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The Cortex

Zircon & The Burning Brains


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Auricle AMCDR 057 7.00
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duration: 64'08"

1. Leave The Substance For The Shadow 8'37"
The Cortex 6'34"
Anatomy Of Anxiety 5'00"
Extruded Sleep Patterns 1: The Telephone Operator 7'13"
Devil's Waltz 3'26"
Learning To Drown 2'38"
Extruded Sleep Patterns 2: The Somnambulist 7'25"
Are You Blind? 2'45"
Zircontinium 6'06"
Extruded Sleep Patterns 3: The Long Journey 10'41"
Meditation In Z 3'17"

Instigated by Nigel (now living in Japan) in 2003, with contributions added by Alan and Steve in 2004-2005. Final sound construction & mastering January 2005.

Nigel Harris: sound samples, processing software, laptop computer.
Steve Freeman: sounds and loops, guitar, bass, analogue synthesizers, turntable.
Alan Freeman: guitar, guitar-synth, digital synthesizers, noises and loops, voice.

In the 1990s Nigel moved to Japan, it seemed highly unlike that ZBB would ever reform. However, after Alan and Steve returned to music making, with Endgame and The Newt Hounds, Nigel expressed an interest in that maybe we could do something together again. Nigel was now doing his sonic construction using a Power Mac laptop, and we now had a fully functional home studio, enabling us to add in real time live sessions along with Nigel's pre-recorded samples. This was all down to having CDR recording equipment, which after a few volleys East and West resulted in the CD on hand.

After the success of these recordings, Nigel announced that he was coming back to England for a holiday, and in August 2004 we had live sessions resulting in "Occidental Encounter" and the remarkable hybrid ZBB/Endgame sessions that yielded the CD release "Fire Lane" under the guise of The Zircon Game.

CD-R - released 5/2005.
CD-R second edition - released 5/2014.
Bandcamp download - released 28/9/2014.
Routenote distributed download - released 3/2/2016.

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