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More sounds from Keith Fullerton Whitman

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Eli Keszler/Keith Fullerton Whitman split LP
  • Eli Keszler/Keith Fullerton Whitman split LP
This week I wrote a preview for Saturday's Lampo performance by Boston experimental musician Keith Fullerton Whitman. I discussed his excellent album Generators (Editions Mego), but that's not the only fine new release Whitman has out: a split album with New York percussionist Eli Keszler is due from the great NNA Tapes label on April 3. The four pieces by Keszler cover a lot of ground, from hydroplaning, high-pitched drones on "Bowed Crotales, Snare Drum" (each piece is named for the instruments he played) to frenetic, free-jazz-like chaos on "Drums, Crotales, Installed Motors, Micro-Controller Metal Plates," which you can hear below.

In a recent feature in the Wire magazine, Whitman describes his side of the record: "Then my music is somehow like a reaction to what Eli does, that very natural, limb based, propulsive motor rhythm stuff. . . . Doing that without actually playing that, building a system which generates that." He goes on to say that creating a modular setup that can produce such rhythmic pieces is one of his goals now. Following the Keszler track below is an excerpt from Whitman's side-long "Occlusion," where it's easy to discern the process he's talking about above.

Toward the bottom of the page you can watch a video of Whitman demonstrating his recent modular synth setup, which is similar to what he'll be using this weekend.

Eli Keszler, "Drums, Crotales, Installed Motors, Micro-Controller Metal Plates"

Keith Fullerton Whitman, "Occlusion (excerpt)"

Today's playlist:

Choc Quib Town, Oro (Nacional)
Duke Pearson, Tender Feelin's (Blue Note)
Charlemagne Palestine, In Mid-Air (Alga Marghen)
Delbert McClinton, Room to Breathe (New West)
Iain Ballamy, Anorak—More Jazz (Basho)

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