what was capable with four synths and an additional one used as a rhythm trigger.

The resulting album was released as a very limited edition on cassette, each with a different photo insert. The photo used here is another such old experiment, similar to those use on the original. On the cassette none of the tracks actually had titles, but were named much later when compiling the remixed / remastered Auricle Archive series of discs.

This disc, however, is authentic to the original cassette, restored with only a few bits of drop-out repaired and levels corrected (the original master was slightly damaged at the starts of each side and the left channel on side A had slightly faded). The results are that it's never sounded so good!


released April 20, 2019

Recorded live in Tachyon Studio, Highfields, Leicester 9/10/84
No overdubs!
Original cassette: (Dark Star 110) 1984

Authentic original master transferred to digital and repaired by Alan Freeman, Tachyon Studio, Knighton Fields, Leicester March 2019
Reissue design by Xylem

Alan Freeman, Steve Freeman: Casio keyboards, Yamaha CS5, Octave Cat, Moog Rogue


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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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