‘Partial Deletion of Everything’ unites Porya Hatami, Ian Hawgood, and David Newman. Volume 1 consists of a single, long-form composition, and it slinks through the permanent themes of creation, change, erosion, and loss. In particular, though, this volume channels a shared stream of consciousness, flowing between the trio and harmonising the music, and its long-form design perfectly suits an uninterrupted flow of consciousness.
In Volume 1, entitled luxta Mare, acoustic instrumentation, field recordings, synthesizers, and modular chains all run through the music and its sibling of silence. The series concentrates on the inevitability of impermanence and the certainty of transition; things are always changing, eroding, and reforming, and music is no exception. In fact, music is evidence of change, if evidence were ever needed. No note is ever the same, even in a loop; time is always passing to a greater or lesser degree.
Partial Deletion of Everything zooms in on impermanent objects and their placement within time, where ‘even something as vast and powerful as the ocean was once not here’. The music flows with ease, but there’s a seismic power and a substantial mass of water rolling and gyrating underneath its surface. When submerged under its waves, listeners are able to pick up distinct sounds, receiving the calls and cries of other, unclassified creatures on the music’s sonar. All of them seem benevolent, even in a cruel or at least indifferent world, where only the fittest survive. Native to its ambient waters, the tranquil sounds leave bubbles of reverb in their wake. Echoes float on, too, like a strand of a thought.
Partial Deletion of Everything captures a series of beautiful moments, forever lost in time, and documents how, over the gulf of many years, they change, disintegrate, and sometimes fade entirely, with each ‘deletion’ referencing the interplay between physical reality and subjective experience. Rather than fight against the inevitability of deletion (which is a futile exercise), it may be more liberating to accept erosion as being a natural law of the Universe, as it affects everything. Stars are not immune to death, either; the process is as natural as breathing, and the three musicians understand the nature of life. For every inhalation, there needs to be a subsequent exhalation.