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duration: 68'30"

1. Tripping Into The Negative Zone
The Continuing Bizarre Misadventures Of Ernest B. Grimm
Looking For An Exit 5'59"
There's Nothing As Strange As An Alien! 3'30"
Interdimensional Radio 4'17"
Portals 6'19"
Degenerate Machines 2'40"
Panic 2'45"
Time Fabricators 6'38"
Where Am I? 3'05"

2. Lord Of The Flies 12'52"
3. Arcanic Lost 20'20"

Recorded 2 March 2001 at Tachyon Studio.
Mixed by Jim Tetlow 30 September 2001.
Digital transfer and additional mixing by Alan Freeman 8/9 May 2005.

Alan Freeman: synths, guitar, voice, loops, bowed objects.
Jim Tetlow: Sound Canvas, guitar, voice, loops, tapes, bowed objects.
Steve Freeman: synths, guitar, voice, loops, turntable, bowed objects.

Tripping Into The Negative Zone
The Continuing Bizarre Misadventures Of Ernest B. Grimm

Our hapless space adventurer has yet again got himself into a spot of bother. Working as a design consultant on a new hush-hush science project, one day (after indulging in too many space mushrooms) he falls asleep on the job, only to find himself locked in upon awakening. Amongst the labyrinth of passages he searches for an exit. Opening one door he encounters a few Centaurs playing a game of poker. Despite Ernest's best attempts to fit in, these aliens still think he looks deliriously funny. Or, was it the mushrooms? In another room, he discovers some weird electronic gadgetry, whirring and writhing. He turns a dial, and realises he's somehow been transported to a terminus, ringed by portals. "I didn't want to come here" he mutters to himself, "I wonder how I get back?". He pokes his head through one portal and sees a planet dominated by machines, and through another he sees a world in chaos on the brink of destruction. The last portal he comes to is all rusted, he tries to read the notice on the door handle, which says something like "Dx N?t Eml#r". He forces the handle downwards, and as the door disintegrates Ernest plummets headfirst through the portal. To be continued?

Lord Of The Flies, aka "The Air Duet"

An experiment that came about after trying out some of the more radical possibilities of the Alesis Air-FX, in particular the bizarre "Lord Of The Flies" which changes the properties of almost any sound into that of a buzzing insect. The results are a strangely ethereal and powerful piece of musique concrete, with a cold unnerving classical feel.

Arcanic Lost, aka "Meditation In F"

Originally, this was a particularly chaotic and dense section of this Endgame session. Jim Tetlow's 4 track to stereo mixdown resulted in a work that was quite spectacular if a bit overlong and not that cohesive. In mixing it down further for this CD release, I decided to reshape the work, giving it a new compositional form, playing with EQ, adding dynamics and extra reverb, vastly expanding the scope of the "rhythmic" section, etc. The results feel somewhat like 1950's WDR electronics at the start, growing to an "Industrial" peak, ending with what sounds like a Buddhist monk chanting amidst a fuzzed wall of electronic gabble!
Cover notes by Alan Freeman

CD-R - released 7/2005.
Bandcamp download - released 18/9/2014.
Routenote distributed download - released 25/4/2019.

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