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Philip White

Brooklyn, NY      

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.

Drawn to the chaotic, autonomous behavior of feedback based instruments, Philip seeks to discover new ways to engage with, steer, or even struggle to control them. He considers control of his systems a parameter on equal footing with pitch, timbre or loudness. His homemade electronic instruments combine to create a self-determining and often explosive sound world which he extends to his compositions for ensemble and work with other artists.

In addition to his solo work (“bona fide evocative music,” Brooklyn Rail, “vibrant textural tapestry” (Wall Street Journal) current projects include R WE WHO R WE with Ted Hearne (“utterly gripping” Time Out Chicago), a duo with Chris Pitsiokos (“annihilating and enervating” Village Voice), Colonic Youth with James Ilgenfritz, Kevin Shea and Dan Blake (“complexity-within-chaos” NYC Jazz Record) and duos with Bob Bellerue and Taylor Levine.

Philip has also performed with such diverse musical luminaries as Toshimaru Nakamura, Tomomi Adachi, Paula Matthusen, Sam Pluta, Peter Evans, Nate Wooley, Suzanne Thorpe, Weasel Walter, Hans Tammen, Aram Shelton, Gene Coleman, MV Carbon, Phillip Stearns, Pete Edwards, Molly Bradbury and Jeff Donaldson, and he has worked closely with visual artists Seth Gadsden and Kevin Taylor. Recent performances include ISSUE Project Room (NYC), Diapason (NYC), The Stone (NYC), Silent Barn (NYC), Spectrum (NYC), Center for New Music (SF) Bent Festival, NYCEMF, In/Out Festival, Incubator Arts, and Sonic Circuits.

He has lent his creative audio talents to several artists in the dance/performance realm including Ralph Lemon, Nora Chipaumire and is currently collaborating on a work with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Urban Bush Women.

Philip has been an artist in residence at Electronic Music Foundation, Harvestworks, High Concept Labs and the Rensing Center. He has lectured at Wesleyan University, University of Chicago, University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston.

Philip’s work with sound has also led to his being a sought after audio engineer. He has recorded works for Jim Jarmusch/ Jozef van Wissum, Pauline Oliveros, John Butcher, Nate Wooley and many others. As a live engineer he has worked closely with wide variety of artists including Philip Glass, Eliane Radigue, International Contemporary Ensemble, Susan Philipz, Liturgy, Francisco Lopez, Oval, Stephin Merritt and many others.

He received his BA in Music from the College of Charleston (working closely with Trevor Weston and Quentin Baxter) and an MFA in Electronic and Recorded Media from Mills College (working closely with James Fei).

Brooklyn Rail
Wall Street Journal
Village Voice (solo)
Village Voice (with Chris Pitsiokos)
Time Out Chicago (R WE WHO R WE)
Auxilary Out (with Suzanne Thorpe)


Solo live electronics performance from 3/1/2015. A non-linear feedback system is seeded with harmonic elements from a simple choral.

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Part III – from Paroxysm

Part III from Paroxysm by Philip White (electronics) and Chris Pitsiokos (alto sax)

Released March 1, 2015 Carrier Records

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10 Minutes for Organ

An excerpt from the much larger 8 Movements for Organ, 10 Minutes asks the performer to crescendo from silent to maximum amplitude while pressing all the notes of a diatonic scale. This recording, performed by Sam Sfirri, was made on an 1890 tracker organ. Recorded live, New Music New Charleston. Circular Congregational Church, Charleston, SC. 2010.

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