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patten are an experimental electronic duo signed to Warp Records. It's members are only known as "D" and "A". They have released three albums and five Eps over the course of eleven years:

Albums:

  • GLAQJO XAACSSO (pronounced "glack-geut zack-so") (2011)
  • ESTOILE NAIANT (2014)
  • Ψ (pronounced "Psi") (2016)

Eps:

  • Lacuna (2006)
  • There Were Horizons (2007)
  • EOLIAN INSTATE (2013)
  • June 30th (with Hisham Baroocha) (2015)
  • Requiem (2017)

Originally, patten was a singular project, with D at the helm. However, after meeting A(who participated in the music video for "Winter strobing") in 2014, patten became a duo, and first performed as a duo at the Warp 25 concert, alongside Warp veterans Autechre.

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  • Animated Music Video : The music video for "Epsilon", directed by Werkflow.
  • I Am the Band : Before A joined, patten was just D.
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  • Indecipherable Lyrics : On patten's earlier albums, D's voice is either too submerged or pitched down in the mix to be understood.
  • Minimalistic Cover Art : The cover of the EOLIAN INSTATE ep is simply a white background with small text at the top.
  • Miniscule Rocking : "Crown 8vo" from GLAQJO XAACSSO is just over a minute long.
  • Ode to Youth : What "Epsilon" seems to/could be about.
  • Rearrangethe Song : Their remix of Bjork's "Stonemilker".
  • Phrase Salad Lyrics : More noticable in Ψ: Folded firmly, ink is a lock, drive shrouded, how'd you see now? ~ Locq
    • This reappears throughout Ψ.
  • Sampling : Used liberally by D. patten have sampled many things, including:
    • Trains
    • Water splashes
    • Short snippets of vocals
    • Car alarms
    • Bicycle rings
    • Rainfall
    • Helicopter Blades
    • Glass smashing
    • Other songs (Restricted to their RE-EDITS compilations)
    • Snippets of news reports and interviews (Restricted to their RE-EDITS compilations)
  • Surreal Music Video : All of them. Then again unsuprising since they were directed by Jane Easlight. The most notable ones are "Sonne" and "Drift"
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  • Spoken Word in Music : Both D and A have performed in spoken word.
  • Textless Album Cover : GLAQJO XAACSSO, ESTOILE NAIANT and Ψ.
  • Vocal Tag Team : On "Yyang", where both A and D..."sing".
  • Word Salad Title: Sweet jesus there is alot of it. For example, from GLAQJO XAACSSO: "Words Collided", "Blush Mosaic" and "Ndi Bem". See also: "Spaghetti Tree Harvest", "LL 2" and "Yyang".
  • Word Purée Title: GLAQJO XAACSSO.
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