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(QSO) Phenomenaï

by Alto Stratus



QSO = Quasi Stellar Object, aka quasar, an extremely luminous active galactic nucleus.
Phenomenaï = Anomalous & Psychial Phenomena, often with an equation attached. Not sure we knew what it meant back then, but just liked the word.

The art of plunderphonics, largely using contemporary classical recordings, percussion recordings and the likes, all from hand-wound or spun turntables. With nothing at the right speed, much of it in reverse, and very heavily layered, we're pretty sure that a lot of the records we used for this were trashed in the process!


released July 21, 2020

Composed by members of (Q.S.O).
Recorded at Leicester (November 13/14 1982).
Dedicated to Roger Doyle & Trevor Wishart.

MC (Syzygy ZC 60.004 DL) © 1982


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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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