Philip White on Live Constructions

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 10:00pm

Tune in to this Sunday's Live Constructions for an in-studio live set by electronic musician Philip White. Through using a variety of electronic modules, White explores the autonomic and chaotic behavior of electronic systems, creating an aggressive and explosive sound. He has collaborated with a variety of different musicians in the noise, jazz, and contemporary concert music scenes. White will be bringing his set-up to our studios, and we will broadcast his solo performance live as it happens. Listen!

The music of composer, performer and improviser PHILIP WHITE (b.1981) is known for its ecstatic intensity and expressive sonic palette. Working with an array of homemade electronics at the intersection of noise, jazz and contemporary concert music, White exploits the tension between rigorous, closed electronic systems and the urgency of human compulsion. Drawn to the chaotic, autonomous behavior of feedback based instruments, Philip seeks to discover new ways to engage with, steer, or even struggle to control them. He considers control of his systems a parameter on equal footing with pitch, timbre or loudness. His homemade electronic instruments combine to create a self-determining and often explosive sound world which he extends to his compositions for ensemble and work with other artists. An extremely active collaborative artist, Philip brings a unique energy to a diverse spectrum of musical projects. Along with composer/vocalist Ted Hearne, he is one half of the pop-deconstructionist duo R WE WHO R WE, whose debut album on New Focus Recordings was called “utterly gripping” by Time Out Chicago. Philip is currently collaborating with Yotam Haber on A More Convenient Season, an evening-length work for the Alabama Symphony to be premiered in September 2013. Philip is a member of Colonic Youth, the free jazz quartet with Dan Blake (saxophone), James Ilgenfritz (bass) and Kevin Shea (drums), and his duo thenumber46 (with electro-acoustic flutist Suzanne Thorpe) has toured extensively on the East Coast and has been described Auxilary Out as “requiring total recalibration as a listener.” His evolving projects with Dither guitarist Taylor Levine have resulted in collaborations with Ches Smith, Weasel Walter and Elliott Sharp. Philip has also performed with such diverse musical luminaries as Toshimaru Nakamura, Tomomi Adachi, Gene Coleman, MV Carbon, Phillip Stearns, Pete Edwards, and Jeff Donaldson, and he has worked closely with visual artists Seth Gadsden and Kevin Taylor.