Alto Stratus: It Crawled Out Of The Woodwork

(Auricle Archive AMACDR 016) CDR

Alto Stratus - Live @ Bambu, artwork by Alan Freeman7.00 + p&p

1. Warning! Not Tested 1'30"
Cracking Up (Salvador Dali Method) 3'35"
Swans Reflecting Elephants 1'00"
Liquid Time 8'24"
Metamorphosis 6'15"
The Hallucinogenic Toreador 8'12"
Table Solare 3'56""
Sea Of Endless Shadows (First Version) 7'27"
A Menagerie Of Time & Space 4'04"
Approach To The Crystal Gate 1'35"
Dimension 24E 1'28"
Einklang 0'55"
Bankers With Overdrafts 2'46"
Eye Of The Cat 4'56"
Condensation 1'50"
Ending 4'57"
Eskimo 3'22"
? nodleH oT 2'30"

1-7: Recordings for an unreleased album inspired by Salvador Dali paintings. Recorded at Tachyon Studio, 23 March 1985. 9-12: Recordings for the unfinished third Region 5 album "Un Altro Mondo". Recorded at Säbel Studio, 14 March 1985. 13-15: Recorded at Tachyon Studio, 12 March 1985. 16-17: bonus tracks from LIVE. 18: Solo by Alan Freeman. Recorded at Tachyon Studio, 6 February 1986.

Compiled by Alan Freeman, 1989 (Auricle AMS 004)

Recompilation and remastering December 2007 - January 2008.

Alan & Steve Freeman: Moog Rogue, Moog Source, Octave Cat, Yamaha CS5 (synthesizers), Casio keyboards, tape loops, turntable.

Album title from: The Outer Limits - Original Series 1, Episode 12: "It Crawled Out Of The Woodwork", written by Joseph Stefano, dDirected by Gerd Oswald (1963).

Another lost relic from the Auricle Archive. Largely culled from unreleased and unfinished works from 1985, IT CRAWLED OUT OF THE WOODWORK was originally presented as a various artists collection, as a cassette release in 1989. It was limited to just 20 copies, with a green print on clear acetate insert, each featuring a different experimental photograph.

The idea of the release came about when we decided to mothball our studio before setting up Ultima Thule. So, I diligently went through hours of reel-to-reel tapes sussing out the choice unreleased gems. These largely turned out to be quite uncharacteristic for Alto Stratus, even melodic and "commercial" - by our standards anyway! You can tell that we'd been attempting to master using keyboards in a new and intuitive manner, which was certainly inspired by listening to a lot of Cluster, Roedelius, Moebius & Plank, Asmus Tietchens, and such-like, and there's also a nod or two to the explorative early Kevin O'Neill, and even some Throbbing Gristle or Konstruktivits, as such a varied mixture of the melodic, industrial and the occasionally downright weird!

When revisiting this recently, it seemed obvious to issue this as an Archive disc, and all correctly attributed to Alto Stratus. Well, after all, Region 5 was just Alto Stratus using a lot of found sounds, turntables, etc., and then there's a solo ditty by myself which was almost certainly the byproduct of an Alto Stratus session.

The two bonus tracks, recorded 5 months earlier, fit-in here well, and boosts it to a great value 66 minute trek all virtually unlike any other Alto Stratus album. It's destined to remain unique as well, as we long ago gave away our Casio keyboards to our younger brother and sister! Also, there's no way we'd ever do this sort of thing again. Those sounds were of that time, and we're now exploring completely different territory.