Boomkat Product Review:
Ghostly, gaseous drone and piano meditations from Robin Fox, Sunn O))) and Mike Patton collaborator Anthony Pateras and computer music expert Rohan Drape. Longform experimentation that stops time, for fans of Cornelius Cardew or Room40's outer reaches.
Snipped from two live performances in Stuttgart and Melbourne in 2018 and 2019 respectively, "The traces of a mistake" shows two accomplished performers slipping into a steady groove. On the first two pieces, Pateras plays piano, allowing Drape's unsettling digital drones (and pipe organ on the second track) to accompany the slow-motion gestures.
On the third piece, the duo switch things up - Pateras uses the Revox B77 tape machine to generate drones, while Drape plays piano and two additional musicians join the fold: Maria Moles on percussion and Erkki Veltheim on faint, scraping violin. Each performance sounds like an exploration of space, time and instrumentation: the duo are careful and intentional with their notation and while it's minimal, there's always enough going on to keep your attention.