Generator Machine @ MESS

As something of a small measure of contribution to Robin Fox & Byron Scullin's entirely incredible MESS synthesizer workshop-studio - where else in Melbourne, let alone in the world, can you have a go on a Steiner-Parker Synthacon, several Electronic Dream Plant machines, a Moog Music Inc. Model 55, an EMS Synthi AKS & dozens of other elusive, covetable modulars, keyboards, and desktop pieces - I have placed the original "Generator" machine on temporary loan.

This is the core of the system on which I performed exclusively for a few years in the late 2000s, culminating in the "Disingenuity b/w Disingenuousness" LP for PAN, the "Generator" tape for Root Strata & the "Generators" LP for Editions Mego. It consists largely of Doepfer A-100 Analog Modular Synthesizer modules - four oscillators, mixer, 4096 stage analogue delay, spring reverb, 8-bit sampler - along with a control section that allows for cascading, tonal 4-voice canons to be summoned with relative ease & maximum flexibility.

Think of it as a stand-alone "Time Lag Accumulator" - it's great for producing minimalism-inspired music that doesn't loop inasmuchas continuously evolve, constantly revealing new patterns & variations with minor twists of a few knobs. It also excels at producing animated pads & textures; honestly I can & have listened to this thing cascade into the horizon for hours - and now you can too.

It is now available to book to all MESS members; look for it under "The Generator" on the bookings page ::

Oto Redactions

As a small measure of change in these turbulent music/commerce times, I've lowered my guard w/r/t the imposed ban on digital-only releases of my music & have let the fine, fine folks over at Dalston's Cafe Oto put a recording of the 6th realization of "Redactions" up for sale via their web-shop; perhaps as a token of appreciation of their liberal policy towards drinks tickets over the years & their uncanny ability to both stock fine craft victuals & magically always find a place for me to stay for the night well within stumbling distance. Fabio Lugaro's "cover" portrait hammers the point home, though I'm not sure why they blurred out the label of The Kernel Brewery's IPA - a fine beer, readily available year-round behind Oto's bar-counter.

The future of the concept of the issue of a "Redactions" LP - or any other sort of physical thing with my music on it from this point forward, despite many, many carefully laid plans - is clouded with all kinds of extremely rational thought, so this will likely be the defining moment in the piece's life-span. Which, I guess, is fine in this case - it was the one performance of the piece with which I'm the happiest, beginning to end & comes the closest to realizing the sort of live, improvised, minimal real-time Musique Concrète spec I've long had in mind. Hell, it made James Holden walk out mid-set, so there's that. You can get it for £6 here, try to enjoy it while being distracted by 20 other things on your computer:

Keith Fullerton Whitman presents a special Cafe OTO version of his latest project 'Redactions'. In his own words, Redactions "is an ongoing exploration of ideas surrounding the extraction of "peaks," or "transients" from geographically & thematically relevant audio materials given a particular realization or performance.' Intense poly-rhythmic chaos and nightmarish guitar build to breaking point, only to slowly release with the sort of luminous melodies that shone through his earlier Generator. A real trip, but you're in good hands with Keith.
Keith Fullerton Whitman / electronics
Recorded by Shaun Crook on Sunday 5th July 2015. Mixed by John Chantler. Mastered by Andreas [LUPO] Lubich at Calyx, Berlin. Photograph by Fabio Lugaro.
1. OTO Redactions A (18.25)
2. OTO Redactions B (19.42)


In a few days, I'll be on my way to Banff for a 3-week stay as part of the Convergence Electronic Music Residency. I'll be joined by a fantastic roster of contemporary artists, including Dasha Rush, Markus Heckmann, Robin Fox, Uwe Schmidt, and more; we'll all be giving concerts & talks while using the serenity of the frozen Banff landscape as a backdrop for the development of our own projects. It should be a fantastic time.

I will have open office hours & will be meeting with students & attendees on a one-on-one basis. In addition there will be two talks, one on the choices I've made in regards to the design & layout of my Live Electronic Music setup & another on the so-called "Secret" History of Electronic Music - an informal, yet conversant, conversational exploration of the explosion of homespun approaches to composing with Electronic means following the broadcast of Pierre Schaeffer's "Cinq études de bruits" in 1948 going well into the early 80s - those are on the 14th & the 15th, respectively. I'll also be giving a quad performance on the 19th & I'll be hosting an "Open Spin" on the afternoon of the 10th.

Please get in touch via the "Contact" form on this site if you need any further information, or if you want to get in touch either prior to or during the Residency about anything at all - I'm at your beck & call.


UPDATE: Banff was incredible, as expected. Photographs of the residency above.