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Contemporary Drummer [Redactions]

by Keith Fullerton Whitman

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    The seventh title in a series of short-run "Hi-Res Audio" releases, this edition of "Contemporary Drummer [Redactions]" was manufactured during July 2020, and comes as a C-72 Music Grade Normal Bias Tape housed in its own Clear/Burgundy Norelco Case (with the apropos gold-foil-stamped sticker affixed to the lower-right of the cover) along with full-color printed labels & J-Cards, inside a cell-taped "Disk Union" style vertical sleeve (with the kanji strip in tact). These were dubbed (hot) to tape from the original masters in batches of 4 via a Recordex Soundmaster IV here in the studio in Brooklyn, NY, and the fidelity/experience is greatly heightened due to this process.

    As this was the last of the "Redactions" (for now, and for the foreseeable future) on the cusp of the piece's 5-year anniversary, it felt right to commemorate the journey from concept to form to refinement in such a grandiose way with this edition. The A-Side featured the complete, uninterrupted performance at Constellation on February 29th, 2020, and the B-Side is a layering of the three "Grain Stretch" takes for a subdued/sublime come-down. Features photography by Andie Giafaglione.

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Two-part, real-time Musique Concrète suite composed & performed in Quad at Constellation, Chicago, Leap-Year Day 2020, specifically and solely for Peter Margasak’s Frequency Festival.

A standalone component of the “Redactions” series convened for the Constellation performance, the source material for this 4-channel improvisation consists largely of YouTube™ rips of Drum Solos (by, respectively: Ben Riley, Han Bennink, Sunny Murray, Toshi Tsuchitori, Tony Williams, Billy Higgins, Billy Cobham, & Jon Christensen [RIP]) alongside ASMR-lineage sonic interaction-artifacts of tiny, tiny magnets and a small selection of Redaction “Greatest Hits” materials (Serge recorded at GRM & EMS, Synthi 100 at Rick’s, Tarek Atoui’s Organ Within at Kurimanzutto, Joep Van Lieshout sculptures at Pioneer Works, speaker stands at Standards, and distant, audience-perspective field recordings of Amadou Suso & Het Interstedelijk Harmoniumverbond) used solely as Carrier-Wave sources for the vocoding of the above Modulator-Wave feeds.

Mixed and Mastered at Lafayette Underground on March 3rd, 2020. Stereo ½ channel direct feed coupled with ¾ channel feed from room-mics supplied as a negation/inversion against the direct feed, with everything sent through a maze of software comparators/gates for further processing. Headphones and/or a wide-stereo array are essential for reproducing the azimuthal aspects of the multi-channel image. Please listen as loud as humanly possible, within reason.

*** (4/4/20) added several bonus materials including a sextet of (home) studio rehearsals of the Drum Solo & Grain/Stretch sections, along with an additional 60-minute unedited run-through of the piece ***

credits

released February 29, 2020

Thanks to Peter, John McCowen, Annea Lockwood, Nate Wooley, Brett Naucke, Bill Meyer, Ben Baker Billington, Nick Ciontea, and everyone at Constellation. Mix assistance by Steven Slate. Photographs taken in Townsville, QLD, 2005.

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