Keith Fullerton Whitman is a musician currently based in Cambridge, MA. Beginning in the early 90'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 recordings for influential labels such as Kranky, Editions Mego, PAN, Planet µ, 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 singular take on Live Electronic Music incorporating an ever-changing hardware-based system, allowing for a complexity of sound & vision. While this work had manifested itself as a pair of albums for Editions Mego entitled "Generators" & "Occlusions," it's largely intended for the stage. More recently, Keith has been performing a piece titled "Redactions," incorporating thematically & geographically relevant Concrète elements into the modular setup.
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 such as Akousma, CTM, Dissonanze, Electronica En Abril, Kontraste, Lanaudière, LUFF, Mutek, Novas Frequencias, Présences Électroniques, Skanu Mesz, Sonic Acts, Suoni Per Il Popolo, Terraforma, Unsound, Werkleitz, ZKM, etc. In addition, he has given dozens of talks, taken part in Colloquia, set up film & audio installations, and co-curated music festivals, organized 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, Mark Fell, David Grubbs, Michael Karoli & Malcolm Mooney (Can), Eli Keszler, Felix Kubin, Alan Licht, Matmos, Norbert Möslang, Geoff Mullen, Benjamin Nelson, Charlemagne Palestine, Terry Riley, Joel Ryan, Jessica Rylan, Ben Vida, and countless others. He is also known for his performances and realizations of works by composers such as Ilhan Mimaroglu, 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, 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 Inman Square, Cambridge, MA named "Mimaroglu Music," 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 Mimaroglu.