Contemporary Drummer [Redactions]

by Keith Fullerton Whitman

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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.


released March 9, 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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