A Guide to Keith Fullerton Whitman’s Intricate Experimental Discography

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Keith Fullerton Whitman’s name is synonymous with some of the most progressive, experimental and inimitable underground electronic music around. For the last 20 years, he has traversed a variety of genres—drone, ambient, experimental, noise, doom, and drill n’ bass (the last under the moniker of Hrvatski). His works have found homes on diverse labels—Planet Mu, Editions Mego, Kranky, Carpark—as well as his own ventures, such as the snappily titled Reckankreuzungsklankewerkzeuge.

However, even a cursory glance over his personal Bandcamp page — which currently comprises over 50 releases — is enough to fill one with an overwhelming uncertainty about where to start. On top of this, Whitman (who holds a Bachelor’s degree in music synthesis from Berklee College of Music) often presents his work in a highly-technical light. Many of his releases come with detailed notes explaining the recording techniques and equipment used; he doesn’t just want us to listen to the music so much as he wants us to plunge — very, very deeply— into his self-created realm.

Importantly, even as Whitman’s work invites and welcomes deep thought, study and analysis, it never comes across an exercise in virtuoso noodling, all ostentatious or superfluous set-ups: it’s more of a journey with a detailed roadmap. Whether you want to poke your head around the door and just glance into Whitman’s treasure trove of a back catalog, or you want to lose a year of your life exploring its every nook and cranny, here is a guide to his beguiling world.