Originally composed as a 10:32 min piece, Keith Fullerton Whitman?s ?Track4 (2waysuperimposed)? has been doctored to be reimagined as a ?bi-lateral? 21:04 min recording, which is to say the entire piece plays the same forward as backwards, and is thus exactly twice the original length.
This release was created to concur with Whitman?s spring, 2006 Australian tour, but as things turn out, the pressing was unavailable by tour time. Worth the wait, you are treated to a murky, swelling mass of gurgling electronics, almost breathing in its organic feel. There are glitches and drops of tone throughout that come and go within the undercurrent of drone, and as a whole the effect is a compelling, bubbling flow of sound.
While very much an element of today, and not the least bit out of place, this release is also in equal parts informed by the foundation of electronic music formed in Europe in the fifties. And one does not have to be a student of electronic music history to be able to enjoy this cd, as it is an enjoyable listen on its own.
It would not be unreasonable to expect the listener to give this cd all their attention, as there is so much to hear within the basic tonal range that is on display. Having said that, this would play just as well in the background of a long drive, or late at night, or the like.
Proof that electronic music can be inviting, listenable, and not always clinical and academic, ?Track4 (2waysuperimposed)? by Keith Fullerton Whitman shows him to be a capable, intelligent composer and artist, able to produce strong concise work that is timeless even at a length dramatically shorter than most other releases. This prolific artist deserves all the attention he has been given recently, and will surely continue to be an integral part of the contemporary electronic climate for many years to come. 7/10 -- John Cramer (23 October, 2006)