Region 5

by Alto Stratus

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This CD collates the choice material from Alto Stratus cassette releases originally issued under the guise of Region 5. In mixing and layering various forms of music at different speeds we also found a new way of creating music, a technique nowadays often labelled "plunderphonics". The sources were records from our own collections, sound effects and library records, and a little instrumental work of our own. Largely though it was plundered, and some of it from rather crackly records. However, when you layer something over itself so many times, the impurities tend to meld. The results are a "cosmic music" with a difference.

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released August 12, 2014

Created by Alto Stratus (as Region 5) at Studio Gegend (1983-1984).
Taken from VIAGGIO PER SPAZZIO (Säbel SAD 83314), VIAGGIO PER SPAZIO (Auricle AMC 007) remix 1984, & DIETRO IL SILENZIO (Auricle AMC 003).
Compiled & remixed at Tachyon Studio (17-18 June 2001).

Alan & Steve Freeman: turntables, sound sampling, processing, string thing & motor, Yamaha CS5, Casio keys.

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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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