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Luke Slater's 7th Plain*The 4 Cornered Room

Label:General Production Recordings (GPR) – gpr lp3, General Production Recordings (GPR) – gpr cd3
CD, Album
Style:Techno, IDM


1Time Melts7:54
2Reality Of Space7:37
3Surface Bound8:31
5The Needs Of The Many6:27
67th Plain7:05
7Astra Naut-E7:11
9Seeing Sense8:08
10Real Life Ceremony8:38

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On tray card:
Recorded at The Closet Studios for GPR, 1994.

℗ 1994 General Production Recordings Ltd.
© 1994 General Production Recordings Ltd.
Distributed in the UK by Pinnacle.

Numeral System - © B.C. 3400 Egypt

From booklet:
As Summer comes and winter goes a path to follow, a tale behold.
I will return with grace.

Catalog number:
On spine and back cover: gpr lp3
On disc: gpr cd3

Released in standard jewel case with 4 pp. booklet.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 022281 215725 ›
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5022281215725
  • Matrix / Runout: GPR CD 3 · MASTERED BY MAYKING

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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The 4 Cornered Room (2×LP, Album)General Production Recordings (GPR), General Production Recordings (GPR), General Production Recordings (GPR)GPR LP3, GPR (L) LP3, gpr lp3UK1994
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The 4 Cornered Room (2×12", Album, White Label)General Production Recordings (GPR)GPRLP03UK1994
The 4 Cornered Room (Cassette, Album, Stereo)General Production Recordings (GPR)gpr mc3UK1994
The 4 Cornered Room (CD, Album)General Production Recordings (GPR), General Production Recordings (GPR)gpr lp3, gpr cd3UK1994
The 4 Cornered Room (CD, Album, Repress)General Production Recordings (GPR)gpr cd3UK2005


stuarte's avatar
Mr. Slater at his finest…machine alchemy by a true master. Luke if you ever read this…thank you for so many unforgettable moments. File under seminal classic.
westoftheskies's avatar
A monster. One of the most amazing albums if you are interested how exciting the mid 90s were concering electronic music. Deep, imaginative music; call it Post-Detroit, Pre-IDM or whatever. I missed it first time around also because of its horrible sleeve but am really glad to have rediscovered this. Would definitely deserve a reissue.
Disco_Russ's avatar
Have to just say that Surface Bound is absolutely amazing!!!!
MISTER_DIA-TRIBE_73's avatar
Edited 5 years ago
Seeing Sense 808 minutes of...... Stardust!

Repress this LP Luke Slater!

I remember working in an extremely difficult and non rewarding job where I had lots of responsibility on my shoulders (or young mind) and very crap pay!...
I went to work that day and just didn't feel right so just before lunch I told my supervisor that I didn't feel well and was going home for the day..
But before I did that I went to my local record shop (Track Records, Chesham) to pay for the latest bag of records that were saved for me behind the counter..
Among others this LP was in the bag!
I rode home 3 miles on my mountain bike, knackered!
Got home , went straight to my bedroom and put this LP on the turntable...
I Really loved the sounds I was hearing laid there on my bed until Seeing Sense suddenly filtered up through my mind!
Wow what a journey!
A profound one too...
It was at that point I realized I was suffering from Depression (well that's what I found out later)..
And why?
Due to that crap job!
From then on in I took time out..
I saw sense!

Repress this LP Luke Slater!
Repress this LP Luke Slater!
Repress this LP Luke Slater!

P.s. also in the bag was The Wailing Song..
And drexciya- Davey Jones' Locker...
drox26's avatar
Still sounds amazing, this is usually the soundtrack when I'm driving.
stuarte's avatar
Not much else to add to what has been written here...Quite simply stunning. I only wish that Astra-Naute-E (In The Shadow) had been included. The most haunting and beautiful track Luke ever produced IMO.
jondavey's avatar
Edited 12 years ago
Inspireational, interesting, haunting, strange and beautiful album. Real Life Ceremony is the standout track for me.
TIM's avatar
Edited 14 years ago
The 4 Cornered Room is a fantastic listening cd. What I mean by that is that it's not overly serious, it can be backround music, it can be the focal point. This is a years worth of music wrapped up in one cd. You could start at any song and easily listen to that song 20 times in a row. Truly a fine piece of work here. One of the best pieces of ambient techno of all time.
robodance's avatar
Edited 16 years ago
Luke Slater's frankly astonishing debut on GPR is a consistently brilliant tour de force for IDM fans...

Completely embodying GPR IDM, it sounds as fresh today as when released in 1994. Many classic tracks including a mesmerising closing tune 'Grace', 'Lost' and 'Real Life Ceremony'.... But it's hard to pick and choose, it's a masterpiece of Intelligent Techno thru and thru.

There's a recent re-release from the sorely mourned GPR out now, buy it today and enjoy the golden age of IDM all over again...and wonder why it's not still here!