Negativland & SUE-C
Negativland is an American experimental music band which originated in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1970s. They took their name from a Neu! track, while their record label is named after another Neu! track. The core of the band consists of Mark Hosler, David Wills, Peter Conheim and Jon Leidecker.
Keith Fullerton Whitman is a Composer & Performer based in Fort Greene, 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. Recently, Keith has performed, set up installations, completed commissioned work, & given presentations at festivals & series such as the Performa Biennial (New York), Frequency Festival (Chicago), Silent Night (Prague), NEXT (Bratislava), Luc Ferrari: Stereo Spasms (Brooklyn), Bach to the Future (Providence), w/ André Gonçalves, Sofia “Clothilde” Mestre, & Simão Simões at OUT.Fest 19 (Barreiro), Meakusma (Eupen), w/ Tarek Atoui, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, C. Spencer Yeh, C. Lavender, Chuck Bettis, & Victoria Shen at Kurimanzutto & The Guggenheim Museum (New York), Remote Viewing (Philadelphia), Expo 74 (North Adams), Musica Practica / Elettronica Viva (Philadelphia), The Kranzberg Arts Foundation (St. Louis), Sonic Acts (Amsterdam), as well as solo club gigs at Kazerne (Basel), Alice (Copenhagen), Cave12 (Geneva), Human Resources (Los Angeles), The Rattle (Vancouver), Record Shop (Red Hook), Union Pool (Williamsburg), Market Hotel (Bushwick), St. Vitus (Greenpoint), The Schoolhouse (Bed-Stuy), Pioneer Works (Red Hook), and Bar Laika (Clinton Hill).
Active from the early 90’s onwards while working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Synthesis at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Keith began exploring Experimental Music’s many facets, eventually yielding dozens of recordings for influential labels such as Kranky, Planet µ, Editions Mego, PAN, Carpark, Room40, Amethyst Sunset, Amish, Dekorder, Melted Mailbox, NNA Tapes, No Fun Productions, Agents of Chaos, Arbor, Digitalis Limited, Ekhein, Heavy Tapes, Rare Youth, and Root Strata, as well as his own Reckankreuzungsklankewerkzeuge, Entschuldigen, Protracted View, Industrial Abbotsford, & Hi-Res AUDIO imprints.
Over the past 30 years, Keith has given over 500 performances of everything from solemn held-tones to pointillist reckless-abandon at venues ranging from “Punk” basements to some of the most celebrated European & North-American festival stages, such as Akousma, Berliner Festspiele, the Boston Cyberarts Festival, Brainwaves, Cable, Cicle OUT.SIDE, CTM, DEAF, Dissonanze, Documenta 14, Electronica En Abril, Elevate, Festival SOY, Geometry of Now, High Zero, Hopscotch, Immersion, Impakt, Kontraste, Labyrinth, Lanaudière, LUFF, MaerzMusik, Mutek, Neon Marshmallow, NEXT, No Fun Fest, Novas Frequencias, On Land, Performa 2021 Biennial, Présences Électroniques, Propensity of Sound, Sampler Series, Semibreve. Send + Receive, Skanu Mesz, Silent Night, Sonic Acts, Sonic Circuits, Sound Summit, Stereo Spasms, Suoni Per Il Popolo, TEDx, Terraforma, Ultrahang (UH Fest), Unsound, Werkleitz, the WFMU Record Fair, The Wire’s Adventures in Modern Music, ZKM, etc.
In addition to performing music, he has given dozens of workshops, artist talks, & lectures at prestigious conferences & institutions including The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Casa Rolão, the Columbia University Computer Music Center, Cycling ‘74’s Expo 74, Dartmouth, The Echo Nest, EMPAC, Harvard University’s HUSEAC, Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, Johns Hopkins, Kunstquartier Bethanien, La Casa Encendida, MIT Media Lab, UPENN School of Music, and Videopool & has taken part in Colloquia, acted as Guest Faculty, co-curated music festivals & organized concerts & film events in the Boston, Melbourne, and New York City areas & beyond.
He has collaborated both on stage & record with Oren Ambarchi, Tarek Atoui, Caboladies, MV Carbon, Rhys Chatham, Luciano Chessa, Seth Cluett, Tony Conrad, Greg Davis, Frans de Waard, Deerhunter, JD Emmanuel, Lawrence English, Mark Fell, Robin Fox, David Grubbs, Glenn Jones, C. Lavender, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Michael Karoli & Malcolm Mooney (Can), Eli Keszler, Tomas Korber, Felix Kubin, Okkyung Lee, Jon Leidecker, Alan Licht, Matmos, Thurston Moore, Norbert Möslang, Geoff Mullen, Bill Nace, Benjamin Nelson, Laura Ortman, Charlemagne Palestine, Terry Riley, Joel Ryan, Jessica Rylan, Uwe Schmidt, JG Thirwell, TV Pow, Ben Vida, Pierce Warnecke, Nate Wooley, C. Spencer Yeh, and countless others. He has also performed on instruments by & realized works of composers & artists such as Tarek Atoui, Luciano Chessa, Luc Ferrari, Ilhan Mimaroglu, Phill Niblock, Dick Raaijmakers, Conrad Schnitzler, & Joep Van Lieshout. He has composed for dance, and his music has been set to motion by choreographers & dance ensembles including Chantal Yzermans, Le Supplici, the Andersson Dance Company, and the NYU New Music and Dance Ensemble. He has supplied music and sound-design for several video game & “music for picture” projects, advertisements, and assorted environments, including film & audio installations.
A 2011 joint commission from Sonic Acts, Kontraste Krems, and Le Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM) led to a week-long session in the fabled INA-GRM studios in Paris, during which Keith realized a life-long dream, completing an 80-channel, long-form Musique Concrète work entitled “Rythmes Naturels” utilizing many of the idiosyncratic early-electronic instruments held in the studio’s archive. In 2015 he completed a second piece, “Trilogie d’Erreur” for the GRM’s yearly “Présences Electroniques” festival, then in 2017 a third, “Coupigny Redactions”, for their “Immersion” festival. These works remain unreleased in a commercial context.
From 2003 to 2015, he helmed a highly specialized experimental-music distribution company, “Mimaroglu Music (Sales),” charged with helping labels & artists all over the world with the preparation & dispersion of their tangible music artifacts. Prior to this he was the Sales-Manager of noted New England distributor Forced Exposure, for whom he personally penned hundreds of “capsule” descriptions of catalogue new-arrivals. After Mimaroglu’s dissolution & his relocation to Melbourne in late 2015, Keith started “Broken-Music” in mid-2016 and currently operates a label group & dealership of rare and obscure experimental music, Alpha State NYC, from his project studio in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY, USA.
AVA MENDOZA is a Brooklyn-based guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. Born in 1983, she started performing her own music, and as a sidewoman and collaborator in many different projects, as soon as she was legally allowed into venues. As a guitarist, Mendoza has received acclaim for her technique and viscerality. Her most ongoing work is as leader of art rock band Unnatural Ways, and as a solo performer of her own music and works by contemporary composers. In any context she is committed to bringing expressivity, energy and a wide sonic range to the music. Mendoza has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe and recorded/performed with musicians including Carla Bozulich, Malcolm Mooney (CAN), Steve Shelley, Mike Watt, Adele Bertei, Mick Barr, William Hooker, Nels Cline, Matana Roberts, John Zorn, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Fred Frith, William Parker, Hamid Drake, Object Collection (Travis Just), ROVA, Negativland, the Violent Femmes, and members of Caroliner. She has received composition commissions from film distributor Kino Lorber, new music duo The Living Earth Show, the Jazz Coalition, and John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series at National Sawdust. Recordings are available on labels Tzadik, Astral Spirits, SGG, Pyroclastic, Clean Feed, Resipiscent, and New Atlantis.