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Shaman (Auricle AMCDR 023)

Polymorph - Shaman, artwork by Jim Tetlow7.00 + p&p

1. Cosmic Egg Cracks 11'36", 2. Birth 6'22", 3. Zygote 5'59",
4. Out Of The Egg 13'52", 5. Escape 9'00"
a) The Ancient Ones, b) The Garden, c) Ancestors

Improvisations by Polymorph.
Texts by Maureen Anderson.
Recorded at Tachyon Studio (26 February 2001).
Mixed by Jim Tetlow at Tachyon Studio (11 August 2002).

Maureen Anderson: voice, flute, cornet, chimes, hedgehog.
Alan Freeman: synths, gliss guitar, voice, loops, acoustic CD, objects.
Steve Freeman: processed guitar, synths, loops, samples, acoustic CD, voice.
Jim Tetlow: synth, looping guitar, voice, acoustic CD, percussion, loops.

An impromptu one-off session, it led to the creation of a music, not quite Endgame, not really Shapeshifter either, even with Maureen adding her characteristic echo flute and poetry, it is a bizarre otherworldly offering, venturing to the strangest realms of Mother Gong, and to a mystical avant-garde. "The Crack In The Cosmic Egg" found Maureen (inspired by the title of our Krautrock book) improvising ad-lib on the subject of eggs, embryos and zygotes, in a musical suite that is so logical in its development and arrangement that it's almost impossible to believe that it was improvised. On the other hand, "Rites of the Shaman" is more obviously a tone-poem improvisation, with Endgame playing a backing to Maureen's mystical recitation of the mystical Shaman.

Fans of Nico (works with John Cale), Musica Elettronica Viva "Leave The City", the more abstract realms of Gong, Mother Gong, and such-like, should really go for this!

A couple of Polymorph live performances also happened during 2001, but were unfortunately not recorded. Thus, as a unique document of this project, Polymorph's SHAMAN is another Tachyon recording that has stood on the shelf a while, but is a unique creation that we keep coming back to, hence its eventual release.

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