Set to run for its 36th straight year, the 2014 Sydney Festival looks to once again flourish with art and music from all over the world. The iconic Mike Patton will be one of the many talented musicians taking the stage at next year’s fest, and will be performing Luciano Berio’s 1965 composition Laborintus II as he does so.
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Darkness in the Noonday Sun
For the soundtrack to recently released film The Place Beyond the Pines by director Derek Cianfrance, Mike Patton abides by two simple concepts: mood and tension. Though the arrangements are minimalist and the instrumentation is sparse and precisely placed, Patton gets the most out of these pieces through his skillful management of said concepts. Patton, no stranger to soundtracks—or really anything at this point—frequently lets out a slack of rope to the listeners, catches them in a momentary groove and then jerks them back to attention.
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A full concert video has emerged on YouTube of a bootleg of an early career set from Mr. Bungle, live at Club Lingerie January 10th, 1991. For those unfamiliar, Mr. Bungle was the incredible and impossible to categorize genre collision fronted by three artists we’ve covered in detail here at mxdwn. On vocals is none other than Mike Patton (from Faith No More, Tomahawk, Fantomas, Peeping Tom), on guitar Trey Spruance who is the diabolical mastermind behind the brilliant Secret Chiefs 3 project and on bass is Trevor Dunn who has recently joined Tomahawk and The Melvins Lite after years in Fantomas following Mr. Bungle’s demise. Most notably in this massive set is a gem right at the end that was routinely the end of their set list in those days. Almost ten minutes in length, it is a dual cover/medley of “Existential Blues” and “Pencil Neck Geek.”
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