Dream House Variations

by Keith Fullerton Whitman

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Lokimotive At the very least, what you have here is a ton of content. In total, you will be downloading more than 12 hours of digital files. You could make the case that the album "only" has a little over three hours of content (the total running time of all three 'cassette' mixes). Then again, you could also make the case that you have 1,904,450 years of content (how long it would take for all of the cassette mixes, played simultaneously, to sync up together). Favorite track: Dream House Variations (Room Recording).
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Digital release of the "Dream House Variations" material, recorded during the Summer & Fall of 2008 & released as a quadruple tape-box via Mike Pollard's Arbor during Spring 2009 intended for

Included here are the complete 52-part "Studio" session used to populate the four cassettes, a complete run-through of both sides of each cassette transcribed from a production copy on a Tascam 202 MkV, then finally both a four-plus-hour mesh of said cassette transcriptions into a single stereo field & a two-hour high resolution stereo microphone recording of all four tapes playing simultaneously in a specific room: the Mimaroglu offices in Cambridge, MA in which the pieces was Conceived, Composed, and Executed.

Feel free to listen to this in one, or all of three ways: head straight for the last two tracks to hear the "Final" version with all four elements firing simultaneously either with or without the intended glorious room-tone, set up an 8-channel scenario by looping each of the tape transcriptions out of the four separate stereo audio playback engines of your choosing, or simply listen to the session material; your call, and none a wrong choice.

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released April 20, 2009

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Keith Fullerton Whitman’s first release in over two years manifests itself in an inspired take on aural perception. “Dream House Variations” is a meditative experience, comprised of four cassettes intended for simultaneous listening. The variations themselves are reworkings of two endless loop cassettes through Doepfer analog modular systems; KFW exacts his technical mastery through dense filtering, panning, and modulation of the source.

The Octophonic nature of the set creates an infinite amount of listening experiences, not only due to the syncing of the tapes, but also placement within a room and the equipment used for playback. The music becomes a part of the room much like the quadraphonic intentions outlined in Eno’s “Ambient” series. Each experience creates new instances of counterpoint, melding tonality, and individual senses of perception eliciting the source of the variation: mind or machine?

In an edition of 150 four tape sets in oversized vinyl cases with full color cardstock covers, silver cardstock inserts, and printed labels.

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"Here’s something i’d been meaning to do for years, and thanks to the constant (friendly) prodding of Arbor’s Mike Pollard it’s now a tangible reality. Starting with a single 60-second loop-cassette of a field-recording made during the Saturday afternoon of the 2008 No Fun Fest, I started running the signal through the Doepfer, recording exactly 225 minutes of Improvisations & “Variations” - utilizing the pitch-control of two Sony Walkmen & the filters & processing agents in the synth itself.

These were recorded with mic’s on the woofers of two studio monitors, so that the sounds in the room whilst i was recording (patching, the occasional cough / murmer, and at one point, a bag full of ping pong balls) could be heard. How you’re meant to listen to this ::

4 x auto-reverse cassette decks, each plugged into a different amplifier / stereo speaker-set (or 4 x boom-boxes with detachable speakers) in the far corner(s) of a room (wood floor, no carpeting) - speakers for each corner / unit should be placed as far apart as possible to accentuate the inter-channel movement of each taped component.

Start all decks simultaneously; there will be short pauses at the end of each tape-side as the decks flip, then 1-minute silence(s) at the end(s) of the second side(s) of each tape. As the tapes begin to loop, they synchronize in different ways, causing an endless array of variations.

Use of different brands / models of tape-deck / boom-box recommended. Play loud, quietly, or anywhere in between. Adjust individual components to taste; use of fast-forward, reverse, & tape-speed manipulation encouraged.

The set itself turned out very nicely, with Mike’s designs coating the outside of an “Audiobook” style plastic folio, with the four cassettes mounted inside along with a metallic insert w/ the text above."

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