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Ultimate Transmissions UTCD 009/10 151'35"
2CD set £13.00 + p&p
1. The Big Freeze
2. Tread Carefully!
Pussyfooting 11'27" sample at MySpace
Standing At The
Stepping Into The
1. An Intermittent Shudder
2. An Unexpected Attack Of Ferocious Nanites
Recorded at Tachyon
Studio (1-3/2000) & mixed (28/10/2001) by Jim Tetlow.
Steve Freeman: analogue synths, samples, guitar, turntable,
Alan Freeman: synths, guitar, loops, turntable, voice, gadgets.
Jim Tetlow: Sound Canvas, guitar, radiator, loops, voice, tapes.
"Tundra" reveals itself as strangely icy, vast
and panoramic, notably the cracking ice of "The Big Freeze" and the
otherworldly barren "Tread Carefully" with its ghostly reimaginings
of Fripp & Eno. After the intense cold of "An Intermittent Shudder"
we find ourselves on an inhospitable alien planet, confronted by its
insatiably hungry inhabitants. And that's not all...
Einmal mehr im kosmischen Kurierdienst sind die
Freeman-Bros. Alan & Steve unterwegs zusammen mit Jim Tetlow und wie
immer mit Synthesizern und Gitarren, Tapes, Loops und Samplern bestens
ausgerüstet fur bis zu 47-minütige Weltraumspaziergänge und für die
frostigsten ('The big Freeze') und glühendsten Environments ('Atomsmasher /
Cyclotron') bei ihren 'Forbidden planet'-Erkundungen. Immer ihrem Neugier- und
Sehnsuchtshorizonlt folgend, immer auf der Suche - nach Terra Incognita, der
verlorenen Zeit, dem ultimativen Kick, dem kosmischen Phönixei und ich bin
mir sicher (sonst wären sie keine Engländer), sie wissen ziemlich gut, dass
'kosmisch' von 'komisch' nur em kleines s unterscheidet - die kleine
Schlange', mit der aller Space und Spaß beginnt.
Once again in the cosmic courier service are the Freeman Bros. Alan
& Steve along with Jim Tetlow and as always with synthesizers and guitars,
tapes, loops and samplers best equipped for up to 47-minute spacewalks and
for the frostiest ('The big freeze') and most glowing environments
('Atomsmasher / Cyclotron' ) on their 'Forbidden planet' explorations. Always
following their curiosity and longing for desires, always on the lookout for
Terra Incognita, lost time, the ultimate kick, the cosmic Phoenix egg and I'm
sure (otherwise they would not be English), they know pretty well that
'cosmic' distinguished from 'weird' only a little s - the little snake ',
with which all space and fun begins.
[Google translated from Bad Alchemy]
Out of all the myriad musical outfits operated by British brothers Alan
Freeman and Steve Freeman–authors of The Crack in the Cosmic Egg krautrock
book and Audion experimental music mag–Endgame is by far my favorite. For
nearly two-and-a-half hours, the appropriately titled Tundra floats a
seemingly endless barren soundscape across the listener’s frontal lobe. It’s
a very cinematic affair, offering the mind’s eye a heady stew of distant
ambience and heavily reverberated atmosphere. Droning synths, fuzz guitar,
barking dogs, disembodied voices, orchestral smears and plenty of other
highly processed, layered and looped sound effects ebb and flow and
occasionally coalesce into a swelling mass of extremely pleasant dream state
Compared to Alan and Steve’s irreverent and dada-inspired band, The Newt
Hounds, Endgame is much more, dare I say it, “mature.” But that doesn’t mean
you have to be a washed-up elderly porn star confined to a wheelchair to
appreciate it. In fact, you can be young and fully clothed–or proceeding
along quite nicely at any stage of life–and still enjoy Tundra’s
many-splendored elegance. The front cover artwork and design are equally
pleasing, as well. Highly recommended.
from the webzine Arcane
The Big Freeze
First edition of 500 copies - released 22/2/2002.
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