“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.”