“Beauty …” is a four movement electro-acoustic work for percussion sextet and electronics. It combines written materials from Anthony Pateras, improvisations with the electro-acoustic composer Jérôme Noetinger and a vast battery of over 100 orchestral percussion instruments, including Xenakis’ 17-pitch microtonal metallophones, the Sixxen. Written over 2 years in Brussels and Berlin, the piece explores spatial polyrhythms, slow-shifting textural densities, microtonal sieves and psychoacoustic meditations. Vitruosically executed by Sydney’s Synergy Percussion, the piece stands alone in scope and sound, drawing on Pateras’ unique body of work for orchestral percussion over the last decade.
For the occasion of release, the composer interviewed both his collaborator Jérôme Noetinger and founding editor of Semiotext(e), Sylvère Lotringer, who provided the title of the piece. Both interviews topically traverse technology, DIY culture, ethics and the media. This is the 9th release in the Immediata series, beautifully presented in imperial blue recycled cardboard, silver hot stamped text on front, 24 page booklet and mastered by Lachlan Carrick at Moose Mastering. “Beauty Will Be Amnesiac Or Will Not Be At All” is a limited edition of 300 copies.
This is an incredibly complex piece – there is a cascade of poly-rhythms that batter the senses yet leave room for the soul of the listener to breathe. I took the momentary glimpse of insomnia to check out the album – and, I admit – I have mixed reservations over my choice. Not because of the chance to listen to “Beauty …” but because it is so stimulating. I was jerked out of my semi-slumber into an informed wakefulness and feel all the better for it. You are alert and alive when you listen to “Beauty …”
It is an off-beat joy to listen to and one I will be playing on my radio show. There is lightness and grace in the clockwork ambience of the percussion and the electronics are second to none. This really is a masterful release.
Available on March 13th on Immediata Records.