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TRIAX / HISTORY

Dave Powell, Alan Freeman, Steve Freeman
electric hurdy gurdy, electronics & other instruments


Triax - Integrated Circuits, cover by Alan Freeman

 

Dave Powell, Alan Freeman, Steve Freeman
at The Musician, Leicester

Born out of the Extremities project, in a sense, Triax saw three members of that band continuing when Jim Tetlow went off on a series of long stays in Australia. Extremities  still existed on and off, whereas Triax became a regular session event every 2 or 3 months. So, as the duo of Steve and Alan Freeman (aka Alto Stratus) joined by the strangely processed hurdy-gurdy of Dave Powell, there was a deliberate attempt to go for a unique new hybrid at the start.

Actually, the resulting debut "Musik Zu Arcana" is 9 new hybrids, each track a different avenue of exploration, 95% spontaneously created and/or improvised. "Musik Zu Arcana" could be interpreted as "Music To Weirdo's" or "Music To The Strange" and is apt for such an unlikely concoction of instruments, as "what is noise to some may be music to weirdo's" - not that any of this is noise - it's all musical, though with many shock tactics, dense sonics and intense moments thrown in. The results are a powerful album that defies classification, kind of 1 part Alto Stratus, 1 part a bit Nurse With Wound, 1 part medieval folk. 3 musicians, 3 genres mixing and colliding, making 9 tracks to perplex and delight the adventurous music explorer.

Triax since blossomed with loads more releases, including a few doubles, and a gradually changing/growing instrumentation! The music has always been changing too. There are some special conceptual albums as well, like the unique "MoebiusStrip" a 2 disc opus containing just one long track, infinitely repeatable, without end - if one so desires.  For the 8th album "Alien Folk" Dave borrowed his school's percussion collection, and also added violin to his instrumentation. Although the vast part of the Triax sound is built around an array of electronic instruments, plus guitars and live sound manipulation, solo non-electronic instruments are also key to the sound. On the 9th album "Embryo" Dave also added flute - an instrument that's often been featured a lot since. For a unique one-off, Dave brought an alto saxophone with him, which worked really well, although it was too loud and difficult to record in our small home studio. Of all the releases to date "13" is still a firm favourite. This was when I (Alan Freeman) really started to advance in studio editing techniques, as further displayed on releases like "Razor" and "Vortex". "Cycle" was yet another album on the eternal music concept, but this time a single disc opus. Another unique one for Triax was "Metamorphic Trickster" which involves lots of mult-layered trickery, looping and such-like, sometimes recalling the likes of Zoviet France and Cranioclast.

Although Triax output has slowed down in recent years, creativity is still the force behind the music. Triax have also played live on many occasions, debuting at the Improv. Electronic events at Bambu (Welford Road, Leicester), playing support to Black Carrot at The Charlotte and more recently at Church Of Sound in Nottingham. Triax also feature as individuals (and sometimes in collaboration) at the long-running Quadelectronic event, held monthly in Leicester. As of August 2018, a total of 41 studio albums, 3 live albums and 3 video releases have been published.

The world of Triax is exciting, innovative, inhabiting many different musical genres yet fitting in none. Fancy something different? Start anywhere. You can listen to them all on this site before you buy!

Discography...
MUSIK ZU ARCANA - CDR Auricle AMCDR 027 (2003)
CROC EN JAMBE - CDR Auricle AMCDR 037 (2003)
DRIE SNIJDENDE VLAKKEN - CDR Auricle AMCDR 044 (2003)
SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION - CDR Auricle AMCDR 048/49 (2004)
DANGEROUS PLAYGROUND - CDR Auricle AMCDR 064/5 (2005)
MOEBIUSSTRIP - CDR Auricle AMCDR 075/6 (2006)
SHATTERED - CDR Auricle AMCDR 079 (2006)
ALIEN FOLK - CDR Auricle AMCDR 082 (2006)
EMBRYO - CDR Auricle AMCDR 085 (2006)
TORN ASUNDER - CDR Auricle AMCDR 087 (2006)
SUPERNATURAL TROUBADOURS - CDR Auricle AMCDR 089 (2006)
CAUSE & EFFECT - CD audio - CDR Auricle AMCDR 09 (2007)
13 - CDR Auricle AMCDR 100 (2007)
LIVE @ BAMBU - CDR Auricle AMCDR 104 (2007)
UNHINGED - CDR Auricle AMCDR 106/7 (2007)
CYCLE - CDR Auricle AMCDR 118 (2008)
CREATURES - CDR Auricle AMCDR 126/7 (2008)
RAZOR - CDR Auricle AMCDR 129 (2008)
VORTEX - CDR Auricle AMCDR 134 (2008)
THREADS - CDR Auricle AMCDR 136/7 (2008)
METAMORPHIC TRICKSTER - CDR Auricle AMCDR 145 (2009)
ASKEW ON TREADLE - CDR Auricle AMCDR 148 (2009)
DESOLATE - CDR Auricle AMCDR 156 (2010)
THE HOLLOW LANDS - CDR Auricle AMCDR 163 (2010)
MINDSWAP - CDR Auricle AMCDR 167 (2010)
ARCHIVE 1 - DL Auricle AMDL 001 (2003/2010)
NECRONOMICON - CDR Auricle AMCDR 171 (2010)
NOT ON THIS EARTH - CDR Auricle AMCDR 174 (2011)
ELEMENTS - CDR Auricle AMCDR 177/8 (2011)
GOTHIC - CDR Auricle AMCDR 182 (2012)
EXTRATERRESTRIALS - CDR Auricle AMCDR 188 (2012)
Alto Stratus / Triax - LIVE EQ & SOL 2008 - CDR Auricle AMCDR 191 (2012)
A FOREIGN COUNTRY - CDR Auricle AMCDR 192 (2012)
REALITY IS NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE - CDR Auricle AMCDR 193/4 (2013)
QUATERMASS / THE STONE TAPE - CDR Auricle AMCDR 197 (2013)
SHORT VACATION TO THE BRAIN - CDR Auricle AMCDR 200 (2013)
KNOTS - CDR Auricle AMCDR 202 (2014)
IMPOSSIBLE - CDR Auricle AMCDR 206 (2014)
COLLISIONS - CDR Auricle AMCDR 211 (2015)
IMPACT CRATER - CDR Auricle AMCDR 213 (2016)
INTEGRATED CIRCUITS - CDR Auricle AMCDR 216/7 (2016)
PETRIFIED - CDR Auricle AMCDR 281 (2017)
UNDERGROUND - CDR Auricle AMCDR 284 (2018)

original Alto Stratus tracks on other releases...
 ¿DRONSZ? - CDR Auricle AMCDR 038 (2004) track: Tethys
 AURICLE 2005 SAMPLER - CDR Auricle AMSCDR 013 (2006) features 2 remixed tracks

Triax have also featured on at least 4 Quadelectronic Documents releases.

Triax reviews in Audion - #51/3, #52/36, #53/6-9+10, #54/14+15+17, #55/13, #56/14-17

 

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