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Documents is a work for solo electronics based on data extracted from five recordings:

Rainy Night in Georgia: Brook Benton
Flashlight: Parliament
Flamenco Sketches: Miles Davis
A Night in Tunisia: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Slip Away: Clarence Carter

Documents is a piece about intuition and the recursive influences inherent in memory. When I was 18, each of these recordings worked its way into my psyche in a way that comes out every time I perform, compose, or listen to music.

I subject each recording to a unique process through which I derive musical information (harmonic, melodic, timbral, rhythmic, formal, etc). That information drives a set of voltage controlled amplifiers tied into a non-linear feedback system, influencing the behavior of the system and leaving a shadow of the original work. Documents is an attempt to reveal and subvert the influence of assumptions/intuitions in music making.

Thanks to: James Ilgenfritz, Seth Gadsden, Ted Hearne and Liz Mills


released October 8, 2014

Composed, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by Philip White:

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Artwork by Seth Gadsden: IS1004

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Philip White Brooklyn, New York

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. ... more

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