A Weird Tuesday video special. It’s probably best to let Partials explain themselves:
“Toronto’s Partials combines electronic music production with orchestral arrangements to produce a sound more easily characterized by their contrasting influences than by grasping adjectives: the stabbing brass of Hudson Mohawke punctuates the phrase repetition of Reich, the abstract symmetry of Arca embroiders the early impressionism of Rimsky- Korsakov, while the analog textures of Boards of Canada twine with the mysticism of Debussy. Centering on the collaboration between composer and Jersey native, Ryan Somerville and Toronto-based sound artist and producer Ben McCarthy, Partials’ live show combines a traditional string quartet, vocalist and pianist with samplers, synthesizers and live digital signal processing to create a sound that is at turns cinematic, overwhelming and darkly transporting.
Partials was founded in the darkened studios of the Banff Centre’s Music and Sound building, where Somerville and McCarthy spent long, nicotine fuelled nights beginning to fashion the sound that would come to define Infinities, the six track debut record the duo will release over the course of 2016. It is fitting then that the group’s debut performance took place there in the reputable Rolston Hall with 14 musicians gathered from as far afield as Hong Kong, Reykjavik, Shawville, and Sydney. Over the course of the next year, Partials has undertaken to release six tracks with six unique but interconnected videos depicting each of the 6 movements of the suite.”