The A-side of the double LP features rapid-fire arpeggios that meld together to form sustained chords, a nod to Barbieri's passion for Baroque flute music. Layers upon layers of individual patterns crystallize. Soundwaves take on the timbre of string instruments, like the one at the end of the opening track, "This Causes Consciousness To Fracture."
"TCCTF" adopts the drone of the preceding track and runs with it, evolving into its uncanny twin sibling. (It's a slowed-down version of "This Causes Consciousness To Fracture," as indicated by its acronym title.) This structure repeats for the remainder of the album, creating complementary compositional pairs. Wandering arpeggios on one track become wavering drones on the other. The only exception is "Gravity That Binds," closing the album with buoyant shoegaze.
In contrast with other types of drone music, Patterns Of Consciousness can seem as brightly coloured as a National Geographic photograph. Its tracks have earworm melodies, but they serve as reminders of the power of repetition. For an album that seems so technical, Patterns Of Consciousness is remarkably approachable. It's a testament to Barbieri's ability to distill dense ideas into compellingly colourful music.