In 2004 the Platypus Ensemble was exploring the boundaries of its conceptual approach.
Several of the pieces on ‘Satsang’ are highly structured contrapunctual compositions, while on the other hand some of the tracks are freely improvised or based on very concentrated nuclear compositional ideas and motives.
Satsang was recorded in two sessions for the Finnish Broadcast Corporation YLE.
During the first one the Platypus Ensemble performed their new live set, a five-part suite called ‘Ambiance I – V’; for the second session guitarist Teemu Viinikainen joined the band to record some new material.
‘Satsang’ is considered the most classical of the Platypus Ensemble recordings, in spite of a large part of the repertoire being freely improvised.