The Infected Mass

CST122    180gLP • CD • DL    OUT 17 MARCH 2017


We’re excited to unveil our second release of 2017 by an artist new to Constellation: a work of beautiful and restrained minimalist composition by Those Who Walk Away, the project of Winnipeg-based composer Matthew Patton.
The Infected Mass is a haunted and profoundly emotive requiem that combines ghostly strings and choral voices with musique concrète; melodic passages rise and fall amidst rumbling and sibilant drones sourced from humming and whispering voices and the sound of human blood flow, punctuated by cockpit voice recordings of airplanes in distress.
Patton explains: “There is something very genuine and at the same time very wrong in what I am doing. The recordings are very disturbing; as we listen to these cockpit voice recordings, real people are about to die. I don’t know why I am doing something that feels so wrong. But I am. This work is disturbingly personal for me. The music is filled with ghosts and artifacts I couldn’t erase. It is filled to the saturation point with a pathology which infects everything, of decayed memories haunted by the ghost of my brother, who was killed in a plane crash.”
Co-produced by Paul Corley (Ben Frost, Oneohtrix Point Never), the Mass was recorded in Winnipeg and Reykjavik by a quintet of Winnipeg-based string players, combined with a quartet of Iceland Symphony Orchestra players (who’ve previously played on Sigur Rós, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Bedroom Community recordings) performing ‘ghost strings’ and ‘ghost choir’. Patton, as composer, arranger and producer, then obsessively sculpts these recordings with erasure techniques, seeking liminal and transcendent horizons of sonic materiality through absence, subtraction, silence and collapsing structure.
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And have a listen below to the first audio excerpt we’re sharing from this sublime work of contemporary sacral music.