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Reticular Activating System
The Unholy Chasm



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Auricle AMCDR 108/9 11.00
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duration: 152'10"

disc 1...
The Melting Staircase
Ooze 5'40"
Scale 8'10"
Dissolve 9'45"
Plunge 11'10"

2. Reticular Activating System
Drastic Brain Surgery 2'45"
A Valid Mutation 7'05"
Psychological Menagerie 8'00"
Cerebellum 2'20"
One Dimension Too Many 3'35",
Searching For An Elusive Door 8'55"
In A Metamorphic Room 8'55"

disc 2...
Feeding Time 18'20"
2. The Unholy Chasm 11'30
3. Conversations Within Fractured Metal 19'10"

4. "We've Never Tripped Like This Before!"
Reise 20'59"
Rise 4'59"

Recorded at Tachyon Studio (August-October 2000).
Mixed by Jim Tetlow at Tachyon Studio (15 December 2002).
"We've Never Tripped Like This Before!" mixed by Jim Tetlow at Synapse Studio
(27 August 2000) and edited/enhanced by Alan at Tachyon (20 April 2003).

Steve Freeman: synths, guitar, loops, metal, voice, turntable, samples.
Alan Freeman: synths, guitar, loops, voice, tapes, gadgets, cymbal.
Jim Tetlow: Sound Canvas, voice, guitar, loops, tapes, objects, didgeridoo.


"Khimaira" is the classical Greek spelling of "Chimera" (pronounced kai-mare-a), the fanciful beast of Greek mythology that shouldn't exist. A fire breathing monster, with the head of a lion, body of a goat, and the tail of a serpent.

Aptly the album "Khimaira" is a powerful engaging beast, full of depth and complex invention, "The Melting Staircase" evocative of a wonderful surreal dream, "Reticular Activating System" a virtual soundtrack (an H.P. Lovecraft dedication, by the way), full of planar slabs of sound, clusters and fragments, it is vast and Kosmische. Disc 2 finds us leaving the ephemeral behind, and plunging into deeper, stark and menacing realms, with 4 tracks of which the titles speak for themselves.

CD-R - released 8/2007.
CD-R second edition - released 13/5/2014.
Bandcamp download - released 18/9/2014.
Routenote distributed download - released 24/4/2019.

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