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Pantheon 1984

by Alto Stratus

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Born from the ambitious idea of a 26 x c60 cassette series, each one based on a mythical or ancient God, each based on a different letter of the alphabet, amounting to 52 sides, one for each week of the year. Shortly after recording the third Alto Stratus cassette "Épatant" intensive sessions followed over the next 4 weeks resulting in 5 cassettes. The most adventurous was "Xolotl" (inspired by the weird Mexican dog-like god with backwards feet) involving no instruments at all, created by feeding the output of an old ITT cassette recorder back to its input via an echo machine. This was years before anyone this side of the pond had heard David Myers' "Arcane Device". The casualty of this was the eventual death of the cassette recorder! The weird blips and burps that this machine could make were the initial inspiration for much Alto Stratus work, and was used extensively during many ZBB and Vrije sessions. The full set was never completed.


released August 12, 2014

Tracks 1-8 recorded at Dark Star Studio (January-February 1984).
Tracks 9,10 recorded at Tachyon Studio (27-30 September 1984).
Compiled & remixed at Tachyon Studio (February 2001).

Alan & Steve Freeman: synths, keys, guitars, harmonica, voice, effects, 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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