Boomkat Product Review:
Original score by Anthony Pateras for Eron Sheean's Errors Of The Human Being, a curious sci-fi movie shot at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany (it's the new Hollywood apparently) and starring, among others, Rik Mayall of Bottom fame! Bottom and Editions Mego: two worlds we never thought would collide. Melbourne-based Pateras, a regular collaborator with Robin Fox, soundtracked Sheean's previous too films, and it's fair to say that composer and filmmaker are both on the same elevated wavelength, the former demonstrating a deep understanding of the latter's needs while supplying something extra, something ineffable, that lifts the whole thing into the sublime. Pateras works with a palette of strings, wind, brass and percussion performed by Melbourne's Speak Percussion, creating a rich acoustic tapestry, but its his own keyboards and opalescent electronics that give the work its unique character. All kinds of moods and modes are explored, from splenetic noise to lush ambience, and there's even a club-primed track, fashioned out of tape-delayed string orchestra, contrabassoon and cowbell. It's a wonderfully lively and rangy soundtrack, one which works marvellously as a stand-alone listening experience, and also serves as an antidote to some of the more pedestrian, risk-free neo-classical/post-rock soundtracks du jour.