Playthroughs: Live music by Keith Fullerton Whitman

Playthroughs: Live music by Keith Fullerton Whitman

Playthroughs: Live music by Keith Fullerton Whitman
Followed by a Q&A moderated by Sasha Frere-Jones

Admission $15

October 7, 2022, 7pm
172 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux on Friday, October 7 at 7pm for the 20th anniversary of the album Playthroughs, featuring a live music performance by Keith Fullerton Whitman and a Q&A with Whitman moderated by writer and musician Sasha Frere-Jones. Playthroughs was released in October 2002 on the label Kranky to much critical acclaim from Pitchfork and other publications—and to this day remains one of Whitman’s most beloved albums. It consists of drone-heavy ambient music composed entirely using processed guitar sounds (acoustic and electric). The album follows in the footsteps of Steve Reich and other musicians within the contemporary classical umbrella. 

“It’s true that much of Playthroughs seems familiar on the surface, but I don’t think it an exaggeration to say that this record essentially perfects this particular style of music. It’s an album of meticulous balance, Zen focus, and tiny gestures that carry great force, where each individual piece of sound is carefully placed to maximize impact.” (Mark Richardson, Pitchfork, October 22, 2002).

Keith Fullerton Whitman is an electronic music composer based in Brooklyn. He is currently in the midst of developing a suite of all-encompassing 21st-century computer music solutions largely designed for real-time engagement, as well as performing contemporary revisions of his Redactions, Generators, and Playthroughs frameworks. Whitman has released dozens of albums in his own name and as Hrvatski on labels such as Pan, Planet Mu, and Root Strata. In 2019, Whitman collaborated with Tarek Atoui, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, C. Spencer Yeh, C. Lavender, Chuck Bettis, and Victoria Shen on their performances at Kurimanzutto and The Guggenheim Museum (New York). Whitman has toured extensively throughout his career and performed at Performa Biennial (New York), Frequency Festival (Chicago), NEXT (Bratislava), and Silent Night (Prague) among other places. 

e-flux music is curated by Sanna Almajedi.

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