Pato Y Pato is the moniker of a duo of analog synthesizer musicians and electronic music composers who create spacious arrangements that are designed to fittingly soundtrack any part of one’s day. Mark Maynard and John Duffy are the dueling synth wizards who are Ferndale Library’s featured performers at next month’s First Stop Friday event, the ongoing monthly series of free concerts showcasing local artists, sponsored by the Friends of the Ferndale Library.
Over the last few years, Maynard and Duffy’s musical collaboration could aptly be defined as a bit of a laboratory experiment. Duffy was mainly a guitarist, while Maynard was mainly a drummer, but a bit of a whimsical epiphany hit them both at the same time, calling them to start exploring an entirely different genre, one that would combine the experimental ambient pop of Silver Apples, with the motorik-rhythms of Kraftwerk, and just a bit of the sublime, movie-soundtrack space-outs of Tangerine Dream. The idea was to have these expansive tracks affect the mood of the listener, predominantly into a state of calm, or contemplation, or focus.