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Escape Route - Scylla & Charybdis
Escape Route - Scylla & Charybdis


Chris Conway --
theremin, synths, flutes, whistles, kalimba, voice, effects
Alan Freeman -
springs, acoustic CD, guitar, metal, plastic, effects
Steve Freeman -
acoustic CD, prepared tapes, voice, effects
Simon Styring -
guitar/guitar-synth, effects


Escape Route
Live improvised electronic and electro-acoustic music.

At this meeting of Escape Route they divided into 2 duets - Alan & Simon - then Chris & Steve - followed by 2 long improvs with all 4 of them. These were edited down for this album
Editing and selection of music for the recording was made by Alan Freeman who also devised the titles, art and associated mythology based liner notes.


Vidna Obmana, Eduard Artemiev, Robert Rich, Lydia Kavina, Terje Rypdal, Simon Stockhausen, Bernard Xolotl, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Wendy Carlos

Recorded digitally live at Improv Electronic event, Bambu, Leicester. Edit and mix by Alan Freeman.

Liner notes -
In keeping with the mythology theme of "Pandora's Box" we have again another aptly titled outing with Scylla & Charybdis, as playing free-improvised live electronic music can be like being between Scylla and Charybdis, trying to stay afloat and avoid being sunk under the waves!

Scylla and Charybdis are two sea monsters of Greek mythology who were situated on opposite sides of the Strait of Messina between Sicily and Italy. They were located in such proximity to each other that they posed an inescapable threat to passing sailors; avoiding Charybdis meant passing too closely to Scylla and vice versa. Scylla was a creature who dwelt in a rock, had six heads and ate people, while Charybdis had a single gaping mouth that sucked in huge quantities of water and belched them out, thus creating whirlpools. In Homer's The Odyssey, Odysseus is forced to choose which monster to confront while passing through the strait: rather than risk the loss of his entire ship in the whirlpool, he elects to pass by Scylla and lo

CC's fave track -Whirlpool

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also by Escape Route

Escape Route 1
Pandora's Box

Escape Route 3

Columns of Herakles