At the Goat Farm
1200 Foster St.
Atlanta, GA 30318
Part of Eyedrum's "NEWFANGLED for the experienced" Music Series at the Goat Farm
Duane Pitre is an American avant-garde composer, performer, and sound artist. His work often focuses on the interaction between electronic sound and acoustic instrumentation, chaos and discipline, as well as site-specificity. The composer also utilizes alternate tuning schemes that focus on microtonality, enabling him to explore unaccustomed intervallic relationships. He has created works for various instrumentation configurations such as string orchestra, his own bowed harmonic-guitar ensemble, string/wind ensembles, as well as solo works (including for himself).
Pitre’s 2012 album, Feel Free, received critical acclaim and was included on several ‘best of’ lists, including being named #37 on The Wire’s ‘2012 Rewind’ (out of their top 50 releases); #34 on The Wire’s ‘Subscribers’ Releases of the Year’ list; and #8 on Uncut Magazine’s ‘Wild Mercury Sound Top 112 of 2012’ list. In addition, “The Out Door,” Pitchfork’s experimental-minded column included Feel Free on its ‘Best of 2012: The Big Four’ list. The album was also included in several year-end lists for Dusted Magazine and many other blogs.
Duane used to...
Play guitar in The Camera Obscura (of San Diego).
Skateboard professionally for Alien Workshop.
Originality is hard to come by with electronic music, particularly in these laptop times. Tree Creature plays a fluid, organic blend of largely electronic sounds, by hand, augmented with occasional chanting and singing. It’s a heady mix, and intensely psychedelic.
During the set, I heard the occasional glimpse of possible influences, and refractions of artists I love: Klaus Schulze, Terry Riley, Plone… But the way in which they approach arrangement and performance was definitely their own. Everything seems to be suspended in the air around you: static, but always changing (I’m aware that’s an oxymoron… you have to be there).
They certainly defied my expectations: I had anticipated a worthy, ‘experimental’ set of low drones and furrowed brows, and was very pleasantly surprised by how playful and fun it was. At times I felt like I was watching ‘The Last Unicorn’, or riding a racing snail with Giorgio Moroder in the Never Ending Story.
- Judi Chicago