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dr. jacoby
[s]http://soundcloud.com/kfw/generator-6-generator-2-excerpt[/s]

this is an excerpt from keith fullerton whitman's album "generator", which has been on constantly since i got it a few months ago. it's a really fantastic modular album. i remember hearing his hrvatski records years ago, then seeing that he's the man behind mimaroglu (awesome record store), and now that he's been making some subtle, wonderful, exciting modular music.

just thought i'd share.
infradead
oh nice..

i'm a huge fan of the hrvatski stuff.. first time i've had a chance to hear his modular stuff..

really wicked

thanks!
shamann
Generator is a pretty cool album.

I've really enjoyed what I've heard of the oud and synthesizer record he did, too bad it isn't available for purchase as a download anywhere, I'd love to get it.

He has an excerpt up on his soundcloud of it:

http://soundcloud.com/kfw/variations-for-oud-synthesizer-1-excerpt

(embedding Soundcloud link was doing weird things, so here's just the link)
dr. jacoby
yeah, i was listening to that modular & oud excerpt as well. i'd love to buy a copy as well. kfw and greg davis are doing some of my favorite things with modulars right now.
MrBiggs
Keith is a Wiggler as well. Not very active, but he's around. Bought a couple of A110's from me last year off of the BST. Generator is terrific.
dr. jacoby
Quote:
Keith is a Wiggler as well.


oh yeah? can't say i'm surprised, but that's still cool to hear.

if you're reading this, keith, keep up the great work!

screaming goo yo
amnesia
I like Keith's work.

There is a really great live video where the camera is right on the table, but I cant find it anymore.
hamburgerlady
This might be the video you're speaking of - http://vimeo.com/18244639

I can't get enough of KFW. He's an inspiration. I only wish I could see his piece for Francois Bayle's Acousmonium in Austria later this year.

Would love to see him back to Australia in the near future.
wwbjd
I've been listening to Generator almost non-stop for a week or so now. I'd love to get my hands on Disingenuity!
dr. jacoby
Quote:
This might be the video you're speaking of - http://vimeo.com/18244639


that's a great video! i'm really glad you found that!
opsysbug
Buy records/tapes from KFW!!

http://www.mimaroglumusicsales.com/new.php
nihilist
Yeah,
great guy
and great distro
hamburgerlady
Just wanted to resurrect this thread to share my excitement.
KFW has a new record of the Generators material coming out in February on Editions Mego.

Many thanks, Keith. Really looking forward to hearing this one.

http://editionsmego.com/release/DeMEGO+024
sundog
Wonderful news, thanks for sharing. The original Generator cassette/dl is outstanding SlayerBadger! SlayerBadger!
Bambam
Shit, I'll grabbing that next LP quicksmart!

The split he did with Ben Vida out on Required Wreckers is also ace.

If you can find it (i think he still sells a few at Mimaroglu), pick up "Track4 (twowaysuperimposed)". Beautiful 20 min piece designed to be played both directions.
dr. jacoby
holy shit! keith whitman and mego together! that's a must-have.

required wreckers and track 4 (twowaysuperimposed) are both amazing as well! glad my thread got resurrected!
kfw
hey guys ; just (re) found this thread ... just a heads-up that i've (finally) updated my personal site ::

http://www.keithfullertonwhitman.com

... tons of excerpts from the upcoming record(s ; the emego one & the split w/ eli keszler on nna tapes) & the GRM piece (hacked it to "work" in stereo - likely this will be out in some form before the end of the year) & the music from the deepak chopra game (ditto) ...

... have plans to kind of come out of my shell a little bit more this year ; i'll be in europe in february, then april, then july - west coast over the summer, chicago in march - so there's that ... traveling light with just a monorocket mx6, but i've managed to come up with some great, largely improvised music with a stripped-down 12u 90hp that screams over a good "rock club" pa ...

anyways, check out the site & let me know what you think. i'm really not a dick ; i spend way too much time on here (even though i don't post much) ...
reignbear
kfw wrote:
west coast over the summer

MY ASS IS BLEEDING
keep us posted if/when you play in the LA area!
dk
i'm pretty much on the edge of my seat waiting for that split with eli keszler. that's sort of a dream pairing right there, and the sample on the site is great.
wmgaretjax
definitely would go to a norcal show keith!

just read the feature in this months Wire. really cool stuff all around. all the releases on the horizon sound great... especially curious to see what form the GRM stuff takes.
wselman
Very much enjoying the new music, esp. "Occlusion." thumbs up
zdarma
I like the tests of the Voight-Kampff. Is that 6 dixies?
Pentachoron
opsysbug wrote:
Buy records/tapes from KFW!!

http://www.mimaroglumusicsales.com/new.php


I didn’t make the connection until recently, but a few months back I made a largish order from Mimaroglu, and I’ve got another heading to me thru the mail right now. Both transaction have gone well, and the online catalog is well worth a look.
kfw
reignbear wrote:
kfw wrote:
west coast over the summer

MY ASS IS BLEEDING
keep us posted if/when you play in the LA area!


it's in the works ; nothing concrete yet. thinking june-ish ...

dk wrote:
i'm pretty much on the edge of my seat waiting for that split with eli keszler. that's sort of a dream pairing right there, and the sample on the site is great.


looking like early march at this stage ...

wmgaretjax wrote:
definitely would go to a norcal show keith!

just read the feature in this months Wire. really cool stuff all around. all the releases on the horizon sound great... especially curious to see what form the GRM stuff takes.


normal should happen during the june trip - likely also pdx, seattle, and vancouver ...

zdarma wrote:
I like the tests of the Voight-Kampff. Is that 6 dixies?


yes ! i know, that's excessive ... i used to use an entire 84hp 6u just for oscillators !!! now i have more in 24hp. the times that are a' changing ...
nickciontea
GET KFW TO A SYNTH MEET! (preferably Chicago....) I wanna see him wiggle!

eh.. Trash_Audio? eh?
xart
nickciontea wrote:
GET KFW TO A SYNTH MEET! (preferably Chicago....) I wanna see him wiggle!

eh.. Trash_Audio? eh?


Already tried last time he was in town . . .
He was busy thumbs up

But your lucky...March 10.

Looks like he is going to do a LAMPO show this year.

Make sure you dress nice and SHAVE....its in a fancy neighborhood thumbs up

http://www.grahamfoundation.org/

thumbs up
robotfunk
coming to Amsterdam in february for Sonic Acts ... can't wait!
dr. jacoby
i'm there for any show on the west coast south of portland!
Luka
Doing my best to come see you play in paris keith
50quidsoundboy
i saw Keith's "pinball machine" show in London late last year, it was incredible, proper trouser-flapping stuff
mono-poly
F*ck i can't go to the amsterdam show. sad banana
yorkewelcome
http://trashaudio.com/2012/02/workspace-and-environment-keith-fullerto n-whitman/
Bambam
Awesome stuff Keith, good to see you out and about.

What's this about Deepak Chopra game?
clarke68
New "Generators" LP now in stock at Mimaroglu:

http://www.mimaroglumusicsales.com/labels/demand.html

Been looking forward to this one for a while! According to Keith:

Quote:
this lp covers the final two performances of the piece over two consecutive evenings ; the opening solo set from the final night of the "high zero" festival in baltimore at the theater project, september 26th, 2010, then the performance during the "for eliane" night of the "propensity of sound" festival dedicated to eliane radigue's work at issue project room, brooklyn, september 27th, 2010. these recordings show the piece in two different iterations, taking two different trajectories entirely. they're considered the definitive versions of the piece.
sensanalog
Count me in on the March show in Chicago. I love his approach to music! From Hrvatski to his KFW stuff, woweeeee!! SlayerBadger! SlayerBadger! SlayerBadger!
kfw
...
Juxwl
xart wrote:
nickciontea wrote:
GET KFW TO A SYNTH MEET! (preferably Chicago....) I wanna see him wiggle!

eh.. Trash_Audio? eh?


Already tried last time he was in town . . .
He was busy thumbs up

But your lucky...March 10.

Looks like he is going to do a LAMPO show this year.

Make sure you dress nice and SHAVE....its in a fancy neighborhood thumbs up

http://www.grahamfoundation.org/

thumbs up


I'm going to that one but I don't want to shave....or dress nice...
orangecookie
kfw wrote:
i got "bottlegged" in nantes (was pretty damn happy with this set ; probably the longest soundcheck i've ever had in my life - played on an amazing 4.4 quad setup in a squat called "les ateliers de bitches") ::



Awesome set! Great place to play, isn't it? I remember being fed very well there, too (each dinner was themed by color).
Orbless
just dropped the needle on the new Generators LP, thanks for the quick shipping. The creamy white vinyl looks amazing! This with the Robert Turman 2xLP from Spectrum Spools along with a J3RK dual 258 in the mail yesterday have made for a good week thus far.
Guinness ftw!
amnesia
excellent set Keith.
pas
mega nice,

always transcending, beaming, love
meristem
Is there any place online (US) to buy the recent stuff in a lossless format, specifically the new generators, but really any of the more recent kfw? I see much of it on amazon... but I would prefer lossless downloads over cd or lp

edit: that vid is fantastic, i'm really enjoying the recent stuff
clarke68
Orbless wrote:
just dropped the needle on the new Generators LP...The creamy white vinyl looks amazing!

+1

I'm really digging this album. Not familiar enough with the Generators series to say if this is "definitive" (but if Keith says it is I'll take his word for it) but it's certainly amazing. Love how, despite what must be an impossibly complex system, he's still able to make music out of it that is emotionally engaging and goes far beyond being merely "interesting". The two sides are worlds apart sonically...for me Side 1 is more like the opening act and Side 2 is the blowaway, but they're both great in their own way. It's only February, but I bet this will make a lot of "Best of 2012" lists.
pas
clarke68 wrote:
Orbless wrote:
just dropped the needle on the new Generators LP...The creamy white vinyl looks amazing!

+1

I'm really digging this album. Not familiar enough with the Generators series to say if this is "definitive" (but if Keith says it is I'll take his word for it) but it's certainly amazing. Love how, despite what must be an impossibly complex system, he's still able to make music out of it that is emotionally engaging and goes far beyond being merely "interesting". The two sides are worlds apart sonically...for me Side 1 is more like the opening act and Side 2 is the blowaway, but they're both great in their own way. It's only February, but I bet this will make a lot of "Best of 2012" lists.


you really need to check out the 'generator' cassette, http://www.discogs.com/Keith-Fullerton-Whitman-Generator/release/23119 57

superbly heartfelt, got me through some miserable times.
Orbless
The one on Agents of Chaos is great too, 'live generators (1.5)' and the double cassette 'Live Generators' 1.0-1.3, which came with an awesome inkjet(?) on clear mylar wraparound insert.
Looking at the discogs, I think I have every one of these 'generator' releases and they are all amazing, along with the Pan LP, split with Ben Vida, 7" etc. there has some really inspiring work put out by KFW in the past few years.
Guinness ftw!
robotfunk
is this him now?
http://live.sonicacts.com/
zdarma
pas wrote:
clarke68 wrote:
Orbless wrote:
just dropped the needle on the new Generators LP...The creamy white vinyl looks amazing!

+1

I'm really digging this album. Not familiar enough with the Generators series to say if this is "definitive" (but if Keith says it is I'll take his word for it) but it's certainly amazing. Love how, despite what must be an impossibly complex system, he's still able to make music out of it that is emotionally engaging and goes far beyond being merely "interesting". The two sides are worlds apart sonically...for me Side 1 is more like the opening act and Side 2 is the blowaway, but they're both great in their own way. It's only February, but I bet this will make a lot of "Best of 2012" lists.


you really need to check out the 'generator' cassette, http://www.discogs.com/Keith-Fullerton-Whitman-Generator/release/23119 57

superbly heartfelt, got me through some miserable times.


meristem If you follow that discogs link above you can purchase a digital copy of that generator cassette

http://www.discogs.com/digital?artist=Keith+Fullerton+Whitman

Also, try boomkat
http://boomkat.com/search?fields[]=artist&q=KEITH+FULLERTON+WHITMAN
kfw
hey guys ; thanks (as always) for the support !!! here's a short clip of a quad performance i gave in nantes back in february for the cable#5 festival ... there's an lp coming out on editions mego in late may / early june of this set (in its entirety) & one from a week later in amsterdam ; very happy with this music, definitely getting closer & closer to the exact sound i had in mind when i started working with modulars a decade ago ...

Chuck E. Jesus
nice guy, impressive beard...
amnesia
Just did a quick Twitter interview with Keith http://vicmod.blogspot.com.au/
zanadar
I think to me, more important than his music (which I dearly love), has been his incredible digging and championing of a sort of counter-canon (or maybe just shadow world) of electronic music, through creel pone and his other activities.
This type of effort also strikes me as a paramount part of being an artist.

I know I've learned a great deal about records and sound makers that I would have never found without him.
ccnursy
❤️
halbrook
xart wrote:
nickciontea wrote:
GET KFW TO A SYNTH MEET! (preferably Chicago....) I wanna see him wiggle!

eh.. Trash_Audio? eh?


Already tried last time he was in town . . .
He was busy thumbs up

But your lucky...March 10.

Looks like he is going to do a LAMPO show this year.

Make sure you dress nice and SHAVE....its in a fancy neighborhood thumbs up

http://www.grahamfoundation.org/

thumbs up


People that go to Lampo definitely don't dress nice and shave. hihi
Most of them are artist hipsters.
resonaut
I really enjoyed this. Wish there was more explained on how the 4-channels were mixed live.

https://soundcloud.com/kfw/carriageworks-redactions
confusedmachine
Yep, was a great set. enjoyed it more than Fennesz'
healingproperties
amazing
mwvm
long time kfw fan here. love his stuff.
kfw
Hey guys; glad to hear you enjoyed the Carriageworks performance!

For that particular show, re: quad, I was using a VCA Matrix, a Dr. Octature & a Doepfer A-143-9. The matrix received a continuous pan via the 0 / 90 / 180 / 270 outputs of the Dr. Octature - so that there was an even circle on the first channel - then I patched the 45 / 135 / 225 / 315 outputs in the opposite direction so that the second circle was always 45º out of phase with the first - they "met" between the speakers, not at one of them.

A slewed S&H value was controlling the speed of the first & second circles, then a different slewed value was controlling the speed of the third circle powered by the A-143-9. The fourth channel was a mix of different LFOs going into each of the 4 control inputs of the fourth circle - so there was less of a linear-feeling energy there - it was much more chaotic.

I was feeding the first & third circles from the main left & right outputs of the Cwejman mixer, so that I could assign freely to either or spots in between. The second circle was getting the sine-wave canon patch via the Intellijel mixer going through an Erbe Verb. Most of what constituted the sounds in the first & third circles was coming into the synth via Max-MSP; a patch was generating 6 channels of audio with accompanying transients via the Expert Sleepers range & the trigger breakout.

Here's the particular configuration I had in the main case on Friday (the aforementioned spatialization modules were in a separate Cell48) :

shamann
What's the speaker arrangement for that kind of setup? Four corners of the room, four separate points facing the audience? And how much was a stereo mic able to pick up?
mwvm
kfw wrote:
Hey guys; glad to hear you enjoyed the Carriageworks performance!

For that particular show, re: quad, I was using a VCA Matrix, an Intellijel Corgasmatron & a Doepfer A-143-9. The matrix received a continuous pan via the 0 / 90 / 180 / 270 outputs of the corg - so that there was an even circle on the first channel - then I patched the 45 / 135 / 225 / 315 outputs in the opposite direction so that the second circle was always 45º out of phase with the first - they "met" between the speakers, not at one of them.

A slewed S&H value was controlling the speed of the first & second circles, then a different slewed value was controlling the speed of the third circle powered by the A-143-9. The fourth channel was a mix of different LFOs going into each of the 4 control inputs of the fourth circle - so there was less of a linear-feeling energy there - it was much more chaotic.

I was feeding the first & third circles from the main left & right outputs of the Cwejman mixer, so that I could assign freely to either or spots in between. The second circle was getting the sine-wave canon patch via the Intellijel mixer going through an Erbe Verb. Most of what constituted the sounds in the first & third circles was coming into the synth via Max-MSP; a patch was generating 6 channels of audio with accompanying transients via the Expert Sleepers range & the trigger breakout.

Here's the particular configuration I had in the main case on Friday (the aforementioned spatialization modules were in a separate Cell48) :



I've listened to the soundcloud performance and the occlusions album recently and there's a definite signature sound and approach that's quite familiar in its hypnotic vibe. From chaotic to regimental, to and fro with ease.. but this and the love of the sine-wave pre dates the modular stuff.

Thanks for the walk through of your performance. I love how you approach your live work. It's very mysterious - and I think that's partly the big attraction.

The AM and FM is something else.
kfw
shamann wrote:
What's the speaker arrangement for that kind of setup? Four corners of the room, four separate points facing the audience? And how much was a stereo mic able to pick up?


It was a 4.4 system - four full-range speakers w/ subs in each corner of the front half of the room we were set up in. I was set up on a table in the middle, then benches radiated out from there in a spiral for people to sit on. This was all within the sound-field of the speakers, which were quite far apart.
kfw
mwvm wrote:
I've listened to the soundcloud performance and the occlusions album recently and there's a definite signature sound and approach that's quite familiar in its hypnotic vibe. From chaotic to regimental, to and fro with ease.. but this and the love of the sine-wave pre dates the modular stuff.

Thanks for the walk through of your performance. I love how you approach your live work. It's very mysterious - and I think that's partly the big attraction.

The AM and FM is something else.


Glad you like it! Trying out some new things w/r/t the spatialization & the general pacing of the piece - it's always a work in progress.
dubonaire
kfw wrote:
Hey guys; glad to hear you enjoyed the Carriageworks performance!

For that particular show, re: quad, I was using a VCA Matrix, an Intellijel Corgasmatron & a Doepfer A-143-9. The matrix received a continuous pan via the 0 / 90 / 180 / 270 outputs of the corg - so that there was an even circle on the first channel - then I patched the 45 / 135 / 225 / 315 outputs in the opposite direction so that the second circle was always 45º out of phase with the first - they "met" between the speakers, not at one of them.


Thanks for the description. I'm guessing you might mean Intellijel Dr Octature not Korgasmatron...?
kfw
dubonaire wrote:
Thanks for the description. I'm guessing you might mean Intellijel Dr Octature not Korgasmatron...?


Yes, ack, of course - the Dr. Octature handled two sets of 90º phase outputs of the spatialization.
eyetomymoon
Above config (?) in action, "Demonstrating the 2016 revision of the "Generators" patch" = EDUCATIONAL! Starts from blank slate...

h1d3m3
I am so glad to have found this thread and video. Generators and Lisbon are masterpieces and the insight is inspirational.
blaerg
Excellent - some of my favorite stuff from KFW and then a peek into the guts as an added public service. Kudos.
ProfessorRubik
eyetomymoon wrote:
Above config (?) in action, "Demonstrating the 2016 revision of the "Generators" patch" = EDUCATIONAL! Starts from blank slate...

I've lost count how many times I've watched this video! Incredible!

I'm very new to modular synthin' but I'm soon to make the decision of whether or not to get a sequencer. I notice however that there isn't a sequencer in the above setup, and I don't see many sequencers in KFW's videos (apart from the odd René). So, instead, I'm thinking of going for the uScale, Quantimator, and a handful of oscillators as this looks like a really fun setup! w00t
kfw
ProfessorRubik wrote:
I'm very new to modular synthin' but I'm soon to make the decision of whether or not to get a sequencer. I notice however that there isn't a sequencer in the above setup, and I don't see many sequencers in KFW's videos (apart from the odd René). So, instead, I'm thinking of going for the uScale, Quantimator, and a handful of oscillators as this looks like a really fun setup! w00t


One of the amazing things about Eurorack, and modulars in general, is that you can essentially "program" the "programming" of note / event-generating systems so that you don't need to hinge on stored values. There are a bunch of different ways to achieve this, some quite simple, as in the "canon" & shift-register version in the video above. It all depends on what your intended outcome is; whether its the rigid playback of fixed values, or an ever-changing tapestry of notes. You can get some surprising results with just an offset / attenuator module, a programmable quantizer, and an LFO or two just by playing the differences between the clock & the speed of the LFO.
ProfessorRubik
kfw wrote:
ProfessorRubik wrote:
I'm very new to modular synthin' but I'm soon to make the decision of whether or not to get a sequencer. I notice however that there isn't a sequencer in the above setup, and I don't see many sequencers in KFW's videos (apart from the odd René). So, instead, I'm thinking of going for the uScale, Quantimator, and a handful of oscillators as this looks like a really fun setup! w00t


One of the amazing things about Eurorack, and modulars in general, is that you can essentially "program" the "programming" of note / event-generating systems so that you don't need to hinge on stored values. There are a bunch of different ways to achieve this, some quite simple, as in the "canon" & shift-register version in the video above. It all depends on what your intended outcome is; whether its the rigid playback of fixed values, or an ever-changing tapestry of notes. You can get some surprising results with just an offset / attenuator module, a programmable quantizer, and an LFO or two just by playing the differences between the clock & the speed of the LFO.
Indeed, very inspiring stuff! The unpredictable nature of modular is what lured me in; having a rather scored/notational background, this is such an exciting thing for me and it makes a real change from what I'm used to! (although, I guess it's not all unpredictable! Maybe 'predicted unpredictable'?)

I'm currently looking into quantisers, offset generators and more oscillators! N.B I am not looking too much at my bank account!

Thank you, and like I said, very inspiring stuff!
eyetomymoon
ProfessorRubik wrote:
I've lost count how many times I've watched this video! Incredible!


Re-watching this now. That minute or so from 17:35 approx is just lovely. And some of that ecclesiastical droning at the back end...
Orwell
[quote="kf. You can get some surprising results with just an offset / attenuator module, a programmable quantizer, and an LFO or two just by playing the differences between the clock & the speed of the LFO.[/quote]

Kieth, I had a bash on your 'generator system' at mess the other night and really was wowed by the doepfer quad lfos, bdd, reverb and sampler. Doepfer remains impressive in this day, because its so simple and effective.

i assume a doefper attenuator, daul qaunt, clk divider and quad lfos would provide some controlled generation opportunities?? hmmm.....
kfw
Orwell wrote:
Kieth, I had a bash on your 'generator system' at mess the other night and really was wowed by the doepfer quad lfos, bdd, reverb and sampler. Doepfer remains impressive in this day, because its so simple and effective.

i assume a doefper attenuator, daul qaunt, clk divider and quad lfos would provide some controlled generation opportunities?? hmmm.....


Nice; glad you made sense of it! I still need to write some sort of tutorial on how to quickly get those patches running for everyone at MESS; early next year they should have their workshop program off the ground, I'll give a primer when it's all running. Until then, there are a couple of decent close-up videos here (in fact, my whole artist-site was revamped last month, lots of new "content" up there):

http://www.keithfullertonwhitman.com/generators/

While I understand why Doepfer occasionally gets a bad rap, it's unfortunate that aesthetics play such a large part in people's decisions on what gear to use; I always just see them as tools that get certain jobs done. I wouldn't avoid the best hammer because the font choices didn't align with my sensibilities, you know? I've always seen the A-100 line as the blueprint for all of this, and it's amazing how few of those modules have been improved upon in the 20 years since their launch.
ProfessorRubik
Untitled by keithfullertonwhitman, on Flickr

Untitled by keithfullertonwhitman, on Flickr

Keith's setup looking as awesome as usual! SlayerBadger!
kfw
Hey guys; hope you're all doing well. I just posted a recording of a set I played the other night in Vancouver on Soundcloud; it's a mix of the Buchla material I premiered in SF that segues into a good loud Generators bit with drums, then into a long stretch of vocoded location recordings from Kraftwerk in Berlin. Hope you enjoy!

[s]https://soundcloud.com/kfw/vancouver-redactions[/s]
papercutnoise
kfw wrote:
Hey guys; hope you're all doing well. I just posted a recording of a set I played the other night in Vancouver on Soundcloud; it's a mix of the Buchla material I premiered in SF that segues into a good loud Generators bit with drums, then into a long stretch of vocoded location recordings from Kraftwerk in Berlin. Hope you enjoy!

[s]https://soundcloud.com/kfw/vancouver-redactions[/s]



Sweet! Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to checking this out.
aonghus
Really like this one

[s]https://soundcloud.com/kfw/buchla-slow[/s]
digits
So yeah, pardon the fanboy-ism, but I've been revisiting your entire catalog this week (I think Generator is one of the rare perfect albums, and Generator 2, the closing piece, is one of the main reasons I decided to get into synthesis) - so want to say a big thanks to KFW for all the inspiring work. Your recent soundcloud releases have been epic and beautiful too, some of my favorite music of the year so far. (Come play the Baltimore/DC region sometime soon, dammit!) This morning at work I'm listening (for the nth time) to Occlusions, and wondering a bit about the process here, the gear you were making this with, etc. The variety of tones and timings there are simply staggering, and I would love to have more of an idea of how that came to be. Anyway, not a fucking interview, of course, just prodding for a little info, if you feel like talking about it... Thanks again for making the world a more sonically interesting place to live.
kfw
digits wrote:
So yeah, pardon the fanboy-ism, but I've been revisiting your entire catalog this week (I think Generator is one of the rare perfect albums, and Generator 2, the closing piece, is one of the main reasons I decided to get into synthesis) - so want to say a big thanks to KFW for all the inspiring work. Your recent soundcloud releases have been epic and beautiful too, some of my favorite music of the year so far. (Come play the Baltimore/DC region sometime soon, dammit!) This morning at work I'm listening (for the nth time) to Occlusions, and wondering a bit about the process here, the gear you were making this with, etc. The variety of tones and timings there are simply staggering, and I would love to have more of an idea of how that came to be. Anyway, not a fucking interview, of course, just prodding for a little info, if you feel like talking about it... Thanks again for making the world a more sonically interesting place to live.


Thanks for the kind words; I haven't been to Baltimore or DC in ages, maybe 5 years at this point, would love to go back!

The root of the Occlusion performances & recordings was always the Zorlon Cannon rev.1 clock "feedback" patch, wherein the clock was being influenced by a full-range random sample & hold value, which was being incrementally introduced back into the clock-rate input. Most of those use the Bubblesound µLFO to FM the Synth.Tech Morphing Terrarium & Cloud modules. If I remember, almost all of the enveloping was the Doepfer decay module getting a variable length from a similar S&H patch; this is def. the technique I used on "Disingenuity", etc. The idea was to slowly introduce more randomness into the structure as the piece went on, then slowly apply more randomness to the wave tables, note length, ranges, etc. You can get this random-timings patch going with virtually any clock module with a CV tempo/rate input, but I found the ZC r1 the most musical.

This video has a pretty good overview of that patch:

digits
Thanks so much for the thorough response and the beautiful video, Keith. I'm really drawn to the Harvestman sensibility and aesthetic, esp. the Double Andore, but hadn't really looked at the Zorlon Canon very closely. Looks intense! Might make some room in the rig... And please do come through the DC/Bmore area at some point, it would be very cool to see you perform.
MindMachine
Damn that's a lot of Dixies.
kfw
MindMachine wrote:
Damn that's a lot of Dixies.


I'm amazed that polyphony is still such an issue in euro; the first manufacturer to step up & make a four- or eight-voice module will rule a particular roost. 4hp Dixie rev.1 is a fantastic module, very underrated. I'm using 4x STO's at the moment, which I've grown accustomed to; the wave-shaping is particularly nice, even if the first spike is kind of brutal.
digits
2 STOs and a DPO for me - totally agree - lovely waveshaping/polyphony potential.
rew_
(please issue Generator on vinyl. pretty please.)
MindMachine
kfw wrote:
MindMachine wrote:
Damn that's a lot of Dixies.


I'm amazed that polyphony is still such an issue in euro; the first manufacturer to step up & make a four- or eight-voice module will rule a particular roost. 4hp Dixie rev.1 is a fantastic module, very underrated. I'm using 4x STO's at the moment, which I've grown accustomed to; the wave-shaping is particularly nice, even if the first spike is kind of brutal.


All of the Dixie iterations are amazing. Good choices. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith has like 6 STO's for her VCO bank. They are very good. For live use those are a great choice for limited space.

I have one STO and one Dixie II+. I've decided to double up on my Sputnik VCO ( also have the DVCO). If the second Sputnik doesn't do what I think it will, then a second STO will be in order.

Hey KFW - thanks for sharing so much music and info. Love your approach.
digits
By the way - Late Monoliths is so beautiful. Thanks. Going to order the set.
https://soundcloud.com/kfw/late-monoliths-2011-2013

https://broken-music.com/products/keith-fullerton-whitman-late-monolit hs
mudlogger
kfw wrote:
MindMachine wrote:
Damn that's a lot of Dixies.


I'm amazed that polyphony is still such an issue in euro; the first manufacturer to step up & make a four- or eight-voice module will rule a particular roost. 4hp Dixie rev.1 is a fantastic module, very underrated. I'm using 4x STO's at the moment, which I've grown accustomed to; the wave-shaping is particularly nice, even if the first spike is kind of brutal.


theres a new 3 voice coming from Instruo

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWUyqelDg5X/
johnbaptistephilouza
I think Tiptop is working on too https://www.instagram.com/p/BV7Z0aMl5UW/
digits
Received my Late Monoliths in the mail this evening - very excited to set out on this listening experience. Thanks again KFW!
digits
digits wrote:
Received my Late Monoliths in the mail this evening - very excited to set out on this listening experience. Thanks again KFW!


Have listened to 4 of 6 discs, 1 & 2 twice through. Astonishing stuff.
kfw
Hey guys; apologies for not checking in here more, recently. I did forget to spam the board when the "Late Monoliths" set dropped, apologies for that. Physical edition is dwindling (I just assembled the last 20 copies last night) but still available here:

http://broken-music.com/products/keith-fullerton-whitman-late-monolith s

Digital version, plus the physical/digital bundle is up on Bandcamp:

http://keithfullertonwhitman.bandcamp.com/album/late-monoliths-2011-20 13

I'm fresh back from a great trip to France & Italy, recorded a bunch of new music & mixed down maybe half of what will hopefully be a new full-length album project in 2018.

A couple of new videos, one shot at the GRM covering recent revisions to the "Generators" setup, heavily incorporating the Expert Sleepers General CV module & the 4ms Dual Looping Delay:



... and another covering the first half of my performance at Standards in Milan, using sounds recorded in the space in the days prior to the concert gating a giant swarm of Buchla 200 patterns recorded earlier in the year at EMS:



Unrelated, but here's a video of François Bayle performing the tail-end of "Tremblement de Terre Très Doux", a reissue of which is coming shortly on Recollection GRM - mainly as it was incredible & everyone should see it:

kfw
mudlogger wrote:
theres a new 3 voice coming from Instruo

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWUyqelDg5X/


I just watched a video of their new 8-channel quantizer; I had no idea Instruo was Jason Lim! I thought he was still working with the Q-Bit guy; way out of the loop on this stuff. Everything's he's doing looks amazing, but really looking forward to that particular module!
cptnal
Reading this on my phone, which I hate doing, but...

Anyway, that vid on Vimeo where the first few minutes are nothing but a few patch cables and tuning four STOs... And then at the flick of a switch it turns into this amazing cascading sample and hold thing. I love that. Watched it several times.
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