Mike Patton: The Solitude Of Prime Numbers


This sounds like the score of a movie done by Mike Patton. That’s because it is. You’ve seen movies. You’ve listened to Mike Patton. This is the combination of the two.

Not enough? Okay, fine, what if I told you the movie was Italian and about an awkward teenage friendship. Yeah? Now you’re starting to get it?

Yeah, it’s like that. It’s subdued, unlike a lot of Patton because, you know, he has to stay true to the film. And it’s a score, so it’s background-y in a lot of places. But it’s also quite avant-garde because it’s, you know, Mike Patton.

Most of the work here is done with the sound crafting. Reverb is heavy and mostly a result of the room. The instrumentation is mostly a (heavily-reverbed) piano, but there are plenty of electronics, too, especially in the big “Radius Of Convergence” or in more low drone tracks like “Method Of Infinite Descent.” The only vocals are some la la la’s in the first track.

The best stuff is in the first half. Up until, let’s say, track 19, it’s on a four-clown path, but then the back half of the album doesn’t offer anything besides Mehs and it gets a little too background-y for enjoyable listening.

What’s that? Back half after track 19? Oh yeah, that sounds like a lot, but track 19 is really only the eighth track. Because 19 is the eighth prime number. Yeah, check out that track listing, that’s one of the coolest things about this CD: all of the track numbers are prime numbers, from 2 to 53. And the names of the tracks are all mathematical concepts (I just read that, I don’t know any of them, nor did I look them all up).

Yay for weirdo musical scores.

Like: “Twin Primes,” “Identity Matrix,” “Contrapositive,” “Abscissa,” “Isolated Primes”
Meh: “Method Of Infinite Descent,” “Cicatrix,” “Radius Of Convergence,” “Separatrix,” “The Snow Angel,” “Apnoea,” “Supersingular Primes,” “Quadratix,” “Calculus Of Finite Differences,” “Zeroth,” “Weight Of Consequences (Quod Erat Demonstrandum)”
Filed Between:
 Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane and something else but I don’t know because I haven’t unpacked my CDs
Song Notes: After the jump
2. Twin Primes – starts like Wagner opera, with water glass squeaking
3. Identity Matrix –
5.Method Of Infinite Descent – overhead droning air vehicle
7. Contrapositive – echo-y piano
11. Cicatrix – very quiet, sound effects
13. Abscissa – maybe my favorite track. Strummed piano strings
17. Isolated Primes – ethereal start
19. Radius Of Convergence – weird keys, then low drone. Gets huge, organ-y.
23. Separatrix – spooky and short
29. The Snow Angel – slow. Piano in echo-y room
31. Apnoea – slow and sparse, single notes
37. Supersingular Primes – shimmer strings
41. Quadratix – atonal, arrhythmic
43. Calculus Of Finite Differences – strummed piano strings
47. Zeroth
53. Weight Of Consequences (Quod Erat Demonstrandum) – underwater. Gets really cool at 2:56


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