it must have been around 2005 when i first heard about Duane Pitre - probably because he then ran a now defunct label, releasing a minmae cdr. at the time he also sent me a few of his pilotram-releases, which i happened to enjoy.
since then he abandoned the pilotram-moniker, and started making more minimal compositions under his own name, and as ‘pilotram ensemble’. best example: the lp ‘organized pitches’ he did on the mighty trome records, which was later re-released on important: two immense monotonous but very detailed pieces.
his newest release, feel free, seems largely based on various edited audio sources, that are turned into tiny details, at first hearing played at random, but making a very comples sounding whole.
At this moment, Pitre is touring europe, and we were lucky enough to witness a performance of his at les ateliers claus in brussels - in a tiny room, two speakers were set up where an automated version of the piece was playing.
oddly, it seemed that these detailed parts are the core of the composition. during the eight or so hours that installation ran as a part of the Klankson II-event, Pitre often joined in live, adding a sort of solid drone-base, whereas you’d expect it the other way round. fun fact: during the last 10 or so minutes, Pitre removed the details, letting a perfect drone end the 8 hour set.
he’s doing some more shows - none of them are 8 hours long, but i can only advize you to check it out. if you cant make it: buy the album and play it on endless repeat.
i still think it will be an amazing track