CD-R Auricle AMCDR 176 deleted
2. Volcanic Flats
3. Rainforest 15'13"
live to digital at Tachyon Studio, 25 January 2010.
Edit & remix by Alan 18 April 2010.
Alan Freeman: laptop (virtual sampler, Abakos & other
Roland SH-32, guitar, Roland guitar synth, springs, objects, etc.
Steve Freeman: tapes, analogue synths, bass guitar, cymbal,
acoustic CD, etc.
Jim Tetlow: laptop with keyboard (virtual sampler, synths,
The idea at this session was to try some new formulas and ideas for
playing live, yet what we did was pretty much refocus a new wider array of
sounds into typical quintessential Endgame. Four big pieces, each with a
slightly different focus. Maybe this is our "Zeit" or imaginary
music for nature films. Marshlands sets the scene, and although not a lot
seems to happen in its 21 minutes, it's a constantly changing and growing
opus. Much more dynamics can be heard in Volcanic Flats with its opening big
but slow rise, bolstered by a swirly organ crescendo to a plateau of bubbling
electronic volcanic activity. Hereon early Cluster/Kluster comes to mind,
before we go into a grand cosmic bliss-out. Rainforest is an indescribable
melange of real and unreal sounds, collages and textures, ending aptly with a
thunderstorm! Eventually we head off towards outer space with Stratosphere, with
ethereal Mellotron textures weaving in and out of a Cluster like
Typical Endgame? Yes. But there
again - no. There's a lot here never heard in an Endgame album, proving that
well over a decade on Endgame can still come up with many a new idea. In fact
some that we never even though of until after we'd invented them! Such is the
wonder of free improvisation. Or were we all remote viewing?
CD-R - released 8/2011.
Bandcamp download - released 18/9/2014.
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