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Vrije 1983

by Alto Stratus

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Motion 08:51
Contaminate 01:12
Confusions 04:32
Convenience 04:40
Speed 03:38
Terminus 03:23


This CD collates much of the best material from Vrije cassette releases numbers 4 to 11 (all made during 1983), releases that bridge the early pure sound experiments and experimental synthesis, leading to what became a distinctive Alto Stratus sound. The very early experiments (from when Alto Stratus recorded under the names Vrije and (Q.S.O.)) are documented on the Auricle Archive "Duin Tha' Whitehouse" CDR, and the third Vrije cassette is now recompiled as the Alto Stratus CDR release "Alchemy". Between them these CDs document the early prehistoric Alto Stratus. 1983 was a very explorative year, and this disc
represents the best of that.
All material here is either rare or different versions/mixes to tracks with the same titles published elsewhere.


released August 13, 2014

Recorded at Nekrosis Studio (June 1983-Summer 1984).
Taken from Vrije: 4 (Syzygy ZC 60.009), Transmission (Dark Star DS 204), Contaminate (Syzygy ZC 60.012), Six: Retrospection I (Syzygy ZC 60.011), New Life (Dark Star DS 213), Diabolik Trepidation (Dark Star DS 201), & Terminus: Retrospection 2 (Dark Star DS 202).
Compiled & remixed at Tachyon Studio (2 April 2001).

Alan & Steve Freeman: Yamaha CS5, Casio PT30, radio, tape, voice, collage, electronics, turntable, 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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