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Keith Fullerton Whitman – “Automatic Drums with Melody”


Recently, we’ve been treated to a few examples of just why Keith Fullerton Whitman loves those modular synthesizers so much. First, there were the analog affections of personal memory with his autobiographical Greatest Hits. Then, a head-turning set at the Lilypad in March, in which the audience witnessed Mr. Whitman doing practically nothing to the mystery box in front of him as crackle-noise transitioned to techno and everything in between. And now, this – a beautifully packaged split with Floris Vanhoof out today on Shelter Press.

The nine-minute closer to KFW’s side found above is perfectly indicative of what colors can come out of the “automatic” formality inherent to modular disciplines. Creativity exists mostly in the preparation – once the track begins, the synth plays through its programmed route, with minimal to no intrusion by the musician-architect.  An oceanic reverb fades in as drums and melody fade out, and the listener is left with the ethereal satisfaction of another listening experience.

Oh, and also….

PAN_ACT BEGINS THURSDAY!!! Don’t sleep on this, please. Keith Fullerton Whitman will be performing with Lee Gamble and Heatsick at the Goethe-Institut, with a NHK Koyxen dance party at the Middlesex afterwards. Hell yes. Get them tickets here.

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