PAN, Upset The Rhythm
KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN is an American electronic musician who has recorded albums influenced by many genres, including ambient music, drone, electronic, drill and bass, musique concrète and krautrock. He records and performs using many aliases, of which the most familiar is Hrvatski and has been also member in many 90s bands, including El-Ron, The Liver Sadness, Sheket/Trabant, The Finger Lakes and Gai/Jin. He started recording using his own name in 2001, and most of his work recorded today is under that name. He studied computer music at Berklee College of Music, where he was exposed to modern electronic music composition and synthesis. His moniker ASCIII has released music distributed with an academic journal. His studio and live setup usually consists of computer devices and other analogue instruments, such as guitars, ouds and synthesizers. Whitman has released albums on labels such as Planet Mu, Kranky, Carpark Records, No Fun Productions, Root Strata. His last full length record 'Disingenuity b/w Disingenuousness' on PAN gathered a lot of attention from the music press, making no1 release of 2010 for Boomkat, top 10 for The Wire Magazine and a lot more.
RENE HELL is the alter-ego synthesizer-based project of Jeff Witscher residing temporarily, in California. Focused on writing complex patches in digital & analog modes & referencing avant garde electronic form & classical minimalism, he paints multi-dimensional portraits with a palate both abrasive & soothing. More recent works have seen a shift towards clinical & classical arrangements, maximalist treatments, rather than "kosmische" or retro-sounding mediums. Intent on producing for live experience multi-dimensional, juxtapositions between rapid piano melody & multi-timberal synthesizer accompaniment; short-lived pieces designed for an almost automated-seeming sensation that hinge between intentionally intelligent & passingly ignorant.
HEATSICK a.k.a Steven Warwick is a Berlin based performer, also known for his work in the electronic duo, Birds of Delay. His approach is one of carefully thought out loops which are then sent into varying interactions and play. Active in the club, art and music scenes, Warwick's work is one existing in a liminal space, meditating both at one in real time and the "just past". Executed on just a Casio keyboard and manipulated loops via guitar pedals, his new full length record 'Intersex' deliberately evokes "ersatz" notions of electronic dance music and early electronics in the line of Roberto Cacciapaglia's Ann Steel record , the work of Warner Jepson and the kaleidoscopic sound of Ron Hardy, pushing dance/body music through a saturated psychedelic lens. 'Intersex' LP is out now.
ANDRE VIDA is a Hungarian American saxophonist, composer, and lyricist living in Berlin. Vida has been at the forefront of several major developments in experimental music, including his membership in Anthony Braxton’s original Ghost Trance Ensemble, as founding member of New York collective the CTIA, performances with The Tower Recordings and subsequent ‘freak folk’ groups, and his extensive collaborations with electronic music visionaries Jamie Lidell (Warp Records), Tim Exile, and Kevin Blechdom. He has developed a series of philosophical approaches to improvisation using restrictive costumes, animated graphics based score installations, and self made instruments. Andre's retrospective from 1995-2011 'Brud: Volumes I-III' 3xCD is out now.