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1993 album from British Electronic duo Amorphus Androgynous AKA Future Sound Of London. Tales of Ephidrina was created from material the pair had been working on around the same time as their ambient FSOL title Lifeforms, while still containing some of the techno feel of Accelerator.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 5, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B000026GLQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,691 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I hope it is as good as this'en here.
John Doughboy
On a break between their Lifeforms and ISDN albums, The Future Sound Of London released this album under the pseudonym Amorphous Androgynous.
Guy David
The title of the track is perfect for the mood of the song.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
While this could easily be the soundtrack to a modern sci-fi
thriller, you realize after listening to the whole disc that
it is a visualization engine for itself.
Like another reviewer here said, this music goes well
with black lights and dry ice. Every time I've heard
it since I purchased it in '94, it's sounded different.
I haven't tried this, but I imagine this would go well
with a William Burroughs or Philip K. Dick novel.
Also, like Future Sound of London (it's the same guys), this
is definitely headphone music. You won't really get a sense
of the presence in the sound when it has to image into
open space. That's kinda freaky all by itself, when you
think about it.
This is good 'personal' listening music, but it won't retain
guests at parties, so don't even bother bringing it out for
that. It will provide interesting company when you're alone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Distant Voyageur on October 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It's been many years that have come and gone since "Tales of Ephidrena" by Amorphous Androgynous but even then, it's still hard to believe how great and innovative that this record sounds even by todays standards. I've had mixed feelings about music of this type. A lot of it is just repetitive beats but this is something else. Like a good number of techno albums even back in early '93, this album contains some familiar samples from movies in the past. Even today, this is in my opinion one of the strangest and most psychedelic sounding records that I own in my collection.

Arguably one of the scariest and deservedly so openings is that of "Liquid Insects". Major 80s movie buffs will recognize the sound effects at the beginning which are the robotic/organic sound samples taken from scene from the 1987 movie "Predator" which were the alien-being's infrared vision. The sounds are difficult to explain but boy did they spook me when I was younger. The "Predator" effects instantly stop and give way to a series of jungle stream effects and tribal drums followed by what sounds like boiling water and laser effects and animal sound effects before a rumble blasts it into a bizarre ominous techno song with a strong pulsating rhythm, metallic percussion and piercing horn effects. "Swab" although a bit short is a great track that has a more hip-hop rhythm and less of the jungle/rainforest pursuit atmosphere and a more underground techno atmosphere. Around the middle of the track a strange melodic laser like effect instantly comes in and does a octave-lowering effect followed by robotic voice effects. The same strange chord effect in slowed pace ends "Swab" and transitions us into a peaceful New Age/like track called "Mountain Goat". The title of the track is perfect for the mood of the song.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Guy David on December 21, 2003
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On a break between their Lifeforms and ISDN albums, The Future Sound Of London released this album under the pseudonym Amorphous Androgynous. While ISDN is a transition album between Lifeforms and Dead Cities, and tends to pull both ways, Tales of Ephidrina is more together. The tracks blend together in a similar way to Lifeforms, and the overall feeling is very similar. The ambiance of the tracks is somewhere between melodic Ambient and easy Techno with minor World Music touches. this is music for the mind. You put your headphones, and flout away, possibly into a virtual world created by their regular artist, Buggy G. Riphead.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "starfire@ucsd.edu" on August 8, 1998
Format: Audio CD
If you didn't already know, Amorphous Androgynous is actually the Future Sound of London. Tales of Ephidrina was crafted from the sounds "leftover" from Lifeforms. Tales of Ephidrina is a kinda of experimental mix of atmospheric ambient and techno, creating a sound that will appeal to fans of electronic music with a fat bassline yet retain the armchair listening of ambient. The soundscape Tales of Ephidrina creates is like a surreal alien world, shifting from soft textures to hard hitting beats. Probably the least recognized album by FSOL, but my favorite, it blows all their other work out of the water. The only dissapointing thing is that the album is under 50 minutes. Don't expect it to sound like anything FSOL has ever done before though, it's much much better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By colin the boy on May 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
jacob adams is wrong in asserting that these are leftovers! there was to be an ep,by amo andro,called environments,which later appeared on the lifeforms video,and re-worked within lifeforms.(ephidrina blew my head off when i first heard it!) some excellent parts to it,as with all fsol stuff. if you have an interest in electronic music,get it. very sample heavy(even by there standards!,but this album bridges the gap between the dance orientated 'accelorator',and the ambient'lifeforms'(obviously!) so the trax are quite polarized into either group.check out the cascade ep if you can still get it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.M. Leonard on March 16, 2001
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I bought "Tales of Ephidrina" cold way back in '94. I loved it! It's not "comfortable" and it's not for parties. The Highlight being: "Liquid Insects". An insane masterpiece, especially if you play it with a strobe light and dry ice. (That's cliche'd, yes, but it still works.) "Mountain Goat" is mysterious and haunting and the track "Ephrdrina" made me dance in motions I didn't think I was capable of. I'm surprised this suckers still available. Not for the timid.
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