Tarek Atoui: Organ Within
June 27, 2019, 7 pm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Performing in the Guggenheim’s iconic rotunda, musicians and artists, including Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, improvise on a hybrid sculptural object by Lebanese artist Tarek Atoui. This new work builds on Atoui’s collaboration with instrument makers Léo Maurel and Vincent Martial and their research into historical church pipe organs, modular synthesizers, and the sonic experiences of the deaf, engaging the museum’s acoustics to create a unique aural environment. A moderated conversation with Atoui and his collaborators will precede the performance.
$20, $15 members, $10 students.
Supported by members of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Middle Eastern Circle.
From September 6 to 8, the Meakusma Festival returns and we are delighted to present you with a first wave of confirmed artists and performers.
2019 marks the fourth edition of the Festival, as always focusing on experimental and club music alike, boasting an intimate atmosphere and a carefully curated lineup. Various venues across the Belgian city of Eupen will for that one weekend be host to the festival, proof of the fact that the Meakusma Festival has become part of the city’s DNA.
At the heart of the festival stands the Alter Schlachthof venue with its comfortable rooms and garden. The program of 2019’s festival aims at distributing all performances in such a way that the smaller rooms of the venue will have to deal with less audience traffic. There will be more simultaneous performances and an extra sound system, installed in a space previously not used. There will be concerts in a church on Saturday and Sunday. The IKOB museum will again be host to several performances during two days of the festival. Other locations are the art gallery Vorn Und Oben, the Gülcher street and the Loten Park with an installation by the Musica organization from Neerpelt focused on a participation-based experience of sound and music and a wooden installation developed in collaboration with Terraforma from Milan intent on enhancing the sounds of the installation’s environment. The German branch of the Dublab radio station will for the fourth time run the Heuboden room over the whole weekend. The festival will also feature many artist talks, installations, a film program, etc.
2017 marked a very gratifying first collaboration with the Brussels-based venue and record label Les Ateliers Claus. They will be back co-curating a selection of artists whose performances will be spread out over the three days of the festival. One example here is the very first collaborative concert by composer, guitarist and lecturer from New Zealand Roy Montgomery together with American musician, artist and producer Liz Harris/Grouper. Montgomery stands as one of New Zealand’s most vital underground artists, his signature sound revolving around atmosphere and the cinematic, complexly layered with echoing and droning guitar phrases. Grouper’s ethereal sound touches upon folk, contemporary classical music, renaissance music, avant-pop and early music.
Reihe-M from Cologne also returns as a curator, presenting concerts in the Friedenskirche by Kali Malone and Charlemagne Palestine. Hailed as one of the founders of minimalism alongside Philip Glass, Phil Niblock, Terry Riley and La Monte Young, Palestine prefers to define himself as a maximalist. His drones intent on making entire buildings resonate, his iconoclastic output is all about reverberation, layering and complexity.
Meakusma has struck up a collaboration with the Belgian KRAAK festival and record label. Three artists from their roster will perform at the festival, namely Köhn, Floris Vanhoof and Het Interstedelijk Harmoniumverbond.
The Meeuw Muzak label will present a joint performance by Swiss free improv musician Norbert Möslang, New Yorker and former deranged grindcore singer Luke Calzonetti and respected contemporary painter and man behind the acclaimed Wendy Gondeln project Albert Oehlen. More Meeuw action comes in the shape of a collaborative performance of 7FO and Tapes. 7FO hails from Osaka and produces meditative oceanic soundscapes creating a reflective space for himself and his audience. Tapes mixes up dub aesthetics, library music, traditional Indian instruments and all sounds psychedelic, exploring the many facets of bass music. Legendary electronic musician Felix Kubin and percussionist Hubert Zemler will, as part of the program curated by Meeuw, present their alienating and dissontant descent into the audiovisual world of science fiction classics that is Juxtalektrovision.
Ben UFO very successfully curated a night at 2018’s festival and will be back this year bringing with him John T. Gast for the night progam on Friday and Laps and Klaus for performances on the dub soundsystem in the garden on Saturday afternoon. John T. Gast’s persona is shrouded in mystery, his work firmly on the fringe of London’s experimental music scene. He has collaborated with Hype Williams and Dean Blunt and cherishes channel heavy production and performance methods.
The Tashi Wada Group is the new group of Los Angeles-based composer Tashi Wada featuring singer songwriter, composer and artist Julia Holter and percussionist and artist Corey Fogel. Reimagining forms of ancient and devotional music, psychoacoustics and non-equal tuning, their sound subtly navigates the interactions, intimacy and spaciousness between the group members. Japanese singer, songwriter and avant-pop musician Miho Hatori is primarily known as the vocalist of the New York-based band Cibo Matto. She has also worked with Gorillaz and the Beasty Boys.
Keith Fullerton Whitman’s work is informed by ambient music, drone, musique concrète and krautrock. He stands as one of the most revered composers and performers working in the field of experimental music today. Brannten Schnüre is an experimental dark folk group from Germany. Their work directs itself towards the atonal and transfers folkloric, ritual elements into the 21st century. Don The Tigermixes rumba, baroque fantasy, guabina and flamenco with musique concrète and eleborate sampling techniques into a deeply expressive and melodically exuberant musical amalgam.
Multi-instrumentalists Benjamin Finger, James Plotkin and Mia Zabelka stretch the boundaries of electronic music, ambient, psychedelia and drone. Finger’s music defies defies definition, admitting to a desire to allow everything. Plotkin was once a member of Scorn. He threads audacious sonic waters from harsh power electronics to dub-infected ambient electronica. Zabelka’s work is visceral, cerebral and sensual. The Austrian violinist, improviser and composer has opened up the traditional understanding of her instrument towards improvisation, experimental music and sound art.
Catherine Plenevaux founded the Lexi Disques label that focuses on the crossroads of experimental and pop music. She will perform together with Céline Gillain whose music uses elements of sci-fi, feminism and deviant pop. The Trio Heinz Herbert has a jazz background, but delves into their own abstraction of jazz embracing technoid club culture, art rock, industrial and ambient sound art. The members of the Blurred Music Duo are both a part of the Splitter Orchestra. The duo works with musical structures that create a blur. Improvised parts alternate with fields of pre-structured material in which digital recordings of the duo are duplicated by live performance.
It is impossible to touch upon every artist in detail. For a full overview of all confirmed artists and performers, check the artist section. More coming up, so stay tuned!
The Schoolhouse and Marcia Bassett present an evening of synthesis and light.
KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN performs his "Playthroughs" framework live.
MARCIA BASSETT & TED GORDON / JEFFREY PERKINS play Buchla Music Easels with filmmaker and light artist Jeffrey Perkins projecting “pure light” a variation of his analog color strobe projections which he premiered in 1968 to accompany Terry Riley’s LP “In C”.
CECILIA LOPEZ & SANDY EWEN play improvised music together.
CAMILLA PADGITT-COLES DJs & provides additional projections.
MAY 18th, 2019 - 330 ELLERY STREET - THIRD FLOOR - 8PM - $13 ADVANCE / $15 DOOR - BYOB
Keith Fullerton Whitman is a Composer & Performer currently based in Brooklyn, New York. He is in the process of realizing geographically & thematically relevant Live Electronic Music under the "Redactions" banner, as well as performing contemporary revisions of his classic "Generators" and "Playthroughs" frameworks. Recently he has performed at the GRM's Immersion festival in Paris, Documenta 14 in Athens, The Labyrinth in Niigata, MaerzMusik's The Long Now in Berlin, Semibreve in Braga, Send + Receive in Winnipeg, The Geometry of Now in Moscow, and at the Don Buchla Memorial Concerts in San Francisco.
Artist/musician Marcia Bassett works in areas of sound, improvisation, live composition and visual creations. Bassett's work is equal parts trance and critique. Her sound pieces thread the needle between the conceptual and the sensual, between ritual invocation and cold semiotic gaze. Using handmade electronic instruments, prepared guitar, synthesizer, field recordings and tape explorations, Bassett deftly wields philosophical systems to produce heady, experiential clouds; pushing through drones into provocative soundscapes – the intangible narratives of dreams. Recent solo and collaborative presentations of her work include "dissonant arrangements and extended vocal techniques" collaboration with Shelley Hirsch at Issue Project Room ; “Interwoven” a site-specific installation and performance in collaboration with Ursula Scherrer at Interference 2018, Tunisia; “Survival Of Laments” a live improvisation with Margarida Garcia and Manuel Mota at Festival Oude Muziek 2018, Utrecht; "Transitory Freezing of Perpetual Motion" improvised sound performance with Jenny Graf and dancers at Here-10 Evenings Festival, Sweden and "Out of Line: Narcissister" live improvised sound interaction with the performance, High Line, NYC. Her latest solo release, Zaïmph / 'Rhizomatic Gaze’ is currently available through Drawing Room Records.
Jeffery Perkins is an experimental filmmaker and Fluxus artist. Perkins was born in New York and attended high school in Springfield, Massachusetts. Perkins met Yoko Ono when stationed in Tokyo as an Air Force medic and temporarily lived with her when he returned to New York in 1966, a period when he also became actively involved in New York's Fluxus community. He made the Fluxus film "Shout" 1966, with Tony Cox & Jeff Perkins performing and shot Yoko Ono's film BOTTOMS (Fluxus Film # 4), collaborated on the multimedia environment THE STONE at the Judson Gallery in NYC. In the late 1960s he moved to Los Angeles with SKI PARTY star Bobbi Shaw. He was the director & programmer of the Cinematheque 16 theater on Sunset Strip in LA from 1967-1969, where he met Peter Mays. He performed in Mays' film SISTER MIDNIGHT and collaborated with Mays, David Lebrun, Michael Scroggins and Larry Janss on Single Wing Turquoise Bird, a popular psychedelic light show. His more recent works include a series of taxicab recordings called MOVIES FOR THE BLIND, 1995-2003, and the films THE PAINTER SAM FRANCIS, 2008 and "George, the story of George Maciunas & Fluxus" now distributed by Kino Lorber films, and premiered with 7 invited screenings in the MoMA Doc fortnight festival in 2018.
Ted Gordon is a musician and musicologist. His disseration research on the San Fransisco Tape Music Center led him to study and work with the instruments of Don Buchla, and he has performed with the Buchla Music Easel since 2016 in Chicago and New York. He is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University.
Cecilia Lopez is a composer, musician and multimedia artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her work explores perception and transmission processes focusing on the relationship between sound technologies and listening practices. She works across the media of performance, sound, installation and the creation of sound devices and systems. She studied composition with Carmen Baliero and Gustavo Ribicic. She holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College and an MA from Wesleyan University in composition (2016). Her work has been performed and exhibited at Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (AR), Center for Contemporary Arts (Vilnius, Lithuania),Festival Internacional Tsonami de Buenos Aires (Argentina), Roulette Intemedium (NY), Issue Project Room (NY), Floating Points Festival (NY), Ostrava Days Festival 2011 (Ostrava, Czech Republic), MATA Festival 2012 (NY), Experimental Intermedia (NY), Fridman Galley (NY), Kunstnernes Hus (Oslo, Norway) and Ende Tymes Festival (NY), Festival Punto de Encuentro organized by the Asociación de Música Electroacústica de España (Spain), among others. She was a Civitella Ranieri fellow in 2015 and has participated in various residency programs such as: Atlantic Center for the Arts, Ostrava Days Institute, Harvestworks and Rupert Residency. She has collaborated in projects with Carmen Baliero, Carrie Schneider and Lars Laumann, among others.
Sandy Ewen is an experimental guitarist, artist and architect currently based in Brooklyn NY. She has two new duo albums, one with percussionist Weasel Walter and the other with guitarist Chase Gardner on Marginal Frequencies. She has an upcoming solo LP on Gilgongo Records, and a new Astral Spirits cassette with percussionist Lisa Cameron. Ewen has spend the beginning of 2019 performing in Mexico City. She then toured the west coast and central US in February & March. In 2018, she performed at the Sant'anna Arresi Jazz Festival, Experimental Sound Studio Option Series and the High Zero Festival. Sandy spent much of 2017 performing solo sets and in collaboration with Steve Jansen (tapes and electronics) and Maria Chavez (turntables) around Europe. She collaborated with many NYC based musicians, including John McCowan, Sam Weinberg, Stephen Gauci, Kevin Shea, Cecilia Lopez, Weasel Walter & Samantha Riott. Past projects include the trio Etched in the Eye, a duo with Tom Carter called Spiderwebs, and the experimental rock band Weird Weeds with Sarah Hennies, Aaron Russell. In years past, Ewen has performed alongside Roscoe Mitchell, Keith Rowe, Lydia Lunch, Pauline Oliveros and many others, and has performed and recorded with Jaap Blonk, Henry Kaiser and more. In 2014, she performed at San Francisco's 13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit, and she has made several appearances at Austin's annual No Idea Festival. Ewen's approach to playing is centered around found objects and extended guitar techniques.
The Schoolhouse is an artist's loft and residence in Bushwick, Brooklyn. We ask that guests please be respectful of our living space and neighbors.
kurimanzutto new york
may 2 - june 25, 2019
kurimanzutto presents Tarek Atoui’s project Organ Within at its cabinet space in New York City. Operating as an open sound laboratory, and instrumentarium, Atoui will debut a new hybrid sculptural object that engages numerous technologies in order to re-envision the spatialization, perception and performativity of the traditional organ. The Organ Within is the result of his ongoing collaboration with instrument-makers Léo Maurel and Vincent Martial, and their research into historical church pipe organs, modular synthesizers, and the sonic experiences of deaf people.
For this presentation, Atoui partners with Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe from CONTROL, Brooklyn’s leading synthesizer shop. As host and activator of the project, CONTROL has invited a diverse group of sound artists and musicians from New York’s experimental music community to venture and play the organ at kurimanzutto in New York. This group of collaborators will occupy the cabinet space one week at a time, to work with the instrument for research and recording purposes. These residencies will be open to the public, with a weekly performance held every Saturday at 3 pm.
Out of this continuous improvisation, Atoui and CONTROL will curate a final performance in the Rotunda of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on June 27, 2019 at 7 pm. To mark the closing of the two month project all resident artists will gather together to perform a simultaneous session. A moderated conversation with Atoui and his collaborators will precede the performance.
Organ Within is an itinerant exhibition organized in different movements. Beginning at kurimanzutto, New York and culminating at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the project will later travel in successive movements to The Hepworth Wakefield, England during Yorkshire Sculpture International (June 22 –September 29, 2019) and will extend to the Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates, in March 2020.
Residency program curated in collaboration with Robert Aiki Aubery Lowe:
May 7 – 11: Keith Fullerton Whitman
May 14 – 18: C. Lavender
May 28 – June 1: C. Spencer Yeh
June 4 – 8: Chuck Bettis
June 18 – 22: Victoria Shen
Keith Whitman will be in town to present "STS" - an ongoing composition for voice & the Serge modular synthesizer. The piece will be running from noon until 4pm, coinciding with a neighborhood gallery walk hosted by Ulises, part of the Common Field Convening Philadelphia 2019. Come pop in and have a listen! Refreshments & good vibes will be provided.
Keith will perform a version of one of his "Playthrough" pieces on his Max 4.5 setup, and then talk about the approach to their creation, and ways he's been updating and rewriting it all in Max 8. The talk will investigate how these systems can be refined to allow for more hands-off, automatable, algorithmic control, which can allow for focus on the central real-time elements of performance.
Keith Fullerton Whitman
workshop / guest lecture / demonstration
Wednesday, 10 April 2019
Lerner Center 101
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Music
201 South 34th St.
THURSDAY, APR 4
7 PM DOORS
8 PM KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN
9 PM MATMOS
10PM MATMOS & KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN COLLABORATION
ADVANCE TICKETS $15
DOOR TICKETS $20
Matmos and Keith Fullerton Whitman will be performing a one time collaboration in addition to individual sets that will incorporate sounds sourced from Atelier Van Lieshout’s exhibition THE CRYPTOFUTURIST AND NEW TRIBAL LABYRINTH, which is currently on display at Pioneer Works.
Matmos is M. C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel
Currently based in Baltimore, the band formed in San Francisco in the mid 1990s, and self-released their debut album in 1997. Marrying the conceptual tactics and noisy textures of object-based musique concrete to a rhythmic matrix rooted in electronic pop music, Matmos became known for highly unusual sound sources: amplified crayfish nerve tissue, the pages of bibles turning, water hitting copper plates, liposuction surgery, cameras and VCRs, chin implant surgery, contact microphones on human hair, rat cages, tanks of helium, a cow uterus, human skulls, snails, cigarettes, cards shuffling, laser eye surgery, balloons, latex fetish clothing, rhinestones, Polish trains, insects, rock salt, solid gold coins, the sound of a frozen stream thawing in the sun, a five gallon bucket of oatmeal. These raw materials are manipulated into surprisingly accessible forms, and often supplemented by traditional musical instruments played by a large circle of friends and collaborators. The result is a model of electronic composition as a relational network that connects sources and outcomes together; information about the process of creation activates the listening experience, providing the listener with entrypoints into densely allusive, baroque recordings. Matmos has worked with musicians such as The Kronos Quartet, Terry Riley, Bjork, Anohni, Zeena Parkins, John Wiese, So Percussion, Nico Muhly, The Rachel’s, and Jay Lesser, as well as artists from a range other disciplines: theater director Robert Wilson, playwright Young Jean Lee, poet Monica Youn, fine artist Daria Martin, filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell. Their new album “Plastic Anniversary” will come out on Thrill Jockey in March of 2019.
Keith Fullerton Whitman is a Composer & Performer currently based in Brooklyn. He is in the process of realizing geographically & thematically relevant Live Electronic Music under the “Redactions” banner, as well as performing contemporary revisions of his classic “Generators” and “Playthroughs” frameworks. Recently he has performed at the GRM’s Immersion festival in Paris, Documenta 14 in Athens, The Labyrinth in Niigata, MaerzMusik’s The Long Now in Berlin, Semibreve in Braga, Send + Receive in Winnipeg, The Geometry of Now in Moscow, and at the Don Buchla Memorial Concerts in San Francisco.
23 Feb 21:00 — 24 Feb 04:00 Paradiso
Expanded Experience is a night programme that celebrates 25 years of Sonic Acts to the fullest. Over the years, after dark, Sonic Acts has always been dedicated to exploring radical AV or sonic stimulations in various immersive, expanded and full-on sensory artistic expressions. Carefully composed to extract the maximum from the interaction of space, time and audiences, these nights can shake you to the core, dilate your pupils, amplify your tinnitus and expand your mind. Get ready for the 7-hour ride into the strobe-and-fog-infused church of Paradiso!
Breathe With Cube
21:00 — 21:15 Lyra Hill live a/v in 3d
21:15 — 21:30 HC Gilje live a/v
21:30 — 22:00 Jonas Bers live a/v
The Informals / Неформалы
22:00 — 22:30 Polina Medvedeva, Andreas Kühne live a/v
22:30 — 23:00 Drone Operatør, Mette Rasmussen drone + saxophone
23:00 — 23:30 Clausthome, Mārtiņš Ratniks live a/v
23:30 — 00:10 9T Antiope, Rainer Kohlberger live a/v
00:15 — 00:21 Zeno van den Broek film
Keith Fullerton Whitman and Pierce Warnecke Duo
00:30 — 01:00 Keith Fullerton Whitman, Pierce Warnecke live a/v
Agent Im Objekt
01:00 — 01:30 Jung An Tagen live a/v
Claude Speeed, Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner
01:30 — 02:00 Claude Speeed, Sasha Litvintseva, Beny Wagner live a/v
FESTIVAL OPENING – THE ACOUSMONIUM
21 Feb 20:00 — 01:00
Exactly 11 years since we first had the honour of hosting them, we welcome back our friends from the National Audiovisual Institute’s Musical Research Group in Paris (Groupe de recherches musicales, Institut national de l’audiovisuel – or Ina GRM), with their legendary 80-speaker orchestra, the Acousmonium. The evening will feature commissioned works by Okkyung Lee and BJ Nilsen, a new piece by Thomas Ankersmit dedicated to Maryanne Amacher, legendary works by Dick Raaijmakers, Eliane Radigue and Régis Renouard Larivière, and acousmatic live performances by Beatriz Ferreyra, Anthea Caddy and Judith Hamann, as well as François Bonnet and Keith Fullerton Whitman.
Canon I: Super Augere by Dick Raaijmakers
20:00 — 20:05 Johan van Kreij interpretation
L’Orvietan & L’autre rive
20:10 — 20:40 Beatriz Ferreyra
20:45 — 21:15 Thomas Ankersmit
21:20 — 22:00 Anthea Caddy, Judith Hamann
22:05 — 22:15 François Bonnet
Arthesis by Eliane Radigue
22:15 — 22:40 François Bonnet
22:45 — 23:25 Keith Fullerton Whitman
틈 / Teum (The Silvery Slit)
23:30 — 00:00 Okkyung Lee
Contrée by Régis Renouard Larivière
00:05 — 00:25 Philippe Dao
00:30 — 01:10 BJ Nilsen
DJ Marcelle/Another Nice Mess
01:00 — 03:00 DJ Marcelle/Another Nice Mess
“As part of Sonic Acts Festival 2019, Keith Fullerton Whitman will lead a one-day workshop, Sub-Conscious Decision-Making while Performing Live Electronic Music, focused on the challenges posed by an orchestral approach to electronic instrumentation. The workshop will take place on Wednesday 20 February, 13:00 – 17:00, at STEIM, and combine an expanded lecture and demonstration and will be followed by a discussion.
Over the past decade, Keith Fullerton Whitman has developed a unique method for composing and performing with early analogue synthesisers by using algorithmic and generative processes implemented in the hardware. In this one-day workshop, Whitman will discuss the challenges one must face when approaching electronic instrumentation in an orchestral manner. His ‘Redactions’ and ‘Generators’ setups will be on hand, and the choices made while designing and implementing their specific topologies over a decade will be demonstrated.
While a familiarity with experimental electronic music and analogue synthesisers will be helpful, the workshop will centre on a broader discussion about how and why to implement chance and improvisational concepts within rigid compositional frameworks, and how to delineate risk and humanistic performance tendencies to simple, algorithmic systems.”
Join us at Bar Laika for Satellite 3, featuring Keith Fullerton Whitman.
A composer and performer living in Brooklyn, Keith Fullerton Whitman is currently in the process of realizing geographically and thematically relevant Live Electronic Music under the “Redactions” banner, as well as performing contemporary revisions of his classic “Generators” and “Playthroughs” frameworks. He recently performed at the GRM's Immersion festival in Paris, Documenta 14 in Athens, The Labyrinth in Niigata, MaerzMusik's The Long Now in Berlin, Semibreve in Braga, Send + Receive in Winnipeg, The Geometry of Now in Moscow, and the Don Buchla Memorial Concerts in San Francisco.
Satellite is a monthly experimental music series organized by Sanna Almajedi, a Brooklyn-based curator and DJ.
$5.00 cover charge at the door.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ambient - Electronique
Ils ne sont pas si courants, les artistes de musiques dites expérimentales à pouvoir se targuer d’avoir sorti un classique instantané. Keith Fullerton Whitman en fait partie, et c’est le disque en question (playthroughs), qu’il rejouera en intégralité à SOY, soit cinq longues plages ambient minimalistes qui depuis 15 ans ne cessent de fasciner les amateurs de drone music. Et pas seulement. Car le musicien esthète – formé au très réputé Berklee College of Music et enseignant à Harvard – a ceci de précieux qu’il sait comme personne rendre la musique contemporaine (celle héritée de Terry riley ou La Monte Young) accessible au commun des mortels.
Photo © Lindsay Metivier
Keith Fullerton Whitmann + Thomas Ankersmit + Thomas Lehn
El cicle OUT.SIDE i les Sampler Sèries presenten el programa SYNTHS, un triple concert amb tres de les figures més importants del panorama internacional de la música realitzada amb sintetitzadors modulars. SYNTH consistirà en diverses sessions de música electrònica realitzada completament en viu, que mostraran la cara més inusual i valenta del gènere.
3 novembre · 19 h Fabra i Coats-Fàbrica de Creació, Barcelona
Keith Fullerton Whitman + Pierce Warnecke
We look for him, and Keith Fullerton Whitman is everywhere. The American can very well allege that his residence in Melbourne, in distant antipodean Australia, should make us think that his cycle of power has been extinguished. A mistake: since the mid-90s, with his given name or under the alias Hrvastski – nom de plumefor his extremist pseudonym – he has expanded electronica’s horizons, between tonal ambient and compley sonic networks with modular synths. Accepting a commission from Semibreve, Whitman will collaborate with Pierce Warnecke to retrieve ideas and ideals from op-art and minimalism, exploring the sound and video synthesis in a sensorial choreographic synchronicity.
Keith Fullerton Whitman, one of the most brilliant artists in the electronic music domain on the last decades, will conduct a modular synthesizer workshop during Semibreve.
Whitman will discuss the choices made with regards to his idiosyncratic setup, and will focus on musical forms & ideas that have only recently been possible with dedicated hardware & a software control layer. The tworkshop will touch on implementing computationally cheap generative & algorithmic concepts with modular synthesizers, as well as spatialization and automation.
Sub/conscious Decision-Making while Performing Live Electronic Music | Keith Fullerton Whitman (US/AU)
Over the course of an hour-long presentation, Keith Fullerton Whitman will discuss the challenges one must face when approaching electronic instrumentation in an orchestral manner. His “Redactions” and “Generators” setups will be on hand, and the choices made while designing and implementing their specific topologies over the course of a decade will be demonstrated. While a familiarity with experimental electronic music and analogue synthesizers will be helpful, the talk will center on a broader discussion about how and why to implement chance and improvisational concepts within rigid compositional frameworks, and how to delineate risk and humanistic performance tendencies to simple algorithmic systems.
Keith Fullerton Whitman is a composer and performer living in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently performing geographically and thematically relevant live electronic music works under the “Redactions” banner, and he has recently done so for the GRM’s Immersion festival in Paris, Documenta 14 in Athens, MaerzMusik’s The Long Now in Berlin, and at the Don Buchla Memorial Concerts in San Francisco.
Presented in partnership with Video Pool Media Art Centre.
Bret Parenteau (MB)
Winnipeg-based artist Bret Parenteau performs and releases work most often under the moniker B.P. As the founder of the label Male Activity, Parenteau supports the work of a broad range of experimental artists and projects, including his own. Taking influence from musique concréte and minimal industrial and power electronics, his performance at send + receive will be built around recordings made in the various skywalk spaces of Winnipeg. Something common and familiar for locals, these seemingly unremarkable spaces have distinct sonic identities, which will be transformed by Parenteau into something new and compelling.
gmackrr (FR/QC) is French artist Émilie Mouchous. Mouchous builds her homemade synthesizers as a tribute to old logic circuits from the 1970s. By adding analog components and tactile interfaces, she explores mixed-media archaeology, the schematic as score, and the idea that the instrument is alive, an improvising partner to play with. Elements such as radio signals/broadcast aesthetics also recur in her work. gmackrr makes surprising, quirky and surreal music that is rooted in a deep relationship with her instruments and the uniquely peculiar unpredictability of their circuits.
Keith Fullerton Whitman (US/AU)
Keith Fullerton Whitman is an American artist now residing in Melbourne, Australia. For his performance, he will present a multi-channel piece as part of his ongoing Redaction series, which merges computer music with various analogue/digital modular synthesizer systems.
The Redactions (2015–) constitute an ongoing exploration of ideas surrounding the extraction of “peaks,” or “transients,” from geographically and thematically relevant audio materials given a particular realization or performance. The outcome can take any stylistic form, from classic musique concrète to polyrhythmic chaos and solemn, minimalism-inspired canons.
Curated by Keith Fullerton Whitman (US/AU)
October 4 – November 3Poolside Gallery, Video Pool Media Arts Centre, 221-100 Arthur Street, 2nd FloorFree | Wednesday–Saturday 12:00–5:00 PM
Broadcasts on CKUW 95.9 FM Sundays at 5:00 PM begin October 14.
During the course of this three-hour program, the listener will be drawn into the deepest recesses of early electronic music in Canada, focusing on obscure and transgressive pieces found outside of the usual academic lanes, all from the nascent days where psychedelia, sound poetry, experimental film and emerging audio and video technologies were all being explored with equal aplomb. The work of composers and musicians such as Wayne Carr, Robert Bauer, Lloyd Burritt, and Marcelle Deschênes will be explored, along with seldom heard pieces by storied figures such as Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux, Rudolf Komorous, Ann Southam, Alain Clavier, Michel Longtin, and Norman McLaren.
We invite you to spend some time in our listening lounge space created specially for this occasion at Poolside Gallery through the generous sponsorship of EQ3. This playlist will also be presented as a Sunday series on CKUW 95.9 FM through October and November beginning on October 14.
This project was curated and coordinated by American artist and enthusiastic music researcher Keith Fullerton Whitman. From 2003 to 2015, he helmed the highly specialized experimental music distributor Mimaroglu Music and since 2016 has run online distribution Broken-Music.
Presented in partnership with Video Pool Media Art Centre and CKUW.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please note that the concert space is intimate, and seating is limited to only 50 tickets. If this event sells out online, we will have a small number of tickets at the door first come, first serve.
Tuesday, October 2, 7 p.m. at Control, Brooklyn:
Control presents Keith Fullerton Whitman for a live quad performance of two pieces, "Redactions" and "Generators."
Keith Fullerton Whitman is a composer, performer, and recording artist currently based in Melbourne, Australia. Active from the early 90's on while working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Music Synthesis 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.
This evening showcases two pieces, "Redactions" and "Generators," from Whitman's current compositional development, a singular take on "Live Electronic Music" that incorporates an ever-changing, hybrid software & hardware-based system. On the piece titled "Generators," which manifested itself as an album released by Editions Mego in 2012, Whitman explained it was "an attempt to wrest a viable performance-based music out what had until then been a solitary set of sound-design tools. The piece grew out of a frustration with the limitlessness of computer-based real-time synthesis & algorithmic / generative systems vs. their utter failure as performance solutions." Though captured in an album form, "Generators" is largely intended for the live setting. "Redactions" is more recent performance composition that incorporates thematically & geographically relevant Musique Concrète elements into the modular setup and alongside the framework of "Generators."
The performance will promptly start at 7:15. Once the performance begins no entry will be permitted. Do not be late.
Fr/ven, 28.09.2018, 21h00, Tickets à CHF 20.–
SMEM, LAUTSPRECHER ORCHESTER FREIBURG & BAD BONN präsentieren
NEUE DEUTLICHE WELLE mit
KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN live
Die Neue Deutliche Welle rollt heran und beweist an drei Tagen, wie fruchtbar der hiesige Boden für das Paaren von Musik und elektronischen Schaltungen ist. Ins Boot geholt wurden dafür drei Partner, die diesen Boden aufbereitet haben und weiter hegen und pflegen. Am ersten Abend lädt das in der Blue Factory ansässige Museum für elektronische Musikinstrumente SMEM mit OTTO ein Duo ein, das zauberhaft verträumte Melodien aus Vintage-Orgeln holt, und mit Keith Fullerton Whitman einen ebenso besessenen wie begnadeten Modular-Pionier.
Das Lautsprecherorchester Freiburg sorgt mit seinen Eigenkonstruktionen nicht nur für dynamischen und bis ins kleinste Detail transparenten Live-Sound, sondern am zweiten Abend auch für eine Entdeckungsreise im weiten Gebiet zwischen schamanischer Mystik und psychotischem Noise mit den KlangtüftlerInnen Peter Färber, Arthur Holliger, D.C.P, BUG, Kapelle Clairmont, REA und Isabel Morti.
Wie Rave-Traditionen dekonstruiert und die klanglichen Relikte zu unerhört spannenden Tracks neu assembliert werden können, zeigen am letzten (Früh-!)Abend Furtherset, Shayu und Anna Sounds, die Gäste des jungen und unerschrockenen Freiburger Labels strecke.
Voilà, c’est parti pour la Neue Deutliche Welle ! Pendant trois jours, voici la preuve que notre terrain local est propice au mariage de la musique avec des circuits électroniques. Nous nous sommes alliés à trois partenaires pour cultiver ce terrain.
Pour la première soirée, le Musée pour instruments de musique électronique SMEM – basé à la Blue Factory – invite OTTO, un duo qui produit des mélodies idylliques et merveilleuses à partir d’orgues vintage, ainsi que Keith Fullerton Whitman, un pionnier du modulaire aussi passionné que talentueux.
Avec ses constructions personnelles, l’orchestre de haut-parleurs de Fribourg nous procure un son dynamique et qui reste transparent jusqu’au plus petit détail. En sus, il nous propose un voyage d’exploration dans un vaste territoire situé entre le mysticisme des chamanes et de la noise psychotique. Les bricoleurs de sons passionné(e)s Peter Färber, Arthur Holliger, D.C.P, BUG, Kapelle Clairmont, REA et Isabel Morti seront de la partie.
Lors de la dernière soirée de bonne heure, les hôtes du jeune et audacieux label Fribourgeois « strecke » invitent Furtherset, Shayu er Anna Sounds pour démontrer la possibilité de déconstruire les traditions de la rave et des reliques sonores pour les réassembler en morceaux fascinants.
(Text: Frédéric Auderset)
We have decided not to release this year's line-up before the event. We'd like to share some of our thinking here.
Mystery and surprise are key elements of artistic experiences, but expectations can sometimes get in the way. In the case of a festival, it’s easy to build up expectations via line-up announcements, online recordings, and other promotional activities.
But surprises can be more fun, so this year we are asking you to leave your expectations at home. We want you to experience something rare in today’s world: an event where you show up not knowing who will perform. When you arrive at the gate, you will be given the timetable, and we ask that you not share that timetable online. Let your friends who are coming also discover the timetable through the guide handed to them the moment they arrive. The timetable is a personal thing, the result of months of reflection on the previous events and our vision for this year. We want that to be just for those who join us there.
We don’t mind teasing a little, though, given that games are our thing. So we will say that five artists are playing Labyrinth for the first time this year; that an old friend who has not played since the days of Kawaba will happily be returning; and that the final day represents an important statement from one of the family…
We only have the luxury of this experiment because of the trust the Labyrinth crowd has placed in us over the years. For this trust we are grateful, and we hope can give you a few surprises in return. In the future we might release the line-ups again. We shall see. But for this mind game, we’d like to play something different.
A two-hour lecture as part of David Haberfeld’s class in Interactive Composition, during which KFW will present his live-performance systems & discuss the various technical & conceptual facets to performing Live Electronic Music.
Loud, mean, crass and sinister – Concentration with the home team advantage. Versus:
Keith Fullerton Whitman
Resident Artist: Asuka Watanabe
To celebrate the launch of their label Thin Visitor, Concentration invites you to the world’s inaugural concept residency: 4 completely different sets in 4 weeks. And to help with the herculean task an all-star cast of musicians, artists, designers and scent-makers will be throwing their hat in the ring with their own interpretations of each channel.
Not just a residency, but a celebration of this city’s prime real estate and one last hurrah before Thrush returns to her native Germany and Concentration reverts back to the mediocre doldrums of two noisy blokes. It’s going to be a fucking jamboree.
• KUSUM NORMOYLE (SYD)(Voice)/JANNAH QUILL (Electronics)
• MARCO FUSINATO (Guitar)/MAX KOHANE (Drums)
• KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN (Electronics)
The Make It Up Club
Avant-Garde Improvised Music and Sound Performance
Every Tuesday night at Bar Open, 317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Doors at 8:30 pm for a 9:00 pm start $5/$10
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The Make It Up Club is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
We acknowledge the Wurundjeri as the first owners of the country in which this event takes place, and we recognise that sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
AVANTWHATEVER FESTIVAL 2018
WEDNESDAY JULY 4 6-8PM - FESTIVAL LAUNCH AND EXHIBITION OPENING
THE ALDERMAN - 134 LYGON ST, BRUNSWICK EAST - FREE
Featuring installation works by:
Pia Van Gelder
Exhibition continues until July 8, open 5-7pm Thursday and Friday and 3-7pm Saturday and Sunday
THURSDAY JULY 5 7-9PM - PERFORMANCE
TRIPLE R PERFORMANCE SPACE - 221 NICHOLSON ST (CNR NICHOLSON & BLYTH ST)
EAST BRUNSWICK - FREE (BOOKING ESSENTIAL)
Radu Malfatti (Bass Harmonica) & Alexander Garsden (Acoustic Guitar)
FRIDAY JULY 6 12-2:00PM - COMPOSITION WORKSHOP
VENUE TO BE ANNOUNCED AFTER REGISTRATION
FREE BUT VERY LIMITED NUMBERS
FRIDAY JULY 6 7-10:30PM - PERFORMANCES
TRIPLE R PERFORMANCE SPACE - 221 NICHOLSON ST (CNR NICHOLSON & BLYTH ST)
EAST BRUNSWICK - FREE (BOOKING ESSENTIAL)
Stephen Cornford (Destruction of an Image Sensor)
Pia Van Gelder (Live Circuits)
Jason Kahn (Electronics)
Dale Gorfinkel (Switches & Hose)
SATURDAY JULY 7 12-1:30PM - PERFORMANCES
MERRI CREEK - MEET AT THE CORNER OF VICTORIA & WEIGALL ST
FOR A GUIDED WALK - FREE (NO BOOKING NECESSARY)
Walk led by Polly Stanton
SATURDAY JULY 7 2:00-4:00PM - DIY ELECTRONICS WORKSHOP
VENUE TO BE ANNOUNCED AFTER REGISTRATION
FREE (BOOKING ESSENTIAL - VERY LIMITED NUMBERS)
In this workshop participants will build a hand-held solar-powered analog synth based on a hacked supermarket brand outdoor lamp, dubbed the Ritual Solar Observance Apparatus. These charge throughout the day and activate at dusk; the LED lamp is hacked to power a small synth circuit producing rhythmic chirping and squawking tones.
SATURDAY JULY 7 5:00PM - PERFORMANCE
FLEMING PARK - VICTORIA ST, BRUNSWICK EAST
FREE (NO BOOKING NECESSARY)
Ritual Solar Observance Society
A sunset performance using the solar powered synths made at the workshop earlier in the afternoon.
SATURDAY JULY 7 7-10:30PM - PERFORMANCES
TRIPLE R PERFORMANCE SPACE - 221 NICHOLSON ST (CNR NICHOLSON & BLYTH ST)
EAST BRUNSWICK - FREE (BOOKING ESSENTIAL)
Richard Kamerman (Electronics)
Keith Fullerton Whitman (Modular Synthesis)
Judith Hamann (Cello)
‘Formless and over-rendered speculations’ traded in perpetuity, mythologised through repeated, synthetic pleasures.
NORTHCOTE UNITING CHURCH
251 HIGH ST
Conjuring a notion of childlike wonderment and trepidation in the face of an unmapped universe around us.
Keith Fullerton Whitman
Keith Fullerton Whitman is an American Composer, Performer, and Writer living in Melbourne, Australia.
multilayered narratives populated by an ensemble of sonic entities, some smug, some shy, some agitators, others ready to surrender.
Th Duo Trio
Th Duo Trio comprises of Ying-Li Hooi (Queens Of The Circulating Library, Paris), Rohan Rebeiro (My Disco, Kangaroo Skull) & Tarquin Manek (Bum Creek,Tarcar, F ingers, LST). The group played one show as Dog at Obsidian festival 2017 that careened from the medieval to the modern with an unhinged attitude utilising samplers, synths, guitars, voices and brass, wind and percussion.
Un rendez-vous inédit où l’Acousmonium de l’Ina GRM se déploiera dans l’Auditorium pour plonger l’auditeur au centre du phénomène sonore dans un lieu acoustique d’exception; l’émotion musicale au cœur de l'écoute.
Samedi, le concert sera consacré à quatre noms prestigieux de l’expérimentation sonore et musicale, qui, chacun à sa façon, modifient le paysage des musiques électroniques et expérimentales.
Dimanche, le concert présentera de grandes œuvres du répertoire Ina GRM, des classiques intemporels qui ont posé les jalons de la musique acousmatique.
TOUS LES CONCERTS IMMERSION
Immersion : œuvres et performances de Keith Fullerton Whitman, Éliane Radigue, Chris Watson.
SAMEDI 11 NOVEMBRE 2017 20H30
MAISON DE LA RADIO - AUDITORIUM DE RADIO FRANCE
Immersion : œuvres de Bernard Parmegiani, Luc Ferrari, Iannis Xenakis, Guy Reibel et François Bayle
DIMANCHE 12 NOVEMBRE 2017 16H00
MAISON DE LA RADIO - AUDITORIUM DE RADIO FRANCE
May 25, 10:30 am and 12, 4:30, and 6 pm: Christina Kubisch, Electrical Walks in and around Romantso (each walk is limited to nine people; reservations can be made)
May 25, 9:30 pm: Keith Fullerton Whitman, concert with live electronics
The “Generators” (2010-) are a loose framework of related topologies created to yield a flowing tapestry of minimalism-inspired music, realized on and with a hybrid digital-analogue modular synthesizer. Largely removing the humanistic, iterative aspects of individual note-choice and musical inflection from the compositional structure in favor of a real-time shaping of tonality, rhythm, and form, the “Generators” are ‘conducted’ moreso than ‘performed’. The extended set of “Romantso Generators” will involve the four-channel spatialization of a eight-voice canon, with also the overall formal arcs ‘programmed’ into the fabric of the patch. The audience should feel free to fully interact with the piece as if it were a physical, sculptural entity, and within the space around it; fixed positioning is less than ideal.
Listening Space is a program of events that attempts to explore and understand sound outside established hierarchies of music production and performance. In the project’s diverse concerts, lectures, and performances, forms of sonic expression take cues from architectural modifications, visual barriers, speaker configurations, natural-sound environments, listening instructions, and spatial choreographies. In this way, the program seeks sonic conditions that go beyond sound’s aural signification, instead illuminating how its physical, social, and political dimensions can be performed and heard. Listening Space is curated by Paolo Thorsen-Nagel, documenta 14’s Sound and Music Advisor. The Athens club and studio complex Romantso serves as the program’s home base, with the project extending to other locations including Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, the Athens Conservatoire (Odeion), and the Church of Agios Dimitrios Loumbardiaris. All Listening Space events are free of charge.
Concert "Generators" de Keith Fullerton Whitman
El nord-americà Keith Fullerton Whitman (Massachusetts, 1973), una de les principals figures de l’escena dels sintetitzadors modulars, ha publicat més d’una vintena d’àlbums de música electrònica des dels anys noranta (molts d’ells sota el pseudònim de Hrvatski, la paraula croata per referir-se als croates).