Endgame: Avatar (Ultimate Transmissions UTCD 006/7) 2CD
£15.00 + P&P
2. Qing Zang 12'20"
3. The Dream Temple 42'15"
1. Paranoiac-Critical Solitude 10'33"
2. From The Depths Of Chaos 18'58"
3. An Orange Pink Psychosis 9'00"
4. Anarchy In The System 35'19"
Recorded at Tachyon Studio (13 October & 10+16+30 November 1999).
Alan Freeman: synths, guitar, tape loops, gadgets, voice.
Amongst the most vividly engaging to date, almost a mystical experience, destined shudder the senses. The Zen aura of "Qing Zang" contrasting starkly with the dark psychedelic feel of "An Orange Pink Psychosis" - and then there are the big pieces!
Endgame is all about spontaneous creation, with obvious roots in German cosmic music (largely down to the use of analogue synthesizers) akin to Lightwave, but with the attitude of an avant-garde improvising ensemble like Morphogenesis. I think we try to challenge, whilst holding on to a sense of balance between the melodic and dissonant. As such, the music often tends to flow almost telepathically, and doesn't follow the normal rules of composition. Sometimes you never know where an Endgame track will take you, with this new 2CD set is destined to surprise even those that already know Endgame.
You'll probably notice that Disc 1 is subtitled "the really deep cosmic one" and that it is, with the opening "Crashes In Amber Liquid" setting a vague melodic focus against a dark uneasiness, all with phenomenally deep dimensions. Take note of the message on the cover: Warning - this is a full-frequency recording! "Qing Zang" sees us emulating Monks chanting on the misty plateau in Tibet.
Disc 2 gained the subtitle "the psychedelic twisted one" because it almost totally ventures to new Endgame territory, with the focus on guitars. "Paranoiac-Critical Solitude" scuttles like nothing I've heard before, and "An Orange Pink Psychosis" (in particular) is really scary when played loud! And, I'm sure, no-one will expect the ending to "Anarchy In The System".