Keith Fullerton Whitman ‎– Generators

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Issue Generator (for Eliane Radigue) 17:34
High Zero Generator 17:34

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DeMEGO 024 Keith Fullerton Whitman Generators(LP, Album) Editions Mego DeMEGO 024 Austria 2012 Sell This Version
DeMEGO 024 Keith Fullerton Whitman Generators(CD, Album, Promo) Editions Mego DeMEGO 024 Austria 2012 Sell This Version
d]EDITIONS Mego 024 Keith Fullerton Whitman Generators(LP, Whi) Editions Mego d]EDITIONS Mego 024 Austria 2012 Sell This Version

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February 18, 2012
referencing Generators, LP, Whi, d]EDITIONS Mego 024

Interesting info on Mego website:
"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 "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 as 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."