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Cosmic Engineers

by Triax

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This 2CD release stared life as 3 big sessions recorded at the end of 2018, which were later transferred and then mixed in two stages, firstly the sessions were split into movements that could stand up a individual tracks. That worked quite well, except it ended up a mite disjointed, and thus a rethink gave rise to a new idea, to collage and meld the individual sections into larger thematically constructed suites. So, again we ended up with 3 big tracks now constructed out of various sections from the 3 sessions. In this way, themes return or are hinted at within all the tracks.
This rebuilding aspect gave rise to the title "Cosmic Engineers" which is nothing to do with the sci-fi novel by Clifford D. Simak, but is actually a quote from a Michael Moorcock novel, as are the track titles.
But, what about the music? As usual, with Triax that's not so easy to describe. For one thing, this is another Triax with no hurdy-gurdy, with Dave playing violin instead, often with processing that makes it sound like something else. Lots of string synth and mock Mellotron sounds too, twisted electronics, flute, guitar, and much more, all spiced up with live electroacoustics, collage and looping.


released February 28, 2020

Recorded at Tachyon Studio 30 December 2018.
Mixed by Alan Freeman December 2019 and February 2020.

Alan Freeman: synths, computer, guitar, objects, voice.
Steve Freeman: synths, bass, tapes, loops, acoustic CD.
Dave Powell: flute, violin, bells.

Auricle AMCDR 303/4 90'38"

Triax website: www.ultimathulerecords.com/triax.html


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Triax Leicester, UK

Born out of the Extremities project, in a sense, in 2003 Triax couples Alto Stratus with the strangely processed hurdy-gurdy of Dave Powell, for a unique new hybrid. Dave added many more instruments to his repertoire since, and Triax can vary from ambient drone, via systemic, dirge and raga/folk hybrids on to psychedelic rock, Krautrock and eclectic avant-garde. ... more

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