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|editions mego (austria) #demego 024 lp|
demand (austria) #demego 024 lp
keith fullerton whitman “generators (white vinyl)” long playing record
- issue generator (for eliane radigue) (17:34)
- high zero generator (17:34)
|february 2012 release ; well, would you look at that ...|
this lp was originally intended for release on our in-house “no” label (r.i.p. ; don’t even get me started ... in short, if i offer to put out a record for you, remind me of my track-record w/r/t running labels) ... even went as far as commissioning a series of illustrations from graham lambkin to be used as the artwork (amazingly, he ended up hand-bubble-lettering the entirety of the thanks & liner notes ; detail below) ... but then life, travel, business, and pessimism all reigned supreme & the project was shelved (alongside three other perfectly fine “no’s” ; apologies to von himmel, benjamin nelson & brandon terzakis, & nasturtium) pending that figurative “rainy day” in which i would so happen to have $3-$4k just lying around ...
during a particularly inspiring stretch at the end of 2011 (yes, the whole grm / quai branly / kontraste / c.a.m.p. basement leg) i ran into editions mego’s peter rehberg (who was also in krems presenting a joint grm commission with stephen o’malley) ; ended up going to vienna with nick cain for a day to hang out with peter & his lovely wife isabelle, ate a fine schnitzel, shopped for toys & chocolate, & generally just lounged around, talking records & shop ...
peter brought up the fact that, way back in the hrvåtski days (pre-hrvatski), i had given him a demo for mego proper ; this came as a shock as i’ve always prided myself on the fact that i’ve never solicited anyone with a demo in my life ... but sure enough, a few weeks later, he emailed me a photo a crusty mid-90’s branded cd-r with the text “hrvåtski mego demo” written in sharpie, then we-transfer-ed me the audio (here’s all five tracks ; best keep a hand on your volume-knob !!!) ::
... kinda glad in retrospect this didn’t hit the shelves in ‘98 as it’s not my best work, but peter’s assertion :: “so you got side a of your mego album” was just what i needed to hear ...
... flash forward a few months ; had the bright idea (in mid-december, 2011) to hand over the aborted “no” lp to peter - a professional - and what a wise choice that turned out to be ... 2 months to the day, i sit here in cambridge holding so many copies of a deluxe euro-spec lp, recorded in brooklyn & baltimore on september 23rd & 22nd, 2010 (respectively) ; mastered on october 1st, 2010 here @ mimaroglu ; drawn by graham during november 2010 ... then slept on for over a year, but scanned, laid out, mastered for vinyl, cut, plated, tested, pressed, printed, assembled, shrink wrapped, boxed, consolidated, transported, shipped, then received ... in 62 days :: insane ...
... despite the “rush job” schedule, this came out perfectly ; it covers the final two performances of “generator” (the best, most successful two, but also two completely different approaches) & works best at modest (the a-side) & extremely batshit loud (the b-side) volumes ... enjoy.
|editions mego press release...|
demego 024 / keith fullerton whitman
release date 21.02.2012
over the course of a year, keith fullerton whitman performed a piece of live electronic music a few dozen times entitled "generator." the debut was given in san francisco at root strata's "on land" festival at cafe du nord on september 19th, 2009 … over the months that followed stagings took place in venues ranging from flooded basements to festival stages in baltimore, boston, brooklyn, chicago, easthampton, iowa city, jamaica plain, northampton, raleigh, saint louis, san francisco, somerville, & washington d.c.
this lp covers the final two performances of the piece over two consecutive evenings ; the opening solo set from the final night of the "high zero" festival in baltimore at the theater project, september 26th, 2010, then the performance during the "for eliane" night of the "propensity of sound" festival dedicated to eliane radigue's work at issue project room, brooklyn, september 27th, 2010. these recordings show the piece in two different iterations, taking two different trajectories entirely. they're considered the definitive versions of the piece.
composed for, and realized with a scalable selection of digital & analogue modular synthesis equipment, "generator" was at 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. it hinges heavily on the ideology of the "playthroughs" system (in that the subtle tuning inconsistencies of a physical instrument - the electric guitar - could be amplified & multiplied) through the use of multiple layerings of different topologies of oscillator, yielding an unstable array of modal canons that drift in & out of "tune," causing all manner of inter-voice beating & assorted psycho-acoustic effects.
|keith fullerton whitman is a musician based in cambridge, ma, usa. previous releases include "generator" (root strata #62, 2010), "live generators (1)" (protracted view #041, 2010), "live generators (1.5)" (agents of chaos #7028, 2010) & "chicago generators" (hyperdelic #7 , 2010)|