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Vrije 4

by Alto Stratus

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A historic early cassette of pure electronic music almost entirely created on the Yamaha CS5 synthesizer. Each piece comprised of 3 live laminations (that is recording a track live to cassette, then playing that track back whilst adding a second layer, and then again adding a third layer) with the slight difference in speed of the playback cassette machine causing phase patterns when pulses and modulations of the same pattern are superimposed. This is a technique the likes of Steve Reich and Terry Riley stumbled upon in the 1960's, which we re-discovered by chance. Vrije 4 was as much inspired by the minimal electronics of American pioneers like Alvin Lucier and Robert Ashley, as the Teutonic leaders like Conrad Schnitzler or Asmus Tietchens, and there's quite a big nod to such stuff as found on the Cramps Records label, i.e. Horacio Vaggione's "La Maquina Di Cantar".


released August 13, 2014

Composed, produced and engineered by Vrije.
Recorded at Nekrosis Studio, Leicester (14 June 1983).
Each piece comprised of 3 live laminations.
MC (Syzygy ZC 60.009) 1983
CDR (Dark Star DSC 60.009) 54'00"

Alan Freeman: Yamaha synthesizer, filters, mixing.
Steve Freeman: Yamaha synthesizer, filters, mixing.


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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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