Solo Analog Electronics
As R WE WHO R WE, Philip White and Ted Hearne combine to create music that marries beauty and brutality. Their songs are hollowed-out standards filled with noise, or brash and temporary constructions infused with moments of arresting warmth. Their first album (eponymous) was called “weirdly danceable” and “utterly gripping” by Time Out Chicago.
Both acclaimed composer/performers in their own right, Philip White and Ted Hearne each bring a unique and irreplaceable voice to R WE. White plays a self-constructed and ever-evolving instrument made of both repurposed analog electronics and state of the art digital controlling devices, harnessing no-input feedback into a mystifying array of luscious sonic landscapes and hard driving dance beats, which the Wall Street Journal called a “vibrant textural tapestry” and the Village Voice called “annihilating and enervating.” Hearne, a singer with a massive range of styles and registers (“a vocal hellion,” Time Out Chicago, “fresh and muscular music,” The New York Times), brings an expressive intensity to his performances, embodying a landscape of emotions and vocal color, from the stripped-down human to the ecstatically digitally processed.
R WE’s second album, Just, is a collection of songs about arson, compulsive drug use, self loathing, aggression and other trappings of a collapsed middle class struggling under the effects of intergenerational toxic masculinity. Nine songs fuse a ballad driven sense of lyricism with a noise-music sonic palette, in a sense both violent and pathetic. It’s a cold view from the inside of a burning house.
Saxophone and Electronics violently collide and seamlessly meld, explode and cauterize with vehement immediacy into a set of six real time compositions. With a common ear towards clear, powerful, and assertive statements Chris Pitsiokos and Philip White draw from equal parts David Tudor, Roscoe Mitchell, Eliane Radigue and Merzbow. The duo press themselves into the listener with unerring decisiveness and complete aural honesty.
The quartet COLONIC YOUTH (currently on hiatus) was formed in 2012 by saxophonist Dan Blake, bassist James Ilgenfritz, electronic musician Philip White, and drummer Kevin Shea. Owing as much to the music of John Coltrane’s late quartet as to the Sonic Arts Union, the quartet swaps the more unorthodox analogue and digital electronics for a piano or guitar. The band’s extended improvisations explore diverse territory, at times tongue-in-cheek or dead serious, with dynamics ranging from careless whispers to primal screams.
thenumber46 is a flute and feedback duo comprised of Suzanne Thorpe on flute and electronics and Philip White on mixer-feedback. The duo explores feedback systems acoustically, electronically, visually and metaphorically in improvised exchanges. They create aural structures and poly-articulate constructs. They sound autonomous utterances and sonic dialog with each other and the spaces in which they perform. They have toured throughout the south and east coast, performing at galleries and venues including OK Mountain, Austin, TX, Redux Contemporary Art Studios, Charleston, SC, Monkeytown, Brooklyn, NY, The Stone, NYC, and the Pyramid Atlantic, MD. Their recording, Bleach & Ammonia, will be released November, 2009 on Tape Drift Records.