This is a great release; a rare glimpse of Patton at work beyond the gloomy mask of Bungle or the psychotic front of FNM.
Patton is an elusive man, and it is hard to feel as though one has a grasp of what he is trying to say through his music as a result. As an artist, we hope that he is communicating something, but with such diversity throughout his career, one can be forgiven for wondering what on earth Patton is on about at times! (don't get me wrong. I'm a huge fan, and even though there have been some real "what the..." moments, I have been faithful in my pursuit of his art!)
This release shows the side of Patton that says, 'Music is music. I sing, therefore I am.' I put it in the same file as Kang's 'Virginal Coordinates' release, where Patton lent his voice, and took an amazing piece of music and made it uniquely Patton; often without saying one word... just humming along to the melody! Patton's release with Kaada on CD again gave us Patton's voice, which is second to none in this genre, but this DVD has given us Patton the PERSON (at least, Patton and what he looks like when he enters into the experience of making music!); a look at why this Patton/Kaada release was something that he lent his voice to.
I've said bugger all about the product itself (e.g., 'song such and such just makes me want to squirt tears all over my persian cat every time I hear it...' It has a lot to do with the fact that I don't have a persian, and it's not that depressing a product). That's because my opinion of the product will be different from yours. But what I have commented on is the resulting feeling I get when I enter into Patton's world. This DVD has helped me understand more about the message of an artist.
I wonder if more DVD's of Patton's work (such as 'Adult Themes For Voice' or 'Pranzo Oltranzista' to name a few... two, to be precise) might just make them a little more accessible to people wanting to share the journey of Patton's music???