#3970: With Matthew Patton

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Hear new music by Winnipeg-based composer Matthew Patton, perhaps best known for his score for "Speaking in Tongues" (for the Paul Talor Dance Company), released under the moniker, Those Who Walk Away. Patton is also the curator of the Winnipeg Orchestra New Music Festival, which is where John Schaefer caught up with him, to discuss his work, The Infected Mass. 
  
Patton's The Infected Mass is a haunted, dark and beautiful minimalist requiem of sorts, which combines strings and choral voices, along with drones, as well as found sound - including human blood flow and cockpit voice recordings of airplanes in distress. It was recorded in both Winnipeg and in Iceland, using string players from both places for the performing 'ghost strings' and 'ghost choir', to create a work as much defined by absence and subtraction as it is haunted by decayed memories of Patton's brother, who was killed in a plane crash (Constellation Records liner notes.)

PROGRAM #3970, with Matthew Patton (First Aired: 4/14/2017)          

ARTIST: Matthew Patton
WORK: Speaking in Tongues, excerpt [:30]
RECORDING: Speaking in Tongues
SOURCE: Marquis Classics #139
INFO: Out of print.

ARTIST: Those Who Walk Away
WORK: 1. Before the Beginning, excerpt  [3:24]
RECORDING: The Infected Mass
SOURCE: Constellation Records CST 122
INFO: cstrecords.com

ARTIST: Those Who Walk Away
WORK: 3, First Partially Recollected Conversation [:30]
RECORDING: The Infected Mass
SOURCE: Constellation Records CST 122
INFO: cstrecords.com

ARTIST: Those Who Walk Away
WORK: 4, Second Degraded Hymn [5:47]
RECORDING: The Infected Mass
SOURCE: Constellation Records CST 122
INFO: cstrecords.com

ARTIST: Matthew Patton
WORK: Patton: Afterlife Mutilation, excerpt [2:43]
RECORDING: Afterlife Mutilation
SOURCE/INFO: This performance not commercially available.

ARTIST: Those Who Walk Away
WORK: 7, After The End [6:57]
RECORDING: The Infected Mass
SOURCE: Constellation Records CST 122
INFO: cstrecords.com

ARTIST: Matthew Patton
WORK: Matthew Patton: The Limits of Almost, excerpt [2:59]
RECORDING: WNMF 2017 at The Bay
SOURCE/INFO: This performance not commercially available.

ARTIST: Matthew Patton
WORK: Matthew Patton: Tales From Gimli Hospital –Epilogue [3:06]
RECORDING: Tales From Gimli Hospital 
SOURCE/INFO: This performance not commercially available.

ARTIST: Matthew Patton
WORK: Speaking in Tongues, excerpt 1 [5:07]
RECORDING: Speaking in Tongues
SOURCE: Marquis Classics #139
INFO: Out of print.