Private Performance Public Rehearsal

by Keith Fullerton Whitman

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Intended as a double-cassette release, this suite of music; conceived, actualized, spatialized, & recorded in Quad over a Funktion-One array in a room in Athens' Exarchia district over a 3-day period, is an attempt to blur the hard, systemic lines between focused & unfocused listening.

Presenting two programs; one realized purely for the sake of the "public" in-situ spectacle, the other an entirely revisionist affair based on the "private" experience of having played & recorded a separate, unheard set of music for an empty room later to be assessed & finalized, the master narrative arc folds from solace to chaos, fully embracing the bipolar nature of musical & artistic practice as a means of expression.

All of the music heard here shares the same genetic makeup: "Generative" 4-voice ASR oscillator canons & "Redacted" source materials gathered in & around the environment in question, including contributions by Chris Chondropoulos & elements gathered during one of Christina Kubisch's Electrical Walks, utilizing her proprietary receiver headphones.

Prior to the audience's gathering for the "public" event, the same configuration was performed to an empty room for approximately one hour; the first segment of the second tape captures the moments right before & after the doors to the venue were unlocked, the final segment the transition back to "private".

Recorded at Romantso, Athens, Greece, May 23rd, 24th, and 25th, 2017 as part of documenta 14. Mixed and Mastered at GRM, Paris, France on November 14th, 2017. Thanks to Paolo Thorsten-Nagel, Dmitri Papadatos, Bill Kouligas, Christos Chondropoulos, Stratos Bichakis, Constant Dice, Nektarios Papadimitriou, Yorgos Yeorgiou, Christina Kubisch, Alan Bishop, & François Bonnet.


released May 29, 2019


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