2. Xylem - Xylem (ZC 60.013) © 8/83 deleted
3. Xylem - Revision (ZC 60.017) © 1983 deleted
4. Xylem - Predator (DS210) © 1/84 deleted
5. Xylem - Elephants Pursued By Flying Men (DS212) © 1984 deleted
6. Xylem - Dark Corridors (DSC16) © 1986 now on CD reissue
7. Mezzosphere (AMC 030) © 1988 deleted
8. Xylem (AMACDR 006) 73'47" compiled from releases 1-6
9. Mezzosphere (AMCDR 001) 64'57" above cassette + bonus
10. Melting Phase (AMCDR 006) 63'04"
11. Captured Flux (AMCDR 011) 66'18"
12. Sketchbook (AMCDR 041) 71'40"
13. Elemental Meditation (AMCDR 143) 77'20"
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THE DREAMING CITY 20'10"
Original cover notes...
Composed, performed, recorded and mixed by Alan Freeman at home.
XYLEM (Alan Freeman) uses the following equipment...
DARK CORRIDORS was inspired by hours upon hours of getting lost in playing games on the Sinclair Spectrum, especially those by Gargoyle Games and Ultimate "Play The Game" - fascinating puzzle and labyrinth games, the likes of which seem to have disappeared since. With DARK CORRIDORS I tried to emulate that spookiness and surreal atmosphere, although I did too much layering and filtering it seems, which resulted in quite a bit of tape hiss. I've tried to rectify that here, and get rid some crackle and a few glitches. Apart from that, this is true to the original tape with no actual remix.
After that almost everything computer game wise seemed to move shoot 'em ups and the likes, I lost interest. I've rarely ever played a computer game since!
Only a 5 minute extract from "The Deaming City" appears on the Xylem Auricle Archive CD (titled "The Secret Tunnel" but a different mix and not quite the same as what is featured here) whereas all the rest is previously undocumented on CD.
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PHASE 1: ELECTROACOUSTIC EXPERIMENTS
HYDROSPHERE extract 4'56"
MELISH POULAUDY 1'08"
ELEVATED PSYCHE FACTOR #1 extract 8'07"
OPENING UP AGITANT ON TITAN 5 2'33"
KNOWN, BUT NOT FOUND part 1 4'14"
IMAGERY extract 3'40"
MACHTE DREI 1'37"
ELEVATED PSYCHE FACTOR #2 extract 2'45"
CLOSURE INSIDE 2'48"
PHASE 2: AMBIENT SYNTHESIS
THE SECRET TUNNEL 5'00"
Recorded at home & at Tachyon Studio (January 1983-March 1986).
Alan Freeman: home made electronics, turntable, collage, loops, voice, synths (Yamaha CS5, Moog Rogue, Octave Cat), keys (Casio PT30 & MT68, Siel Orchestra 2).
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1. THE NETHERWORLD 5'45"
Recorded at Tachyon Studio (May/July 1988 & February 1990).
Alan Freeman: keys, synths, effects, tapes, sounds.
"Hello Alan, I recently purchased a copy of your 'Mezzosphere' CD from Ultima. I wanted to let you know how much I'm enjoying it. Really superb! Its just right for these long winter nights and dark mornings. Scary stuff and all the better for it!"
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1. DARK 8'35"
Recorded at Tachyon Studio (January 1997-May 2001).
Alan Freeman: synths (Moog Rogue & Source, Octave Cat, Doepfer MS-404, Korg Poly 800), tapes, loops, feedback, voice, computer, Air FX, MAM Warp 9, echo & effects devices.
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1. THREE PHASES OF INVENTION 9'00"
Recorded at Tachyon Studio: 2 & 3 (16 July 2001), all other tracks (23 July 2001).
Alan Freeman: guitar (played with: fingers, metal, plastic, & violin bow).
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1. SENSE 4'49"
Recorded and mixed at Tachyon Studio: 1 (January-May 2002), 3 (1 January 2002),
Alan Freeman: guitar (controlling Roland GR-33 guitar synth, Doepfer MS-404 analogue synth, Zoom GFX-707 effects), voice, Alesis AirFX, digital composition & looping (Fostex FD-4 & Digital Systems multimedia PC), analogue looping with delay line (T.C.Electronic M-One), plus other processing & effects.
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1. MIST 17'02"
Recorded live at Tachyon Studio, 2 December 2001 in real time to cassette tape, with the intention of it being used for concert backing tapes yet it never was!
Alan Freeman: guitar (controlling Roland GR-33 guitar synth, Doepfer MS-404 analogue synth, Zoom GFX-707 effects), Alesis AirFX, MAM RS3 Resonator
I never ever intended to do a new-age album, but if I ever have done one this is it, being largely atmospheric and drone/tone based, with long drawn-out developments. It's all pretty unconventional stuff though, showcasing how you can do music on a guitar synth that is unlike anything else on earth. Some subtle Midi control directed to an analogue synth makes for some weird chunky stuff on a couple of tracks, and I added crackle and modulation effects using the Alesis AirFX. Only rarely do you hear actual guitar!
Alto Stratus (& ZBB) I also worked on solo recordings in the days before Ultima Thule, firstly in electroacoustic music, then honing my talents as a synthesist (which proved useful when I was asked to join Shapeshifter). The "XYLEM" anthology documents the best of my early experiments in the avant-garde and with Teutonic inspired ambient synthesis. "Mezzosphere" blends keyboard textures and ethnic elements, amounting to a subdued yet strangely surreal cosmic experience.
Currently, also a member ofEndgame, I have also furthered my exploration as a soloist. "MELTING PHASE" is a brand new 2001 release that documents solo work over the past 4 years, largely synthesizer based but not normal synth music, it explores a unique surreal realm with notable nods to Asmus Tietchens and Conrad Schnitzler. "CAPTURED FLUX" is a guitar album - notably a little Frippertronic inspired, but also in a world of its own. I've long been fascinated by the experimental guitar album, and even more so by the idea of creating an album using only guitar that in fact sounds like a whole orchestra of different instruments. Although not being a guitarist the possibilities of the sound crafting tools I have (revealed during explorations in Endgame sessions) made it possible. With "CAPTURED FLUX" I did just that. In treating the guitar as a sonic "paint brush" creating patterns, blurry images, progressions, drifts and glides, the effect is a surreal and elusive music that shows its influences, but is distinctly my own creation, and a compliment to my recent synthesizer based album "MELTING PHASE".