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Scaling The Black Tower
Not The Intension




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Ultimate Transmissions UTCD 011 Ł8.00
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duration: 76'18"

1. Not The Intension  5'42"
Flayed To Submission  7'50"
Innerhead Persuasion  7'55"
Drawn To The Menagerie  16'35"
The Celebrated Ritual  5'15"
Plight Of The Restless Insomniac  20'12"
Scaling The Black Tower  6'15"
A Touch Of Alchemy  6'20"

Recorded by Alan Freeman at Tachyon Studio (October-November 2000 &
October-December 2001).

Alan Freeman: voice, cassette loops, guitar, violin bow, acoustic CD, cymbals, chains, metal, sticks, wires, springs, Roland GR-33 guitar-synth, Moog Rogue, Korg Poly 800 & Doepfer MS-404 synths, effects (Zoom GFX-707 guitar effects, Zoom 1201, Zoom RFX-1000, MAM RS-3 resonator, MAM Warp 9 filter, Yamaha E-1005 analogue delay).
Steve Freeman: tapes, portastudio, cassette loops, CD loops, PC wave sampling, collage, turntable, guitar, bass guitar, violin bow, acoustic CD, cymbals, chains, metal, sticks, wires, Korg MS 20, Yamaha CS-5 & Octave Cat synth, effects (Korg ToneWorks AX1000G guitar effects, Zoom BFX-708 bass effects, Alesis Midiverb III, Behringer Virtualizer & Modulizer, Evans Echopet).

Continuing ideas developed on "Catharsis", with the tracks "Cymbaline" and "Let Me Out" particularly, the concept of "Psychosis" as a yin and yang album of radical contrasts quickly developed, with the new dense Alto Stratus sound gelling and mutating after the creation of the "Tension" 2001 track "Ion Nest". "Psychosis" is both beautiful and disturbing, melodic and harsh, pushing at new frontiers whilst also revisiting the Alto Stratus of the past. Go on, take a challenge and reward yourself, you don't have to be at all psychotic to enjoy it!

These eight lengthy minimal-yet-maximal tracks are chock-full of deep, droning ambience by way of multiple layers of reverb-drenched cello, looped sound fragments, murky fuzz guitar, eardrum-piercing cymbal scrapes and about a baker’s dozen of other aural scalpels that will not hesitate to do a nasty number on your knoggin. And it comes all wrapped-up in a nice, three-panel, four-color booklet with a unique twist: each track is visually represented by its very own psychedelic artwork! Very nice. Recommended for insomniacs who enjoy smoking dope all night. *Alto Stratus also records secretly as The Newt Hounds, but please don’t tell anyone!
[from Arcane Candy - http://arcanecandy.com/category/alto-stratus/ 2008]

Mit diesem Album feiern A. & S. Freeman ihr Zwanzigjahriges. Der Titel verweist zum amen auf den Zwiespalt in ihrern Faible fur elektronisch-synthetische Soundkreation und dass sie andererseits gem mit Blechen, Ketten, Cymbals etc. hantieren. Aber “Psychosis” lăsst sich such dahingehend auffassen, dass es weniger urn makrokosmische Phantasien, sondern urn lnkursionen in den Grey Room, in die Labynnthe des Bewusstseins und mehr noch Unterbewusstseins geht (‘lnnerhead Persuasion’). Es ist em Dreamscape, der entsprechend dunklere Regionen in Schwingung versetzt. Strangulierte Stimmen, notorische loops und wabernde feedbacks, sirrendes Metall und schrille Schraffuren uber tiefdunklem Rumoren evozieren in ihrem chromatischen Cinemascope Resonanzen der Sinnes- und Gefuhlswelt. Psychoaktive Musik with ‘A Touch of Alchemy’.
[from Bad Alchemy 40]

Google translated...
With this album, A. & S. Freeman celebrates their twentieth year. The title refers amenable to the dichotomy in their penchant for electronically-synthesized sound creation and that on the other hand they deal with metal sheets, chains, cymbals, etc. But "psychosis" can be interpreted as meaning that it is less about macrocosmic fantasies, but about excursions into the Gray Room, into the Labyrinth of Consciousness and even more of the Subconscious ('Innerhead Persuasion '). It is a dreamscape that vibrates correspondingly darker regions. Strangulated voices, notorious loops and wafting feedbacks, buzzing metal and shrill shading over deep-dark rumours evoke resonances of the sensory and emotional world in their chromatic cinemascope. Psychoactive music with 'A Touch of Alchemy'.

CD: 500 copies - released 21/2/2002.
Bandcamp download - released 13/8/2014.

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