Keith Fullerton Whitman is a musician currently based in Cambridge, MA. Starting in the mid-1990's while working on a "Music Synthesis" Degree at Boston's Berklee College of Music, Keith began exploring electronic music's many facets, eventually yielding dozens of full length albums, singles, remixes, and compilation appearances of a decidedly off-kilter nature for influential labels such as Kranky, Planet µ, Editions Mego, PAN, Carpark, Room40, Amethyst Sunset, Amish, NNA Tapes, No Fun Productions, Agents of Chaos, Arbor, Digitalis Limited, Ekhein, Heavy Tapes, Rare Youth, Root Strata, and many more.
These days his creative energies are largely put into the continued development of a truly "Live Electronic Music," incorporating an ever-changing hardware-based modular system that allows for a complexity of sound & vision that had previously only been available via software-solutions. This work has recently manifested itself as a pair of albums for Editions Mego entitled "Generators" & "Occlusions" ; both utilizing similar setups to yield vastly differing music ::
Over the past 15 years, Keith has given over 500 performances of his music - everything from solemn held-tones to pointillist reckless-abandon - at venues ranging from "Punk" basements to some of the most celebrated European & North-American festival stages (Akousma, CTM, Dissonanze, Electronica En Abril, Kontraste, Mutek, Présences Électroniques, Sonic Acts, Suoni Per Il Popolo, Unsound, Werkleitz, etc.) in addition to giving dozens of talks, taking part in Colloquia, setting up fIlm & audio installations, and organizing music festivals, concerts for other performers, and film events in the Boston area & beyond.
He has collaborated both on stage and on record with Oren Ambarchi, Rhys Chatham, Tony Conrad, Greg Davis, Deerhunter, JD Emmanuel, Lawrence English, David Grubbs, Michael Karoli & Malcolm Mooney (Can), Eli Keszler, Felix Kubin, Alan Licht, Matmos, Geoff Mullen, Benjamin Nelson, Charlemagne Palestine, Terry Riley, Ben Vida, and countless others. He is also known for his performances and realizations of works by composers such as Phill Niblock, Dick Raaijmakers and Conrad Schnitzler. He has composed for dance, and his music has been set to motion by choreographers & dance ensembles including Chantal Yzermans (at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio,) the Andersson Dance Company, and the NYU New Music and Dance Ensemble. He has supplied music and sound-design for several video game & "music for picture" projects, advertisements, and assorted environments.
A 2011 joint commission from Sonic Acts, Kontraste Krems, and Le Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM) led to a week-long session in the fabled INA-GRM studios in Paris, during which Keith realized a life-long dream, completing an 80-channel, long-form Musique Concrète work entitled "Rythmes Naturels" utilizing many of the idiosyncratic early-electronic instruments held in the studio's archive ::
Since 2003, in his spare time, he has helmed a highly specialized experimental-music distribution company out of his studio / office / work-space in Porter Square, Cambridge, MA named "Mimaroglu Music Sales," charged with helping labels & artists all over the world with the preparation & dispersion of their tangible music artifacts. Prior to this he was the Sales-Manager of noted New England distributor Forced Exposure, for whom he personally penned hundreds of "capsule" descriptions of catalogue new-arrivals - a tradition he keeps alive to this day with MMS.