Composers Anthony Pateras and Erkki Veltheim do something elaborate and bewildering involving ‘spectral techniques’, but all we really need to know is how lovely it sounds. One plays piano and the other violin, but the two instruments are deeply intertwined to create beautiful orchestral music indebted to minimalism and drone. This 300-only edition of Entertainment=Control comes with 24-page booklet and Ecopak CD case.
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- IMM003 / Deluxe Ecopak CD with hot-stamped text on Immediata. Includes 24-page booklet. Edition of 300 copies
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- Entertainment = Control by Anthony Pateras / Erkki Veltheim
9/10 Laurie Staff review, 13 January 2016
A bold statement from these two composeur folks, Entertainment = Control is a recent addition to the smartly-dressed CD releases on the Immediata label. The titular statement may well be true, as Pateras & Veltheim demonstrate across the course of the 49 minute single track, holding you in its trembling grip with a subtly varying piano/violin duo-drone.
There’s another statement written on the inner sleeve that comments on a sort of guerilla warfare between the composition & improvisation ‘camps’. I’m not sure the conflict is as dramatic as they suppose, but what’s interesting is that at any given moment on this, the two could be playing either strictly defined notes or making it up as they go along. That’s not to say that it’s in any way haphazard or rough-edged; Entertainment = Control is an exquisite amorphous mass of chaotic but gentle piano that blends seamlessly with the gently chaotic squeaking of a violin. You won’t find much in the way of rhythm or hooks here, the album being meditative sweetness to its core. It flows naturally, as Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, but with a sort of vague formlessness. I’m trying to think of a better comparison but can’t.
In conclusion, my dad would probably ask ‘have they finished tuning up yet?’
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